Courtesy: Washburn Athletics
TOPEKA, Kan. — The No. 16-ranked Washburn Ichabods improved to 36-0 all-time in the Washburn Volleyball Invitational presented by the Topeka Capital Plaza Hotel and Convention Center with another pair of sweeps over Mary and Drury. The Ichabods return to action on Friday and Saturday at the Palm Beach Atlantic Tournament.
In the opening set the Ichabods rolled to a 25-16 win after jumping out to an 8-2 lead and the Panthers would not get closer than six the rest of the way as Washburn outhit the Panthers .355 to .100 as Leanna Willer had eight kills in 10 attempts with no errors adding four digs along with Alyssa Carney’s four digs in the set.
In the second set, Washburn trailed by 17-8 to the Panthers before the Ichabods rallied to tie the score at 25-25 using a 17-8 run. The Panthers went back in front at 26-25 after a kill by Brooke Antenen and then Washburn tied it back at 26-26 on a kill by Erica Montgomery. A second kill by Montgomery put Washburn up one and a kill by Sarah Vicory clinched the set at 28-26.
Washburn fell behind in the third set 5-3 before taking the lead for good at 7-6 and would use a 11-6 run to maintain the lead and wrap up the weekend with a 4-0 record.
Willer finished with a match-high 16 kills with two errors in 35 attempts adding 11 digs while Kelsey Barrick had 10 kills. Bates dished out 41 assists and had six digs while Carney recorded a match-high 15.
Washburn finished with a .262 hitting percentage while holding the Panthers to a .133 number.