Schimmer shines but volleyball drops two
Published: Monday, October 29, 2012
Updated: Monday, October 29, 2012 13:10
Volleyball returned to the Sapp Fieldhouse last weekend, but it was anything but home cooking. The Mavs dropped matches to IUPUI (28-26, 25-19, 25-17) and Western Illinois (26-28, 26-24, 25-20, 25-17) continuing a losing streak that has stretched to eight games.
UNO fell to 6-18 on the season, 1-11 in the Summit League, and remain in last place of the conference standings. The Mavs have four Summit League games remaining but have little chance of crawling out of the conference cellar.
Friday UNO welcomed Summit League leader IUPUI to Omaha and the Jaguars made quick work of the Mavs. UNO built a 19-15 first-set lead but a serving error, an attacking error and an ace by IUPUI erased the Mav’s advantage.
The teams battled back and forth, tying at 22-22, 24-24, 25-25, and 26-26 but the Jaguars won the last two points after UNO committed errors on their final two attacks. The Mavs led the second set but stalled with a 12-9 lead.
The Jaguars pulled away in the third at 17-15 and swept UNO by holding the Mavs to a hitting percentage of just .116. Despite the loss, the play of two freshmen had UNO thinking about the future. Michaela Schimmer recorded a double-double with 13 assists and a team high 15 digs. Fellow freshman Kelly Wollak led the team offensively, racking up eight kills and three blocks.
Saturday against Western Illinois the Mavs again found themselves in a hole but UNO saved three set points when trailing 24-21 in the first. The Mavs took the lead at 25-24 and eventually finished off the Leathernecks with two kills from Natalie Ebke to take the set 28-26.
In the second UNO had a chance to take another set when the Mavs had a 24-23 advantage but WIU took a timeout, regrouped and won the next three points. UNO never led in the third or fourth set and dropped the match 3-1.
Schimmer picked where she left off the previous night, achieving her second career triple-double on a team-leading 12 kills, 16 digs and 22 assists. The last time any Maverick had even one triple-double was during the 1999 season.