Bison Volleyball Team Drops Straight Sets to Omaha
Published: Monday, October 14, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 14, 2013 14:10
The NDSU volleyball team suffered its first conference road loss of the season, losing to the Omaha Mavericks by scores of 25-18, 25-17 and 25-23 on Friday.
At the end of the day, it was the .284 hitting percentage that Omaha (6-13) maintained over the Bison (1-16) that led to the dominant victory. A hitting percentage of .145 will rarely, if ever, lead to a victory, although it certainly wasn’t effort that led to the Bison’s downfall.
The freshman-sophomore duo of Emily Miron and Jenni Fassbender contributed nine kills apiece, and two-time high school all-state selection Hadley Steffen led the Bison with a .333 hitting percentage.
After quickly falling behind 6-0 in the first set, the Bison worked their way back within three points, only to see the lead balloon to 21-10 in favor of the Mavericks. Back and forth action allowed the Bison to come within six points but a kill from Omaha’s Kelley Wollak ended the first set 25-18.
The second set was more of the same as the Bison found themselves in a quick 4-0 deficit. But unlike the first set, there would be hardly any retaliation from the inexperienced Bison. The second set would end, courtesy of an Amy Taylor kill, in favor of the Mavericks 25-17.
In a season where the Bison have failed to keep pace with their opponents in the middle of sets, the Bison started and ended in strength that resulted in no winning result. A block from freshman Monica Claxton and a kill from Fassbender saw the Bison up by one with a score of 17-15, but that two point lead would soon slip away.
Ultimately a kill from Taylor would end the match in favor of the home team in three consecutive sets.
The Bison were in action on the road again Sunday against Western Illinois. See Thursday’s issue for game results.