Washburn volleyball ends Invitational undefeated

Adrianne Lara

The Washburn Ichabod volleyball team closed out their Invitational on Sept. 5-6.  

On Friday, the Ichabods started their tournament play against the South Dakota Mines Hardrockers. Washburn took control after a close start, winning the match in three sets, 25-23, 25-19 and 25-16. 

The lady Ichabods ended the day defeating Augustana after beating the South Dakota Mines, 3-0. Taking the game to a full five sets, after two back-to-back short losses, Washburn was able to beat the Augustana Vikings 25-22, 25-23 and 15-10.  

Washburn held a 6-5 advantage in the start of the fifth set, with Augie’s closest comeback being 11-10. Washburn was able to steal the 15-10 win by the end of the night for the win.  

The Invitational lasted into Saturday when Washburn took down the Black Hills State University Yellow Jackets, 3-1. 

Washburn won the first set 25-19, giving up only the second set 26-28. They took the win finishing out 25-18 and 25-10. 

Washburn took a full sweep ending their tournament play with a comeback five set match against the Drury Panthers. 

The lady Ichabods trailed 0-2 with Drury taking the first two sets 23-25, 20-25. Washburn pulled to victory after returning with back-to-back wins, 25-15, 25-22, 15-11. 

Washburn featured three players on the All-Tournament team: junior Sarah Vicory, junior Leanna Willer and senior Liz Powell. 

Most Valuable Player went to Vicory, after she ended the tournament with 48 kills and 23 defensive blocks. Willer put down 58 kills, gave 59 digs and three service aces. Powell finished with 137 assists. 

WU (4-0) will make the trip to Colorado next weekend to play in the UC-Colorado Springs/Colorado State-Pueblo Tournament, Sept. 11-12. 

A full season volleyball schedule can be found at wusports.com. 

For a photo gallery covering Washburn’s first game on Sept. 5, go to washburnreview.org.