OMAHA, Neb. - Northern State's volleyball team concluded play at the UNO Showcase Saturday, splitting two more matches.
The Wolves started by defeating the hosts in four games, 25-23, 26-24, 23-25, 25-14 and were then swept by Arkansas-Fort Smith in three games, 25-19, 25-14, 25-11.
Northern had seven more kills than Nebraska-Omaha, led by Carli Peterson with 15 kills, Konefesi Vaisigano with 13 and Kalli Aiono with 12. Northern coach Brent Aldridge said the Wolves had a good effort against the Mavericks.
(Nebraska-Omaha) is a team that's playing Division I teams this year, said Aldridge. We did a nice job against them.
The loss to Arkansas-Fort Smith was quite a different story for the Wolves as Aldridge said the Lions played a physical style. Still, Northern benefitted from seeing another good team, he said.
They had a couple of hitters that were pretty physical. I didn't think we were 'on task' against them, said Aldridge. They kind of exposed some weaknesses and did some things that weren't very good.
Northern managed 22 kills, 20 less than the Lions. Paula Martins and Vaisigano led NSU with seven kills each. Aldridge said the Wolves (2-2) learned a lot about themselves during the tournament.
It was a good tournament overall and we got a chance to 'find our way', he said. We're a team that will be up and down this season and seek an identity.
Northern will have another road trip next weekend, traveling to Moorhead, Minn., where they will play three games in two days. Friday, NSU faces Minnesota State, Moorhead at 1 p.m. and Minnesota-Crookston at 6 p.m. and takes on Minot State at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Northern def. Nebraska-Omaha
25-23, 26-24, 23-25, 25-14
Serving: Northern State 4 aces (Konefesi Vaisigano 2, Carli Peterson 2); Nebraska-Omaha 7 aces (Angie Reicks 3).
Hitting: Northern State 112-131 55 kills (Peterson 30-34 15 kills, Vaisigano 26-29 13 kills, Kalli Aiono 30-35 12 kills); Nebraska-Omaha 106-135 48 kills (Natalie Ebke 30-40 17, Lizzy Mach 21-23 12 kills).
Setting: Northern State 49 assists (Morgan Richardson 41); Nebraska-Omaha 43 (Emily Myers 40).
Digs: Northern State 48 (Ella Campbell 15, Richardson 9, Peterson 8, Aiono 8); Nebraska-Omaha 51 (Amy Roberts 13, Myers 12).
Blocks: Northern State 10 assists (Richardson 3, Chelsea Chavez 3); Nebraska-Omaha 18 assists (Brittany Hanssen 6, Ebke 3).
Arkansas-Fort Smith def. Northern
25-19, 25-14, 25-11)
Serving: Northern State 40-45 2 aces (Carli Peterson 7-7 1 ace, Emma Filiaga 2-2 1 ace); Arkansas-Fort Smith 67-73 4 aces (Heidi Luks 18-20 1 ace, Fabiane Nass 12-12 1 ace).
Hitting: Northern State 84-106 22 kills (Paula Martins 18-21 7 kills, Konefesi Vaisigano 22-28 7 kills); Arkansas-Fort Smith 93-101 42 kills (Nass 24-25 12 kills, Jordan Erz 16-19 11 kills).
Setting: Northern State 21 assists (Morgan Richardson 17); Arkansas-Fort Smith 42 assists (Whitney Hale 38).
Digs: Northern State 41 (Ella Campbell 15, Vaisigano 9); Arkansas-Fort Smith 53 (Keely Rivera 14).
Blocks: Northern State 4 assists; Arkansas-Fort Smith 4 solo 12 assists (Jettie Stec 3 blocks 4 assisted).