Bowling Green, Ky. — Junior setter Julia Noe recorded her third triple-double of the season — the most ever by a Lady Topper in either a season or a career — when she finished with 11 kills, 56 assists and 14 in Western Kentucky University’s 3-1 win over Troy (30-24, 25-30, 30-27, 30-28) Friday night at E.A. Diddle Arena.
The win improved the Lady Toppers to 24-6 overall and 13-2 in the Sun Belt Conference, while the Trojans fell to 15-15 and 6-8 in the league.
Noe was one of five Lady Toppers to record double-figure kills, as Megan Argabright led the way with a match-high 22. Emily Teegarden posted a season-high 14 kills, with Aquila Orr adding 12 and Brittany Bowen finishing with 11. Defensively, Kelly Hofmeyer recorded a match-best 27 digs to pace the Lady Topper defense.
WKU had its best offensive performance of the match in game one as hit .389, while holding Troy to a match-low .143 team hitting percentage. Despite going back-and-forth for most of the early stages of the match, a kill from Bowen broke a 16-16 tie and sparked a 5-0 run as the Lady Toppers were able to open up a 21-16 lead. That proved to be the spurt that WKU needed as it sustained a five point lead, and closed on a 3-0 run to take the opening game 30-24.
It was a different story in game four as Troy opened the game on an 11-3. Despite finishing with just a .205 hitting percentage and committing 10 attack errors, the Lady Toppers were able to claw back and tie things up a 18-18 after back-to-back kills from Orr. However, the Lady Toppers were never able to get over the hump as the Trojans rode a team-best .308 hitting percentage to a 30-25 victory to even the match at one game apiece.
The Trojans were again the aggressors out of the gate in game three, scoring seven of the first 10 points. WKU again found itself playing from behind for most of the game, trailing 21-17 after an attack error. A Trojan service error pulled WKU back within three, then Argabright put down kills on four straight plays to give the Lady Toppers a 22-21 lead. WKU would not trail the rest of the contest as it scored four of the final six points, closing out a 30-27 win on Argabright‘s eighth kill of the game.
Game four was tied four times early on, the last coming when a block from Lauren Barney pulled Troy even at 10-10. A kill by Abbie Siljendahl on the next point sparked an 8-1 Lady Topper run as they pulled out to an 18-11 lead. WKU appeared to have the game in hand leading 28-22 after a kill from Orr, but a Meghan Gilroy kill sparked a 5-0 Trojan run as they pulled within a point at 28-27. A kill from Bowen got the Lady Toppers to match point, but an error kept Troy alive before Argabright put down her final kill of the match to close out the victory.
The Trojans had four players post double-figure kills, with Gilroy recording a team-best 16. Emily Strader led the Troy defense with 15 digs.
The Lady Toppers close out the home portion of the 2007 schedule on Saturday (Nov. 3), hosting South Alabama at 2 p.m. (CDT). Prior to the match, WKU will honor Jenna Gideon — the lone senior on this year’s Lady Topper squad.