Lady Blues battle back but fall short to PSU in MIAA semifinal

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. - Tessa Jones led the Lady Blues with 27 kills and
Washburn forced game five after falling behind 2-0, but the Gorillas
hung on for a 30-23, 30-20, 26-30, 25-30, 15-13 win in the semifinal of
the MIAA Postseason Tournament Friday night.

No. 6 Washburn (34-3) will return home and await word on the NCAA
tournament. The Lady Blues are the top-ranked team in the South Central
Region and would host the eight-team regional November 15-17 if they
stay the top seed. The NCAA will announce the tournament berths Monday
morning in a live webcast.

Erica Cowhick moved into second all-time in the MIAA with 14 digs to
total 2,334 in her four years. She is already the school's career leader.

Jones hit .351 with 27 kills in 57 attempts with seven errors. Anna
Simpson-Mills and Mandi Cox reached double figures with 10 kills each
and Cox hit .348 for the night.

Kate Hampson had 62 assists and Monica Miesner led the back row with 17
digs while Jones added 12 for a double-double. Cox and Stephanie Nitz
led the team with seven blocks each.


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