No. 15-ranked Ichabod volleyball home for pair of MIAA weekend matches

Rick Peterson


No. 15-ranked Washburn University volleyball returns to Lee Arena for two MIAA matches this weekend, hosting Missouri Western at 6 p.m. on Friday and Northwest Missouri State at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Washburn, now 9-2 on the season and 3-1 in the MIAA, had its first conference road trip of the season last weekend, earning a split. The Ichabods defeated Missouri Southern 3-1 last Friday before falling to Central Missouri 3-0 last Saturday.

The Ichabods, who are undefeated at Lee Arena, are tied with Central Oklahoma and Nebraska-Kearney for second place in the conference.  

JalynStevenson2023 4Washburn junior Jalyn Stevenson leads the No. 15-ranked Ichabod volleyball team in kills. [Photo courtesy of Washburn Athletics]

Jalyn Stevenson registered a pair of double-doubles last weekend and led the Ichabods in kills in both matches. Against Missouri Southern she knocked down 13 kills with 14 digs and against Central Missouri she had a 17 kills while scooping up 11 digs.

Stevenson is fourth in the MIAA in kills per set at 3.37 as well as sixth in points per set with 3.84.

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Benning, Miller the Dan Key Farmers Insurance Agency Rising Stars of the Week

Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

By RICK PETERSON                                                                                                   

Topeka High junior volleyball standout Jo'Mhara Benning and Washburn Rural junior football player Wilson Miller have been selected by the Dan Key Farmers Insurance Agency as the Rising Stars of the Week.

The Dan Key Agency will recognize top Shawnee County underclassmen throughout the bulk of the 2023-2024 school year.

Here’s a brief look at the accomplishments of Benning and Miller over the past week:

JoMharaBenning2023 1Topeka High junior Jo'Mhara Benning (23) is the girls Dan Key Farmers Insurance Agency Rising Star of the Week after helping the Trojans to volleyball wins over USD 501 rivals Highland Park and Topeka West. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]


A three-sport athlete for Topeka High, Benning played a major role Wednesday night as the Trojan volleyball team bested USD 501 rivals Highland Park and Topeka West to win the annual district triangular.

Benning, who also plays softball and basketball for the Trojans, helped Topeka High take a 25-8, 25-16 win over Highland Park before High avenged an earlier loss to Topeka West with a 26-24, 22-25, 25-18 win over the Chargers.

Benning was a key contributor for the Trojans as a setter and hitter and also chipped in several key points serving for Topeka High. 

WilsonMillerMan 1Washburn Rural junior defensive back Wilson Miller (2) is the boys Dan Key Farmers Insurance Agency Rising Star of the Week after helping lead the Junior Blues to a 35-28 win over reigning Class 6A state champion Manhattan. [Photo by Rex Wolf/TSN]

WILSON MILLER, Washburn Rural

Playing his first season of high school football, the 6-foot, 190-pound defensive back/placekicker, recorded a pair of pass interceptions, including a 21-yard return for a touchdown, as Washburn Rural improved to 4-0 on the season with a 35-28 Centennial League win over reigning Class 6A state champion Manhattan last Friday night at Bowen-Glaza Stadium.

Miller, who previously played soccer for Washburn Rural, also went five of five on extra-point kicks for the Junior Blues, who snapped the Indians' 16-game winning streak, which dated back to 2021.

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