Efficient Offense, Strong Defense Lead No. 7 Washburn Over No. 10 Truman


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TOPEKA, Kan. - The seventh-ranked Lady Blues hit .270 as a team and blocked 10 attacks in a 25-18, 25-15, 25-20 win against No. 10 Truman Friday night in front of 762 fans at Lee Arena. Washburn (25-2, 10-2 MIAA) won its 11th straight match and defeated Truman at home for the first time since 1998.

The Lady Blues will play another home match at 5 p.m. Saturday against Missouri Western State.

Ashley Shepard led the attack with 14 kills and every other starter had at least four. Molly Smith led the back row with 20 digs while Jennifer Kolarik had 12 and Monica Miesner had 10.

Stephanie Nitz had eight blocks with four solo efforts and four assists and three other players had two each.

In the second and third set the Lady Blues combined to hit .311 with 32 kills and four errors. The Bulldogs led early in both those sets but Washburn regained control in set two and scored six of the last seven points to win and then in the third set Washburn erased an 18-15 deficit with a 7-0 run and then Caitlin Conley ended the match with a kill.

The Lady Blues hit .156 in the first set but took advantage of a .056 effort from the Bulldogs. After a 4-4 tie the Lady Blues took control. They led by six at 17-11 and then a kill from Shepard later made the score 22-15. Mollie Lacy ended the set with a kill.

The Bulldogs were led by Melissa Keck with 11 kills and they hit .129 as a team with five blocks.

The Lady Blues have won three of the last four against TSU but hadn't won at home in the series since 1998. This is the first time since 1997 through 1998 that Washburn beat the Bulldogs in consecutive years.

Washburn improved to 4-2 against ranked teams this year and 2-0 against top-10 teams.

Article courtesy of Washburn athletics.

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