Washington volleyball needed to go beyond 25 in both sets to beat Hermann (13-5-1) at Blue Jay Gym Monday.
The Lady Jays (18-6-1) earned the victory 26-24, 30-28. Washington has not lost at home since the season opener against Marquette, in which the team was not at full strength.
“It was a slow start and a little stop and go for our girls Monday night versus Hermann,” Head Coach Kym Blankenship said. “We were executing the plays and playing well but we lacked the intensity we saw from last week. It’s a process we are working through. We need everyone on our team to play at their best every game and with intensity and emotion.”
The contest was a rematch of the semifinals at Hermann’s tournament the week before, which was also won by Washington en route to its third straight championship at that tournament.
“Hermann always has amazing defense and some key hitters (who) are effective,” Blankenship said. “We used information we had from last week and carried it into last night’s game. We were prepared, but the intensity showed when... they pushed us 24-26 in game one and 30-28 in game two.”
Savannah Christian led Washington with 10 kills in the contest, adding two blocks and one dig.
Josie Kleekamp contributed eight kills and led the team with nine assists.
Libero Hannah Struckhoff posted a team-high 25 digs and added three assists.
Kassidy Phillips recorded 11 digs and six kills. She also posted three aces from the serve.
Josie Kleinheider added a pair of aces, two kills and seven digs.
Alyssa Grant dug three and posted one kill and one block.
Taylor Bauer blocked one and had two kills.
Kate Freitag contributed 13 digs and served 12 points.