NASHVILLE, Tenn. – For the ninth time in program history, WKU Volleyball swept
Lipscomb as the sides met in a non-conference matchup Tuesday night on the Lipscomb
campus. The Lady Toppers improved to 10-1 all-time against the Bisons as the Red and
White block party carried over from the weekend. WKU outblocked the hosts 14-3 in
the match while limiting Lipscomb to a .106 hitting clip to improve to 10-2 on the
“Great teams win in a lot of ways,” Travis Hudson opened after WKU’s sweep of
Lipscomb Tuesday night. “We haven’t been as good offensively in our last few
matches, but we’ve really risen to the occasion with our blocking. While tonight’s
third set did not go well, in my opinion, we were fortunate to get out of there in
three sets tonight because we certainly didn’t finish strong.”
Tuesday night action opened with Lipscomb tallying the match’s first point before
the Lady Toppers notched five of the next six points before stretching the lead to
six points at 10-4 to force a Lipscomb timeout. The Bisons managed a sideout out of
the break before WKU rattled off the next four points which resulted in Lipscomb’s
second stoppage trailing 14-5. Battling back behind a five-point run of their own,
Lipscomb pulled as close as two points on multiple occasions. WKU pushed through and
ultimately claimed the set 25-22.
After falling behind 4-1 to begin set two, WKU Volleyball found its groove and
tallied the next three points to even things up. Lipscomb and WKU then traded points
to 7-7 before the Lady Toppers took a lead they would not relinquish. The key run
for the Red and White was a nine-point streak from 12-10 to 20-10 that put the set
away. At one point, WKU registered three straight blocks and ended with seven in the
frame. Additionally, Alyssa Cavanaugh recorded seven kills on 10 swings to help WKU
to a .458 hitting percentage in the frame.
Following the long break, WKU notched five of the first seven points before Lipscomb
called a timeout down 11-7. The Bisons battled back again down the stretch using a
7-3 run to knot the match at 22-22. WKU took the lead for good off a Rachel Anderson
kill which was immediately followed with a block assist by Anderson and Taylor
Dellinger. With the Lady Toppers leading 24-22, the Bisons were able to fight off a
set point before Anderson sent her seventh kill of the night off the Lipscomb block
to secure the victory.
Cavanaugh led the way for WKU for the fourth straight match as the senior tallied 14
kills while working at a .417 clip. Additionally, Cavanaugh added two blocks, a dig
and an assist as well. Anderson chipped in seven kills to go along with four blocks
and a pair of digs.
At the net, Sydney Engle and Amara Listenbee each registered eight blocks, tying
Engle’s career high set two matches ago against Pittsburgh. Engle added five kills
to go along with five digs and four assists.
WKU saw five hitters record a hitting percentage of .300 or better as the team
worked at a collective .295 rate.
Jessica Lucas was one of those .300 hitters as the senior recorded four kills of her
own while helping on 26 for her teammates. Lucas finished with nine digs and a block
Emma Kowalkowski also notched nine digs while Hallie Shelton and Darby Music each
“It’s great,” Hudson said of picking up two big wins during the week. “We’re in the
toughest stretch of our schedule and to get two really important wins to start this
stretch takes a little pressure off the rest of this week but gives us a little
momentum at the same time. We’re looking forward to getting to Columbus to keep
Up next for the rolling Lady Topper squad is the Buckeye Invitational this weekend
at Ohio State. WKU will open play on Friday with No. 25 Ohio State before taking on
Dayton later in the day. Play will close on Saturday with the Red and White taking
on Northern Illinois.
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.