MURFREESBORO, Tenn.-Earning its 10th-straight victory, the No. 20 Western Kentucky University volleyball team (18-3, 4-0 SBC) took a 3-0 (25-18, 25-17, 25-19) match from Middle Tennessee (4-15, 1-3 SBC) on Tuesday night at Alumni Memorial Gym.
Sophomore Heather Boyan led all players with 13 kills while senior Jordyn Skinner followed with 11. Redshirt junior Paige Wessel added nine kills, as she hit .571 for the night.
Junior Ashley Potts tallied 14 digs while Skinner and junior Melanie Stutsman posted eight digs each. The duo of Skinner and Stutsman also notched three blocks apiece.
For MTSU, Brandi Waller and Chelsea Ross had nine kills each while Bri McCombs tabbed eight digs. Shelby Anderton and Tyler Richardson had five kills apiece.
Starting the first set close, WKU would take the lead at 6-5 and not give it up for the rest of the set. From there, the Lady Toppers would put up seven-consecutive points to extend the advantage to 13-5 to force a Blue Raider timeout. A MTSU block would allow the home team to get within two points at 15-13, but that would be as close as the team would get, as WKU cruised to a 25-18 win.
Taking control of the reins early, WKU jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the second frame with thanks to an ace from Stutsman plus a kill and block from Skinner. A 5-2 run out of MTSU closed the gap at 7-6, but the WKU offensive tandem of Wessel, Boyan and freshman Haley Bodway put up a combined five kills to increase the lead to 13-8. The Lady Toppers kept a distance of five points or more throughout the rest of the set and took a 25-17 win into the break.
Back-and-forth scoring between the team started the final set. Knotted at 6, WKU put together a six-point run to get ahead 12-6. Another big run of five-consecutive points by the Lady Toppers, sparked by three Boyan kills and a sophomore Mollie Pajakowski ace, sent WKU to a 19-10 advantage. WKU would go on to seal the win at 25-19.
WKU concludes its road trip this weekend, as the team travels to North Texas and takes on the Mean Green on Friday, October 5 at 7 p.m. while finishing at Louisiana-Monroe on Sunday, October 7 at 1 p.m.