WKU coach Hudson unhappy despite 3-0 win over Tennessee State

Junior outside hitter Jordyn Skinner (12) celebrates during a game againts Tennesee State on Tuesday. The Lady Toppers won 3-0 to improve to 10-1.

Lucas Aulbach

WKU earned its 10th win of the season Tuesday night, but not everyone was thrilled with the way the Lady Toppers got there — most notably Head Coach Travis Hudson.

“Quite frankly I thought it was an embarrassment,” Hudson said. “We played with no pride in the uniform tonight, and that’s not what we’re about, so that’s very disappointing to see.”

The Lady Toppers (10-1) won all three sets, but much of the match was a tight contest. The second set alone saw a total of 20 tie scores.

They won the first set 25-20 but were tested in the second before eventually winning 29-27. WKU closed out the match with a 25-20 win in the third set.

Hudson said on Monday that one of the Lady Toppers’ strengths is the way they always show up ready to go. He said he saw none of that tonight.

“We just have to have a more mature approach,” he said. “This is a team that’s come ready to play every night, and tonight was the first night I didn’t think we did that”

The Lady Toppers were led by junior outside hitter Jordyn Skinner’s 12 kills and sophomore setter Melanie Stutsman’s 39 assists.

Skinner was awarded Sun Belt Player of the Week on Tuesday.

“The thing that makes her special is her ability to do everything,” Hudson said of Skinner. “She’s a special kid from a talent standpoint.”

Freshman middle hitter Heather Boyan also contributed with seven kills and two blocks after starting the match. It was her first home start.

Boyan said starting at home was a big accomplishment for her.

“It was something I’ve been looking forward to for a while,” she said. “It’s a really good environment here, and we had a good turnout tonight.”

Boyan also pointed out that the team as a whole could improve.

“We started out a little rough,” she said, “We talked about how we needed to come out and be strong, but we didn’t come out as strong as we wanted to.”

The Lady Toppers will close out their nonconference schedule this weekend at the American University Tournament in Washington D.C., where they’ll take on Villanova, American and Missouri.

Hudson said the Lady Toppers will be prepared by the time the weekend rolls around.

“I choose to believe the performance we’ve put out there ten times is more likely than the performance we’ve put out there once,” he said.