Volleyball Claims Tournament Title With Wins Over Omaha And Central Michigan
OMAHA, Neb. – The Drake University volleyball team defeated Omaha and Central Michigan on Saturday (Aug. 30) afternoon to capture the 2014 DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Omaha Classic title. Both matches went five sets as Drake knocked off Omaha, 3-2 (20-25, 25-23, 25-19, 26-28, 15-12), and Central Michigan, 3-2 (16-25, 25-12, 17-25, 25-21, 20-18), to improve to 3-0 on the season.
Drake rallied from a 2-1 deficit against Central Michigan in its final match of the tournament. The Chippewas never trailed in the opening set as they cruised to the 25-16 win. In the second set it was all Bulldogs as they fell behind 1-0, but never trailed again on the way to the blowout victory of 25-12.
Central Michigan rebounded to take the third set, 25-17. Drake answered the challenge as it claimed the fourth set, 25-21, and forced the fifth and deciding set for the third consecutive match.
The fifth set was tightly contested and included 11 score ties and nine lead changes. The Bulldogs fell behind 14-9, but then mounted a furious comeback, cutting the score to 14-13 as the Chippewas called their final timeout.
The two teams traded points after the break as neither squad could secure the necessary two-point advantage to claim the victory. Drake finally broke through with back-to-back block assists by Shelby Daum (Battle Creek, Neb.) and Capris Quaites (Omaha, Neb.) to get the match win, 20-18, and the tournament title.
Freshman Kyla Inderski (Urbandale, Iowa) ended a stellar debut weekend with 11 kills, eight digs and one block as she was named the tournament’s DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Omaha Classic Most Valuable Player.
Sophomore transfer Nicole Woods (St. Charles, Ill.) smashed a team-leading 13 kills, five blocks and one dig. Inderski and Woods along with sophomore Michelle Thommi (Omaha, Neb.) were each named to the all-tournament team. Daum and Quaites each recorded nine kills in the match.
In the contest against the host Mavericks, Drake fell behind early as Omaha won the opening set, 25-20. Both teams were aggressive offensively as the Bulldogs connected for 14 kills along with a .275 hitting percentage, but Omaha was slightly better with 17 kills and a .295 hitting percentage.
Drake found itself in trouble in the second set as Omaha grabbed a 20-16 lead as the Bulldogs had to call their final timeout of the frame. However, out of the break Drake trimmed the margin to 21-20 as Omaha was forced to use its final timeout. After the timeout, Inderski nailed a service ace and Daum, who had 10 kills off the bench in the match, blasted two kills as the Bulldogs won 25-23 to even the contest.
The Bulldogs controlled the third set, leading by as much as seven points on two separate occasions, as they cruised to a 25-19 victory.
Omaha came out on top in a wild back-and-forth fourth set that featured 14 score ties and four lead changes. The Mavericks won the set, 28-26, as Drake would play a deciding fifth set for the second consecutive match after knocking off UMKC in five sets on Friday night.
It was a tightly contested fifth set as neither team led by more than one point until the Mavericks took an 11-9 lead after a kill by Megan Schmale. Drake stormed back with three straight points, with two kills by Inderski and a ball-handling error by Omaha, to go ahead 12-11 and force a Mavericks’ timeout. After the timeout, Omaha tied the score at 12-12, but Drake won its second consecutive match behind a block assist by Inderski and Quaites and a block solo by Quaites. The final score in the fifth was 15-12. The final frame featured 11 score ties and five lead changes.
Inderski had a match-high 18 kills along with 13 digs, two blocks, two assists and one service ace. Quaites finished with nine kills, six digs and four blocks. Junior Rebecca Brown (Bentonville, Ark.) had 29 assists, while sophomore Chandelle Davidson (Gretna, Neb.) tallied 22 assists as the two split time at the setter position.
Drake hosts North Dakota on Tuesday, Sept. 2 in its first home match of the 2014 season. First serve at the Knapp Center is set for 6 p.m.
2014 Omaha Classic All-Tournament Team
- Kyla Inderski, Drake (Most Valuable Player)
- Michelle Thommi, Drake
- Nicole Woods, Drake
- Jordan Bueter, Central Michigan
- Emma Hagedorn, UMKC
- Jessica Hendin, UMKC
- Kelley Wollak, Omaha