No. 2 Washburn Opens Season with Two Wins

8/29/2008

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PUEBLO, Colo. - The No. 2 Lady Blues got solid performances from their returning All-Americans as well as their incoming freshmen as they defeated Dixie State College of Utah 3-1 (25-16, 23-25, 25-21, 25-11) Friday in the season-opening match at the Colorado State-Pueblo Fall Classic. Washburn (1-0) will continue action Friday with a 3 p.m. match against Colorado-Colorado Springs at 4 p.m. Central.

All-American Monica Miesner was the only player with double-figure kills as she totaled 11. She also added her 53rd career double-double with 16 digs. Kate Hampson, also an All-American, led the Lady Blues with 31 assists while Molly Smith, starting her second career match as libero had 17 digs to lead all players.

High School All-American Mollie Lacey, a freshman, started the match with a kill and the Lady Blues quickly built a 3-0 lead. Dixie State's Cami Johnson scored first for her team with a kill and then Washburn built an 8-1 lead after five straight Dixie State errors. DSCU got within five points at 15-10 but Lacey ended the first set with a kill.

In the second set the two teams tied each other seven times but the Lady Blues were never able to take the lead. Dixie State led twice in the set by four points, the last coming at 17-13. The Lady Blues evened the score at 23-23 late in the set but Dixie State scored its final two points on WU attack errors to even the match score at 1-1.

The Lady Blues took control in the final two sets and held Dixie State to a negative attack percentage. Ashley Shepard, who led WU with six blocks, had four of them in the fourth set and Miesner had seven of her attacks in the final two sets.

Washburn hit .177 in the match while Dixie State hit just .008, going negative in three of the four sets.

In its second match, Freshman Mollie Lacey led the Lady Blues with 11 kills and once again Washburn held its opponent to a low attack percentage in a 25-14, 25-23, 25-16 win over Colorado-Colorado Springs Friday in the Colorado State-Pueblo Fall Classic. No. 2 Washburn will play host school UCCS at 11 a.m. Central Saturday and then wrap up the opening weekend at 3 p.m. against Angelo State.

Lacey had 10 kills with two errors in 18 attempts to hit .444 in the match. Monica Miesner came short of a double-double with nine kills and nine digs and Kate Hampson conducted the offense with 35 assists.

After a 1-1 tie early the Lady Blues led the entire first set. Molly Smith, who led the back row with 12 digs, served a 5-0 run that made the score 11-4. The Lady Blues later went on an 8-1 run to go up 23-11 and then they closed the opening set with a kill from Miesner.

There were six ties and five lead changes in the second set. Down 12-8, the Lady Blues went on a 6-0 run to take a 14-12 lead but the Mountain Lions later went on a 6-1 run to take a 23-21 lead. A kill from Miesner made the score 23-22 and then Smith served the last three points, getting a service ace, a kill from Miesner and then a UCCS setting error to clinch the win.

Washburn led the entire third set and went on an 8-2 run at the end to secure the sweep. Lacey had the final three kills for Washburn and Miesner had a pair of service aces during the run.

Washburn hit .222 and kept UCCS to a .059 attack percentage. The Mountain Lions (1-1) were led by Lauren Orth with nine kills.

Articles courtesy of Washburn athletics.

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