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UNO volleyball advances to Summit League tournament final after defeating Oral Roberts
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UNO volleyball advances to Summit League tournament final after defeating Oral Roberts

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VERMILLION, S.D. — UNO put its offensive depth and firepower on display while reaching the Summit League volleyball tournament final on Friday night.

Sadie Limback finished with 21 kills and 18 digs to lead the Mavs to a 25-15, 25-20, 27-29, 25-15 semifinal win over Oral Roberts.

UNO (20-9), the Summit’s regular-season champ, will face South Dakota in the final at 2 p.m. Saturday with a bid to the NCAA tournament on the line. South Dakota beat South Dakota State 20-25, 25-18, 25-20, 24-26, 18-16 in the other semifinal.

Limback, who was named the Summit player of the year Wednesday, had a .459 hitting percentage on the night, and a number of her teammates also were efficient as the Mavs hit .348 as a team.

Marriah Buss finished with a season-best 20 kills with a .548 hitting percentage, while Shayla McCormick added 15 kills and 16 digs. Rylee Marshall hit .417 as the middle blocker had seven kills and was in on five blocks.

Sami Clarkson, the Summit setter of the year, had a season-high 61 assists, while Jaidyn Centeno and Claire Mountjoy combined for 32 digs.

UNO had swept Oral Roberts twice during the regular season and appeared to be on its way to doing that again. The Mavs led 14-7 in the third set before ORU stormed back to tie it 18-18. There were eight ties in the set after that as ORU won on its fifth set point on a Kaia Dunford kill.

The fourth set was tied 12-all before the Mavs took off. They finished the match on a 13-3 run as Buss had six kills during that stretch. Mountjoy ended the match with her second ace serve.

Oral Roberts, which knocked UMKC from the tournament Thursday, hit .210. The Golden Eagles finished their season 18-11.


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