WKU volleyball experiences emotional weekend

After scoring a point against North Texas on Saturday afternoon, senior Tiffany Elmore celebrates with her teammates. The match marked senior night for Elmore and teammate Lindsay Williams.

Lucas Aulbach

Two more Sun Belt Conference wins over the weekend

were topped off with a few milestones for WKU and Head Coach Travis


WKU (25-3, 12-1 Sun Belt Conference)

swept its final two matches at Diddle this season, beating Denver

on Friday night and North Texas on Saturday.

The win on Friday was the 400th win of Hudson’s

career, who is in his 17th season coaching the WKU volleyball


“It just gives hope to anybody that’s doing anything

with their lives, because I’m telling you, there’s a whole lot

smarter, better people out there doing their jobs than what I do,”

he said about the accomplishment. “I’m just really, really


Saturday’s match against North Texas marked WKU’s

25th win of the season, making it 10 years in a row that the Lady

Toppers have won at least 25 games.

It was also Senior Night for the Lady Toppers. Senior

middle hitters Lindsay Williams and Tiffany Elmore were recognized

on the court before the match.

Elmore, who had seven kills, said she came away from

her last home match with no regrets over her time at WKU.

“I had a lot of emotions while I was playing,” she

said. “I’m just happy that I’ve had a good four years here so

there’s nothing really to complain about.”

Williams and junior outside hitter

Jordyn Skinner led the Lady Toppers with 11 kills each on


The seniors have been an important piece of this

year’s team. Elmore and Williams are WKU’s two leading blockers and

each rank in the top four in kills over the course of the


Sophomore defensive specialist Ashley Potts said

their impact on the team goes beyond the numbers that they put


“They’ve been great all year,” she said. “Not only

are they a big part of our offense but they’re also two of our

biggest, most vocal leaders.”

Hudson said Elmore and Williams have been a part of

four of the most successful years in the history of the program.

The two seniors have won over 100 matches together during their

time at WKU.

“I’d be interested in seeing where they stack up in

terms of wins for a four-year career in the country, like with the

rest of the class of 2011,” he said. “They’ve won a heck of a lot

of volleyball matches over the last four years.”

Hudson was also pleased with the

crowds that came out to the last two matches at Diddle this season.

The Lady Toppers finished their home schedule 12-1 on the


“We’ve had great crowds all year,”

he said. “This has turned into a fun environment that our kids

enjoy playing in.”

The Lady Toppers will be on the road

for the last three matches on their schedule. They will travel to

South Alabama and Troy this weekend before closing out the regular

season at Middle Tennessee State on Nov. 11.

MTSU is the only team to beat WKU at

home this year and has been the only Sun Belt team to beat the Lady

Toppers all season. Hudson said he thinks that match could be a big

one for his team coming down the stretch.

“We talked about making that last

one at Middle Tennessee meaningful,” he said. “The way to do that

is to keep piling up wins.”