Squierettes sweep third consecutive opponent

UNK head coach Rick Squiers looks at his scouting report prior to the match against Rockhurst, Sept. 8,l 2017 (KHGI)

Senior outside hitter Kaitlynn Thomas had 24 combined kills and fifth-ranked Nebraska Kearney had 98 digs to sweep both No. 25 Rockhurst (-19, -21, -17) and Southeastern Oklahoma State (-16, -12, -12) Friday at the Health & Sports Center.

The evening tilt between the Lopers (6-1) and Hawks (4-2) featured two of the winningest head coaches in NCAA Division II history. After today's action, Rick Squiers and Tracy Rietzke have combined for 2,068 victories.

The Top 25 match featured eight ties and three lead changes over the first two sets before the Lopers roared out to a 16-6 edge in the third. Overall, UNK out hit the Hawks by over 100 points (.250 to .145) and were plus six in the serve game.

Thomas had a team-best 12 kills and hit .346 with Ziegelbein at 11 kills, three digs, two blocks and a .417 hitting efficiency. Next, Jackson had 11 digs and hit a team-high .444 (4-0-9) with Wolfe tallying eight digs and three aces. Finally, Papillion junior libero Ellie McDonnell had 11 digs, an assist and a rare kill.

Earlier, UNK hit .304 to sweep the Savage Storm (3-3). Thomas again had 12 kills and hit .346 with North Platte middle Josie Cox smashing home seven kills in 10 attempts with no errors (.700). She also provided four block assists at the net.

Ziegelbein (six digs, five blocks and four kills) and Ogallala junior outside Kendall Schroer (seven kills and three blocks) were also factors.

UNK faces Northwestern Oklahoma State (noon) and Texas A & M-Kingsville (6 p.m.) on Saturday.

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