WKU sweeps Alabama-Birmingham on the road

Clay Manlove

The Lady Topper volleyball team came away with their 16th-straight win last night, using a strong defensive performance to defeat Alabama-Birmingham 3-0 (25-16, 25-13, 25-18). 

WKU (20-2 overall, 6-0 C-USA) was held to its third-lowest hitting percentage on the season while attacking at a .281 clip, but held the Blazers to a lowly .009 hitting percentage. 

“I’m very, very pleased with this win,” Lady Topper head coach Travis Hudson said. “The main reason I say that is because of how we got it done. Even though we struggled a bit offensively today, we played our best match of the year from a defensive standpoint. We’ve really been working hard to improve our defense and tonight that showed through.” 

Alyssa Cavanaugh and Taylor Dellinger each led the Lady Toppers with nine kills apiece, Dellinger hitting for a team-high .444 clip. Rachel Anderson added five kills while Sydney Engle and Kayland Jackson added four. 

 WKU tied the Blazers (9-13 overall, 3-4 C-USA) in digs with 43 on the night, including 20 for the Lady Toppers in the second set. Engle led the team with nine digs while Emma Kowalkowski tallied eight. Jackson and Anderson had three blocks apiece. 

 The Lady Toppers will be back on the road on Sunday as they face Florida International in Miami, Florida. Start time for the match is slated for noon CT.