TOPEKA, Kan. – The Lady Blues swept doubles play and then won a pair of singles matches to clinch a 5-0 win over Winona State in the first round of the NCAA Central Region tournament. Washburn (20-1) will now host Northwest Missouri State Friday at noon for a chance to advance to the national tournament.
Lisa Coleman and Audrie Miller finished their doubles match to secure WU’s first point with an 8-2 win over Holly Peitier and Courtney Zinter in No. 3 doubles. The No. 2 team of Amber Raindl and Lauren Harris then won 8-3 over Maggie Lindquist and Laura Hobert and No. 1 players Diana Goldsmith and Julie Huyberechts wrapped up the doubles sweep with an 8-3 win against Michelle Bailey and Mary Hesterman.
In singles the Lady Blues put away WSU quickly when Huyberecths won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 against Hobert and then Raindl clinched the dual with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Lindquist at No. 3.
Washburn will host the Bearcats after defeating them 5-4 earlier in the year at NWMSU.