DENVER, Colo. — The Omaha volleyball team played its final road match of the regular season Sunday afternoon, falling 3-1 (25-17, 19-25, 15-25, 16-25) at Hamilton Gymnasium. The Mavericks are now 9-16 (6-6 Summit League), while the Pioneers improve to 19-5 (10-2).
Leaders for Omaha
Senior Sydney O’Shaughnessy reached a major career milestone in the match, moving up to No. 2 all-time for career assists at UNO. She passed former Maverick Emily Myers (2008-11), who had 4,102, and the Omaha native has sole possession of the second spot with 4,132 helpers. O’Shaughnessy registered her team-leading 13th double-double of the year with 34 assists, 11 digs, a career-high-tying seven kills, two blocks and an ace.
Leaders for Denver
Denver was led by 13 kills from Becca Latham, who hit .579 for the afternoon and added a match-high four blocks. Kayla Principato had 12 more kills, and Teal Schnurr added 11.
DU hit .331 as a team to Omaha’s .209 and had a 5-4 blocking advantage.
Inside Set 1
Led by three kills apiece from Sade and Gdowski, Omaha hit .286 and held DU to a .000 clip with 11 errors in the opening set. The Mavericks never trailed and assumed a 9-5 lead with back-to-back kills from Sade and fellow freshman Anna Blaschko, as well as a Bergsten/Sade block to prompt DU’s first timeout. Omaha then used a 7-2 run with five Pioneer errors and a kill from senior Amanda Conlin to push its lead to 18-10. A late kill from Conlin and a Sade ace put it away for the Mavericks, who won the set 25-17.
Inside Set 2
Denver heated up to hit .375 in set two. After trading points early, the Mavericks fell behind but managed to pull within one again at 9-8 on a 3-0 run with kills from O’Shaughnessy and Bergsten and a DU ball handling error. Denver, however, never let Omaha in under three again, and the Pioneers took the set 25-19 to knot the match at 1-1.
Inside Set 3
DU had a .667 hitting efficiency in the third set and opened to a 6-1 lead before Omaha’s first timeout. The deficit stretched to 10-2, but the Mavericks got back-to-back kills from O’Shaughnessy and Bergsten to halt the Pioneers. Omaha pulled within three at 12-9 to force a DU timeout, then made it a three-point game again at 13-10 on a Gdowski kill. But DU finished the set on a 12-5 run, propelled by four late kills by Principato, to win 25-15.
Inside Set 4
Horkey led Omaha with five kills in the fourth set, while Denver got five more from Latham. Five ties brought the score to 7-7, but DU took the lead from there and never relinquished it. The Mavericks trimmed it to a two-point deficit with three kills from Horkey up to 13-11, then pushed it to 15-14 with a 3-0 run punctuated with a Bergsten/Sade stop. But DU closed on a 10-2 spurt, seizing the set at 25-16 and the match decision.
Omaha returns to action on Friday, Nov. 10, welcoming Oral Roberts to Sapp Fieldhouse at 7 p.m. to open the final weekend of the regular season.