Three Lady Blues reached double figures in kills as No. 5 Washburn defeated No. 9 Central Missouri, 30-16, 30-24, 30-23 Wednesday night in Lee Arena. The Lady Blues extended their school-record winning streak to 21 matches, moving to 26-1 overall and remained undefeated in the MIAA at 7-0 while the Jennies dropped to 20-4 and 6-3.
Washburn will continue MIAA play with a 3 p.m. match Saturday at Southwest Baptist.
Jones and Anna Simpson-Mills led a Lady Blue offense that hit .288 as a team. Jones had 19 kills while Simpson-Mills had 11 kills and hit a career-high .529 with two errors in 17 attempts. Monica Miesner reached double figures in kills with 14 and added a double-double with 13 digs.
Kate Hampson helped direct the offense with 45 assists while Erica Cowhick led the back row with 26 digs. Miesner and Nitz each had five blocks to lead the team above the net.
Washburn was strong from the start in its sixth match against a ranked team and third against a top-10 opponent. After a 3-3 tie in game one the Lady Blues went on a 7-1 run to jump to a 10-4 lead and force a UCM timeout. Washburn later led by 10 at 19-9 and then scored the final six points, four on UCM errors, to win the game, 30-16.
The Jennies hit just .073 in that game while WU hit .441.
In game two the two teams played close from the start. Down 6-4, Washburn went on a 5-0 run to take the lead and then never looked back. UCM got within two at 23-21 but after a Washburn timeout the Lady Blues closed out the Jennies on a 5-2 run with Mandi Cox setting down the final kill.
Washburn fell behind quick in game three, 4-1 and then 8-4. The Jennies held the lead until Washburn went on a 4-0 run to tie the score at 10-10. A service ace by Jones gave WU the lead for good at 13-12 and then Miesner clinched the match win for WU with a kill.
The Lady Blues won for just the seventh time against UCM and swept the Jennies for the first time in school history. They improved to 14-10 at home against ranked opponents in Chris Herron’s six years.
Brooke Butler led UCM with 11 kills while Jillian Ohrman, the MIAA’s leader in attack percentage, hit .190 with seven kills.