WKU notches 20th win against Louisiana-Lafayette

Junior Tiffany Elmore (left) and senior Emily Teegarden (right) post a block during the game of WKU’s 3-0 sweep against Louisiana-Lafayette on Friday, Oct. 22.

Emily Patton

Back in Sun Belt Conference play after a

mid-week match against Cincinnati, WKU got right back to pulling

out the brooms.

The Lady Toppers’ 20th win came Friday night

when WKU (20-6, 8-1 Sun Belt) swept Louisiana-Lafayette 3-0 (25-11,

25-12, 25-9) against the in Diddle Arena.

This season marks the 11th consecutive that

the Lady Toppers have won 20 games. It is a feat WKU accomplished

12 of the last 13 seasons.

“Tonight was a significant win in that it was

number 20,” Hudson said. “It was one of our big goals I put in

front of our team, and so it was fantastic to get that 20th tonight

with six still left on our schedule.”

Louisiana-Lafayette (13-10, 3-4 Sun Belt

Conference) has now lost 13 straight matches to the Lady Toppers,

managing a -.099 hitting percentage.

Leading the offense, junior middle hitter

Tiffany Elmore and sophomore middle hitter Paige Wessell combined

for 12 kills and contributed to the team .420 hitting


Wessell also worked with freshman defensive

specialist Ashley Potts to give the Lady Toppers’ defense 34


“Playing with Kelly, Jordyn and Sarah in the

back row, we knew that nothing could hit the floor,” Potts said.

“We just have to have the attitude that no one is better than us on


Friday was also “Dig 4 Pink” night. WKU

Volleyball teamed up with Kela’s Crew, an organization raising

money for cancer research. Each dig recorded earned more donations

for the cause.

“Everywhere was really strong,” Wessell said.

“Especially our defense, it was dig for the cure night, so we were

trying to get every dig we could. We wanted to raise money for


WKU lost the lead only once in the first set

before dominating the remaining set and next two, which Wessell

attributed to the loss against No. 23 Cincinnati on Tuesday.

“It made us stronger,” she said. “Because

after that game we kept practicing and practicing to show that it

affected us positively. We wanted to show that we are a stronger

team now from this.”

Hudson said the team’s performance was one he

hopes mirrors how the first round of Sun Belt Tournament play will


“If a team wins game one and two comfortably,

game three is really sloppy and a lot closer game,” Hudson said.

“It was tremendous to see our team finish.”

The Lady Toppers will be back in action at 5

p.m. Saturday against Louisiana-Monroe in Diddle Arena..