SAN ANTONIO, Texas – WKU Volleyball secured a four-set win at UTSA on Sunday as the
Lady Toppers turned in a solid outing across the board. Rachel Anderson and Sophia
Cerino combined for 31 kills while three defensive specialists racked up
double-digit digs. The 25-19, 25-17, 22-25, 25-23 victory marked the second win of
WKU’s road trip to the Lone Star State.
“This was a big weekend of growth for our team,” head coach Travis Hudson opened.
“This is a long road trip on top of facing a great opponent today. I’m very proud of
With the 2-0 Texas trip, the Lady Toppers are now 16-9 on the season and 7-3 in
Conference USA matchups. UTSA moved to 16-7 with the loss and is now 8-3 in league
WKU Volleyball had an answer for every UTSA run in the opening set of action in San
Antonio on Sunday. After the Roadrunners got on the board first with a 2-0 lead, the
Lady Toppers would even things up and hit double digits first with a 10-8 lead.
Trailing 14-12 at one point, WKU registered a 6-0 run to put the frame out of reach.
The Red and White closed the set on a 13-5 run. While WKU had just nine kills, the
squad found points with four blocks and a trio of aces.
Down 8-6 early on in set two, WKU responded with a 5-0 run for an 11-8 lead while
forcing a UTSA timeout. Anderson soon struck for back-to-back kills giving WKU a
15-10 advantage to force the Roadrunners’ second timeout of the frame. From there
play stayed relatively even between the sides as WKU grabbed the second-set victory
with a 25-17 win for a 2-0 lead in the match.
In set three, WKU was again the first to double digits with an 11-8 lead, however
the hosts would mount a late surge to take the frame 25-22. WKU fended off
three-straight set points before UTSA could close the door on the frame though.
After back-to-back kills from Cerino, WKU was the first to double digits in the
final set with a 10-8 lead. Hallie Shelton’s fourth ace of the match gave the
visitors a 14-11 advantage but UTSA responded with a 4-0 run to take the lead and
force a WKU timeout. The Red and White came back scoring six of the next 10 tallies
for a slim 20-19 lead. While the Roadrunners led 22-21 and 23-22, WKU registered the
match’s final three points with back-to-back Anderson kills before Kayland Jackson
found the floor for the 25-23 fourth-set victory. WKU notched a match-best 17 kills
in the final set.
Anderson turned in 19 kills on 37 attacks for a .432 hitting percentage in addition
to five blocks, two digs and two aces in an all-around effort. Cerino worked at an
efficient .520 rate with 14 kills on 25 swings while also adding two digs and a
Katie Isenbarger chipped in seven kills and a .333 hitting clip on top of a pair of
blocks at the net.
Three Lady Topper defensive specialists posted double-digit digs in the outing led
by Payton Frederick’s 16. Shelton and Darby Music each added 10. Emma Kowalkowski
chipped in eight digs.
Facilitating the offense from start to finish, Taylor Bebout recorded 45 assists,
four kills and three digs in WKU’s second-straight win.
Collectively, the WKU offense operated at a .290 rating while tallying 54 kills.
Following its weekend in Texas, WKU Volleyball returns home for its final weekend on
The Hill of the 2018 campaign. FIU comes to town for a Friday night tilt before the
Lady Toppers honor seniors Rachel Anderson and Mary Martin at Sunday’s noon CT match
against Florida Atlantic.
* WKU Volleyball now leads the all-time series against the Roadrunners 6-1
after this afternoon’s victory in San Antonio.
* Hallie Shelton racked up four aces in the match to tie her career high.
* At the net, WKU collected 10 blocks marking the team’s fifth double-digit
effort of the season.
* Rachel Anderson posted 19 kills, marking her second 17-kill match of the
* Sophia Cerino notched 14 kills on an efficient .520 hitting percentage. The
junior now owns 11 double-digit kill performances on the season and two on the
team’s Texas road trip.
* Three Lady Topper defensive specialists posted double-digit digs in the
outing led by Payton Frederick’s 16. Shelton and Darby Music each added 10. The last
time three or more WKU players recorded double-digit digs was a five-set victory
over Charlotte on Sept. 23, 2018. Every player that saw action for WKU recorded a
dig in the victory at UTSA.
* Run of the match: A 13-5 run to close the first set. Trailing 14-12 in the
middle of the opening frame, WKU responded with a 6-0 run before ultimately closing
the set on the 13-5 run.