WKU volleyball bounces back with dominating win over Troy

Sophomore Melanie Stutsman goes up for a block against a spike from Troy at Diddle Arena on Friday. WKU swept Troy 3-0 just days after their winning streak was snapped by Middle Tennessee.

Lucas Aulbach

After a disappointing home loss to Middle Tennessee State Tuesday night, the Lady Toppers came into Friday night’s match looking to regain some of their momentum.

They did so in dominating fashion.

WKU (18-2, 5-1) beat Troy in three sets at Diddle Arena on Friday, holding the Trojans to nine and 10 points in the first two sets before winning the third set 25-19.

“Those first two games were really the first time all year we were totally clicking on both sides of the ball offensively and defensively,” Head Coach Travis Hudson said after the match.

The Lady Toppers were led in most offensive categories by sophomore setter Melanie Stutsman. She had a match-leading 11 kills, no errors, and recorded a hitting percentage of .786. Stutsman also led all players with a total of 32 assists.

The Lady Toppers put together a dominating performance on defense as well. Junior outside hitter Jordyn Skinner recorded 18 digs and sophomore defensive specialist Ashley Potts added 11 to WKU’s total of 44.

Their stifling defense had a big impact on the Trojans’ offense. Every player but one was held under .100, and the Trojans had negative team hitting percentages in two of the three sets played.

The win over Troy (12-7, 2-3) was the first for the WKU since Tuesday’s match against MTSU, which snapped the No. 26 ranked Lady Toppers’ 14-match winning streak.

Hudson was pleased with the team’s return to form.

“We just had to move on and get the next one in the conference,” he said. “We bounced back well tonight and we’re hoping to get another one tomorrow.”

The Lady Toppers will be in action at home again at 5 p.m. Saturday against South Alabama.