Mobile, Ala.—The No. 19 Western Kentucky University volleyball team (28-3, 14-0 SBC) closed out its road schedule of the 2012 season with a 3-0 win (25-12, 25-14, 25-23) at South Alabama (13-15, 6-7 SBC) on Sunday afternoon.
Junior Melanie Stutsman was one kill shy of a triple-double, as the setter ended the match with 33 assists, 11 digs and nine kills to hit at a .818 mark. Freshman Haley Bodway led the team with 11 kills while sophomore Heather Boyan was close behind with 10.
Along with Stutsman, senior Jordyn Skinner and junior Ashley Potts each recorded double-digit digs, as Skinner had 14 and Potts added 16. Boyan led the team in the front row with four blocks.
For South Alabama, Lindsay Schwartz posted seven kills followed by Deanna Canfield and Olivia Mohler with five each. Savannah Stewart and Jenna Hassell tabbed nine digs each while Torlandria Jones led the team with six blocks.
Down 6-5 in the first set, WKU quickly gained a 13-6 lead after Bodway, Stutsman and Boyan posted two kills apiece and freshman Rachel Engle added two service aces. From there, the Lady Toppers posted eight of their 18 kills and held the Jaguars to just four kills as the defense posted 21 digs in the set en route to a 25-12 win.
WKU notched a 5-2 lead early in the second frame after Wessel and Boyan put down a kill each while Boyan and Bodway added a block. Using a 9-4 run, the Lady Toppers extended their lead to 14-6. Another big scoring run of five-straight points consisting of four kills from four different attackers and an ace from Stutsman boosted WKU to a 19-8 advantage, as the team would take a 2-0 lead after winning 25-14.
South Alabama didn’t let WKU off easy in the third set, as the Jaguars took a 5-2 lead after WKU opened the contest with two-straight points. The home team took a four-point advantage at 9-5 before a Bodway kill sparked a 5-0 run to put WKU ahead 17-15. A Jaguar ace tied the set at 21 and South Alabama would take a late lead at 23-22; however, WKU ended the set with three-straight points to win 25-23.
WKU will honor seniors Jordyn Skinner and Sarah Rogers in the team’s final regular-season match in E.A. Diddle Arena on Friday, November 9 at 7 p.m. versus Middle Tennessee.