Lady Toppers sweep Texas-Arlington in 2-0 weekend

Lucas Aulbach

The Lady Toppers swept conference foe Texas-Arlington Saturday afternoon behind a strong defensive performance and balanced attack on offense.

The win was the second of the weekend for WKU (15-4, 5-0 Sun Belt Conference) after the Lady Toppers swept Texas State at home Friday.

Coach Travis Hudson said it was encouraging to see the Lady Toppers, now riding an eight-match winning streak, pick up a couple of wins at home.

“I think we were better this weekend, and that’s what I’m interested in,” he said. “I’m interested in us progressing and getting better, and both of these teams can really play.”

WKU came out Saturday with offensive play and didn’t let up, as the Lady Toppers hit over .350 as a team in each of the three sets.

Senior outside hitter Paige Wessel and sophomore outside hitter Haley Boday each had a team-leading 13 kills, while sophomore middle hitter Noelle Langenkamp added 11 kills of her own.

Senior setter Melanie Stutsman had 46 assists as the Lady Toppers doubled Texas-Arlington’s assist total. WKU finished with 50 to Texas-Arlington’s 25.

Senior defensive specialist Ashley Potts led the Lady Topper defense with a game-high 20 digs, while junior defensive specialist Mollie Pajakowski had an additional nine digs.

Potts said the Lady Toppers worked on improving as a team over the week, which helped them come into the series at Diddle Arena with confidence.

“We are just working on coming together as a team,” she said. “We think it’s really improved in the past week and it shows on and off the court. It’s awesome.”

WKU will be back at Diddle Arena Friday against Louisiana-Monroe.