The Lady Toppers volleyball team was unable to break
their losing streak against Cincinnati on Tuesday night, but they
gave them the closest match the two teams have had in years.
WKU lost a five-set thriller 3-2 in Cincinnati, in a
back-and-forth match that saw several momentum shifts and no
consecutive set wins.
While the Lady Toppers excelled in many areas of the
game, serving was their Achilles heel.
WKU (21-3, 8-1 Sun Belt Conference) had a higher
hitting percentage and recorded more blocks than Cincinnati but
also had 23 serving errors over the course of the match, as opposed
to 12 committed by the Lady Bearcats.
Head Coach Travis Hudson was disheartened after the
“Obviously I’m disappointed,” he said. “We outplayed
them in almost every aspect but we failed at service aces and it
Junior outside hitter Jordyn Skinner led the Lady
Toppers with 15 kills, while senior middle hitter Tiffany Elmore
added 14 to the teams total of 54.
Sophomore setter Melanie Stutsman recorded 43 assists
to go along with her seven kills.
Sophomore defensive specialist Ashley Potts led the
defense with 21 digs, a third of WKUs total of 62. Skinner recorded
an additional 15 in her 12th double-double
of the season.
Elmore said the team played well in some areas and
agreed with Hudson that serving errors were the deciding factor in
“We defended well and outblocked them, but serving
drilled us tonight,” she said. “We let our serving game get away
from us and it caused us a loss.”
While they didn’t snap their decade-long losing
streak against the Lady Bearcats, the Lady Toppers were close to
the final set, which ended with Cincinnati on top 16-14.
WKU will try to get back on track after the loss this
weekend. The Lady Toppers will leave Bowling Green on Thursday to
travel to Louisiana for weekend matches against Louisiana-Lafayette