Bowling Green, Ky. — Megan Argabright finished with 15 kills and a .682 hitting percentage, and Aquila Orr knocked down 12 kills and hit .526 as the Western Kentucky University volleyball swept South Alabama 3-0 (30-19, 30-21, 30-22) Saturday afternoon in the final home match of the 2007 season.
Jenna Gideon — the lone senior on this year’s squad — returned to action after missing the last four matches with an injury and posted seven kills and a .538 attack percentage.
WKU (25-6, 14-2 SBC) recorded a match-best .516 team hitting percentage in the opening game, but the Jaguars (9-17, 3-12 SBC) hit .300 to keep things close for most of the contest. With the score tied 10-10, a USA service error sparked a 10-3 Lady Topper run as they opened up a 20-13 lead thanks to a kill from Emily Teegarden. South Alabama would get back within five when a Juliana Almeida kill made it 21-16, but another Teegarden kill started a run of six unanswered point to put WKU in front 27-16 as they went on for the 30-19 victory in the opener.
The Lady Toppers led wire-to-wire in game two, posting a match-best 19 kills, while holding the Jaguars to seven kills and a .032 team hitting percentage. WKU was able to gradually pull away from South Alabama, using several short runs to eventually open up a 23-11 lead after a kill from Argabright. That would be the Lady Toppers’ largest lead of the contest as USA pulled back within seven points late before WKU took three of the final four points for the 30-21 victory.
Game three saw South Alabama take an early 8-7 lead on back-to-back blocks by Lauren Robbins and Jenna Swilley, but two straight Kelly Hofmeyer service aces moved the Lady Toppers back in front by a point. Leading 12-10, a kill from Julia Noe set off a 6-2 WKU run as it was able to pull out to an 18-12 lead thanks to a Gideon kill. USA was able to get back within a pair on three occasions, the last coming when a Almeida kill made it 23-21. A kill from Argabright on the next point was the first of five unanswered by the Lady Toppers as they grabbed a 27-21 lead on an Argabright ace. WKU traded points down the stretch and Kelly Potts ended the match with WKU’s 15th service ace of the match to close out a 30-22 game-three victory.
WKU will close out the 2007 regular season next Friday (Nov. 9) when it travels to Middle Tennessee for a 7 p.m. (CST) matchup with the Blue Raiders. A win would give the Lady Toppers a share of the Sun Belt Conference East Division championship for the eighth straight season, and the outcome will determine the top seed in the upcoming Sun Belt Conference Tournament.