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IPFW survives upset scare, rallies to beat Omaha in 5 games

Saturday, October 6, 2012 - 4:23 am

It took three overtime games and a 40-point decisive fifth game, but the IPFW women's volleyball team survived an upset scare against last-place Omaha and remains in first place in The Summit League.

IPFW rallied from a two-game deficit and won the final three games in overtime as it defeated Omaha 24-26, 21-25, 26-24, 29-27, 21-19 on Saturday in Omaha, Neb.

Despite IPFW holding Omaha to less than .200 attack percentage in all five games, the Mavericks out-hit the Mastodons .138 to .134.

IPFW, which was ranked No. 55 in the latest national RPI released earlier this week, had three players in the victory finish with double-digit kills.

Outside attacker Haley Emenhiser led the Mastodons (16-3, 6-1 Summit League) with 18 kills. In addition, outside attacker Emily Spencer had 16 kills, while middle attacker Jessie Manwaring added 14 kills.

Omaha-Nebraska outside attacker Natalie Ebke in the loss had a match-high 24 kills.

Libero Tessa McGill against Omaha-Nebraska (6-12, 1-5 Summit League) tied her season-high with 29 digs.

With this victory, the Mastodons extend their season-best winning streak to seven matches. The win also helped IPFW maintain its one-match lead on second-place Kansas City and IUPUI for first place in The Summit League.

This was the second consecutive conference match for the Mastodons that went to a decisive fifth game. IPFW rallied from a one-game deficit to beat the defending Summit League champions North Dakota State in five games on Saturday.

IPFW will continue conference play as it plays host to Western Illinois at 7 p.m. Monday at the Gates Center.