Truman 3, Washburn 0

Nov. 18, 2005

For the fourth time in the last five years, the Bulldog volleyball team has advanced to the regional finals. Seventh-ranked Truman defeated eighth-ranked Washburn on Friday night by scores of 30-22, 30-19, 30-21.

The two teams were playing for the fourth time in 2005 and both defenses seem to know each others playbooks early on. Truman was able to adjust the best though for a surprising sweep over the Lady Blues.

Truman's balanced attack was a big difference, especially a big match from some of the Bulldogs' freshmen. The Bulldogs had five different players record six or more kills, compared to just one by Washburn.

Truman held the Lady Blues to just a .080 hitting percentage for the match, recording 69 digs and seven blocks. The Bulldogs hit .223 for the match, including hitting .270 and .317 in the final two games.

The Bulldogs and Washburn traded ties early on in game one until Truman finally got a little separation at 9-7. The Bulldogs had a 20-16 lead when they put the game away with a 7-1 run.

Truman's freshmen sparked the first game victory as Eli Medina and Melissa Keck combined for seven of the team's 15 kills. The Bulldogs' defense also had a hand as they recorded 31 digs and held Washburn to 11 kills.

Game two was a near replay of the first. Once again, Truman had a 20-16 lead and scored a sideout to bring Shearman up to serve. The Bulldogs then scored four straight points on her serve to give the team a commanding lead that they would not relinquish.

Washburn continued to be frustrated offensively in the second game, recording 11 kills versus 10 hitting errors. Truman's offense started generating points in that game, having 14 kills in just 37 attempts.

In the final game, Truman's passing kept it in control the entire time. Washburn scored just four points off its serve during the game and never scored more than two points at a time. The Bulldogs jumped out to an 11-4 lead and the Lady Blues never got closer than five points the rest of the way.

The Bulldogs got a team-high 12 kills from Sarah Shearman, including eight in the final game. She hit .360 for the match, one of four players to hit over .300. After her early spark, Medina finished with nine kills. Kelsey Wackerman, Micaela Walter and Tiffany Graham all had six kills in the contest and Wackerman led the team with 24 assists.

Defensively, freshman Whitney Boehler had 18 digs, followed by fellow freshman Medina with 15. Wackerman was also in double-figures with 13. Graham led in blocks with four.

Washburn was led by Tessa Jones with 12 kills, Andi Moran with 20 assists and Erica Cowhick with 17 digs.

Truman improves to 31-5 on the year and will face either North Alabama or Central Missouri in the regional championship match on Saturday at 7 p.m. Washburn ends its year with a school-best mark of 35-3, with all three losses coming against Truman.

    
                            Volleyball Box Score
                    2005 Truman State University Volleyball
           #8 Washburn vs #7 Truman (Nov 18, 2005 at Florence, Ala.)



   Washburn               |     ATTACK      |SET| SERVE |SRV|DEF|  BLOCK |GEN
## Name                 GP|  K   E  TA   PCT|  A| SA  SE| RE|DIG|BS BA BE|BHE|POINTS
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3  Saal,Bailey.........  3|  5   5  32  .000|  4|  0   1|  2|  7| 0  0  0|  0|   5.0
4  Miesner,Monica......  3|  5   5  20  .000|  1|  0   2|  2|  9| 1  1  0|  2|   6.5
11 Jones,Tessa.........  3| 12   5  39  .179|  0|  0   0|  0|  2| 1  1  1|  0|  13.5
14 Moran,Andi..........  3|  3   3  10  .000| 20|  0   1|  0| 10| 1  0  0|  4|   4.0
15 Cox,Mandi...........  3|  5   1  16  .250|  2|  0   2|  0|  1| 0  1  0|  0|   5.5
18 Byers,Anna..........  3|  4   3  19  .053|  2|  0   0|  0|  1| 0  1  1|  0|   4.5
5  Holub,Stephanie.....  1|  0   0   0  .000|  0|  0   0|  1|  1| 0  0  0|  0|   0.0
6  Riley,Bobi..........  1|  0   1   1-1.000|  0|  0   0|  0|  1| 0  0  0|  0|   0.0
7  Cowhick,Erica.......  3|  0   0   0  .000|  2|  0   0|  0| 17| 0  0  0|  0|   0.0
9  Peterson,Valerie....  3|  0   0   1  .000|  1|  1   4|  0| 10| 0  0  0|  0|   1.0
12 Nitz,Stephanie......  2|  0   0   0  .000|  0|  0   0|  0|  0| 0  0  0|  0|   0.0
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   Totals..............  3| 34  23 138  .080| 32|  1  10|  5| 59| 3  4  2|  6|  40.0

 TEAM ATTACK PER GAME                               TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 5.0
 Game  K  E  TA   Pct
   1  11  7  52  .077   GAME SCORES               1  2  3  TEAM RECORDS
   2  11 10  47  .021   Washburn............ (0) 22 19 21  35-3
   3  12  6  39  .154   Truman.............. (3) 30 30 30  31-5

   Truman                 |     ATTACK      |SET| SERVE |SRV|DEF|  BLOCK |GEN
## Name                 GP|  K   E  TA   PCT|  A| SA  SE| RE|DIG|BS BA BE|BHE|POINTS
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3  Wackerman,Kelsey....  3|  6   4  26  .077| 24|  0   2|  0| 13| 0  1  0|  2|   6.5
5  Walter,Micaela......  3|  6   2  13  .308|  1|  2   1|  0|  2| 0  2  0|  0|   9.0
9  Medina,Eli..........  3|  9   1  26  .308|  2|  0   1|  0| 15| 0  3  0|  0|  10.5
10 Keck,Melissa........  3|  4   4  22  .000|  4|  0   0|  0|  0| 0  2  0|  0|   5.0
12 Graham,Tiffany......  3|  6   1  13  .385|  1|  0   0|  0|  3| 1  3  1|  1|   8.5
14 Shearman,Sarah......  3| 12   3  25  .360|  3|  1   0|  0|  9| 0  1  0|  0|  13.5
11 Boehler,Whitney.....  3|  0   0   0  .000|  1|  0   0|  1| 18| 0  0  0|  0|   0.0
15 Wagener,Christine...  3|  3   2   5  .200|  8|  2   2|  0|  9| 0  0  0|  1|   5.0
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   Totals..............  3| 46  17 130  .223| 44|  5   6|  1| 69| 1 12  1|  4|  58.0

 TEAM ATTACK PER GAME                               TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 7.0
 Game  K  E  TA   Pct
   1  15  9  52  .115   Site: Florence, Ala. (Flowers Hall)
   2  14  4  37  .270   Date: Nov 18, 2005   Attend: 99   Time: 1:10
   3  17  4  41  .317   Referees: Ric Washburn, Patsy Burke

                                         1   2   3 Total
                        Tie scores       7   8   0    15
                        Lead changes     5   4   0     9




-- Courtesy Truman