OMAHA, Neb. — The University of Northern Iowa volleyball team pulled off its fourth win over a Top 25 team Saturday when the Panthers clipped No. 10 Nebraska 3-1 in the Omaha Challenge.
Set scores were 25-20, 25-23, 14-25, 25-21.
UNI has also defeated No. 18 USC, No. 19 Missouri and No. 19 Iowa State this season while building a 10-3 record. Saturday’s win over the Cornhuskers was the first in the program’s history.
Bri Weber and Karlie Taylor had 15 kills each to lead the Panther attack, which hit .232 as a team. Piper Thomas added 11 kills, Heather Hook had 40 assists, Weber and Taylor Hedges had three service aces each and three UNI players posted double-digit digs — Hedges with 16 and Kendyl Sorge and Taylor with 15 each.
Later Saturday, Kansas State (7-6) fought off UNI (10-4) in a five-set battle, 25-22, 24-26, 29-27, 23-25, 15-6. Weber had 22 kills, Thomas 19 and Taylor 18 for the Panthers. Hook finished with 58 assists and five players reached double figures in digs, led by Taylor’s 19.
Friday, UNI held Nebraska-Omaha (3-9) to a .112 attack percentage as the Panthers opened the tournament with a 25-15, 19-25, 25-18, 25-22 win.
Weber led the way defensively with 23 digs and became the 17th player in school history to record 1,000 career digs. Sorge added 15, Taylor had 13 and Hook 10. Thomas was in on five blocks, Moriah Johnson four and Jaydlin Seehase three.
MAYFLOWER DAY OPEN: UNI had six runners place among the top 10 at the Wisconsin Mayflower Day Open Saturday.
In the women’s race, Hannah Truniger was third in 21:55.2, Ashley Norem was sixth in 22:23.9, Brette Correy placed eighth in 22:27.6 and Tiffany Christensen claimed 10th in 22:35.7.
In the men’s race, C.J. May ran a personal-best 26:10.1 for fifth place and Alex Jackson crossed the finish line in 27:05.4 to take 10th.
UNI 3, NORTHERN ILLINOIS 2: In DeKalb, Ill., Northern Iowa saw a 2-0 lead vanish, but the Panthers regrouped and got a late goal from Sarah Brandt to defeat Northern Illinois 3-2 in women’s college soccer Friday.
Johnnie Hill turned a Hannah McDevitt assist into a goal in the 32nd minute, and Brandt connected on a shot from outside the box in the 43rd minute to give the Panthers (7-1) their two-goal lead.
However, the Huskies (3-3-1) got on the scoreboard just before halftime to make it 2-1, then pulled even in the 76th minute.
Brandt’s game-winner, her team-leading fifth goal of the season, came off an assist from Sydney Hayden.
The Panthers return home to the Cedar Valley Soccer Complex to host North Dakota at 1 p.m. Sunday in their final non-conference matchup.