Win streak continues for Lady Blues

Kill it Lady Blues senior Tessa Jones kills the ball against Missouri-Rolla at Lee Arena last Tuesday. Washburn won by scores of 30-22, 30-20, 30-20.

Bison apparently do not play volleyball as well when they are in the presence of someone with 1,000 kills.

The Lady Bison of Harding University were one of four schools that Washburn’s volleyball team swept during the weekend in the Lady Bison Classic. The Lady Blues won all four matches at the Classic, which was played in Searcy, Ark., to extend their winning streak to eight.

Senior Tessa Jones entered Friday’s match against Harding needing only one kill to become the 11th member of Washburn’s 1,000 kill club and got it early as the team won 30-25, 30-24, 30-27. The Lady Blues hit .270 and Harding hit only .030 as a team. Washburn trailed until late in the first and third games but came back with 7-2 and 4-0 runs to win. The first and third game rallies, along with a 15-3 run in game two, gave Washburn a 3-0 win against the host school.

The day’s other match was against Henderson State, which the Lady Blues won 30-24, 30-21, 30-23. The team hit .364 compared to HSU’s .280 in the 3-0 win. Senior Erica Cowhick passed Dani McHenry for most career double figure dig matches at Washburn.

Saturday’s match ups were less of a challenge for the Lady Blues and again resulted in 3-0 victories. No. 12 Washburn improved to 13-1 on the season by beating Eastern New Mexico 30-21, 30-18, 30-17 and Montevello 30-13, 30-24, 30-21. The Lady Blues’ attacking percentage was .283 against ENMU, who hit only .009 and .333 against Montevello, who managed a .007 team percentage.

Washburn begins defense of its MIAA title Wednesday at Fort Hays State then returns to Topeka to play its second home game of the season Friday against Florida Southern College.