LIBERTY, Mo. -- Jessica Fey had 20 kills and hit .462 as Washburn won 3-1 (18-25, 25-20, 25-15, 25-17) Tuesday night in the third-ranked Lady Blues final non-conference match of the regular season.
Washburn improved to 29-1 and will now return home to play two MIAA matches with a chance to wrap up its third straight MIAA championship. The weekend will begin Friday with a 7 p.m. match in Lee Arena against Lindenwood. Saturday the Lady Blues will host No. 4 Nebraska-Kearney at 6 p.m. with Senior Day ceremonies taking place prior to the match. Two wins this weekend will promise at least a share of the title.
Fey had just two errors in 39 attempts. Hillary Hughes added 14 kills and hit .312 and Kelsey Lewis had 11 kills. Jessica Kopp and Marissa Cox each had six kills. Abby Wittman spread out the offense with 52 assists.
Wittman, Hughes and Lewis each had double-figure digs to lead to double-doubles and Courtney Churchman had 17 digs to lead the back row. Cox led above the net with three of Washburn's six blocks.
Washburn gave up six of the last seven points to lose the opening set 25-18. The Lady Blues also trailed in the second set as there were 13 ties and seven lead changes. Washburn was down 14-12 before two kills from Lewis and one from Fey put the Lady Blues up. The Cardinals regained the lead briefly but Washburn ended the set on a 9-3 run to tie the match.
Washburn led at all but one point in the final two sets to help the Lady Blues win their 15th straight match.
The Lady Blues hit .239 as a team while William Jewell (12-17) hit .106 as a team. Washburn led in kills, 58-41 and in digs, 71-58. William Jewell kept the match close with 12 blocks.
Hannah Herndon and Kaylee Marquardt led the Cardinals with nine kills. Herndon had a double-double with 11 digs and Katie Damgar had 19.