The Lady Blues took their highest ranking in school history and a
15-game winning streak on the road to No. 6 Truman and nearly gave it
all away as the Bulldogs went up two games to none, but No. 5 Washburn
won the next two and then used an error-free fifth game to defeat Truman
in five games (25-30, 22-30, 30-25, 30-25, 15-11) Tuesday night.
The win pushed the Lady Blues to 21-1 and left them as the only
undefeated school in the MIAA at 6-0. It also gave head coach Chris
Herron his 167th career win, tying him for first all-time at Washburn.
The Lady Blues will look to keep their streak going when they play four
games at home hosting the Premier Mortgage Lady Blues Fall Classic
Friday and Saturday. Washburn will play Panhandle State at noon Friday
and then follow at 6 p.m. with Abilene Christian. The 10-team tournament
will be played on two courts in Lee Arena.
Tessa Jones and Monica Miesner each recorded double-doubles with Jones
leading the team with 18 kills while adding 16 digs. Miesner, the
reigning MIAA hitter of the week, had 16 kills and 27 digs. Mandi Cox
also added double-figure kills with 15 and led the attackers with a .294
The Lady Blues had to overcome poor team hitting early on. They hit .158
in game one and .042 in the second game while the Bulldogs topped .200
in both games. Neither team hit well in the third and fourth game but
Washburn did just enough to hold on and force a game five, the fourth of
the year. The Lady Blues hit .571 in the deciding game with 12 kills in
21 attempts with no errors while the Bulldogs held close with a .310
The Lady Blues' defense kept them in the match as they recorded a
season-high 120 digs to go along with 16 blocks. Erica Cowhick reached
the 30-dig mark for the first time this year as she led the team with
39. Setter Kate Hampson had 16 digs while reaching the 50-assist mark
for the seventh straight match with 54 assists. Kelci Wigger came off
the bench to lead the team with seven assisted blocks.
Niether team came out strong as 11 of the first 19 points were scored on
attack errors in game one. Washburn benifited most from the mistakes,
leading 11-7 after a 7-0 run. The Bulldogs fought back and tied the
score at 20-20 and was able to control from then on.
After falling easily in game two, the Lady Blues started strong in the
third game. They led 5-1 and then 10-4 before a Truman timeout. The
Bulldogs pulled within three late in the game, but Washburn held on for
its first win.