WKU volleyball tops FIU in front of largest crowd of the season

Junior outside hitter Jordyn Skinner bumps a shot from Florida International during the Lady Toppers’ home game against FIU on Friday evening in E.A. Diddle Arena. WKU won 3-0. 

Lucas Aulbach

The Lady Toppers team put together what Head Coach Travis Hudson called the “most complete match” of the season Friday night in a win over Florida International.

WKU took the match in three sets, duplicating the success they had when they played FIU in Miami earlier this season.

FIU was held to a .030 hitting percentage for the match, including .000 in the second set, while WKU (20-2, 7-1 Sun Belt Conference) finished with a .313 percentage over the course of the three sets.

Hudson said his team’s success on Friday shows their potential coming down the stretch.

“That’s what our team can be when we put a complete match together,” he said. “To be quite honest I think that’s the first time that’s happened all year.”

The Lady Toppers were led offensively by junior outside hitter Paige Wessel, who recorded a match-leading 12 kills.

Sophomore defensive specialist Ashley Potts led the defense with nine digs, while three other Lady Toppers added seven each to the total of 45 for the team.

Sophomore setter Melanie Stutsman recorded 26 of WKU’s 35 assists.

“I just feel like everything was clicking tonight,” Stutsman said. “Our defense was doing great and we served good. We came out and played so hard all night.”

The Lady Toppers had the benefit of playing in front of their largest crowd of the season. A total of 1,382 attended the match at Diddle Arena, which hosted Hilltopper Hysteria after the match.

“This was a great electric crowd in here tonight with Hilltopper Hysteria going on,” Hudson said. “It’s important for our program because we continue to try and expose ourselves to more and more WKU fans and the more they come and see us, the more they come back.”

WKU will play Florida Atlantic tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Diddle.

“It’ll be a different environment in here tomorrow and our kids have to get their focus and be ready to come back and play again,” Hudson said.