OMAHA ATHLETICS REWIND FEB. 20-26, 2017

HOCKEY

The Omaha hockey team split a pair of games at North Dakota last weekend. On Friday, the Mavericks fought back from 3-0 and 4-3 deficits but ultimately fell to the Fighting Hawks, 6-4. Steven Spinner had two goals, and David Pope and Fredrik Olofsson also registered a goal and an assist.

On Saturday, Evan Weninger made 22 saves, and Austin Ortega had a three-point night as the Mavericks shutout UND, 3-0, to end a six-game losing streak against their hosts. Pope scored a power play goal in the first period, and Riley Alferd and Ortega tallied in the third. The win keeps the Mavericks in the hunt for home ice advantage in the first round of the NCHC Playoffs with one week remaining in the regular season.

MEN'S BASKETBALL

The Omaha men's basketball team went 2-0 to cap the regular season, locking up a No. 3 seed for next weekend's Summit League Tournament. On Wednesday, a last-second shot by Mitch Hahn lifted Omaha to an 84-83 road win over Denver. Marcus Tyus led all scorers with 30 points and six 3-pointers alongside a team-high six rebounds.

On Saturday, the Mavericks upended North Dakota State 96-92 at Baxter Arena, dashing Bison hopes for a regular-season championship. Tyus led five double-figure scorers for Omaha with 27 points, as well as five rebounds and four assists. Mitch Hahn went 5-of-7 from deep for 19 points, while Tra-Deon Hollins had 17 points and team highs of eight boards, five assists, three steals and a block.

On Saturday night, Omaha celebrated the careers of its three seniors: Kyler Erickson, Marcus Tyus and Tra-Deon Hollins.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

The Omaha women’s basketball team went 2-0 to wrap up the regular season, clinching the No. 5 seed for next weekend’s Summit League Tournament. The Mavericks dispatched North Dakota State Wednesday at Baxter Arena, 90-64. Michaela Dapprich led all scorers with 23 points. Mikaela Shaw added 16 points and six rebounds, and Remy Davenport chipped in another 12 points and six boards.

Omaha celebrated Senior Day on Saturday with a 100-78 victory over Denver in its regular season finale. Dapprich and Shaw combined for 46 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Shaw led all scorers with 24 points and six boards. Dapprich added 22 points and four assists, while Davenport had 15 points on five three-pointers. Brecht chipped in 10 points, while Amber Vidal dished out a career-high 11 assists.

Omaha honored the careers of its three seniors – Michaela Dapprich, Abi Lujan and Mikaela Shaw – on Saturday afternoon.
BASEBALL

The Omaha baseball team continued its opening road swing last week, playing five games. The Mavericks closed their Las Vegas trip on Monday, falling 15-1. Sam Palensky finished 2-for-4 to lead the Mavericks at the plate.

On Tuesday, Omaha visited Kansas, dropping an 11-1 decision. Adam Caniglia and Cole Patterson each had a pair of hits, with Patterson finishing 2-for-3 with a walk and Caniglia going 2-for-5 with a double.

The Mavericks began a three-game series at No. 6 Louisville on Friday, falling 7-2. Parker Smejkal delivered a 2-for-4 day at the dish.

On Saturday, the Cardinals shut out Omaha, 10-0, limiting the Mavericks to one hit -- a single by Riley Herold in the fifth.

UNO closed the series on Sunday, with Louisville taking a 6-0 win. Grant Suponchick threw a season-long 6.0 innings, holding the Cardinals to two runs on seven hits with no walks and four strikeouts. Smejkal led the way offensively, finishing 2-for-3 with a walk.

SOFTBALL

The Omaha softball team took part in the Interstate 75 Challenge last weekend, playing five games over three days. UNO dropped game one of its doubleheader against Georgia Tech Friday afternoon, 5-1. Lizzie Noble, Hailey Bartz and Emily Klosterman each had singles for the Mavericks.

The Mavericks lost a 2-1 decision in eight innings to the Yellow Jackets in the second game of Friday’s doubleheader. Vicky Kinney and Lia Mancuso each went 1-for-4 to lead Omaha at the plate.

On Saturday, Omaha split a doubleheader with Georgia State, winning the opener 3-1. Noble paced the Mavericks at the plate, finishing 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Kelly Pattison finished 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBI, and Nicole Warren went 1-for-4 with an RBI. Abbie Clanton picked up the win, and Laura Roecker pitched the final inning to earn the save.

In game two, the Panthers stopped the Mavericks 12-4 in six innings. Nicole Warren finished the day 2-for-2 with a run scored, while Pattison went 1-for-3 with a run scored and a RBI.

On Sunday, Kennesaw State shut out Omaha, 9-0, in five innings, limiting UNO to one hit – a single by Pattison in the fourth.

TRACK & FIELD

The Omaha track & field team finished in sixth place at the Summit League Indoor Championships last weekend at South Dakota State. Alyssa Thavenet was UNO's highest finisher, taking third in the 800 meters with a personal best time of 2:09.46.

MEN'S TENNIS

The Omaha men’s tennis team fell to UMKC 5-2 on Friday in Lincoln, Neb. Nathan Reekie won in straight sets, 6-0, 6-4, at No. 3. Razvan Grigorescu came away with a split set victory at No. 1, 6-7, 6-4, 1-0.

WOMEN'S TENNIS

The Omaha women's tennis team played one match last week, falling 7-0 at Nebraska on Sunday. Michelle Lo had the closest singles match of the day, dropping a 7-6 (7-2), 6-4 decision at the No. 1 position.

Basketball photos by Mark Kuhlmann; baseball photos by Mike DeZarn.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Monday, Feb. 27

MGOLF at The Colin Montgomerie at Houston Baptist | 8am | Spring, Texas

WGOLF at Edwin Watts/Kiawah Island Classic | 8am CT | Kiawah Island, S.C.

Tuesday, Feb. 28

MGOLF at The Colin Montgomerie at Houston Baptist | 8am | Spring, Texas

WGOLF at Edwin Watts/Kiawah Island Classic | 8am CT | Kiawah Island, S.C.

Wednesday, March 1

BSB at Wichita State | 3pm | Wichita, Kan.

Friday, March 3

SB vs. Montana (Red Desert Classic) | 1:30pm CT | St. George, Utah

MTEN vs. Central (Iowa) | 3pm | Miracle Hill Tennis Center

SB vs. Utah State (Red Desert Classic) | 6:30pm CT | St. George, Utah

BSB at Incarnate Word | 6:30pm | San Antonio, Texas

MTEN vs. Hastings | 7pm | Miracle Hill Tennis Center

HKY vs. Denver | 7:37pm | Baxter Arena

Saturday, March 4

SB at Southern Utah (Red Desert Classic) | Noon CT | St. George, Utah

SB vs. Utah (Red Desert Classic) | 2:30pm CT | St. George, Utah

BSB at Incarnate Word | 3pm | San Antonio, Texas

WTEN vs. Southern Utah | 5pm | Grand Forks, N.D.

HKY vs. Denver | 7:07pm | Baxter Arena

Sunday, March 5

WTEN at North Dakota | 10am | Grand Forks, N.D.

SB vs. UC Santa Barbara (Red Desert Classic) | 11am CT | St. George, Utah

WBB vs. South Dakota (Summit League Tournament) | Noon | Sioux Falls, S.D.

BSB at Incarnate Word | 1pm | San Antonio, Texas

MBB vs. Fort Wayne (Summit League Tournament) | 8:30pm | Sioux Falls, S.D.

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