TOPEKA, Kan. – Abby Wittman tied a school record for service aces and had a double-double as Washburn swept Northwest Missouri 25-22, 25-12, 25-21 Tuesday night in the Ichabods home opener.
Washburn improved to 11-3 in the non-conference matchup and the two will play their MIAA contest October 25 in Maryville. The Ichabods will return to the road for a pair of conference matches this weekend starting Friday at 7 p.m. against Pittsburg State.
Wittman had seven aces in the match to tie a school record that Lindsey Kersting set in 2001. Wittman's total is the most by a Washburn player in a three-set match.
She served first in the third set and got Washburn off to a 7-0 start. The second and third points were aces. Wittman totaled 32 assists and 12 digs in the match for a double-double and she added two kills and a block to finish with 9.5 points.
Marissa Cox led Washburn with 15 kills and she hit .500 with three errors in 24 tries. Leanna Willer had eight kills and nine digs and Kelsey Lewis led Washburn with 16 digs. Hannah Frierdich led the Ichabods above the net with four blocks and Cox and Sarah Vicory each had three.
Washburn scored nine of the last 11 points to win easily, 25-12 in the second set and Wittman's serve kept the momentum early in the third set. The Bearcats got back a lot of those points and were within three at 16-13 and then 23-20. Willer's kill then got Washburn to match point and after a Bearcat kill, Cox set down the match clincher.
Washburn hit .253 as a team while the Bearcats hit .145 in the match. They hit -.061 in the second set while the Ichabods had a match-high .273 attack in that set.
The Bearcats were led by Abby Graves with 13 kills and Jackie Becker had eight blocks. Northwest Missouri led in blocks, 10-7.