KIRKSVILLE, Mo. - Tessa Jones led the Lady Blues with 18 kills and Anna
Simpson-Mills and Mandi Cox each added 11 as No. 7 Washburn swept
Central Missouri 30-26, 30-23, 30-23 in the second round of the NCAA
South Central Region.
The Lady Blues will play the winner of the Truman/Emporia State match
Saturday at 7 p.m. in Truman's Pershing Arena for a chance to advance
out of the region tournament and into the national quarterfinal.
Simpson-Mills lit up the court in game one with nine kills and just one
error for a .667 attack percentage. The Lady Blues built a 22-13 lead on
a kill by Cox before the Jennies got within four at 25-21 and then again
at 28-24. Monica Miesner then set down a kill to force game point. After
a WU error the Lady Blues got another kill from Miesner to win the
Both teams attacked poorly in game two. Washburn hit .167 but took
advantage of .023 hitting from UCM. Three straight Jennies errors gave
the Lady Blues a 14-5 lead early on. The Lady Blues held the lead and
then went on a 5-0 run late in the game, sparked by two kills from Cox,
to build a 28-18 lead. The Jennies scored five more times before
Washburn finally put the game away on a kill from Jones.
Jones continued to dominate in game three, setting down nine kills and
hitting .583 as the Lady Blues hit .326 as a team. After an 8-8 tie, the
Lady Blues went ahead on a kill from Cox and held the lead for good.
Washburn was looking to put the game away easily, leading 25-18, but the
Jennies matched Washburn point for point down the stretch before Cox's
kill closed out the match.
Jones ended the match hitting .455 as she committed just three errors in
33 attempts. Cox hit .688 with no errors in 16 tries.
Cox also had three blocks to give her 361 in her career and move her
into the top 10 at Washburn. She needs three more to move to ninth.
Kate Hampson had 44 assists while Erica Cowhick had 19 digs and Miesner
addedd 12. Stephanie Nitz led the Lady Blues with five blocks.
- Washburn, 4-4 now in its fifth appearance in the NCAA tournament, will
be playing in its first region championship match.
- The Lady Blues improved to 8-2 this year against nationally-ranked
teams and won for the first time in school histroy against a ranked team
in the NCAA tournament.
- Washburn is 0-1 against Truman in the NCAA tournament and has never
faced Emporia State.
- The 36 wins this year is the fourth highest total in school history
and the highest since joining NCAA Division II.