Washburn volleyball continues to dominate

Junior Korie Thompson skies up for a serve Saturday, Sept. 27. The Ichabods swept Central Missouri to improve to 13-1 on the season.

Anzhelika Tolstikhina, [email protected], is a sophomore nursing major.

This past weekend the Washburn Volleyball team had quite the success in both games held at Lee Arena. The Ichabods faced the Lindenwood Lions Friday, Sept. 26 and Central Missouri on Saturday, Sept. 27. The squad has not only won 13 out of 14 matches, losing only to Missouri Western State University, but has won the vast majority of their matches with 3-0 sweeps. The weekend preceding Washburn’s fall break was not an exception.

The team came out of Friday night’s game sweeping Lindenwood 25-18, 25-17, and 25-20 at Schendel Court in Lee Arena. Some of the remarkable facts from the game include 16 kills by Leanna Willer, 16 total blocks of Lindenwood’s attacks shared between Sara Vicory, who led with seven blocks, Marissa Cox with five blocks and Korie Thompson who added four more blocks. Natalie Bates led the offense with 26 assists, two kills and nine digs while Alyssa Carney led the defense with 15 digs and Korie Thompson had 10.

After this win, Washburn improved to 4-1 in the league and took another victory over its first ranked opponent of the year, Central Missouri, in Saturday’s competition with the scores of the three matches being 25-22, 27-25, 25-22, all of them in Washburn’s favor.

The match ended with Leanna Willer leading again, this time with 15 kills and also achieving a double-double with her 17 digs. Willer was announced the league’s top hitter of the week on Monday, Sept. 29. Marissa Cox finished with nine kills and was named hitter of the week for the previous week while Carly Swan had six kills, but led the team with five blocks.

The fans hope to see Washburn volleyball (13-1, 5-1 MIAA) continue the streak of victories with a win in its next match held Friday, Oct. 3 at 6 p.m. against Central Oklahoma at Lee Arena.