Sept. 20, 2011
No. 6 Washburn rolls past Bearcats
MARYVILLE, Mo. - The sixth-ranked Washburn Lady Blues made quick work of the Northwest Missouri State Bearcats Tuesday night taking a, 3-0 win inside Bearcat Arena in MIAA volleyball action.
Northwest falls to 3-7 on the season and 0-2 in the MIAA falling to perennial power Washburn, 25-13, 25-16, 25-20. The Lady Blues improved to 9-1 on the year and 2-0 in league play as they extended the Bearcats losing streak to four games.
"Washburn is one of the top teams in the country and they proved that here tonight," head coach Jessica Rinehart said. "You can't make as many mistakes as we did against top teams. All you can do is shake it off and get back out on the court. And we get to do that Friday night against Fort Hays St."
The Lady Blues came out and silenced the Bearcat faithful taking the first two sets in dominating fashion. Washburn hit .281 as a team while unforced errors saw the Bearcats post a -.143 hitting percentage.
Northwest would pull out early in the second set, but the Lady Blues would again dominate at the net hitting .429. A Bearcat timeout would momentarily halt the Lady Blues momentum before cruising to a, 25-16 win and a, 2-0 lead.
The Bearcats would hang with the Lady Blues in the third and final set forcing seven ties and three lead changes. However, errors would again haunt Northwest as they finished with an .050 team hitting percentage falling, 25-20.
Laira Akin would pace the Bearcat offense with 23 assists while Tori Beckman's 14 digs led all players.
Heavy hits from freshman Brooke Bartosh and senior Alex Hanna would swing the momentum towards Northwest in each set, however the Bearcats could not capitalize as they only held serve for three consecutive points once in the entire match.
Hilary Hughes of Washburn led all players with nine kills.
Northwest continues MIAA action at Fort Hays State on Friday. Tip from Hays, Kan. is set for 7 p.m.
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