TOPEKA, Kan. – After splitting wins with Western Washington in the first two games Friday night, the Lady Blues couldn’t keep up as they fell 3-1 (23-30, 30-23, 30-26, 30-20) to the Vikings in the NCAA Volleyball National Championship semifinal at Lee Arena.
Washburn ended its season at 38-4 while the Vikings (26-4) advanced to the national championship match Saturday at 7 p.m. Central against No. 2 Concordia-St. Paul.
Tessa Jones had 21 kills and finished her three-year career at Washburn with 1,511, putting her fourth all-time in Lady Blues history. The match was also her 87th double-figure kill match, setting a new school record.
Monica Miesner had a double-double for Washburn with 13 kills and 24 digs and Mandi Cox had 11 kills to end her career with 1,148, 12th most in school history.
Erica Cowhick, already the school’s career digs leader since last year, had 34 digs to give her 2,464 in her four years, the second most in MIAA history.
Kate Hampson had 47 assists and 17 digs for a double-double and Molly Smith reached double figures in digs with 16.
The Vikings were led by Jaime Anderson with 20 kills and added a double-double with 11 digs while Emily Castro had 19 kills. Courtney Schneider had 44 digs.