Blues down No. 7 Central Missouri

Washburn flip-flopped in the AVCA rankings with Central Missouri after defeating the Jennies 3-1 on Friday.

Josh Rouse

The Washburn Lady Blues volleyball team jumped to No. 7 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association polls Monday after a solid road win against Central Missouri.

The Jennies (9-3, 4-1), then ranked No. 7, fell 3-1 last Friday to the Blues (12-1, 4-1) in Warrensburg, Mo., by scores of (25-17, 17-25, 29-27, 25-19). The loss snapped a 15 match regular season winning streak for the Jennies, who pulled a switcheroo with Washburn in the polls, dropping to No. 9.

Sophomore hitter Jessica Fey led the Blues in kills with a career-high 15, and freshman outside hitter Aubri Renshaw and sophomore outside hitter Hillary Hughes also were in double digits with 13 apiece. Fey leads the Blues in two statistical categories so far this season with 105 kills and 46 blocks. Amanda Guess, junior setter. totaled a career-high 54 assists, and Molly Smith, senior libero/defensive specialist, added 22 digs. For the Jennies, Allie Huffman, senior libero/defensive specialist, led the way with 19 kills and 10 digs, with Taylor Goodness, freshman outside hitter, and Abby Gruenbacher, senior middle hitter, also registering in the double digits with 14 and 10 kills, respectively.

Now riding a three-game win streak after a tough 3-1 loss to Truman State Sept. 17, Washburn returns home to host the Lady Blues Classic. On Friday, the Blues open tournament play at 2 p.m. against Dallas Baptist University, then face Saint Edward’s University at 6 p.m. The action continues Saturday, when the Blues face Tarleton State at 1 p.m. and Angelo State at 5 p.m.

Tarleton State (12-2, 2-2 in Lone Star Conference) is Washburn’s toughest opponent in the tournament from a record standpoint, but the TexAnns have a tough road ahead of them at the Classic, facing Nebraska-Omaha and No. 12 Truman State Friday, then No. 7 Washburn and Southwest Baptist Saturday. TSU defeated SW Baptist 3-2 on Sept. 11.