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UNO volleyball falls to South Dakota in Summit League tournament final
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UNO volleyball falls to South Dakota in Summit League tournament final

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VERMILLION, S.D. — UNO’s hopes of adding its first Summit League tournament title — and first NCAA tournament berth — to its regular-season crown were dashed when it ran into hot-hitting South Dakota.

The Coyotes hit .372 in sweeping the Mavericks 25-23, 30-28, 25-16 Saturday afternoon.

UNO, which split regular-season matches with South Dakota, missed opportunities to win the first two sets before the tourney hosts controlled the third.

The Mavs led 21-16 in the first set after senior Sadie Limback’s kill. But South Dakota answered with an 8-1 run, then won the set on a UNO service error.

There were 19 ties in the second set and neither team led by more than three. The Mavs scored four straight for a 24-22 lead, but back-to-back kills by Elizabeth Juhnke extended the set. Juhnke led the Coyotes with 24 kills.

UNO had four set points before saving two. And trailing 29-28, Juhnke’s attack initially was called wide, but after a video replay the call was overturned to give the Coyotes a 2-0 set lead.

South Dakota ran with that momentum, winning the first five points of the third set. UNO never got closer than three the rest of the way.

Sami Slaughter added 15 kills for the Coyotes, who repeated as Summit tournament champions to net the league’s automatic berth to the NCAA tournament.

Madison Jurgens, a Diller-Odell graduate, added 46 assists and 14 digs for South Dakota.

Limback, the Summit player of the year, led UNO with 13 kills and Marriah Buss added 11. The Mavs, who were swept for the first time since Creighton beat them Sept. 11, hit .195 as a team.

At 20-10, UNO still recorded its most wins in Division I and its most since 2009.


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