Ichabods Earn MIAA Championship With Win At Lindenwood

By: Washburn Sports Information
By: Washburn Sports Information

ST. CHARLES, Mo. -- The Ichabods won at least a share of their third MIAA title in the last four years with a 3-1 (26-24, 25-27, 25-16, 25-14) win Friday night in their first ever match at Lindenwood. Washburn will now await the result of Central Missouri's 4 p.m. match Saturday with Fort Hays State to see if the title will be split with the Mules, also for the third time in the last four years.

Washburn wrapped up the regular season 30-4 and 15-1 in the MIAA. The Ichabods will be the outright champions and No. 1 seed in the MIAA postseason tournament if the Jennies lose. Washburn will be the No. 2 seed if UCM wins and the two teams share the title.

Washburn will host a first round MIAA tournament match Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Schendel Court at Lee Arena against either the No. 7 or No. 8 seed. The final two rounds will be hosted by the top remaining seed with the semifinals Friday and the final Saturday.

Washburn has five MIAA titles now, all under 13-year coach Chris Herron with championships in 2002, 2005, 2010, 2011 and 2013. Washburn also clinched its seventh straight 30-win season.

Marissa Cox hit .478 with 25 kills and three errors in 46 attempts. Corrinne Stringer had 16 kills and Sarah Vicory had eight. Hannah Frierdich added seven kills and a team-high five blocks.

Abby Wittman set 51 assists and added a double-double with 12 digs. Kelsey Lewis led the defense with 23 digs and Leanna Willer had 19.

The Ichabods went on an 8-0 run in the fourth set to go up 21-8 and put the match out of reach.The Lions then scored six of the next eight points but still trailed by nine. Wittman got Washburn to match point with a kill and then a Lindenwood error ended it.

Washburn started the first set on a 5-0 run and led until Lindenwood won four of five points to tie the set at 24-24. Cox then took over and scored two straight kills to end the set.

The Lions got to set point in the second set at 24-20 before Washburn scored four straight to tie the set for the 10th time. Lindenwood scored again and then Cox's kill tied it for the 11th time. The Lions scored two straight after that to tie the match at 1-1.

Washburn led just 12-10 in the third set before getting five straight kills to go up 17-10 and put that set away.

The Ichabods hit .249 as a team while Lindenwood hit .146 overall. The Lions led in blocks, 9-8.

Lindenwood fell to 6-9 in the MIAA in a tie with Southwest Baptist for seventh in the standings. The tournament seeds and bracket will be released after the final matches Saturday.

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