Northern Iowa Uses Strong Defense To Take Down Omaha In Four

  0 Carly DeMarque | September 15th, 2017 | College - Women's Indoor, Division I Mid-Major, News

Match Results

  • Northern Iowa def. Omaha 3-1, (25-15, 19-25, 25-18, 25-22)
  • Omaha, Nebraska
  • Omaha Challenge
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  • Match Stats

Northern Iowa came out strong against Omaha to take the match in four sets. Defense was primal in the match between Northern Iowa and Omaha, as the Panthers led 83-79 in digs while the Mavericks led 10-8 in blocks.

Northern Iowa came out strong in the first set, taking large runs to push big leads against the Mavericks. The Panthers led 15-9 mid-set after a 5-0 run. Another four-point run late in the set pushed them past the point of an Omaha return in the set, taking the first 25-15. The second set was another story, with the Mavericks coming out to take the 15-8 lead. The lead was too much for the Panthers, but they did not go without trying, pushing the score to 20-18 late, but the Mavs went on a 5-1 run to end the second and tie things up.

The Panthers rolled to a 17-10 lead in the third set. Omaha tried to push back with small runs but was unable to keep them going enough to come back, dropping the third 25-18.

The final set was a close battle throughout, with the score tied at 10-10 mid-set. Omaha even took a 15-13 lead in the set before a slew of attacking errors gave Northern Iowa the 19-17 advantage. This small lead was enough to propel them to the 25-22 victory.

The Panthers were led by Bri Weber who posted a double-double of 14 kills and 23 digs. Weber’s 23 digs were enough to send her over the 1,000 mark in her career with UNI, making her the 17th Panther to reach the career milestone. Piper Thomas and Karlie Taylor each added 14 and 12 kills, respectively, while Taylor added 13 digs for a double-double. Setter Heather Hook dished out 42 assists and 10 digs for a double-double while Kendyl Sorge picked up another 15 digs.

For Omaha, Mackenzie Horkey put down 13 kills and 12 digs for a double-double while Bella Sade added another 10 kills for the Mavs. Setter Sydney O’Shaughnessy handed out 40 assists and 13 digs for a double-double while Claire Mountjoy picked up a match-best 28 digs in the loss.

Press Release

Courtesy of Northern Iowa Athletics

The University of Northern Iowa volleyball team took care of business in four sets with a 3-1 victory over the University of Nebraska-Omaha on Friday at the Omaha Challenge.

UNI (9-3 overall) won by set scores of 25-15, 19-25, 25-18, 25-22. Omaha drops to 3-9 on the season.

Junior Bri Weber collected her 1,000th career dig and her eighth career 20-plus dig performance against the Mavericks. Weber recorded her 39th career double-double with 14 kills and 23 digs. Weber became the 17th UNI Panther to surpass the 1,000 dig mark.

Sophomore Karlie Taylor posted her sixth double-double of the season with 12 kills and 13 digs against the Mavericks.

Senior Heather Hook tallied her 29th career double-double with 42 assists and 10 digs. It marks the fifth double-double of the season for the Grundy Center native.

Junior Piper Thomas was credited with her 10th double-figure kill total with 14 kills. Thomas added six digs and a team-high five blocks.

UNI will play two matches on Saturday at the Omaha Challenge against No. 10 Nebraska (noon) and vs. Kansas State (5:30 p.m.).

NOTES: UNI won the opening set for the 10th time this season … UNI is 9-1 when winning the first set … UNI moved to 4-1 in four-set matches.

UNI’s 1,000 Dig Club
2,656 – Ellie Blankenship (2007-2010)
2,002 – Amie Held (2013-2016
1,737 – Candice Burke (2008-2012)
1,672 – Amy Braun (2009-2012)
1,570 – Stephanie May (2003-2006)
1,457 – Bobbi Becker (1986-1989)
1,368 – Kate Galer (1993-1996)
1,323 – Kendyl Sorge (2015-pres.)
1,303 – Alexandra Auker (1997-2000)
1,222 – Bre Payton (2007-2011)
1,202 – Mary Bernhardt (1984-1987)
1,148 – Miranda Weber (1999-2002)
1,145 – Laura Rowen (2004-2007)
1,025 – Jill Arganbright (2000-2003)
1,020 – Bri Weber (2015-pres.)
1,015 – Kim McCaffrey (1997-2001)
1,013 – Kim Kester (1999-2002)


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Carly DeMarque

Carly DeMarque has been involved with competitive volleyball for the majority of her life, playing competitively at the club and collegiate level for 15 years and coaching club for five. Now a retired Division I volleyball athlete out of McNeese State University, she continues her volleyball enthusiasm by stepping back into …

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