BOWLING GREEN, Ky..-Currently on a five-game winning streak, the Western Kentucky University volleyball team (5-2) looks to extend its winning ways at Cincinnati Tuesday, September 4 at 5:30 p.m. CT.
The Lady Toppers are coming off an undefeated week, as they took a win at home against Austin Peay Tuesday night before grabbing victories over Virginia, Delaware and Lehigh in the Holiday Inn Jefferson Cup in Charlottesville, Va. In the team's five-straight wins this season, WKU has lost only one set, defeating the Cavaliers 3-1.
- WKU vs. Cincinnati; Tuesday, September 4 at 5:30 p.m.; Cincinnati, Ohio
- Live stats will be available at Cincinnati's athletics site, GoBearcats.com
- WKU is looking for its first win against Cincinnati in its last 11 tries. The last win the Lady Toppers earned against the Bearcats was a 3-0 win on Sept. 10, 2002, in Bowling Green and is also the only win head coach Travis Hudson has against the team. WKU has won nine of the last 33 sets played vs. Cincinnati.
- Playing in Cincinnati will be a homecoming for freshman Noelle Langenkamp, who is originally from the city. She is also the only Lady Topper from the state of Ohio.
- This season, WKU has won the third set in six of the seven matches played. The team is outscoring its opponents in that frame 175-132. The Lady Toppers are outscoring their competition in every set but the fourth, with the largest margins coming in the second and third of 43 points.
- WKU currently ranks first in the Sun Belt Conference in hitting percentage with a .253 clip. Freshman Haley Bodway is second in the category with her .253 mark. Individually, junior Melanie Stutsman also ranks in the top, as she is second in assists with 10.69 per set.
- The front-line defense gave WKU a huge advantage at the Holiday Inn Jefferson Cup. Against Virginia, WKU posted 15 total blocks, a number WKU has only reached four times since 2004. Leading the way was sophomore Heather Boyan with 12 blocks, which ties for the second most in single game in WKU history. No player has reached 10 or more blocks since 2007 while the last time someone had 12 or more blocks in a game was 1991.
- Senior Jordyn Skinner and junior Melanie Stutsman each posted at least one service ace in each match this past weekend. Skinner posted four total, including two against Lehigh, while Stutsman had five with two apiece against Delaware and Lehigh. For the season, Skinner has seven while Stutsman has six, as they have helped the team to a total of 27 compared to opponents' 20.