Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Bods Still a Big Hit

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Bods Still a Big Hit

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The accolades keep coming for Washburn volleyball and junior standout Allison Maxwell, with Chris Herron’s Ichabods up to No. 3 in the national NCAA Division II rankings, while Maxwell has been named MIAA Hitter of the Week for two straight weeks.

But while the Ichabods appreciate the attention, Maxwell said it won’t change the way the team approaches each and every match, particularly with Washburn opening MIAA play this weekend.

WU, which has dropped just one set on the year en route to an 8-0 start, will

host Fort Hays State (3-5) on Friday and No. 6-ranked Nebraska-Kearney (9-0) on Saturday at Lee Arena, with both matches starting at 6 p.m.

“We’re not a team that walks around thinking, ‘Oh yeah, we’re No. 3 in the nation,’ because Coach does a really good job of nipping that in the bud,” said Maxwell, a 6-foot-1 middle hitter out of Jefferson City, Mo. “We don’t talk about it. We don’t think of ourselves like that and we just work every day to get better.”

The Ichabods are coming off an outstanding 2018 season, posting a 33-5 record and reaching the national semifinals a year after posting an uncharacteristic 18-14 record.

Maxwell, who is averaging 3.12 kills and 1.0 blocks per set, said the Ichabods continue to build off last year’s success.

“Definitely my freshman year was a very rebuilding year as we would like to call it because it was more negative than positive, but it’s OK,” Maxwell said. “I think that helped us build a will to win. We really wanted to win last year, and we did a lot, so we decided that’s what we want and we set our minds to it and that’s what we’ve been doing this year.”

Saturday night’s match against perennial power Nebraska-Kearney looms as a big early-season test, with the Lopers the defending MIAA champs although the Ichabods claimed two regular-season wins over UNK last season before dropping a 3-2 decision in the MIAA tournament. …

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