Omaha volleyball dominated the final three sets to defeat Denver 17-25, 25-13, 25-11, 25-10 on Saturday afternoon at Baxter Arena.
The victory had an additional meaning. It came on Senior Day — coach Matt Buttermore said it’s always nice to win on Senior Day — and coupled with North Dakota State’s loss to South Dakota State, it secured the Mavs a second seed in the Summit League tournament.
The tournament begins Thursday at Baxter Arena. As the second seed, UNO will have a bye on Thursday and play in the semifinals on Friday.
The Mavs turned the match on Saturday when it hit minus 0.026 points in the opening set. UNO then hit better than .400 in each of the last three sets, including .591 in the fourth set.
“We came out in the second set and we said to each other, ‘We got you, we got you. “Trust our training and do what we do. That was a big change.”
For the match, UNO hit .313 and again got an even attack. Marriah Buss and Shayla McCormick led with 14 kills each, while Kali Jurgensmeier had 13. McKenna Ruch had eight kills, hit .538 and was in four blocks.
McCormick also had 13 digs for a double-double, while Jaiden Centeno, another senior honored on Saturday, also had 13 digs.
Looking back at the last five seasons of UNO volleyball