Atlanta Vibe win inaugural match in five sets

Members of the Atlanta Vibe react after winning their inaugural match at Omaha on Wednesday.

Credit: Courtesy photo

Credit: Courtesy photo

Members of the Atlanta Vibe react after winning their inaugural match at Omaha on Wednesday.

The Atlanta Vibe won their first match in the Pro Volleyball Federation by defeating the host Omaha Supernovas in five sets for a 3-2 win on Wednesday night in its debut match.

The Vibe hit the road to take a win from the Supernovas in front of 11,624 fans at CHI Health Center in Omaha, a new record for fans at a women’s professional volleyball match in the United States.

A pair of kills from Vibe outside hitter Alli Linnehan got the night started, giving her the first points in league history. After taking the first two sets from the Supernovas, Omaha kept the visiting Vibe from a sweep with a strong 25-17 win in the third set and a closer 25-19 win in the fourth.

A back-and-forth fifth set swung back in the Vibe’s favor after an attack error from Omaha that gave the Vibe set point, which they finished off with Leah Edmond’s 27th kill of the match.

Edmond’s 29 points led both teams, while Linnehan followed her with 16 points (13 kills, 2 blocks, 1 ace), and opposite Grace Cleveland tallied 15 points in the Vibe’s five-set win (11 kills, 4 blocks).

The Vibe continues their season-opening road trip, taking on the Orlando Valkyries on Friday night at Addition Financial Arena at 7 p.m. on Bally Live.

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