Lady Toppers Win Marshall Tournament; Move to 6-0

By: Kelly Oravet, WKU Athletic Media Relations
By: Kelly Oravet, WKU Athletic Media Relations

Huntington, W.Va. - For the second time in two weeks the Lady Toppers captured a tournament title winning the Marshall University Tournament with a win over host Marshall 3-0 (25-17, 25-23, 25-13). With the win the Lady Toppers improved their season record to 6-0 while Marshall falls to 4-2 on the year.

In the first set the Lady Toppers fell behind 2-0 early but tied the game off an attack error by Marshall. WKU then took the lead for the first time in the set off a kill by Abbie Siljendahl. From there the Lady Topper took control of the game outscoring Marshall 20-12 and secured the first set win after a kill by Emily Teegarden.

The second set of the match proved to be a tougher contest as WKU fell behind 5-2 early after two Lady Topper errors and hot hitting by Marshall. But, the Lady Toppers rallied later in the set to take the lead 7-6 after a kill by senior Megan Argabright. The Lady Toppers took set two thanks to a kill by Julia Noe that put WKU firmly in control of the match.

The Lady Toppers secured the win easily in the third set jumping on Marshall early and scoring five unanswered points that put them well on the way to victory.

The Lady Toppers were led by their senior duo of Julia Noe and Argabright. Noe finished the match with nine kills, 26 assists, eight digs, one ace and a .583 hitting percentage. Argabright recorded 10 kills, a .304 hitting percentage and two blocks. Siljendahl added four kills and four digs during the match.

WKU finished the match with 41 kills off of 89 attempts, a .326 hitting percentage, 36 assists, two aces a 42 digs and nine team blocks. The Lady Toppers also held Marshall to just a .082 hitting percentage.

Earlier in the day the Lady Toppers picked up their fifth of the season after taking down Virginia Tech in fiver sets (25-18, 25-17, 20-25, 20-25, 15-11).

WKU finished the match with 55 kills, 53 assists, a .285 hitting percentage, six aces, 49 digs and eight blocks. The Lady Toppers were led by senior Megan Argabright who recorded a .406 hiiting percentage of 32 attempts and 17 kills.

Also for the second week in a row, three Lady Toppers were named to the All-Tournament team. Noe was named the tournament MVP whil Argabright and junior Emily Teegarden were also honored as tournament selections.

The Lady Toppers will look to extend their winning streak to seven when they return to the court Tuesday night to take on Xavier at 6 p.m.

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