WKU sweeps FAU, maintains undefeated Sun Belt record

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Junior outside hitter Lindsay Williams spikes the ball during Friday’s match against Florida Atlantic at Diddle Arena. WKU beat, FAU 3-0.

Emily Patton

The WKU volleyball team has winning on the mind — and only winning.

WKU (14-4, 3-0 Sun Belt) took its sixth straight match in a 3-0 (25-15, 25-15, 25-20) win over Florida Atlantic on Friday in Diddle Arena.

The Lady Toppers haven’t dropped a set during their winning streak.

“We are trying to have a competitive response to everything that happens,” said Head Coach Travis Hudson. “If we are playing well, we want to finish them. If we are playing poorly, we want to respond competitively.

“We just are trying to get this team to understand the level of competitiveness you have to play at all the time.”

It was competitiveness that allowed the Lady Toppers to storm out with two convincing set wins against FAU (10-9, 1-2 Sun Belt) and then enter a back-and-forth fight for the third.

After seven ties in the third set, the Owls committed a crucial service error, allowing the Lady Toppers to take a lead and hold on to win. Following the error, kills by sophomore outside hitter Jordyn Skinner and sophomore middle hitter Paige Wessel sealed it.

“We won those first two pretty convincingly,” Hudson said. “And game three was obviously not as good of an effort, but we still made the plays we needed to make to win the game.”

Florida Atlantic finished the night with 17 attack errors and 10 serving errors compared to the Lady Toppers’ 10 attack errors and just seven serving errors.

Because of Hudson stressing having a “winning mindset” to the team, junior middle hitter Lindsay Williams said WKU was able to capitalize on FAU’s mistakes and minimize its own.

“We are definitely working towards that (mindset),” Williams said. “At the beginning of the year, we kind of just played along with everyone. Now I think we are trying to get to that point where we shut them down when we can. We have come a long way.”

Williams, who hyper extended her thumb last weekend, was single blocked by FAU. It was an opportunity for Williams to earn nine kills and a season-high .692 hitting percentage.

“We are starting to turn into the team that I think we can be offensively in terms of we just have to show up and wait to see how teams are going to defend us,” Hudson said. “And then we feel like whatever they give us, we have players that can make enough plays to win matches. Tonight, they decided to single block Lindsay Williams and she really produced for us.”

The Lady Toppers return to action at 7 p.m. Saturday, hosting Florida International in Diddle Arena.

Senior outside hitter Emily Teegarden said WKU has intention to run its Sun Belt record to 4-0.

“We know that we are the best team in our conference, so we need to be playing like that,” Teegarden said. “(Hudson) is talking about competing and working hard every point, and I think we are really focused on that.”