Streaks continue for No. 3 Washburn
Lady Blues win 21st in a row overall, 38th in a row at home
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Hillary Hughes had her 10th double-double and tied her career high in kills as Washburn defeated Pittsburg State 3-1 (25-13, 23-25, 25-14, 25-19) on Saturday afternoon in Lee Arena.
The third-ranked Lady Blues won their 21st consecutive match, their 24th in a row in the MIAA and their 38th in a row in Lee Arena. They improved to 28-1 and 15-0 in the MIAA and they'll wrap up the home portion of the regular season Tuesday at 7 p.m. against Fort Hays State. That match will be Senior Day.
Hughes had 19 kills and hit .409 with just one error in 44 tries. She added 16 digs for a double-double. She last had 19 kills last year at Emporia State. Her attack percentage was a season-high for her.
The Gorillas led 9-5 and 12-8 in the fourth set looking to force a fifth. Washburn went on a 12-4 run after that to lead 22-16 and take position to get the win. Pittsburg State pulled within four before two straight PSU errors gave Washburn the match win.
Jessica Kopp had 15 kills in the match and Breanna Lewis and Jessica Fey had nine kills each. Fey had her second double-double with 12 digs and she led Washburn with four blocks.
Five different Lady Blues had double-figure kills. Gracie Petersen had a career-high 18 to lead Washburn. Sami McHenry had 13 and Amanda Guess had 10. Guess led Washburn with 32 assists.
The Lady Blues hit .279 as a team while the Gorillas had a .112 attack percentage. Washburn led in kills, 68-45 and in digs, 99-80. The Gorillas led in blocks, 8-7.
Washburn hit .500 in the first set with just one error in 34 attacks. Kopp and Hughes each had four kills. The Lady Blues dropped to a .217 attack in the second set while the Gorillas hit .263, opening up with an 8-2 lead. Washburn never got within three until a late 3-0 run made the score 21-20, PSU. The Gorillas got to set point at 24-23 and then after two WU points got the win on a Lady Blues service error.
The Lady Blues won easily after a 5-0 gave them an 11-5 lead in the third set. Washburn built the lead to nine at 19-10 and then a 4-0 run gave the Lady Blues the set win. Hughes had the final kill to give Washburn a 2-1 set lead.
Leah Flynn led the Gorillas with 13 kills and Brooke Fay had 11 each. Libero Christa McCaw had 27 digs.
No. 5 Tampa 3, Florida Tech 0
TAMPA, Fla. – With a quick three set victory, the No. 5 Tampa volleyball team clinched at least co-ownership of the 2011 Sunshine State Conference Championship with their win against Florida Tech.
The Spartans reach a 28-1 record with a 14-1 SSC mark while the visiting Panthers drop to 6-22 with a 2-12 conference tally.
Freshman Meagan Burke swung a blistering 11-for-12 while committing zero errors. The dominant showing gives this Jacksonville native a career high .917 attack percentage, also notching two blocks.
Junior Jessica Yingling followed closely behind with 10 kills for the UT squad while phenom Danielle Selkridge continued her tear with a perfect 6-for-6 showing.
Senior right side Brianne Yeates had six kills and no errors while Camille Hanks swatted four. The team swung at a .409 clip while limiting FIT to a .185 showing.
No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth 3, Minnesota-Moorhead 0
The final road match of the 2011 University of Minnesota Duluth volleyball season proved not only to be a good offensive contest for the Bulldogs, but for senior middle blocker Stephanie Brown as well.
Brown hit .588 with 10 kills and no errors Saturday at Minnesota State University-Moorhead as No. 1 UMD (27-1 overall, 18-0 NSIC) toppled the Dragons (12-13, 10-8) in three sets, 25-22, 25-15, 26-24, finishing out a perfect 15-0 season away from Romano Gymnasium. It was the fourth career double-digit kills night for Brown, all coming this season.
The Bulldogs outhit MSU-Moorhead .288-.143, recording 12 more kills while taking a swing less than the Dragons, and getting all five offensive threats involved. Sophomore outside hitter Kate Lange again paced UMD in kills, posting 20 to go with 10 digs for her 18th double-double of the season. It was the eighth time this season Lange reached the 20-kill mark, seven of those times coming in road matches.
No. 4 Concordia-St. Paul 3, St. Cloud State 0
ST. CLOUD, Minn.-- St. Cloud State had Senior Day at Halenbeck Hall spoiled with a three-set loss to the No. 4-ranked Concordia-St. Paul Golden Bears (25-18, 25-17, 25-14) Saturday afternoon.
The Huskies drop to 5-21 overall with the loss and are 1-17 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play. The Golden Bears are now 25-2 and 16-2 in the conference with the road-win.
No. 2 Cal State San Bernardino 3, No. 23 Sonoma State 0
SAN BERNARDINO -- A one-two punch from seniors Samantha Middleborn and Priscilla Collings and a top-notch effort on the blocking front helped No. 2 Cal State San Bernardino secure its sixth consecutive CCAA title with a hard-fought 3-0 win against No. 23 Sonoma State on Saturday night.
The Coyotes, who improved their school-record winning streak to 24 in a row, clinched the title before a crowd of 448 at Coussoulis Arena. CSUSB, now 24-0 and 19-0 in the CCAA, also gained the NCAA tournament berth that comes with winning the CCAA title.
CSUSB has now won nine of the last 11 CCAA titles and will play in its 12th consecutive NCAA Tournament when it begins Nov. 17.