DENVER — UNO’s run to the Summit League tournament title was blocked by Denver Sunday afternoon as the Pioneers downed the Mavericks 25-21, 25-13, 22-25, 25-18.

With the win, Denver earns a spot in the NCAA tournament. UNO, which had won nine of its previous 11 matches, ends its season at 19-14. UNO lost all three of its matches against Denver this season.

Summit League player of the year Lydia Bartalo had 16 kills to lead Denver as it outhit the Mavericks .301-.160. Denver also had 13 blocks compared to four for the Mavs, who knocked off top-seeded South Dakota on Saturday.

After dropping the first two sets, UNO rallied to win the third. The Mavs got back-to-back kills from Isabella Sade for a 22-20 lead and won the set on a Denver hitting error.

But UNO never led in the fourth as Denver raced to a 16-6 lead. UNO drew to 21-18 before the Pioneers won the last four points.

Sadie Limback led UNO with 16 kills, which was her 19th straight match with double-digit kills. Anna Blaschko followed with 13 kills and Sade with 12. Freshman Sami Clarkson had a double-double with 41 assists and 12 digs, while Courtney Morehead — UNO’s lone senior — also had 12 digs.

UNO (19-14).............21 13 25 18

At Denver (23-7)......25 25 22 25

UNO (kills-aces-blocks): Limback 16-0-2, Blaschko 13-0-3, Sade 12-0-0, Blase 5-0-0, Marshall 2-0-1, Leonard 2-0-0, Clarkson 2-1-1, Morehead 0-0-0, Michalek 0-0-0, Mountjoy 0-0-0, Williams 0-1-0. Totals 52-2-7.

DU: Bartalo 16-1-1, Fobert 13-0-3, A. Green 9-3-1, Boe 6-1-4, Winters 4-0-7, B. Green 2-0-9, Anderson 1-1-0, Poulter 0-2-0, Carrabine 0-2-0. Totals 51-10-25.

Set assists: UNO 48 (Clarkson 41, Mountjoy 5, Williams 2), DU 46 (Anderson 23, Poulter 15, Carrabine 5, A. Green 1, B. Green 1, Boe 1).

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