Win over LSU brings WKU volleyball to 9-1

WKU players celebrate their 3-1 victory over LSU at the WKU Tournament in Diddle Arena on Saturday. Undefeated in the tournament, WKU improved its record to 9-1 for the season.

Lucas Aubach

The WKU volleyball team got another big win Saturday afternoon, beating Louisiana State in a back-and-forth match that ended with a 3-1 Lady Topper victory in four sets.

The win is WKU’s third of the weekend, bringing its record on the year to 9-1.

Junior outside hitter Jordyn Skinner had another good day against LSU with 21 kills, capping off a weekend which featured a 30-kill performance against Xavier on Friday. Those 30 kills are the second most in a match in school history.

“We came out with the mentality that we just want to stop people and really just have fun,” Skinner said. “This is our first home tournament so we just wanted to play our best.”

The match against LSU stayed competitive throughout the day. There were a total of 20 ties and 12 lead changes during the game.

“LSU puts a lot of pressure on you, and you have to continue to make plays, and I thought we did that throughout the match,” Head Coach Travis Hudson said.

Hudson was also happy to get the win on Alumni Day. Several former Lady Topper volleyball players were recognized during a break in the action at one point on Saturday.

“All those alumni standing over there are the reason this program is where it is right now,” he said.

The alumni contributed to a large crowd for the teams third home game of the year. Hudson said he had nothing but praise for the atmosphere the fans created.

“I can’t thank the fans enough. I can’t thank our marketing staff enough. I can’t thank our students enough,” he said after the LSU match. “Diddle Arena has really turned into a tough place to play, and that’s thanks to a lot of people who work really hard to get people in the stands.”

Sophomore defensive specialist Ashley Potts said that the environment is better now than she remembers it being in the past.

“The crowd was awesome,” she said. “I remember coming here and watching my sister play and the crowds would never get like this.”

The 3-0 weekend is a good sign for the Lady Toppers, who will face Tennessee State at home on Tuesday before traveling to Washington D.C. for a tournament this weekend.

Hudson said WKU is going to have to play hard to beat the three teams it’s slated to take on in the capitol.

“Missouri, American and Villanova are all really high level teams,” he said. “We’re gonna have to go take the same sort of focus and same sort of effort into D.C. to get a win.”