DENVER — UNO’s top three hitters were named to the All-Summit League first team Thursday. They showed why when the league tournament started Friday.
Isabella Sade had a match-high 21 kills, Sadie Limback added 16 and Anna Blaschko chipped in 11 to lead the Mavericks to a 25-18, 24-26, 25-18, 25-17 win over North Dakota State.
UNO, which has won eight of its past 10 matches, will face top-seeded South Dakota in the 4 p.m. semifinal Saturday. The Mavs (18-13) lost both regular-season matches to the 27-1 Coyotes — one in four sets and one in five.
On Friday, the Mavs were too much at the net. They outhit the Bison .308-.150.
The Mavs hit .444 in winning the opening set, but NDSU responded in the second. UNO led 10-9 before the Bison went on a 7-0 run, which included four Maverick errors.
UNO clawed back into the set, tying it 23-23 on back-to-back kills by Limback. But on their second set point, the Bison evened the match.
The Mavs regained momentum midway through the third set, going on a 6-1 run to take an 18-13 lead. Sade had three kills on UNO’s final four points of the set.
Sade and Blaschko each had two kills during a 7-0 run in the fourth set as the Mavs took an 11-5 lead and maintained an advantage the rest of the way.
For Limback, it was her 17th match with double-digit kills, while Blaschko, the league leader in hitting percentage, hit .529.
Sami Clarkson, who also was named to the all-league first team Thursday, finished with 55 assists. Claire Mountjoy and Courtney Morehead combined for 19 digs.
North Dakota State (13-16)..........18 26 18 17
UNO (18-13).................................25 24 25 25
NDSU (kills-aces-blocks): Tanchin 17-0-1, Bachmeier 12-0-2, Halverson 8-0-3, Mauch 7-0-3, Klos 1-0-0, Schmoll 0-1-0, Lien 0-1-3. Totals 45-2-12.
UNO: Sade 21-0-2, Limback 16-0-2, Blaschko 11-0-3, Blase 6-0-1, Marshall 3-0-2, Fairbanks 2-0-3, Mountjoy 1-1-0, Leonard 1-0-0, Clarkson 1-0-3, Morehead 0-1-0, Michalek 0-2-0, Williams 0-1-0. Totals 62-6-16.
Set assists: NDSU 45 (Johnson 23, Hegerle 14, Hanger 5, Schmoll 1, Lien 1, Bachmeier 1), UNO 59 (Clarkson 55, Limback 2, Mountjoy 1, Michalek 1).
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