Washington and Hermann needed three games to decide its volleyball contest Monday at Hermann High School.
The Lady Bearcats (19-9-1) emerged with the victory over Washington, 25-15, 25-27, 25-17.
“The girls played as tough as I have seen them play in a long time. I am very proud of their progress. I had some of my players have their best hitting match in a long time,” said Washington Head Coach Kym Blankenship. “Hermann is a very strong team and we were happy to not only take a game from them, but make them fight to beat us in the other two games. If we can start to clean up some of our little mistakes like missed serves and runs on serve receive, we will continue to push against strong teams.”
Washington (12-14-1) was led by Jenna Barnhart, who finished with eight kills. Kara Herron added seven kills and no errors in 13 attempts. She also had three blocks.
Rachel Jackson also had seven kills. Olivia Strode collected six kills and two blocks. Andrea Zoellner added two blocks.
Erica Diener led the defense with 12 digs. Elizabeth Brinkmann had eight digs.
"As always, when we play Washington, there were some long rallies and great defensive play on both sides," said Hermann Head Coach Linda Lampkin. "I thought Washington blocked us very well, and did a good job of passing."
Jamie Gleeson registered 15 kills for Hermann. Emilie Diebal added 11 kills. Abby Witthaus collected 32 assists and three service aces.
Washington split a pair of home volleyball matches last week.
The Lady Jays won a GAC Central contest Tuesday, Oct. 2, over Ft. Zumwalt North 25-15, 25-21 and lost Wednesday, Oct. 3, to St. Charles West, 27-25, 25-16.
In the FZN contest, Strode smashed six kills and had two blocks.
Hannah Leslie and Jackson both finished with two kills. Jackson also served five aces and had one assist. Leslie added one block and one ace.
Emily Voss served eight aces and had seven assists. Brinkmann added four assists. Erica Diener served two aces. Kara Herron had two blocks.
Kelly Gauzy and Diener led Washington defensively in the back row.
Against St. Charles West, Jackson finished with four kills and one ace.
Herron collected three kills and four blocks. Barnhart also had three kills.
Brinkmann finished with eight assists. Voss had seven assists.