Lady Toppers Sweep Austin Peay in Home Opener

By: Whitney Tarpy, WKU Athletic Media Relations
By: Whitney Tarpy, WKU Athletic Media Relations

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.—With six players hitting over .500 for the match, the Western Kentucky University volleyball team (2-2) took a win over Austin Peay (1-4) Tuesday night at E.A. Diddle Arena by a score of 3-0 (25-14, 25-14, 25-11).

Senior Jordyn Skinner and sophomore Heather Boyan led the charge with eight kills each, a new career high for Boyan, to tally the Lady Toppers’ kill total at 48. Both played well defensively, as Skinner led the team with 13 digs and Boyan tabbed three blocks.

Freshmen Haley Bodway and Noelle Langenkamp contributed to WKU’s .432 hitting percentage over the Lady Govs. Bodway put up a .667 hitting mark with four kills on six attempts while Langenkamp hit at a .625 clip with six kills on eight attempts and one error.

“It was great to see Noelle and Heather play better tonight because our whole offense runs through our middle hitters,” WKU head coach Travis Hudson said. “So tonight we really got back to who we are. I thought we also served the ball really well, and kept them out of what they wanted to do offensively.”

For Austin Peay, Lauren Henderson and Hillary Plybon collected six kills each to add to the Lady Govs’ 24 of the match.

After trading points to open the first set, WKU went on a 10-2 run to pull ahead 13-5. During that span, the team used three kills from Boyan, two from Skinner and an ace by freshman Rachel Engle to put Austin Peay in the early deficit. The Lady Govs would score only nine more points the rest of the set, as WKU took an early lead with a 25-14 win.

The Lady Toppers got a quick start in the second, using two different runs of four and five-straight points to lead 14-4. Austin Peay could never find a rhythm, as four kills from Skinner and three from Boyan would help seal the 25-14 set win before the break.

In the final frame, WKU’s offensive hot streak continued with the Lady Toppers hitting at a .455 mark for the set with 13 kills on 22 attempts and three errors. The team was led by Bodway’s four kills, as she helped WKU to a 10-3 lead. The back row defense was able to hold Austin Peay to only seven kills in the set, led by Skinner’s eight digs, to push WKU to a 25-11 third set victory.

WKU hits the road again this weekend, as the team travels to Charlottesville, Va., to participate in the Holiday Inn Jefferson Cup. The Lady Toppers play host Virginia Friday, August 31 at 6 p.m. CT before taking on Delaware on Saturday at 10 a.m. CT and Lehigh after at 4 p.m. CT.


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