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WKU Volleyball sweeps UTEP in second matchup of weekend

Arthur H. Trickett-Wile
The WKU Hilltoppers celebrate after a point against the Marshall Thundering Herd on the evening of Sept. 24, 2021 during their volleyball match in Diddle Arena.

WKU Volleyball finished its weekend at Diddle Arena with a 3-0 sweep over the UTEP Miners Saturday. 

The win for the Hilltoppers extended the team’s winning streak to seven games. 

“That was one really good team [UTEP]. We played a lot of top-25 and NCAA Tournament bound teams, they are definitely one of them”. Head Coach Travis Hudson said.

Set 1

The opening set of the contest was a back-and- forth battle between the Hilltoppers and Miners. UTEP had a late lead until the Hilltoppers went on a 4-0 run to take a 20-19 lead. Ultimately, WKU pulled out a set 1 victory by a final score of 27-25 

As a team, WKU had a .323 hitting percentage compared to UTEP’s .321. Additionally WKU had 16 kills and six service errors as opposed to UTEP’s 14 kills and five errors. 

Set 2

The second set of the match was completely dominated by the Hilltoppers. UTEP put together a couple abbreviated runs, but ultimately the Hilltoppers pulled away with a 25-13 victory. 

WKU put together a .346 hitting percentage in the match,while UTEP put up a hitting percentage of -.074. Additionally WKU had 11 kills and two service errors as opposed to UTEP’s seven kills and nine errors. 

Set 3

The third set started off as a close contest as the teams traded points early on. WKU eventually pulled away however with a 7-0 run, followed by a late 5-0 run. The Hilltoppers won the final set 25-14. 

 WKU put together a .276 hitting percentage in the match, while UTEP put up a hitting percentage of -.167. Additionally WKU had 11 kills and three service errors while UTEP had six kills and eleven errors. 

Fifth year outside hitter Paige Briggs led the team on the day from the outside with 13 kills.

WKU will return to the court Oct. 3 to play at Liberty University at 5 p.m. CT. 

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