WKU Volleyball Sweeps South Alabama; Improves To 22-9

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

Bowling Green, Ky. — The WKU volleyball team slammed South Alabama for the second time this season taking down the Jaguars in three sets (25-8, 25-11, 25-15) to improve to 22-9 overall this season and 11-5 in the Sun Belt Conference. With six players hitting over .500 for the night, the Lady Toppers combined for 48 kills in only 70 attempts for a team hitting percentage of .557. With the win, the Lady Toppers kept their win streak alive moving to eight consecutive matches while South Alabama falls to 11-13 overall and 5-11 in the Sun Belt Conference.

In the first set, the Lady Toppers were on fire going on a eight to one scoring drive to open the match. From there, the Lady Toppers cotinued to dominate South Alabama on both sides of the ball picking up a 20-5 lead before easily ending the match while only allowing South Alabama only four kills. The Lady Toppers posted 13 kills in the set and only committed one error for a .706 hitting percentage while also forcing South Alabama to committ four errors.

WKU also scored first in the second set off a kill by junior Aquila Orr but South Alabama battled hard through much of the match to stay close to the Lady Toppers. With WKU leading 10-7 midway through the match, the Lady Toppers gained momentum and outscored the Jaguars 15-4 to end the set after recording 17 kills. In the set South Alabama could only rack up six kills for a .045 hitting percentage.

In the final set of the night, the Lady Toppers faced their toughest competition only pulling away from the Jaguars after the score was tied 9-9. After taking the lead at 10-9 after an error by South Alabama, WKU blew past South Alabama to take control of the set and to claim the second sweep of the season over the Jaguars. In the set, the Lady Toppers posted their highest number of kills for the night posting 18.

In addition to the 48 kills the Lady Toppers recorded, WKU also added 38 assists, seven aces, 25 digs and eight blocks. South Alabama tallied 16 kills, 13 assists, two aces, nine digs and three blocks for a combined hitting percentage of .069.

WKU was led in the match by Megan Argabright who finished with a match high 13 kills, two aces and two blocks for a .750 hitting percentage. Juniors Brittany Bowen and Orr both added 11 kills on the night while senior Julia Noe posted 35 assists. Defensively, senior Kelly Hofmeyer led the Lady Toppers with eight digs and junior Lindsey Gould added six to the total.

WKU will conclude the final season tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. CDT when the Lady Toppers battle Troy in E.A. Diddle Arena. The match, which will also be senior day, will be held right after the Toppers football contest against Middle Tennessee that is slated for noon. Admmission will be free for anyone wishing to attend tomorrow afternoon's match. Argabright, Hofmeyer and Noe will be honored at the annual senior day.

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