Joe Hoffmann, Media Relations Manager
WARRENSBURG – Central Missouri Jennies Volleyball’s four game winning streak came to a halt Saturday afternoon at the hands of No. 4 Nebraska-Kearney. The Lopers defeated the Jens 3-0 (21-25, 22-25, 18-25) in three close sets. The loss puts UCM at 16-5 this season and 6-3 in the MIAA.
How it Happened
• The Jennies committed three more errors than UNK, 13-10, and lost the attack percentage battle, .258-.250.
• The Lopers landed three more service aces and had seven blocks to the Jennies two.
• All three sets were tight, with two of the three decided by four points or less. In the opener, UNK made a small lead hold up. Earning a point on a kill making it 3-2, the Lopers never gave the lead back. They led by as much as five, 16-11, but UCM got to within two on a number of occasions and one near the end of the set. The Jennies scored three straight to cut lead down to 22-21, but Nebraska-Kearney scored the final three of the set to end it, 25-22.
• The second set was the closest of the three with eight ties and five lead changes. The Jennies led by three early, 8-5, but a 4-0 UNK run gave the Lopers the lead at 9-8. The two teams battled and with the score tied at 12-all, UNK went on another run, this time 6-0 to take an 18-12 lead. Still ahead by six, 22-16, it was the Jennies turn to make a run, going on a 6-0 stretch of their own, tying the set on a kill from Hannah Engelken. But like set one, the Lopers scored the final three points with three straight kills and took the second set, 25-22.
• The Jennies led early in the third set, 2-1, but that was the last time. UNK rattled off three straight, giving them a 4-2 lead and never trailed again. They were able to maintain a multiple-point lead the rest of the set and went on to take set three, 25-18.
Jennies Stat Leaders
• Audrey Fisher led the Jennies in kills for the second straight match with 11.
• Kylie Hohlen picked up 10 kills and eight digs.
• Ally Offerdahl passed out 40 assists and also had eight digs.
• Carly Offerdahl had a team-best 19 digs.
• Abby Skrastins picked up 10 digs.
• Rylee Neigenfind chipped in with nine kills and six digs.
For the Lopers
• Kendall Schroer had a game-high 17 kills and two blocks.
• Lindsey Smith passed out 34 assists and came away with eight digs.
• Ellie McDonnell had a game-best 20 digs.
• Julianne Jackson picked up eight kills and 12 digs.
News and Notes
• The Jennies have now lost six straight to the Lopers and are 12-12 all-time against them.
• UCM has hit better than .200 for a match for the eighth straight time.
• Anna Sykes nine digs match a career-high.
• This was the Jennies eighth game this season against a ranked opponent. They are now 4-4.
• The Jennies will face another ranked opponent next weekend on the road when they head to Edmond, Okla. to take on Central Oklahoma Friday, Oct. 12.