BOWLING GREEN, Ky.— The Western Kentucky University volleyball team (20-5, 10-1) collected its fourth-straight Sun Belt Conference win after sweeping (25-12, 25-12, 25-20) Arkansas State (11-15, 6-5) on Sunday in E.A. Diddle Arena.
Through the four wins, WKU is outhitting opponents .294-.131, as in the match against the Red Wolves, WKU hit .320 to ASU’s .053. WKU led in blocks against ASU, 7-3, while eight service aces gave the Lady Toppers an extra boost.
Junior Heather Boyan led the offense with a match-high 12 kills to go along with four blocks. Sophomore Haley Bodway tabbed nine kills while redshirt senior Paige Wessel tallied eight to hit .667.
Senior Melanie Stutsman notched her fourth double-double of the season with 31 assists and 10 digs while recording three service aces. Senior Ashley Potts led the game with 17 digs, as fellow defensive specialist Mollie Pajakowski had three aces.
For the Red Wolves, Kendal Davis and Sadie Clark had seven kills each while Megan Baska had 10 digs and Jackie Gerig had 20 assists.
Tied at 5 early in the first set, WKU capitalized on six errors from ASU to pull ahead 16-8, as ASU called a timeout. A pair of blocks and three kills from there helped WKU to a 25-15 win.
In control from the first point, WKU dominated the second frame after hitting .485 with 18 kills and just two attack errors on its way to a 25-12 win. Up 6-1 after a senior Janee’ Diggins kill, the Lady Toppers led as much as nine before ASU closed the gap at 13-8; however, seven-straight kills extended the advantage back to 22-9 before WKU sealed the 2-0 advantage at the break.
Boyan and senior Lindsay Spears provided four kills each in WKU’s final set win. Ahead 10-3 after a Pajakowski ace, the Red Wolves worked their way to decreasing the deficit to one at 20-19 before back-to-back errors by ASU forced them to the benches. Out of the break, WKU got kills from Boyan and Spears before a Potts ace sealed the 25-20 win.
One more road trip awaits WKU in the regular season, as the team travels to Texas State on Friday, November 1 for a 6 p.m. CT contest before a bout at UT Arlington on Saturday, November 2 at 3 p.m. CT. The Lady Toppers then close out the season with five-straight home matches.
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