PITTSBURG, Kan. - Tessa Jones led four Lady Blues with double figure
kills with a career-high 28 Friday night as the Lady Blues held on for a
3-2 win at No. 18 Pittsburg State. No. 5 Washburn (31-1, 11-0 MIAA) won
the two hour, 20 minute match 30-27, 22-30, 30-27, 27-30, 15-11 to win
for the 26th straight time.
The win clinched at least a share of the top spot in the MIAA West
Division as second place Emporia State has nine wins with two matches to
play. A WU win or ESU loss will clinch the No. 1 seed in the tournament.
The Lady Blues will continue MIAA action Saturday with a 2 p.m. match at
Three Lady Blues recorded double-doubles and four different individual
career records were broken or tied in the match.
Jones hit .316 and broke her career record of 26 that she tied Tuesday
against Rockhurst. She also tied teammate Monica Miesner and former
All-American Dani McHenry with the school rally scoring record of 28
kills in a match. Miesner recorded the feat earlier this year while
McHenry did it in 2004.
Miesner had a career night of her own with a career-best 31 digs and she
added her seventh straight double-double with 16 kills while blocking
seven PSU attacks.
Washburn's proficient offense led setter Kate Hampson to a career-high
73 assists, one off the school record and she added 10 digs for a
Stephanie Nitz also tied a career-high with 10 blocks and had a
double-double with 12 kills. Anna Simpson-Mills also got in on the
attack with 13 kills.
The Washburn back row also played strong against PSU's attack. Along
with Miesner's 31 digs and Hampson's 10, Erica Cowhick had 22 and Molly
Smith had 11.
Washburn just edged the Gorillas in kills, 79-73 and in digs, 95-94 and
each school blocked 17 attacks. While the Lady Blues had 10 service
errors to PSU's 4, they were able to pick up wins in games one, three
and five off poor hitting by the Gorillas. PSU hit .151 and .140 in the
first and third games and then hit just .056 in the deciding game.
Washburn improved to 5-0 this year in matches that go five games while
moving to 7-0 against ranked teams. Head coach Chris Herron evened his
career record at Washburn to 24-24 against ranked teams.