Lopers Win Two on Friday

Lopers Win Two on Friday
September 10th, 2021 | Peter Yazvac-UNK Sports Information

Kearney, Neb. – The third-ranked Nebraska-Kearney volleyball team served up seven aces and hit an even .400 to sweep Chadron State (-9, -17, -8) and three different players recorded a double digit kill total in a sweep of Southern Nazarene (-15, -20, -13) Friday at the Rosella Meier Fall Classic in the Health & Sports Center.

The annual two-day tournament also features West Texas A&M. The Lady Buffaloes improves to 6-0 by sweeping both CSC (-16, -15, -11) and SNU (-11, -13, -16). UNK and WT square off Saturday at 4 p.m. with the Eagles (2-3) and Crimson Storm (3-3) playing at 2 p.m.

Now 75-4 all-time against Chadron, UNK (7-0) was not only efficient offensively (47-9-95) but also was tough from the service line. Four different players registered at least one ace with several Lopers staying at the line for a good chunk of time.

Minden redshirt freshman Jensen Rowse served up six straight points, three via an ace, in the opening set, with North Platte redshirt junior Sami Mauch getting UNK within 8-7 in the second with a kill. She then served up four straight points, recording another ace along the way. Finally, the third featured long service runs from Mauch, Colorado senior Breanna Jones and Johnson redshirt freshman Fallon Stutheit.

Alliance sophomore outside Emersen Cyza had a team-best 12 kills and hit .417 with Kearney middles Anna Squiers andBailee Sterling combining for 15 kills, six blocks and a .481 hitting efficiency. Next, Jones dug up 14 balls as the libero withMauch at seven kills, five digs, three blocks and two aces.

Things were a bit tougher against SNU from Bethany, Okla. UNK hit .252 and dug up 49 balls while limiting the Crimson Storm to a .056 attack percentage. This was the first-ever volleyball match between SNU and UNK.

Squiers (12), Mauch (10) and Kansas true freshman outside Asha Regier (11) combined for 33 kills with Mauch and Lincoln redshirt freshman Lauren Taubenheim at eight digs apiece. Finally, Jones had 18 digs with Kearney senior setterMadison Squiers at 39 assists and seven digs.

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