WKU’s winning streak at seven as Lady Toppers knock off Denver

Herald Staff

Let the winning streak continue.

The WKU volleyball on team Friday traveled to Denver and swept the Pioneers with a 3-0 (25-20, 25-22, 27-25) win in Hamilton Gymnasium.

The Lady Toppers (22-6, 11-1 Sun Belt Conference) have now won seven straight league matches, dating back to an Oct. 6 match at Middle Tennessee.

WKU held Denver (13-15, 7-6 Sun Belt) to a .180 hitting percentage, and the Pioneers commited 18 attack errors.

Meanwhile, junior middle hitter Tiffany Elmore led the WKU offense with 11 kills and a .421 hitting percentage. Senior Emily Teegarden added nine kills, and redshirt freshman Paige Wessel recorded seven kills with a .500 hitting percentage. Elmore finished the night with three blocks.

But Head Coach Travis Hudson still wasn’t satisfied with how the Lady Toppers spoiled Denver’s Senior Night.

“We quite honestly did not play well,” Hudson said. “We weren’t ready to play and we were very fortunate to get out of here in three games.”

After a game one that saw six ties and three lead changes, WKU led wire to wire in the second game. Game three was another battle, as Denver led by four at two different points in the game.

Down 24-22, the Lady Toppers used kills by Wessel and Skinner to tie the game. After another tie at 25-25, WKU closed out the win on back-to-back points.

The Lady Toppers’ play their last road match at 1 p.m. Sunday against North Texas.

“This is a tough, long road trip,” Hudson said. “We are going to fly over there (North Texas) in the morning, try to get there pretty early and get some rest in the hotel and come out and hopefully play much better on Sunday.”