Lady Toppers sweep FIU; face MTSU in for Sun Belt championship

Lucas Aulbach

The Lady Toppers got another Sun Belt Tournament win

on Friday and are now one win away from another conference

championship, where they’ll meet a familiar foe.

WKU beat Florida International in three sets in Miami

to earn a spot in Saturday’s title match, setting the stage for a

third match against Middle Tennessee.

The Lady Toppers were dominant for much of the match

against FIU, the third time WKU beat the Lady Panthers this season.

WKU never trailed by more than a point and recorded a total of 44

kills, 15 more than FIU.

Head Coach Travis Hudson said the Lady Toppers played

well from the start of the match to the finish.

“We came out and played at a high level from the

beginning and we were able to sustain that for the rest of the

night,” he said.

Junior outside hitter Jordyn Skinner, who was named

Sun Belt Player of the Year earlier this week, was a force for the

Lady Toppers once again, racking up 14 kills and nine digs during

three sets.

Senior middle hitter Lindsay Williams was also a big

part of the WKU offense on Friday with nine kills in 14 attempts

for a team-high .571 hitting percentage.

Sophomore defensive specialist and Sun Belt Defensive

Player of the Year Ashley Potts had a big impact on the Lady

Toppers defense, recording 13 digs and an additional six


The win over FIU clinched a spot in the Sun Belt

finals for the No. 1 seeded Lady Toppers, where they’ll take on

MTSU, the No. 2 seed.

WKU split the two matches it played against the Lady

Raiders this season. They lost in Diddle in October before winning

in Murfreesboro last Friday in a five-set match with the conference

regular-season title on the line.

The two teams met in the conference finals last

season as well. MTSU won that time, but the Lady Toppers are hoping

for a better outcome this time around.

The conference championship will be played on

Saturday at noon in Miami. It will be broadcast in Bowling Green on


“It’s going to be another classic battle,” Hudson

said. “Every time we play Middle it’s anyone’s match and tomorrow

will be no different.”