Western Ends 21-Game Winning Streak for No. 7 Nebraska-Kearney


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GUNNISON, Colo. - The Western State volleyball team ruined No. 7 University of Nebraska at Kearney's hopes for going undefeated in conference play, Friday evening at Paul Wright Gym. The Mountaineers defeated the Lopers 3-2 (17-25, 25-17, 29-27, 14-25, 15-13).

The win improves the Mountaineers to 6-14 overall (5-7 RMAC), while the Lopers fall to 21-2 overall (10-1 RMAC).

The Mountaineers stafted off strong with a 4-0 lead in the first set, forcing the Lopers to call a timeout. The Lopers battled back from the deficit and tied the score at 7-7. From there, the Lopers were to much to handle and pulled away with a 25-17 first set victory.

The Mountaineers dug deep and rallied back, winning the next two sets (25-17, 29-27). In set four, Nebraska-Kearney took the win (25-14), forcing a fifth and final set.

The final set went back and forth, as the Mountaineers and the Lopers tied the score seven times. The last tie was at 10-10, when a serving ace by redshirt-freshman Aleshia Fremgen gave the advantage to Western. From that point, the Mountaineers never looked back. A kill by senior setter Amy Thompson earned the Mountaineers the victory and the upset that they were looking for.

Offensively, the Mountaineers had three players who registered double-digit kills. Leading the way was seniors Erin Osleson and Amanda Passehl, who finished with 17 kills each, while sophomore Courtnee Pedone added 13 kills. Thompson finished with a match-high 51 assists. Defensively, the Mountaineers had three players with double-digit digs. Leading the way was sophomore Jamie Hamsa with 15 digs, followed by sophomore Madison Dempsey with 14 and Fremgen had 13.

For the Lopers, Jeri Walkowiak finished with a match-high 18 kills, while Chelsie Carson recorded 17 kills and Erica Burson added 13. Defensively, the Lopers had four players with double-digit kills. Leading the way was Katlyn Heiserman with 14 digs, Walkowiak had 13, Shelby Workman had 11 and Kelli Wemhoff added ten.

The Mountaineers return to action on Saturday Oct. 18 against the Eagles of Chadron State at 5 p.m. in the Paul Wright Gym.

Article courtesy of Western State athletics.

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