WKU volleyball sweeps Tennessee Tech in impressive fashion


The WKU volleyball team wrapped up their non-conference schedule in pretty impressive fashion, as they welcomed in the Golden Eagles from Tennessee Tech and wiped the floor with them, en route to a 3-0 (25-18, 25-7, 25-13) win. And yes, you read that second set score right. 25 to seven.

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The Lady Toppers opened the match by scoring the first three points and opened the second set by scoring 10 in a row, and only broke that streak due to a Rachel Engle service error into the net. Sydney Engle, Rachel’s younger sister, had herself quite the day, with a few impressive kills in the third and decisive set as well as five total blocks on the night, including two solo ones. Offensively, Jessica Lucas had the (statistical) best night, leading the team – along with senior Heather Boyan – in kills with eight and had no errors, recording a .667 hitting percentage. OH, and Lucas dished out 23 assists. Just another day at the office for her. On the defensive side, libero Georgia O’Connell tallied another double-digit dig night, finishing with 12.

In the serving department, the Lady Toppers combined for eight service aces – three from (another freshman) Alyssa Cavanaugh and two each from the aforementioned Lucas and Mollie Pajakowski.

The most impressive thing tonight, aside from the second set, is that head coach Travis Hudson still isn’t totally impressed or happy with the team. He has been saying all along that the goal is to have the club play their best volleyball by November, and I’ll continue to say that if they can play better than what they’ve showed in a pretty impressive outing, God help C-USA.

Speaking of C-USA, the Lady Toppers will play their first ever Conference USA match on Friday, taking on the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters (LTLT?) and will play the first ever C-USA event in Diddle Arena on Sunday against Rice.