Volleyball faces tough competition at Nike Invitational
Published: Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Updated: Thursday, December 12, 2013 21:12
The UNO Women’s volleyball team competed in the Nike Invitational this past weekend in Norman, Okla. The Mavs, currently 4-10 for the year, made the trip south for a Thursday matchup with the hosts, the Oklahoma Sooners (13-1). Oklahoma downed the Mavericks three sets to none, (25-16, 25-20, and 25-19), but Omaha still held the Sooners to their lowest attacking percentage of the year at .125.
Sophomore Megan Schmale hit .222 and finished with two blocks and seven kills, tying with two Sooners for the match lead. Three more sophomores also added to Omaha’s effort with Michaela Schimmer’s match high three blocks and 15 digs, Kelley Wollak’s six kills and five digs and Kimberly Bailey’s 18 digs.
The Sooners were led to double digit digs by Kaitlyn Drawe (12), and Taylor Migliazzo (11), as well as seven kills apiece from Kierra Holst and Kella Rodriguez. Rodriguez also combined with teammates Micaela Spann and Sallie McLaurin for six blocks, two apiece.
The Maverick volleyball team had a contest Friday in Norman with the University of Miami (FL) Hurricanes (8-3). Once again, a strong effort by the Lady Mavs was turned back with a three-to-none loss at McCasland Field House. The Mavs lost three straight sets by scores of 25-22, 25-19 and 25-19.
Despite the loss, Omaha outblocked Miami 8-4, and held the Canes to just .174 hitting and 20 attack errors. Kelly Wallak added five kills and a team-leading 14 digs to aid the Mavs. Sophomore Kimberly Bailey also added 12 digs. Freshmen Kristy Weiser led the team with six kills, and sophomores Kelley Wollak and Diane Banderas combined for nine kills. Schimmer led the Mavericks with 11 assists followed by Bailey Baxter’s eight assists. Miami was paced by Blair Fuentez’s 36 assists, Alex Johnson’s 10 kills and nine digs, and Savannah Leaf’s double-double performance with 12 kills and 10 digs.
Omaha had two matchups Saturday, the first against Long Island University - Brooklyn, where the Mavs fell three sets-to-none by scores of 19-25, 30-32 and 18-25. Again, blocking was no problem for the Mavericks, who out blocked LIU 9-4, but the Blackhawks outhit Omaha .237 to .121.
Schmale had a match leading seven blocks and was assisted by Schimmer’s all-around performance with 15 assists, seven kills, six digs and two blocks. Wollak had 12 kills, seven digs, two aces and a block. Bailey Baxter added 12 assists and junior Rachelle Kruml had a team leading 10 digs. LIU was led by Tamara Ignijc’s double-double consisting of 14 kills, and 11 digs and hitting .444. Vera Djuric had 33 assists and 10 digs as the Blackhawks finished with a match-high .391 attack percentage.
UNO’s final match of the tournament and second of the day was a three set loss to Tulsa. The Mavericks lost by scores of 14-25, 19-25, and 22-25 to end the day. Once again the Mavs out blocked their opponent 12-4, nine of those blocks by sophomore Schmale. Bailey added 16 digs for the Mavs, but one of the best performances of the day belonged to Schimmer. The freshman narrowly missed a triple-double with 10 kills, nine assists, nine digs and three blocks. The Golden Hurricane of Tulsa, with a .164 to .108 hitting average lead over the Mavericks, was led by Kellie Culbertson with 14 kills and 16 digs.
The UNO volleyball team’s next game will be Sept. 25, as they hit the road once again to take on Drake at 7 p.m. at the Knapp Field House in Des Moines, Iowa.