CHARLOTTE, N.C. – For the second-straight match, WKU Volleyball saw three Lady
Toppers hit double-digit kills as the Red and White used its high-powered offense
for a Conference USA road win at Charlotte. Led by Rachel Anderson’s 20 kills while
Sydney Engle added 13 and Alyssa Cavanaugh posted 12, WKU swept the Charlotte 49ers
and now owns the league’s longest winning streak at 11.
“This was a great win on the back end of a long weekend of travel for us,” head
coach Travis Hudson opened. “We really played well offensively today which helped us
stay out in front most of the way.”
The Lady Toppers are now 15-2 on the season with a 2-0 reading in Conference USA
action. Dating back to Nov. 1, 2015, WKU Volleyball has won 27-consecutive matches
against league opponents including regular season and tournament matchups. The
streak ranks as the second-longest in C-USA history.
To open Sunday’s match, Charlotte struck first and held an early 6-3 lead in the
contest after a few Lady Topper errors. However, the lead didn’t hold as WKU
retaliated with an eight-point run off the serve of Jessica Lucas to open up an 11-6
advantage. The 49ers battled back within three points on numerous occasions in the
frame, but the Red and White responded with another eight-point streak – including
five-consecutive Anderson kills – to put the first set away. Despite Charlotte’s
early advantage, WKU used a 22-9 run down the stretch to take the first frame 25-15.
Anderson led WKU with seven kills in the set while Engle added six. The Lady Toppers
owned 20 kills in the set against just three errors for a .447 hitting efficiency.
Charlotte got on the board first again in the second set, owning a lead up to the
7-6 point before WKU muscled its way ahead with a 13-5 run to take a 20-13 lead. The
49ers battled back within three down the stretch before untimely errors and a
Cavanaugh kill sealed the deal on the 25-20 second-set victory. Anderson and
Cavanaugh each contributed six kills in the frame while WKU hit a match-best .467
with 16 combined kills against just two errors.
Coming out of intermission, WKU opened a 3-0 lead and never looked back. After an
Emma Kowalkowski service ace gave the Lady Toppers a 5-1 lead, WKU pushed ahead to
an 11-4 advantage to force a Charlotte timeout. While the 49ers managed to close the
gap some, WKU maintained at least a two-point advantage the rest of the way. The
Lady Toppers used a trio of late kills to finish off the sweep with a 25-20
third-set win. Engle added five more kills in the final set including the final
point of the match. WKU worked at a .429 offensive rate with 17 kills against two
In addition to her 13 kills, Engle recorded a career-high .722 hitting percentage
with zero errors on 18 attacks. The senior also recorded a team-best 12 digs to post
her first double-double outing of the season.
Anderson registered a new season-high 20 kills in the outing, the third 20+ kill
showing of her career. The junior worked at a .545 offensive rate, tallying just two
attack errors on 33 swings while also adding two blocks and an ace.
With 12 kills on 19 attacks, Cavanaugh owned a .579 hitting clip on the match
bringing the outside hitter’s season mark up to a blistering .403 reading.
Lucas dished out 45 assists in the three-set match for an average of 15.0 assists
per set. The setter helped the WKU offense to a .447 hitting percentage. Lucas added
eight digs to go along with three kills, an ace and a block in the win.
Kowalkowski finished with her 11th double-digit dig showing of the season, tallying
10. Darby Music finished with nine digs.
After a stretch of six matches on the road, WKU Volleyball will finally return to
Diddle Arena Friday night as Louisiana Tech comes to town. First serve against the
Lady Techsters is slated for 6 p.m. CT.
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.