BLOG: WKU volleyball defeats FIU, moves to championship match

Follow along with the Herald’s coverage of WKU’s second-round Sun Belt tournament matchup with Florida International. Beat writer Emily Patton is in Murfreesboro for the match, which begins at 5 p.m. CT.

Emily Patton

Follow along with the Herald’s coverage of WKU’s second-round Sun Belt tournament matchup with Florida International. Beat writer Emily Patton is in Murfreesboro for the match, which begins at 5 p.m. CT.


WKU defeats FIU 3-0 to move onto the championship match against either MTSU or North Texas on Saturday.

Third game:

WKU on matchpoint now to win the game, 24-18 WKU over FIU.

Williams gets yet another kill, WKU opens up to 22-17 on FIU.

Junior Lindsay Williams gives WKU a kill, increasing her kills to 9. WKU leads FIU 21-17 in game three.

WKU now on largest lead of this game at four points over FIU.

WKU gets kill from Teegarden, score 16-14 WKU.

The Lady Toppers now lead 15-12 over FIU in the third game in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Timeout on floor by FIU.

A net violation by WKU ties game at 11 all.

Teegarden on a roll now with another kill to give Lady Tops a 9-8 lead over FIU. Skinner follows with a block as WKU goes up 10-8 now.

Teegarden and Skinner are both tied at seven kills for WKU.

A second kill by the senior gives WKU the lead, 7-6 over FIU.

Senior Emily Teegarden ties the score at 6 all with a kill.

WKU pulls within one now with a kill by junior Lindsay Williams, score 6-5 FIU.

A kill by Melanie Stutsman brings Lady Tops to two behind FIU.

Lady Toppers down by three early with a kill by Jovana Bjelica. Score 4-1 FIU. Bjelica has now earned 10 kills and a .304 hitting percentage for FIU.

WKU seems to have relaxed too much while FIU is still firing. Panthers take 2-1 lead.

Third game opens with a 1-0 lead by WKU, followed by a FIU kill to tie it at 1-1.

Second game:

A kill by junior Tiffany Elmore gives WKU the second game, winning 25-23 over FIU in Murfreesboro, Tenn. The Lady Toppers lead 2-0 in the match.

Panthers deny WKU the easy win. 24-23 WKU.

Kill by Jordyn Skinner, score 24-22. Matchpoint for WKU.

Timeout by FIU after a kill by Paige Wessel increasing the WKU to 22-20 over FIU.

Kill by Melanie Stutsman breaks a tie, Lady Tops lead 21-20.

Panthers pull within one after attack error on WKU. Score 20-19 WKU.

Now a three-point lead by WKU with a kill by Melanie Stutsman, 20-17.

WKU takes a two-point lead over the Panthers after an attack error. Score is now 19-17.

Now 11 tie scores in the game, FIU tied with WKU at 16 all.

WKU takes first lead since beginning of the match with a kill by Lindsay Williams.

The Panthers will not go quietly in this game with another tie score at 13-13.

A service ace by Sarah Rogers ties game at 11 all against FIU.

The Lady Toppers down by two after a kill by Jovana Bejelica, six for her now.

Tie game at 7 all with a kill by Jordyn Skinner.

A kill by junior Lindsay Williams pulls WKU within one of FIU; score now 6-5 FIU.

FIU Jovana Bejelica is showing the form that WKU Head Coach Travis Hudson and players said they worried about. She now has five kills and ties the game at 3-3.

Junior Tiffany Elmore opens up the second game with a kill for WKU to take a 1-0 lead over FIU.

First game:

Attack error on FIU gives the Lady Toppers the first game, winning 25-19 in Murfreesboro, Tenn. in the second round of the SBC tournament.

Matchpoint for WKU now at 24-19 after a block by Elmore and Skinner.

FIU back within four. Score is 21-17 WKU.

FIU Timeout on floor. Kill by Melanie Stutsman put WKU on top 21-14 over the Panthers.

Errors by FIU, both service and attack, lengthen WKU lead to 20-14.

The Panthers are making a comeback now, pulled within four.

FIU outside hitter Jovana Bjelicia, who led the FIU with 17 kills against Denver yesterday, has been held to zero kills at this point in the match.

Service error by WKU pulls the Panthers to 13-7.

Senior Emily Teegarden leads the Lady Toppers in kills now with 2, WKU leading 11-4.

Error by FIU earns the Lady Toppers another point; score is 10-3 WKU.

FIU has a .000 hitting percentage at this point, while WKU has earned a .417 hitting percentage.

Sun Belt’s Freshman of the Year Melanie Stutsman gets a kill for WKU. Time out on floor. Score is now 9-3 WKU leads.

Senior Emily Teegarden grabs a kill, makes score 8-3 over FIU in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Jordyn Skinner block increases WKU lead to 6-2 in first game.

Attack error by freshman Melanie Stutsman give FIU one point, WKU leads 4-1.

Junior Tiffany Elmore gets a kill along with junior Lindsay Williams to start WKU off with a 2-0 lead.


WKU (26-7, 14-2 Sun Belt Conference) is just minutes away from beginning second round play against FIU (19-10, 12-4 Sun Belt) in the SBC tournament in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Starters for the Lady Toppers include: sophomore Sarah Rogers, freshman Ashley Potts, junior Tiffany Elmore, redshirt freshman Paige Wessel, junior Lindsay Williams, sophomore Jordyn Skinner, freshman Melanie Stutsman.

The No. 2 seed WKU defeated Louisiana Lafayette on Thursday to advance to play No. 3 seed, the FIU Panthers.

WKU has claimed wins the last two times these teams have met.

The winner of this match will face either Middle Tennessee or North Texas, which will be determined following this match.