Minnesota-Duluth off to record start
Roundup: No. 5 Washburn rolls to pair of easy victories
DULUTH, Minn. -- No. 4 Minnesota-Duluth (15-0 overall, 7-0 Northern Sun) made school history Friday night by sweeping past No. 10 Wayne State (Neb.) 25-19, 25-21, 25-17. The Bulldogs are off to their best start in school history, topping 14-0 starts in 1983 and 2010.
Senior outside hitter Hannah Johnson toyed with career-highs in both kills and hitting percentage, posting 17 kills and hitting .593 to help lead the Bulldogs past the Wildcats (10-5, 3-3).
Eleena Iisakka had another solid performance with 41 assists, but ran the offense particularly well in the first and second sets, leading UMD to a .287 hitting percentage through two sets. Iisakka found Johnson for seven kills in seven attempts in the second set, boosting the senior attacker to 14 kills in 18 swings after two sets.
Julie Rainey finished with a team-high 20 digs, and found herself in good company, as four Bulldogs recorded double-digit digs and two more notched at least seven, allowing UMD to out-dig Wayne State by a 76-49.
Iisakka recorded 13 digs, Samantha Hertaus had 11 and Kate Lange finished with 10, completing her 11th double-double of the season with 18 kills.
Junior middle blocker Kalli Lochner was the third Bulldog to reach double digits in kills, finishing with 11 and hitting .450. Lochner had a monstrous third set, killing seven balls in 11 attempts to lead the way in the final frame.
No. 5 Washburn 3, Dallas Baptist 0
No. 5 Washburn 3, Abilene Christian 0
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Hillary Hughes recorded her third double-double of the year as fifth-ranked Washburn opened up the Lady Blues Fall Classic with a 25-18, 25-14, 25-17 win against Dallas Baptist on Friday afternoon before downing Abilene Christian 25-17, 25-13, 25-18 in the nightcap.
Hughes had 13 kills and hit .370 and she added 11 digs in the Lady Blues opening match of the day versus Dallas Baptist. She also served a pair of aces and ended with 15 points for the Lady Blues (14-1).
Jessica Fey hit .533 with eight kills in 15 attacks and Marissa Cox came off the bench to total seven kills and hit .357 in the match. She also led the team with four blocks and Mollie Lacy added three.
Abby Wittman started at setter and had 21 assists while Amanda Guess had 18 off the bench. The two led the Lady Blues to a .292 attack percentage while the Patriots (7-8) managed just a .101 percentage.
Brianna Lewis then slammed down 10 kills and hit .444 to help power Washburn to victory in the nightcap against Abilene Christian
Lewis also had two blocks and Mollie Lacy assisted on three but Washburn was out-blocked, 8-5 by the Wildcats. The Lady Blues overcame it with nine service aces, including five by Kelsey Lewis and three from Hillary Hughes.
Abby Wittman had a double-double for Washburn with 27 assists and 12 digs. Kelsey Lewis led the back row with 17 digs. The Lady Blues hit .214 as a team while ACU was held to a .019 percentage.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.