Follow along with Herald beat writer Emily Patton as the WKU volleyball team hosts Middle Tennessee at 7 p.m. Friday in Diddle Arena. The winner of tonight’s game takes the Sun Belt’s regular-season title and No. 1 seed in the conference tournament.
Final Score: WKU loses to Middle Tennessee 0-3 (21-25, 22-25, 19-25) in Diddle Arena, allowing the Blue Raiders to become the regular season Sun Belt champions and top seed for the SBC tournament on Nov. 18.
WKU secures the second seed.
Results of Game Three:
WKU falls to the Blue Raiders 0-3 in Diddle Arena on senior night.
The Lady Toppers still refusing to go quietly. A kill by senior outside hitter Emily Teegarden puts WKU down by one, 14-15.
WKU and the Blue Raiders continue to exchange points, MTSU takes 6-7 lead in game three.
A kill by junior Tiffany Elmore gives WKU its largest lead of the game, 2-1.
Out of the ordinary for the Lady Toppers, they begin the third set with a 1-0 lead over MTSU because of a bad set.
Results of Game two:
WKU (25-6, 14-1 Sun Belt Conference) falls in set two 23-25, now down 0-2 to the Blue Raiders.
Three straight digs by sophomore Jordyn Skinner, followed by a kill by Williams pull the Lady Tops with one. But MTSU prevails after a WKU attack error.
WKU (25-6, 14-1 Sun Belt Conference) trying to stay close, find itself down by five, 18-23, against the Blue Raiders.
The Lady Toppers make a statement in the crowd by taking a one point lead, their first lead of the match.
WKU is struggling to get a lead. The Lady Toppers remain tied or down by one against MTSU. Score 8-9 Blue Raiders lead.
Unclear out of bounds call on a ball has Head Coach Travis Hudson off the bench, but a WKU service ace by Sarah Rogers ties the game at 5-5.
Result of Game one:
MTSU (24-5, 14-1 Sun Belt Conference) take game one over the Lady Toppers 21-25.
WKU (25-6, 14-1 Sun Belt Conference) gets a kill from junior middle hitter Lindsay Williams to pull within in two, 15-17 MTSU lead.
The Lady Toppers take critical timeout after MTSU increase their lead to five. The score now 9-14 MTSU.
Earlier the Lady Toppers were trading points with the MTSU. A kill by senior outside hitter Emily Teegarden ties the match at 5-5.
Starters for the Lady Toppers are freshmen Melanie Stutsman, Ashley Potts, sophomores Jordyn Skinner, Paige Wessel, Sarah Rogers and junior Lindsay Williams.
Pregame: WKU (25-6, 14-1 Sun Belt Conference) is about 10 minutes away from the start of the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders volleyball match in Diddle Arena.
The last time the two teams met on Oct. 6, MTSU (24-5, 14-1 Sun Belt) swept in three games.
The Lady Toppers are back for a rematch at home to possibly claim their eighth East Division title and the honor of regular season Sun Belt champions.
In the most recent NCAA women’s volleyball RPI rankings, the two teams are separated by just four spots. WKU is ranked No. 36 and MTSU sits at No. 40.
Because of the high rankings, the winner could receive an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.
Prior to the match, seniors Emily Teegarden and Kelly Potts will be honored.