UNO heads into the halfway point of the Summit League volleyball season with a difficult assignment — a road trip to play the conference’s top two teams.
And the travel schedule isn’t exactly the best, either.
After playing Friday night at Denver (10-8 overall, 4-1 Summit), UNO makes what would ordinarily be a relatively easy road trip a couple of hours up the road to South Dakota (14-6, 5-0). But the fatigue from going back and forth to Colorado first (the Mavs play Denver at 8 p.m. in Hamilton Gymnasium) could be a factor in the 7 p.m. Sunday match with the Coyotes at the DakotaDome.
UNO is 6-14 overall and is in a three-way time for last in the eight-team Summit with both North Dakota State and South Dakota State at 1-4.
Denver is paced by Brea Muhle, a senior from Columbus Lakeview who leads the Summit with a .454 hitting percentage, and sophomore Sarah Schmid, who is second in hitting at .374 and fourth with 1.1 blocks per set. Denver leads the league with a .270 hitting percentage, and is tied for first with 13.4 kills per set.
South Dakota’s Kendall Kritenbrink, a junior from Omaha Gross, leads the Summit with 4.6 kills per set, while Kelsey Biltoft, a sophomore from Nelson, Neb., ranks third with a .335 hitting percentage and 1.11 blocks per set. Melissa Firtko, a 6-4 middle blocker, is second in the Summit with 1.23 blocks per set, and Tori Kroll leads the league with 10.5 assists per set.