Home Opener And Two MIAA Matches Up Next
Ichabods host home opener Tuesday then play twice on the road this weekend
The Ichabods will end a 13-match, season-opening road trip with their home opener Tuesday at 7 p.m. against Northwest Missouri at Schendel Court in Lee Arena. That game will count as a non-conference match. Washburn will then return to the road to play at Pittsburg State Friday at 7 p.m. and at Central Oklahoma Saturday at 2 p.m.
Live stats for all three matches and streaming video for the NWMSU and PSU contest are available through links from wusports.com. Fees apply to watch the video.
Washburn improved to 10-3 after going 3-1 last weekend at the Arkansas-Fort Smith Invite. The Ichabods also won their MIAA opener last Tuesday at Emporia State and are 1-0 in the league. Northwest Missouri is 6-5 and 2-1 in the MIAA. Pittsburg State is 4-7 and 1-2 and UCO is 10-1 and 2-1.
The Ichabods are 11-0 in home openers under head coach Chris Herron.
Ichablogging Weekly Notes
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Abby Wittman and Marissa Cox were named the MIAA players of the week for their efforts last week. Wittman had 11.72 assists, 3.50 digs and Cox hit .383 with 4.22 kills.
Kelsey Lewis topped 1,000 career digs last weekend and she now has 1,045, the 19th most in school history. 160 more will move her into the top 15.
Washburn played in its fourth five-set match last weekend. The Ichabods haven't played more than six in a year since 2007.
Herron is 11-0 in home openers at Washburn. Washburn swept ESU in last year's home opener.
The Ichabods went 4-1 last weekend and fell from 11th to 13th in the AVCA national poll released Monday.
Washburn was picked third in the MIAA preseason coaches poll and earned three of the 12 first-place votes. Defending champion Nebraska-Kearney is first and Central Missouri is second.
Northwest Missouri is 6-5 this year and 2-1 in the MIAA. The Bearcats won two conference games last weekend. The game vs WU is a non-conference contest.
Pittsburg State is 4-7 and 1-2 in the MIAA. The Gorillas went 1-3 last week in MIAA matches.
Central Oklahoma is 10-1 and 2-1 in the MIAA. The Bronchos won their first 10 matches before losing 3-0 at Nebraska-Kearney Saturday. They will play Southern Nazarene and Emporia State this week before hosting Washburn.
Washburn Drops Two Spots
Washburn falls two spots to 13th in latest national poll
The Ichabods went 4-1 last week and fell two spots from 11th to 13th in this week's AVCA national poll released Monday.
This marks Washburn's 125th straight week in the AVCA poll, a streak that dates back to the start of the 2004 season.
Washburn is the third highest ranked team in the MIAA. Central Missouri moved from sixth to fifth and Nebraska-Kearney gave up its spot at No. 5 to fall to sixth. Minnesota Duluth remained No. 1 with 44 of the 48 first-place votes. Overall, the Central Region makes up seven of the top 13 teams in the nation.
MIAA Honors For Wittman and Cox
Wittman and Cox sweep MIAA player of the week honors
Abby Wittman was named the MIAA specialist of the week and Marissa Cox was named hitter of the week as the conference office announced its weekly awards Monday.
Wittman averaged 11.72 assists and 3.50 digs a set as Washburn went 4-1 last week. She reached at least 30 assists in each match and had double-doubles in three of the matches as she reached double-figure digs. She had 52 assists and 17 digs in a five-set win over Harding on Saturday. Wittman also averaged 0.39 blocks a set and had eight kills in the five matches.
Cox averaged 4.22 kills a set and hit .383 last week. She hit .409 with 11 kills in Washburn's sweep at Emporia State in the MIAA opener Tuesday. Saturday against Dallas Baptist she hit .500 with 10 kills in a sweep. She reached 24 kills in a five-set win over Harding. She added 0.56 blocks a set and 1.22 digs during the week.
Coming Up Next
Washburn finally hosts home stand with two MIAA games
Washburn will play its first multi-match homestand with two MIAA games next week. The Ichabods will host Fort Hays State October 4 at 7 p.m. in a Pink Out game and then host Nebraska-Kearney at 3 p.m. on October 5.