SEARCY, Ark. - The Lady Blues kept their opponents to near-zero
hitting in a pair of sweeps Saturday at the Harding Lady Bison Classic
to improve to 13-1 and increase their winning streak to eight matches.
No. 12 Washburn defeated Eastern New Mexico, 30-21, 30-18, 30-17 in
the morning match and then beat Montevallo, 30-13, 30-24, 30-21 to
finish the two-day tournament with four three-game sweeps.
Washburn will look to continue its winning streak with a 7 p.m. match
Wednesday at Fort Hays State to begin MIAA play.
In the opener Tessa Jones and Mandi Cox reached double figures in
kills with 15 and 10, respectively. Cox led the hitters with a .400
attack percentage and Washburn hit .283 as a team while ENMU hit
just .009, recording negative percentages in the final two games.
Erica Cowhick led the Lady Blues back line with 19 digs while Monica
Miesner had 17. The defense recorded nine blocks with Stephanie Nitz
having a part in four of them. Setter Kate Hampson had 39 assists.
In the second game WU once again took advantage of poor hitting by its
opponent as Montevallo had a .007 team percentage. The Lady Blues
hit .333 with Miesner going .412 with eight kills and one error in 17
attempts. Hampson orchastrated the offense with 27 assists and had a
perfect six kills in six attempts.
Washburn's defense had 11 blocks with Cox leading with five. Miesner,
Cowhick and Molly Smith all reached double figures in digs, led by