WKU passes final road test against North Texas

Herald Staff

The WKU volleyball team won its last road game of the season with a 3-1 (26-28, 25-13, 25-14, 25-21) victory over North Texas in Denton, Texas, on Sunday.

After a difficult win against Denver on Friday, WKU (23-6, 12-1 Sun Belt Conference) came back from a game-one loss to win in four games.

The win was the first time the Lady Toppers have won a game after losing the first game.

“These games were huge for us to win,” Head Coach Travis Hudson said. “We traveled to teams with road atmospheres with great crowds. It is always difficult to travel this far. This was a long road trip for us, but our kids showed toughness.”

Junior middle hitter Lindsay Williams finished with 13 kills and a .476 hitting percentage to lead the offense. Fellow middle hitter Tiffany Elmore earned 11 kills while senior outsider hitter Emily Teegarden had 10 kills.

The Lady Toppers combined for a hitting percentage of .336. North Texas was held to a hitting percentage of only .134 and 26 attack errors.

Sophomore Jordyn Skinner led the defense with 14 digs and added four of the 14 WKU blocks.

North Texas led the majority of the first game, but WKU cut an eight-point lead down to 23-22. After three tie scores, North Texas had two back-to-back kills that earned the win.

In the second game, WKU took the lead at 2-1 and never lost it. The third game showed the same leading effort from WKU, which led from beginning to end.

But the fourth game would feature 12 ties and four lead changes. At a 21-21 tie, four straight points were scored by the Lady Toppers to win the match.

“It was really disappointing to lose that first set,” Hudson said. “There was a bad call on a ball that was out of bounds that led to North Texas taking it. But very quickly, I told the team that this is our chance to get that monkey off our back and prove, we can win when we’ve been knocked down.”