IRVING, Texas. – As WKU Volleyball extended its winning streak to 13 matches and
tied the Conference USA record for consecutive contests won against league
opponents, the league office has again recognized Jessica Lucas and Sydney Engle for
their performances. The awards mark the third-consecutive week that Engle has earned
Defensive Player of the Week while Lucas has won the Setter of the Week honor five
straight weeks now.
With the recognition, Lucas now owns a share of the conference record for the most
volleyball weekly awards collected with 17, tying Tulsa’s Tyler Henderson (2009-12).
Lucas has been named the Setter of the Week five times this season.
Over the weekend, Lucas averaged 11.17 assists per set, connecting with the WKU
attackers for 67 helpers across the pair of Conference USA sweeps. The offensive
facilitator also contributed 1.33 kills per set and 2.83 digs per set along with two
aces and three block assists. As the WKU offense hit at a season-best .507 hitting
percentage against rival Middle Tennessee, Lucas and the attackers connected for
kills on more than 58% of the senior’s sets. Combined, 50% of Lucas’s weekend sets
found the floor for kills.
Engle continued to display her versatility for the Lady Topper program, filling the
stat sheet in nearly every column. The senior all-around player averaged 3.00 points
per set combined with 3.83 digs per set. Engle notched her second-straight
double-double outing to open weekend play Friday night, tallying 10 kills and 13
digs while working at a .350 offensive rate and recording a perfect 100-percent
reception rate in serve receive.
In WKU’s rivalry match against the Blue Raiders, Engle foun
d the floor for five kills on nine attacks for a .556 hitting percentage
while adding 10 more digs and a solo block not to mention two assists and another
ace. Engle put nearly 94% of her 32 weekend serves into play while also leading the
Lady Toppers in digs both matches. Engle has now had double-digit dig outings each
of the past five matches and nine times this season.
Prior to her streak of Defensive Player of the Week awards this season, the Floyds
Knobs, Ind., native had never collected a weekly award from the league office.
With six weeks of play and awards in the books for the 2017 campaign, WKU leads the
league with 10 awards in that span. In total, 25 laurels have been distributed so
far and the Lady Toppers own 40 percent of those.
WKU will continue its home stand hosting this week’s lone match against Southern
Miss on Friday. The first serve from Diddle Arena is slated for 6 p.m. CT. Of the
team’s 11 remaining matches of the regular season, six will take place at home in
How to Follow the Lady Toppers: For complete information on WKU Volleyball, follow
the team on Twitter at @WKUVolleyball and head coach Travis Hudson at @TravisHudsonWKU.