OMAHA, Neb. -- Junior Sydney O'Shaughnessy reached a pair of long-awaited career milestones Friday night as the Omaha volleyball team outlasted South Dakota State in a five-set marathon, 3-2 (24-26, 25-12, 25-16, 18-25, 15-12) at Sapp Fieldhouse. The Mavericks improved to 6-21 (3-10 Summit League) with their sixth five-set win of the season, while SDSU dropped to 4-21 (4-10).
O'Shaughnessy’s performance helped her pass the 1,000 career digs and 3,000 career assists marks in just under three seasons. The Omaha Marian product tallied her team-leading 11th double-double of the year on a match-high 53 assists and 10 digs alongside four kills on .571 hitting, one service ace and one block. She now owns 1,009 career scoops and 3,045 career assists as a Maverick.
Senior Elise Brown also had a double-double with career highs of 17 kills and 15 digs, while freshman Chloe Dousette totaled a match-high and season-best 21 kills while attacking at a .311 clip. Senior Nicki Carson also had a double-figure kill night with 11, hitting .417.
Defensively, freshman Ashley Smith put up a team-leading 22 digs, and freshman Hannah Angeli added 14 more along with three aces. At the net, junior Amanda Conlin notched four blocks, including three solo stops.
As a team, Omaha hit .219 to South Dakota State's .153.
SDSU was led by 18 kills from Ashley Beaner and another 11 from Nazya Thies, who added 13 digs for a double-double. Mattison Munger paced the Jacks with 43 assists, Ellie Benson added 30 digs, and Sierra Peterson had five blocks for the night.
South Dakota State broke a late 24-24 tie in the first set, as the Jacks used a Maverick error and a Thies kill to claim the opener, 26-24.
Omaha bounded back in game two, building an early 8-4 lead that forced a Jackrabbit timeout. The Mavericks again doubled their score at 10-5 on a Brown kill, then extended it to 18-7 with a Carson kill that prompted another SDSU break. Omaha continued to charge from there, taking its largest lead at 23-10 with a Brown kill and an SDSU error, then matched the 13-point margin twice more, with the last sealing the set at 25-12 and evening the match at 1-1.
In the third game, seven Mavericks registered at least one kill. Omaha sped to a 16-8 advantage by the middle of the set, as kills from Brown and Carson preceded a Jackrabbit error. Following an SDSU timeout, the Mavericks extended their run to 6-0 with a kill by freshman Ellie Brown and two more SDSU errors to lead 19-8. Though the Jacks cut their deficit to single-digits at 20-11, UNO never faltered, adding two more kills apiece from Elise Brown and Dousette to win 25-16.
South Dakota State powered to a .500 (14-of-28) team hitting percentage in the fourth game, committing no errors while getting five kills from Beaner, four more from Thies and another three from Peterson. The Jackrabbits broke past a 13-13 tie and did not relinquish their lead, winning the set 25-18 to put the match in a 2-2 deadlock.
Omaha, however, showed its resiliency in the fifth set, winning the point on 11 of 13 SDSU serves for an 84 percent sideout percentage. After the game stalled at 10-10, the Mavericks kicked it into gear with three straight scores on consecutive kills from Carson and Brown and an SDSU attack error. Omaha used another Brown kill to make it 14-11, and two plays later finished it with a hammer from Dousette for a 15-12 set win and the 3-2 match victory.
Omaha returns to action on Sunday, Nov. 6, welcoming Oral Roberts to Baxter Arena at 2 p.m. Fans are encouraged to arrive early for pre-match Senior Day festivities. Links to live stats, audio and video will be available on OMavs.com.