UNO won its final home match of the season as the Mavericks swept Western Illinois 25-16, 25-19, 25-21 Monday afternoon at Baxter Arena.
Rachel Fairbanks and Anna Blaschko were dominant at the net as Western Illinois’ block had a hard time slowing down the middle blockers.
The freshman Fairbanks finished with a match-high 13 kills as she hit .500. Blaschko added 11 kills and hit .556. Sadie Limback, who has had 14 straight matches of double-digit kills, chipped in 10 and Isabella Sade had nine as the Mavericks hit .298 as a team.
“We were balanced, we were in control of first contact a lot,” UNO coach Matt Buttermore said. “We need to do a little better job of staying consistent through the set.”
Sami Clarkson finished with 44 assists, Claire Mountjoy had a match-high 13 digs and Courtney Morehead, the team’s only senior, added six digs.
UNO improves to 16-12 and 9-5 in Summit League play. UNO has won six of its past seven, sweeping five of those opponents. Its only loss during that stretch was a four-setter against league leader South Dakota, which is 25-1.
UNO will complete its regular season with matches at Denver on Friday and at South Dakota State on Sunday.
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Western Illinois (6-21, 3-11)....16 19 21
At UNO (16-12, 9-5).................25 25 25
WI (kills-aces-blocks): Mitchell 10-0-1, Kruize 7-0-0, Shult 3-0-0, Steckler 1-1-1, Schumacher 0-0-1, Putman 4-0-0, Dieter 3-0-1, Norris 0-0-1. Totals 28-1-5.
UNO: Michalek 0-1-0, Sade 9-0-1, Blase 3-0-2, Mountjoy 0-1-0, Limback 10-0-1, Blaschko 11-1-3, Leonard 1-0-0, Clarkson 1-1-0, Fairbanks 13-0-1. Totals 48-4-8.
Set assists: WI 28 (Connell 14, Hunt 12, Kruize 2); UNO 48 (Clarkson 44, Mountjoy 2, Morehead 1, Limback 1)