COURTESY: Washburn Sports Information
TOPEKA, Kan. – Coach Chris Herron announced Wednesday that former city and Centennial League MVP Erika Lane and junior college All-American McKenzie Hartzog will transfer to Washburn and play volleyball this fall for the Ichabods.
Lane played guard on the Tulsa University basketball team this year. She’ll be a freshman setter/rightside hitter this fall at Washburn and a sophomore on the basketball team. She’s a 2013 graduate of Washburn Rural High School where she earned first team all-state her final two years. She was named the city and Centennial League MVP in volleyball and basketball her senior season and she was a three-time all-state selection in basketball. Her volleyball team won state titles her freshman, junior and senior seasons.
Hartzog will play on the Ichabod back row this fall as a junior. She was named an NJCAA All-American last year at Cowley County as the Tigers won the NJCAA Division II national championship with a 35-4 record. At Maize High School she earned first team all state and was co-MVP of her league as a senior in 2012. She was also named the Lynette Woodard Female Athlete of the Year that year.
These two transfers and Herron’s early signing period class of seven incoming freshmen give Washburn nine newcomers next year. Eight letterwinners will return including All-America middle hitter Marissa Cox as a senior and all-MIAA selections Leanna Willer and Sarah Vicory as sophomores.
The Ichabods won their third MIAA title in the last four years this year with a 31-6 overall record and 15-1 league record. They went to their 10th straight NCAA tournament and the 11th in Herron’s 12 years with the program.
The 2014 season will begin September 5-6 with four matches at the Midwestern State Classic. The home and MIAA opener is September 16 against Emporia State at Schendel Court in Lee Arena.