TOPEKA, Kan. -- The No. 6 ranked Washburn Lady Blues advanced to the MIAA Postseason Tournament semifinals with a 3-0 (30-19, 30-20, 30-22) win over Missouri Western. The Lady Blues will face off against
Pittsburg State in Kirksville, Mo., on Friday. The Lady Blues (34-2)
swept the Gorillas in two, five-game matches in their two matches during the regular season.
Against the Griffons (10-22), the Lady Blues scored five straight points
to turn an 18-12 lead into a a 22-13 lead pulling away to a 30-19 game
one win. In the first game, Washburn hit .452 (23 kills, 4 errors, 42
attempts) compared to the Griffons .275.
In the second game, Washburn jumped out to a 3-0 lead before the
Griffons rallied to knot the score at 3-3. The Lady Blues would an early
four point led to 19-10 before taking the second game 30-20.
Washburn wrapped up the match with a 30-22 win in the third game as they
led from start to finish. The Lady Blues led by as many as 11 at 22-11
before taking the win.
Tessa Jones led the Lady Blues with 16 kills in 30 attempts with one
error (.500 hitting percentage). Also in double figure kills were Monica
Miesner with 14 and Stephanie Nitz with 13 kills. Kate Hampson dished
out 50 assists and Erica Cowhick had 15 digs. Miesner added 10 digs to
her 14 kills to record her 48th double-double of her career and her 21st
of the season.
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