CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.-Sophomore Heather Boyan put together tremendous numbers at the Holiday Inn Jefferson Cup on Saturday to help the Western Kentucky University volleyball team(5-2) take two sweeps against Delaware (1-3) and Lehigh (1-3) to finish the tournament at 3-0.
Boyan collected 20 kills to hit at a .531 clip on Saturday followed by redshirt junior Paige Wessel’s 19 kills. Freshman Noelle Langenkamp tabbed eight blocks, as the team totaled 13.5 against the two teams.
Game One-WKU 3, Delaware 0
The Western Kentucky University volleyball team took a 3-0 sweep (25-17, 25-18, 25-21) against Delaware Saturday morning at the Holiday Inn Jefferson Cup at Virginia.
Wessel and Boyan each totaled 12 kills in the match, which is a new career high for Boyan. Senior Jordyn Skinner followed with nine kills and 17 digs while junior Ashley Potts tabbed 19 digs. Junior Melanie Stutsman had 47 assists, as Stutsman and Boyan had two service aces apiece to help WKU total seven for the contest.
For Delaware, Chelsea Lawrence had eight kills while Alissa Alker followed with seven. No Blue Hens reached double-digit digs, as Ariel Shonk was one off with nine.
The first set was a close contest for a majority of the frame, as the teams traded points for 13 ties and five lead changes. Knotted at 15, WKU took the lead after two kills from Skinner, an ace from Boyan and kill from Langenkamp sparked a 10-2 run that sealed the first set in its favor at 25-17.
WKU miscues helped Delaware nab a 3-1 lead to open set two. The lead didn't last long, as back-to-back kills from Boyan gave WKU a 4-3 advantage that the team wouldn't let go. Delaware would fight its way back to get within two, but a 6-1 scoring spree vaulted the WKU lead to 22-15, as the Lady Toppers took set two 25-18.
An exchange of points started the final set before a block by Skinner and junior Lindsay Spears gave WKU the lead at 9-8. After a Delaware timeout at 17-12 WKU, the Blue Hens worked their way to a deficit of two after three-straight points. The Lady Toppers then put down six kills and a block to give them set three at 25-21 for the sweep.
Game Two-WKU 3, Lehigh 0
WKU earned its second sweep of the day after taking a 3-0 win (25-14, 25-8, 25-18) over Lehigh on Saturday afternoon.
The middles for WKU led the way against Lehigh, as Boyan and Langenkamp each pounded eight kills for the match and no errors. Boyan finished with a career-high .727 hitting percentage while Langenkamp posted five blocks.
For Lehigh, Courtney McCutchan tallied 10 kills in the match while Rachel Charles collected 14 digs.
Starting out as a close score in the first set, WKU didn’t take long to gain control of the lead, as back-to-back kills from Boyan plus one from Stutsman made it a 7-4 game. WKU continued to hold the reins, as two different four-point runs led the team to a 21-13 advantage at a Lehigh break. The Lady Toppers stayed strong out of the break, as a block from freshman Haley Bodway and Langenkamp helped WKU to a 25-14 set win.
WKU took set two in a dominating fashion, as 11 kills, five blocks and five aces helped the team to a 25-8 win, the least amount of points an opponent has scored in a set this season. Down 2-0, WKU put up an 8-1 run, which included back-to-back aces from Potts and back-to-back blocks from Boyan, to push ahead 8-3 of the Mountain Hawks. The Lady Toppers kept charging forward, as runs of 6-1 and 9-1 secured the win.
After trading points for much of the beginning of the third set, WKU took the lead 17-13 after a kill from Bodway, block from junior Lindsay Spears and two errors on Lehigh. The Lady Toppers would not surrender their lead the rest of the set, as Lehigh would only get as close as three points. WKU took its second sweep of the day after winning the final set 25-18.
WKU will continue to be away from home for one more match, as the team faces Cincinnati on Tuesday, September 4 at 5:30 p.m. CT. The Lady Toppers will then be at home on Friday, September 7 and Saturday, September 8, as they host their annual tournament featuring Tennessee Tech, No. 11 Dayton, No. 26 Ohio State and IUPUI.