Sports Briefs – March 1, 2017

Bryan Gradauskas

Here are your up-coming Washburn Sport events.

W. & M. Tennis take on Newman

On Mar. 4, the women’s tennis team is set to face Newman University.

The visiting women’s team started the season fast with two wins in their first two games, but are now 2-4 after four straight losses.

The men’s team has won three contests compared to only a single loss.

Fortunately for Washburn, that loss was their last match, so they have lost the momentum of their previous streak of three wins. The men’s and women’s team are 5-1 and 3-2, respectively.

M. Tennis and NW Missouri State

On Mar. 7, the Washburn tennis teams will play Northwest Missouri State University.

This will be an interesting matchup, as the teams are difficult to compare based on their performance so far this season.

The men’s team from Washburn has performed very well, winning five matches and only losing one. The women’s team has also performed well, winning three matches and losing two.

However, the teams from Northwest Missouri State have yet to play in any match this year. They do not play until March 1, and will play three matches before facing Washburn.

Softball series begin

On Mar. 6 and 7, the Washburn softball team will participate in two series.

The first, on Mar. 6, will be against the University of Central Oklahoma. The Bronchos are 9-3 and have won their last three games.

The second series, on Mar. 7, is against Northeastern State University. The Riverhawks are 6-5 and coming off of a loss. The Ichabods are 10-11.

They started with nine straight losses to begin the season. They have turned their season around as of late, going 10-2 in their last 12 games.

Both of these teams will present some challenge but the Ichabods momentum should be a huge boost towards pushing them past these two schools.

WU B-ball vs. NESU

After a hot start that got them to 8-2, the Ichabods have lost their last three and now sit at 8-5.

Now they are set to face Northeastern State University. The Riverhawks are currently 8-3 after winning three consecutive games.

Both of these teams have close to equal playing time this year and have performed similarly well to this point.

First off, Washburn has the home advantage, however, the Riverhawks have an advantage with their momentum.

While they have won their last three, Washburn has lost their last three, it looks to be a close series between these two, starting on Mar. 3 through 5.

B-Ball MIAA selections

Alyxis Bowens and Erika Lane represented Washburn as the All-MIAA team. The announcement was made on Feb. 28, with Bowen on her way as a second team selection.

M. B-ball on to MIAA

Feb. 27 the men’s b-ball team pushed forward to Kansas City after defeating the Southwest Baptist. They will now face Nebraska-Kearney in the MIAA Tournament quarterfinals.