WKU improves to 5-1 with two wins at Kentucky Classic

WKU players celebrate a point in the fourth game against Ohio at the Kentucky Classic in Lexington.

Lucas Aulbach

LEXINGTON  After suffering their first loss of the season on Friday night, the WKU volleyball team responded on Saturday by beating both Virginia Tech and Ohio at the Kentucky Classic.

The Lady Toppers (5-1) swept Virginia Tech in their first match and defeated Ohio 3-1. Both teams made the NCAA Tournament last season.

“UK was a disappointing loss,” Head Coach Travis Hudson said. “But for us to come back the next day and win really shows you something about this team.”

In the first match, the Lady Toppers came back to beat Ohio after losing the first set.

Junior outside hitter Jordyn Skinner recorded 19 kills and sophomore setter Melanie Stutsman had a total of 44 assists. Freshman middle hitter Heather Boyan contributed three solo blocks and three block assists in the match as well.

“When we put Heather Boyan in the middle it gave our team a big lift,” Hudson said. “Those six blocks were huge for us.”

In the first match of the day, Skinner and sophomore outside hitter Paige Wessel each had 12 kills, and Stutsman recorded 27 assists over the course of the match.

Skinner and Potts both earned spots on the Kentucky Classic All-Tournament team.

Skinner finished the weekend with a team-high 45 kills, seven blocks and added 33 digs while Potts led the team with 55 digs — an average of five per set.

The Lady Toppers will be in action on Tuesday when they take on Lipscomb in Nashville.

They’ll play at home next weekend for the first time all season when they host Xavier, Wake Forest and Louisiana State at the WKU Tournament.