No. 24 WKU Finishes Non-Conference Play With Win at Belmont

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

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—In its final non-conference match of the season, the No. 24 Western Kentucky University volleyball team (14-3) defeated Belmont (4-10) with a three-set sweep (25-21, 25-7, 26-24) on Tuesday night at the Curb Event Center.

Double-digit statistics came in plenty for the Lady Toppers, as senior Jordyn Skinner notched her fourth double-double in a row with 11 kills and 14 digs. Sophomore Heather Boyan added 12 kills on 23 attempts with one error to hit .478 in the contest. Redshirt junior Paige Wessel had 10 kills, as she hit at a .421 mark.

Junior Melanie Stutsman also had a double-double with 41 assists and 11 digs. Junior Ashley Potts finished the night with 18 digs while freshman Rachel Engle tabbed 10 digs.

For Belmont, Alex Martin posted a game-high 14 kills and four blocks. Jamie Lundstrom and Jen Myer had 18 and 13 digs, respectively.

Two kills from Wessel early gave WKU a 3-1 lead to open the first set. Belmont quickly closed the gap to tie the game at 4 before a kill by freshman Noelle Langenkamp helped WKU to its largest lead at 10-6. The Bruins stayed close, tying the game four times and only being down by three points at the most. Knotted at 20, back-to-back kills from Wessel pushed WKU ahead 22-20 before three-straight points ended the set with a 25-21 WKU win.

After a Bruins kill brought the second set to a 4-3 score in favor of WKU, the Lady Toppers took control of the frame by putting up 10-straight points on their way to a 14-1 scoring run for an 18-3 advantage. During that span, WKU had four blocks and seven kills. WKU finished the set with 16 kills compared to Belmont’s three en route to a 25-7 win.

WKU fell behind to start the third set, as Belmont took the first two points of the frame before increasing its lead to 5-3. After a tied game at points 5, 6 and 7, a kill from Skinner gave WKU the lead that it would not relinquish the rest of the set. The Lady Toppers grabbed its largest lead of the frame at 17-13 to force a Belmont timeout. Out of the break, the Bruins worked their way back to tie the game at 20 and hold off three WKU set points before the Lady Toppers took the match at 26-24.

WKU opens conference play this weekend, as the team hosts Troy on Friday, September 21 at 7 p.m. before welcoming South Alabama to E.A. Diddle Arena on Saturday at 1 p.m.

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