TOPEKA, Kan. – Hillary Hughes led four Lady Blues in double figures as Washburn swept Missouri Western 25-13, 25-22, 25-13 Saturday in Lee Arena.
No. 3 Washburn improved to 23-1 overall and 10-1 in the MIAA and won its 49th straight match in Lee Arena. The Lady Blues will return to the road to play at Emporia State Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Hughes had 11 kills and hit .391 with three blocks. Marissa Cox, Jessica Fey and Kelsey Lewis each had 10 kills. Cox hit .600 and led the defense with four blocks.
The setting duties were split between Abby Wittman and Gracie Petersen. Wittman had 22 assists and Petersen had 20 with nine digs. Wittman added three blocks. Courtney Churchman had 14 digs and Lewis added 10 for her third career double-double.
The Lady Blues won easily in the first and third sets but had to fight back in the second set to keep the Griffons (12-12, 3-8) from extending the match. Washburn jumped to a 6-2 lead after two kills from Cox and an ace from Hughes. The Griffons then scored four straight and eight of the next 10 to go up 9-8.
There were four ties after that before the Griffons built their lead to 15-12. Kills from Jessica Kopp and Cox then got Washburn within a point and another 2-0 run later tied it. Fey then tied and gave Washburn a one-point lead with two straight kills and a sneak attack from Petersen gave Washburn a 19-17 lead.
The Griffons pulled within one twice after that, including at 22-21, but two MWSU service errors got Washburn to match point and Lewis set down the final kill for a win.
The Lady Blues jumped to 8-2 and 10-3 leads in the third set and the Griffons never got closer than three points away as Washburn went on the clinch the match. A 5-1 run finished it.
The Lady Blues hit .322 in the match while the Griffons hit .116 as a team. Washburn had six blocks while MWSU had five. Washburn nearly doubled Missouri Western's kill total, 53-17 and the Lady Blues had 65 digs while MWSU had 43.
Melissa Cairns led the Griffons with eight kills and Jessie Thorup added seven.