Denver, Colo. - The Lady Toppers (14-7, 3-3 SBC) fell for the seventh time this season to Sun Belt Conference foe Denver in five sets (23-25, 32-34, 25-15, 25-22, 9-15) after dropping the first two sets of the match in a grueling two hour and 15 minute battle. With the win, Denver improves to 17-3 overall this season and 6-1 in the Sun Belt Conference.
In set one and two, WKU and Denver fought until the bitter end with Denver narrowly escaping with both wins over the Lady Toppers. WKU, who held a 4-0 lead in the beginning of set two, could not hold off the Pioneers allowing Denver to tie things up and scrape out the important win.
The Lady Toppers never hit below .300 in the first two sets hitting .324 in the first set with only one error and .314 in the second set, but posted nine less kills than the Pioneers. Denver finished with a hitting percentage of .268 in the first set with eight errors and .354 in the second set with five errors.
After suffering two tough losses, WKU dominated set three running away from the Pioneers midway through the set stretching to their lead to as much as six points. The Lady Toppers held Denver to a .028 hitting percentage in the third set limiting the Pioneers to only seven kills while Denver committed six errors.
Set four was also a nail-biter as the two teams hung close through most of the set. The Lady Toppers found their rhythm midway through the set and found a way to hold off a late surge by Denver at the very end and force set five.
In set four, Denver took an early 4-0 lead but WKU got on the board off a kill by sophomore Abbie Siljendahl. After a kill by senior Megan Argabright that tied the set up at 15, the Lady Toppers began to gain momentum and sophomore Emily Teegarden secured the win off a kill from senior Julia Noe.
In set five Denver, once again, took an early 3-0 lead over the Lady Toppers, but this time, Denver wouldn’t give up the lead after the Lady Toppers recorded five kills and five errors for a .000 hitting percentage. After tying the set at nine, Denver went on six point run to take the match and hand the Lady Toppers their third Sun Belt loss of the season.
Overall, WKU posted 70 kills, 22 errors, a .273 hitting percentage, four aces, seven service errors and nine total blocks. Denver finished with 68 kills, 26 errors, a .227 hitting percentage, four aces, 12 service errors and 12 blocks.
The Lady Toppers were led by Noe and junior Brittany Bowen. Noe finished the night with her second triple-double of the season posting 11 kills, a .450 hitting percentage, 49 assists, 12 digs and four blocks. Bowen added 10 kills and two blocks while finishing with a .318 hitting percentage. Additionally, Argabright added 17 kills, two assists, four digs and six blocks. Senior libero Kelly Hofmeyer led the team defensively racking up 15 digs and three aces. Sophomore Kelly Potts added 12 digs to the team’s totals.
Denver was led by Emmy Davidsmeyer who finished with a match-high 18 kills, a .359 hitting percentage, three assists, 14 digs and four blocks.
WKU will continue their Sun Belt road trip on Sunday, October 19 when they take on North Texas at 1 p.m. CDT. Following the match against the Mean Green, the Lady Toppers will take on conference rival Middle Tennessee for the second time this season in Murfreesboro on Monday, October 20 at 7 p.m.