Volleyball Splits Day One of the Omaha Challenge
Scores: Idaho State 3, UAlbany 1 (22-25, 21-25, 26-24, 13-25) & UAlbany 3, Abilene Christian 1 (23-25, 25-21, 25-16, 26-24)
Location: Baxter Arena in Omaha, NE.
Records: UAlbany (1-1); Idaho State (1-1); Abilene Christian (0-2)
Short story: After dropping its season opener to Idaho State 3-1, the UAlbany volleyball team split day one at the Omaha Challenge after sealing a victory 3-1 against Abilene Christian.
Key stats (vs. Idaho State)
- Akuabata Okenwa paced the Great Danes with 17 kills.
- Anna Chalupa notched 28 digs.
- Malea Stanton ended the match with 34 assists.
- Idaho State had 23 errors to UAlbany’s 33.
Key stats (vs. Abilene Christian)
- Grace Cozad led the way with 17 kills.
- Chloe Evering and Okenwa notched 16 kills.
- Stanton tallied 58 assists.
Coach Pickard: “I’m proud of the way the team played today. We tried some different lineups and had a number of Great Danes who were put in the lineup and really excelled. Having four players with double digit kills in the second match was great to see. Our team got some great experience today and we are looking forward to building on a good first day of the season.”
The University at Albany volleyball team split day one at the Omaha Challenge falling to Idaho State 3-1, and then defeating Abilene Christian 3-1 Friday night.
In match one, Idaho State got off to a quick 3-0 start. The Great Danes tied the set 6-6 after kills by Okenwa and Kamara Kelly, but the Bengals kept pulling ahead. Idaho State took its biggest lead of the set 18-11 after taking advantage of multiple UAlbany attacking errors. The Bengals then eventually held on to take the set 25-22.
In the second set, it was back and forth up until the Bengals pulled ahead on back-to-back kills and took advantage of an attack error to eventually take the set 25-21.
The Great Danes won their first set of 2019 in the third set. Okenwa led the way having 10 kills in the set. UAlbany outhit the Bengals in the set .298 to .186.
The Bengals sealed the win by taking the fourth set, storming out to a 10-3 lead and didn’t look back winning 25-13.
In match two, UAlbany and Abilene Christian traded points in the first two sets. Abilene Christian came out on top in the first set, pulling ahead 25-23 in the end on a kill and a service ace.
Okenwa, Grace Cozad and Chloe Evering led the way in set two, tallying 14 kills. The Wildcats tied the Great Danes multiple times in the set, but UAlbany pulled away with back-to-back kills at the end.
The Great Danes outhit the Wildcats .419 to .182 in the third set, which was led by five kills from Cozad. Kills from Evering and Okenwa once again helped UAlbany secure a 25-16 advantage.
The Wildcat and Great Danes had a close fourth set, but UAlbany held on for the 26-24 victory to earn their first win of 2019.
The Great Danes will close out the Omaha Challenge tomorrow when the team faces Omaha at 3 p.m.