No. 7 Washburn Rolls Past No. 14 Central Missouri to Take Second Place in MIAA

10/31/2008

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TOPEKA, Kan. - Three Lady Blues reached double figures in kills and three reached double figures in digs as No. 7 Washburn beat No. 14 Central Missouri, 25-21, 25-18, 25-21, during PINK OUT Friday night in Lee Arena. The win improved the Lady Blues to 27-3 overall and 12-3 in the MIAA and kept them perfect at 12-0 at home.

The win also pushed Washburn out of its tie with UCM and alone into second place in the conference. The two teams entered the weekend tied for second behind Emporia State.

Ashley Shepard, Monica Miesner and Caitlin Conley each had 10 kills and Miesner led the team with a .500 attack percentage.

Kate Hampson had 38 assists and added a double-double with 12 digs. Molly Smith led the back row with 17 digs and Jennifer Kolarik had 12.

Washburn hit .283 as a team while the Jennies hit .117 on the night.

The Lady Blues went on a 6-0 run early in the first set to take a 6-2 lead, but the Jennies answered with a 4-0 run to tie the score. There were eight more ties after that, the last at 18-18, before Washburn took the lead for good on a kill from Stephanie Nitz, one of eight for her.

The Lady Blues then scored four of the last five points to win the set.

The Jennies hit .000 in the second set and never led. After a 4-4 tie Washburn took over. The Lady Blues built a 19-10 lead on a 5-0 run and then scored their last three points on kills from Shepard and Mollie Lacy.

In the third set the Jennies held a 17-13 lead before WU clawed back and used a 7-1 run to lead 23-19. The Jennies scored twice more before two straight errors gave the Lady Blues a win.

Allie Huffman led the Jennies with 13 kills and Rachel Fister had 19 digs.

Though UCM holds a 40-8 lead in the all-time series, Washburn has won four of the last five meetings and five straight in Lee Arena.

The Lady Blues improved to 5-2 against ranked teams and finished the month of October 13-1.

Article courtesy of Washburn athletics.

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