Volleyball gets two wins at Lee Arena

Adrianne Lara

Washburn volleyball had a successful weekend in Lee Arena, bumping their record to 20-2.

A sweep over the Northwest Missouri State Bearcats began the winning weekend on Friday. Washburn took the game 3-0 (25-17, 25-21, 25-23).

Leanna Willer led the team with 12 kills and two block assits. Carley Swan had five kills, four digs, five block assists and two service aces.

Korie Thompson took eight kills and three block assists, as did Taylor Selk.

Sarah Vicory put up three block assists and seven middle kills. Only two blocks away, Vicory is extremely close to reaching a 300 career total.

With the hype of their sweep fueling the Ichabods, they continued to dominate on Saturday against Missouri Western, taking the game to four games (3-1).

“We played as a team yesterday and every single girl who stepped on the court did her job. It’s exciting to see my teammates step up in critical situations,” Selk said.

Willer had a total of 17 kills and 10 digs. She needs only 25 more kills to reach 1,000 kills in her career.

Powell added 28 assists to her record and 15 digs.

Selk had 13 kills, reaching 200 in her career total.

Thompson broke 400 career kills with 21 digs and nine kills.

Shayla Conner had 17 assists and eight digs.

Alyssa Carney was awarded the HyVee Athlete of the Week for her 45 total digs over the weekend along with one ace and six sets.

Carney has 103 digs to go to reach a career total of 1,000 digs, with this only being her second season as an Ichabod.

Head coach Chris Herron said both wins were good wins and both teams are teams very well coached.

“Our level is something we try to improve upon each day in practice and practice design. We have to get our middle hitters the ball more often in transition to be a really good team,” Herron said.

The team went up one rank in the AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll, bumping them from 15 to 14.

“Next weekend are big games coming up for us, and we’re going to need to really focus during practice this week,” Selk said.

The Ichabods will continue their homestead games against the Pittsburg State University Gorillas at 7 p.m. on Oct. 23 and again verses the University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos on at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 24.