Rural volleyball moves to 10-0 with Centennial League sweep

Rick Peterson


No matter how lopsided the scores, veteran Washburn Rural volleyball coach Kevin Bordewick can almost always find things the Junior Blues need to improve on.

So even though Rural rolled to straight-set Centennial League victories over Hayden (25-18, 25-10) and Topeka West (25-5, 25-17) Tuesday night at Hayden, Bordewick won't have a shortage of things to talk to his team about when the Junior Blues return to practice on Wednesday.

"I don't think we were as focused as we needed to be in several areas and we are going to have some re-focusing to do tomorrow,'' said Bordewick, whose team improved to 10-0 overall and 4-0 in the league. "It doesn't matter who you play, you're keeping score as competing, so let's compete.

"I will give a lot of credit to T-West and Hayden. I thought those guys played really well in at least one of those sets against us.''

E S8KH8XMAcpbBkWashburn Rural celebrates a point during Tuesday's Centennial League triangular at Hayden. The Junior Blues took straight-set wins over Hayden and Topeka West to improve to 10-0. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

Washburn Rural, which has a huge matchup with defending Class 6A champion Blue Valley West looming on Thursday, got off to a slow start against Hayden, trailing 12-9 and tied 13-13 before taking control late in its 25-18 win.

Sophomore Jada Ingram had a successful service run for the Junior Blues and ended the first set with a kill.

The second set against the Wildcats was all Rural, with the Junior Blues jumping out in front 10-2 and 19-5 on the way to the 15-point victory.

Washburn Rural also dominated its first set against Topeka West, opening up leads of 10-0, 15-1 and 22-4 on the way to its 25-5 win as juniors Brooklyn DeLeye and Taylor Russell and Ingram dominated things at the net.

Topeka West played much better in the second set, particularly early, before the Junior Blues opened up a 22-12 lead on a Russell service ace.

The Chargers cut Rural's lead to 24-17 on kills from juniors MaKinsey Jones and Malayah Henderson before Rural closed out the match.

The Hayden-Topeka West match was the closest of the night, with the Wildcats eeking out a 25-23, 25-22 victory.

JadynPaigeFalleyHayden senior Jadyn Paige Falley celebrates a Wildcat point during Tuesday's home triangular. [Photo by Kyle Grunert/Special to TSN]

BrooklynAlexanderTopeka West sophomore Brooklyn Alexander (23) attempts a spike Tuesday night at Hayden while Wildcat junior Janessa Broxterman goes for the block. [Photo by Kyle Grunert/Special to TSN]

Hayden built a 14-12 lead in the first set but West battled back to force ties at 14, 15 and 18 and took a 22-20 lead on a kill from sophomore Addison Brooks.

The set was also tied at 23-all before Hayden ended the set with two straight points.

Hayden built a second-set advantage of 15-8 and went up 17-10 on a kill from senior Jadyn Paige Falley before West battled all the way back to take a 22-21 lead. 

The Wildcats closed out the win with four straight points, scoring the final two points on an ace and a kill from sophomore Reagan Huscher.

"I'm just worried about progressing until we get to sub-state,'' Hayden coach Jim Davis said. "We had some good play tonight from some of our underclassmen, which I was very happy with.''


Washburn Rural def. Hayden, 25-18, 25-10; Washburn Rural def. Topeka West, 25-5, 25-17; Hayden def. Topeka West, 25-23, 25-22. 

Ichabods' Lake named MIAA Special Teams Athlete of the Week

Rick Peterson

Washburn University sophomore place-kicker Kameron Lake has been named the MIAA Special Teams Athlete of the Week after his performance in the Ichabods' 29-10 win over Central Missouri last Thursday.

A former Free State standout, Lake went 3 of 4 on field goal attempts against Central Missouri, connecting from distances of 32, 39 and a career-long 48 yards.

KameronLakeWashburn sophomore kicker Kameron Lake has been named the MIAA Special Teams Athlete of the Week. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

Lake's 48-yard field goal is tied for eighth on the Ichabod distance. He also averaged 64.1 yards per kickoff with three touchbacks in seven attempts and was two for two on extra points.

The Ichabods will be back in action Saturday when they travel to Nebraska-Kearney, which moved up to No. 23 in this week's AFCA Coaches Poll. The Ichabods are receiving votes just outside of the top 25.