OMAHA, Neb. – The Maverick volleyball program dropped another five-set thriller Tuesday evening to the Denver Pioneers.
The Mavericks (10-11, 3-4) won the first and third sets, but ultimately fell to Denver (12-6, 4-2) by a score of 3-2 (25-19, 26-28, 26-24, 19-25, 10-15).
• Omaha falls to 2-8 in five-set matches this season.
• The Mavericks have now played 10 five-set matches this season.
• Sami Clarkson notched her sixth double-double of 56 assists and 10 digs.
• Isabella Sade (16), Anna Blaschko (15), Rachel Fairbanks (13) Sadie Limback (11) and Alexa Blase (10) recorded double-digit kills.
INSIDE SET ONE
Omaha began the match with a blistering start. The Mavericks opened on a 12-4 run with an ace by Kenzie Michalek and a Blaschko kill to cap it off. Denver eventually fought back and cut the Maverick lead to three (21-18), but a 4-1 Omaha run closed out the set.
INSIDE SET TWO
The Mavericks dropped a heart-breaking second set, 28-26. Denver jumped out to a 9-3 lead, but Omaha rattled off five-straight points and cut the deficit to one. Omaha eventually gained its first lead of the match, 14-13 after a kill by Sade. Later on, Omaha led by as many as two, 17-15, but the Pioneers regained the lead. The Pioneers had the set point on four different occasions, but the Mavericks answered. Denver eventually won the set on a service ace that fell just over the net and onto the ground.
INSIDE SET THREE
A strong third set put Omaha back on top with a 26-24 victory. Omaha trailed 9-6 early, but a 5-1 spurt sparked by a kill from Sade eventually gave the Mavericks an 11-10 lead. Denver scored five-straight and led 15-13, which forced a timeout. Down 23-22, Omaha dug deep and scored its next four points on back-to-back Blaschko kills, a kill from Blase and a kill by Sade.
INSIDE SET FOUR
Denver built a 9-4 lead in the fourth set. The Mavericks were not able to close the gap as the Pioneers maintained a six-point lead mid-way through the frame. From there, Denver cruised with a 25-19 win and forced the Mavericks to a fifth set.
INSIDE SET FIVE
A kill by Sade and a Denver attack error evened the score at 5-5 in the final set. The Pioneers, however, were able to go on a run and build an 11-7 lead over Omaha. Despite some late efforts with two Limback kills, the Pioneers scored their next four points and took the final set 15-10 and the match, 3-2.
Omaha has the weekend off and returns home for its next match Monday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. The Mavericks welcome South Dakota State inside Baxter Arena for Summit League action. For more information, visit OMavs.com.