With a career-high 28 kills, Monica Miesner tied Washburn’s single-game kill record in a 3-1 win over Northwest Missouri State Saturday afternoon in Lee Arena. The No. 7 Lady Blues took out the Bearcats, 30-22, 29-31, 30-19, 30-22 to win their 15th straight match and improve to 20-1 and remain perfect in MIAA play at 5-0.
The win also put head coach Chris Herron one win away from tying Washburn’s career coaching record. He has 166 wins in his sixth year.
Washburn will head on the road to play at No. 8 Truman Tuesday at 7 p.m. in what should be an MIAA top-10 match-up.
Miesner opened the match with kills on three of Washburn’s first four points and she ended that game with eight kills. She had nine in the third game. Miesner hit .426 in the match and added 13 digs for a double-double. She also had four assisted blocks and three service aces.
She wrapped up a strong week by averaging 5.33 kills, 3.67 digs, 1.22 blocks and 6.50 points per game in the two matches. She also added four service aces and had a .318 attack percentage as she had double-doubles in both contests.
WU’s explosive offense allowed four other players to join Miesner with double-figure kills. Tessa Jones had 12, Stephanie Nitz had 11 and Mandi Cox and Caitlin Conley each had 10. Conley led in attack with a .692 percentage with just one error in 13 attempts while Nitz had a .474 percentage and the Lady Blues hit .324 as a team.
Kate Hampson helped orchestrate the attack as she reached the 50-assist mark for the sixth straight match with 62 of them after setting a career-high with 67 Wednesday night against Emporia State.
The defense also was strong with five players reaching double-figures in digs and the team combining for 91 of them. Jones and Cox joined Miesner with double-doubles as Jones had 14 digs and Cox had a career-high 12. Erica Cowhick had 28 and Molly Smith had 13. She also added a pair of service aces.
Washburn put away the Bearcats easily in the first game, taking leads of 11-4 and 19-9 before finishing them off, 30-22. In the second game the Lady Blues were never able to recover after falling behind 12-3 and then 18-9. They fought back and tied the score at 25-25 and then 29-29 before NWMSU scored the final two points to tie the match at one game win each.
Games three and four easily went the Lady Blues’ way as they hit .500 in game three and then .485 in the fourth game. Conley entered the match in the third game and provided a huge spark with three kills in game three and seven kills and a block in game four.
Miesner tied Washburn’s single-match kill record since rally scoring began in 2001 and at least back to 1999 when single-match records were first kept. Dani McHenry also had 28 kills in a match against Central Missouri in 2004. Miesner’s previous career high was 24 kills against UCM in 2005.