VERMILLION, S.D. – Omaha volleyball overcame a two-set deficit at South Dakota, but it was not enough as the Coyotes came away with a 3-2 victory.
With the loss (21-25, 23-25, 25-20, 27-25, 11-15), Omaha falls to 9-9 overall and 2-2 in league action, while the Coyotes improve to 14-1 and 3-0 in conference action.
• Omaha overcame a 2-0 deficit for the first time since Aug. 31 of this year at home against Albany (went on to win 3-2).
• The Mavericks have now played a five-set match in seven of their 18 matches, including six of the last eight.
• Omaha is 2-5 in five-set matches.
• Claire Mountjoy narrowly missed out on a double-double with 28 digs and nine assists.
• Isabella Sade had a match-high 18 kills, followed by Claire Leonard (15) and Sadie Limback (13).
INSIDE SET ONE
South Dakota took the opening set by a score of 21-25. Omaha was in an early hole, but a kill by Rylee Marshall cut the deficit to 10-8. Three-straight Omaha points tied it up at 13-all. A 4-0 spurt put the Mavericks ahead 17-15 over South Dakota, but the lead was unable to hold. The Coyotes rallied back and went ahead 19-18. Omaha was able to tie the score up one more time at 19-all, but South Dakota closed the set with a 6-2 run.
INSIDE SET TWO
Omaha put itself in a 2-0 deficit after it dropped the second set by a score of 25-23. South Dakota went ahead 13-8 through the halfway portion of the frame. The Mavericks battled back and tied it at 14-all after a pair of attack errors by USD. Omaha eventually pulled ahead to as many as three (18-15) later in the set, but South Dakota was able to come back and take control once again. Both teams were neck-and-neck, but South Dakota edged Omaha by two on a pair of kills to win the set.
INSIDE SET THREE
The Mavericks and Coyotes traded blows throughout the third set, but Omaha was able to come away with the 25-20 win. Omaha trailed 13-10, but answered with a slew of six points and led 19-17 later on in the set. A kill by Leonard sparked a 6-1 run that was enough to close out the set, 25-20, and put Omaha on the board in the match.
INSIDE SET FOUR
For just the second time this season, Omaha forced a fifth set with a thrilling 27-25 victory in the fourth set. With their backs against the walls, Omaha trailed by as many as eight (18-10). Omaha later trailed 22-16, but overcame the late hole and surged a 7-1 run to tie it at 23-all. South Dakota had match point on two separate occasions (24-23 and 25-24), but the Mavericks scored three-straight and extended the match to a fifth set.
INSIDE SET FIVE
The fifth set saw six tied scores and four lead changes – the most of any set. In the end, South Dakota edged Omaha 15-11. The Mavericks led 10-9, but USD called a timeout and ended the match on a 6-1 spark.
Omaha has a week off before it hits the road Friday, Oct. 11, at Western Illinois. The team follows up with a Sunday, Oct. 13, home match against Purdue Fort Wayne at 1 p.m. in Baxter Arena. For more information, visit OMavs.com.