Bowling Green, Ky. — The WKU volleyball team rebounded from a slow start to take sets three and four but could not hold on in set five dropping their first Sun Belt match of the season to Florida International 3-2 (24-26, 25-17, 25-17, 19-25, 10-15). With the win, the Golden Panthers move to 13-4 on the season and 2-1 in the Sun Belt Conference. The Lady Toppers fall to the same record of 13-4, 2-1 in the SBC with the loss.
Although the Lady Toppers finished with a better hitting percentage than the Golden Panthers overall, WKU couldn't contain Florida International when it mattered most. After hitting .050 in the second set and .250 in the third set, Florida International roared back to post a .529 hitting percentage in the fourth set and a .500 hitting percentage in the final set, the two highest hitting percentages of the night.
WKU's best offensive performances came in sets three and four when the Lady Toppers posted hitting percentages of .448 nad .438 respectively.
WKU was led by senior Megan Argabright who posted 21 kills, a match high .432 hitting percentage, one assist, one ace, two digs and five total blocks. Junior Abbie Siljendahl also had an outstanding night finishing with 13 kills, a .400 hitting percentage, five assists, two aces, 14 digs and two blocks. Senior Julia Noe and junior Brittany Bowen each added 12 kills a piece and Noe racked up 51 assists and 15 digs during the night.
Overall for the Lady Toppers, the team recorded 68 kills, a .345 hitting percentage, 65 assists, seven aces, 58 digs and 16 total blocks. Florida International finished with 68 kills, a .293 hitting percentage, 61 assists, four aces, 55 digs and 17 total blocks.
The Lady Toppers will continue play on Friday, Oct. 10 when they head to UALR for a Sun Belt Conference match at 7 p.m CDT. Following the UALR match, the Lady Toppers will be in action against Arkansas State on Saturday, Oct. 11 at 3 p.m. and will return home on Tuesday, Oct.4 to host Cincinnati at 7 p.m.