SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Lady Blues won their 11th straight match in a 25-15, 25-21, 25-15 sweep at Drury Saturday night in non-conference action. Three players hit over .400 and Washburn hit over .300 as team.
The Lady Blues will play three MIAA matches next week and with just five conference games remaining, they will have a chance to clinch a home match in the first round of the MIAA postseason tournament with a win. They host Fort Hays State Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Lee Arena before playing two on the road during the weekend.
Jessica Kopp led Washburn with 10 kills and she hit .409 with just one error. Marissa Cox had eight kills and went error-free with a .615 attack percentage. Jessica Fey hit .421 with nine kills.
Setter Abby Wittman led Washburn's offense to a .317 attack as she had 29 assists. She added 11 digs for her 12th double-double of the year. Kelsey Lewis added a team-high 14 digs.
Washburn hit .500 in the first set to lead to an easy victory and hit .294 in the third set to lead to the sweep. The Panthers hit under .100 in both those sets.
The second set was the closest of the match. Drury led 12-9 after a 3-0 run but then two straight kills from Hillary Hughes and an ace from Wittman tied the set. Washburn stretch that run to six straight points with a kill from Kopp, another Wittman ace and an assisted block from Cox and Kopp.
The Panthers then tied it with three straight points. The Lady Blues answered by scoring five of the next six points to go up 20-16 and two late Drury errors helped Washburn finish the set.
The Lady Blues finished with eight blocks while Drury had only two. Fey led Washburn with a hand on four of the blocks while Kopp and Kelsey Lewis each had three.
Two Panthers reached double figures in kills, led by Sara Borneman with 13, but Drury hit just .076 in the match.