TOPEKA, Kan. – Hillary Hughes led Washburn with 17 kills and Korie Thompson had a double-double as the Lady Blue topped Central Missouri 3-1 (22-25, 25-21, 25-15, 25-21) Friday night.
The Lady Blues improved to 22-1 and moved into first place in the MIAA at 9-0. The Jennies dropped to 18-4 and 8-1 in the league. They had swept their previous 13 opponents.
Washburn improved its winning streak to 14 consecutive overall, 17 consecutive in the MIAA and 35 consecutive in Lee Arena. Hughes sparked the Lady Blues to their first-set win with three consecutive kills in the second set and then she had four kills in the fourth and deciding set. Thompson had her first career double-double with 12 digs and a career-high 11 kills. She also had five blocks. Jessica Fey had 10 kills and Breanna Lewis had nine with a .333 attack percentage.
Mollie Lacy led the Lady Blues above the net, getting a hand on six of Washburn’s nine blocks. She moved one block away from 300 in her career. Her next block will make her the eighth member of the 1,000 kills/300 blocks club. She joined the 1,000 kills club earlier this year.
No. 1 Concordia 3, Bemidji State 0
SAINT PAUL, Minn. — Concordia (22-0, 13-0 NSIC) swept Bemidji State (4-16, 1-12 NSIC) 25-12, 25-11, 25-9 on Friday night thanks to 19 attack errors and 10 service errors by the Beavers. Kayla Koenecke had nine kills to lead the offense.
Concordia honored seniors Taylor Fieldsted and Megan Carlson who are now 128-5 in their CU career. They also made noise in the match adding a combined 25 digs to help the defense. Carlson had 14 digs along with eight kills and Fieldsted had 11 digs, eight in the first set alone.
No. 2 Tampa 3, Barry 0
TAMPA, Fla. — Winning their 29th consecutive set, Tampa swept Barry in three quick sets. The Spartans improve to a pristine 22-0 on the season with a 9-0 record in Sunshine State Conference play while the Buccaneers drop to 9-11 with a 1-8 SSC tally.
Reigning SSC Defensive Player of the Week Danielle Selkridge continued her dominance. She notched 12 kills with a .625 attack percentage. Selkridge also blocked four Barry attacks to help limit the Bucs to a meager –.045 team hitting percentage.
Offensive Player of the Week Eva Dupay swatted seven kills while junior Jessica Yingling notched eight. Setter Kahley Patrick assisted 23 Spartan attacks with junior Sloane Bâby contributing 14.
No. 4 Minnesota-Duluth 3, St. Cloud State 1
ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Minnesota-Duluth (22-0 overall, 13-0 Northern Sun) labored through a close road match Friday night, slipping past a St. Cloud State 31. UMD survived a surge from the Huskies (5-16, 1-12) to win in four sets, 25-20, 26-24, 22-25, 25-21.
In a match full of adjustments from both sides the Bulldogs made several, eventually taking away the push to the corners and the attacks up the middle which had given St. Cloud State success in the beginning of the match. Despite hitting just .185, UMD posted 15.5 kills per set, spreading the ball among its five attackers.