No. 9 Washburn volleyball outlasts UNO 3-2

The No. 9 Washburn Lady Blues (11-1, 3-1) cruised to a victory Tuesday night against the University of Nebraska-Omaha (8-4, 1-2) in five sets.

The Blues started off strong with a 25-17 victory in the first set, which included six kills by Jessica Kopp. UNO battled back in the second set, winning 25-23 as UNO’s Natalie Ebke had seven kills of her own.

Washburn rallied in the third set with a 25-22 victory, largely thanks to five attack errors by Nebraska-Omaha. Washburn scored four of its first six points off service errors, which prompted a timeout from UNO head coach Rose Shires. In the fourth set, Washburn jumped out to a 5-1 lead early on, but UNO tied the game at 6-6 after three consecutive Lady Blues errors, including a ball handling error by senior libero Molly Smith and two attack errors. UNO won the set 25-23.

In the fifth set, Washburn finished off UNO 15-7. Washburn’s Hillary Hughes had a double-double with 13 kills and 10 digs and Breanna Lewis had 10 kills, five digs and four blocks.

Washburn travels to Warrensburg, Mo., Friday to take on No. 7 University of Central Missouri at 7 p.m. before returning home for the Lady Blues Classic.