BOWLING GREEN, Ky.-The Western Kentucky University volleyball team (9-3) continues non-conference play this week, as the team faces Lipscomb (3-7) on Tuesday, September 11 at 7 p.m. at E.A. Diddle Arena.
The Lady Toppers went 4-1 this week, including three wins at the WKU Tournament last weekend. After defeating Cincinnati on Tuesday, the team took wins from Tennessee Tech, No. 10 Dayton and IUPUI but fell in a close match against Ohio State. WKU received national recognition for its effort, as the team received votes in the AVCA Top 25 Poll.
- WKU vs. Lipscomb; Tuesday, September 11 at 7:00 p.m.; Bowling Green, Ky.
- Live stats will be available at WKU's athletics site, WKUSports.com
- Live video will be available through a paid subscription at WKUSports.tv.
- WKU jumped back into the AVCA poll after a brief hiatus since the 2012 preseason poll. The Lady Toppers received 23 votes to hold at No. 34 after the team went 4-1 this week with wins against Cincinnati, Tennessee Tech, No. 10 Dayton and IUPUI.
- The Lady Toppers took their first win over a ranked opponent since 2004 on Friday night, as the team defeated No. 10 Dayton 3-1. The match marked the eighth time since 2004 that WKU has played a top-25 opponent, including a 21st-ranked Dayton in 2007.
- WKU has played a tough slate in its less than one month of play. So far, WKU has played two opponents in the AVCA Top 25 Poll (No. 3 Penn State and No. 10 Dayton) and two others who were receiving votes (Louisville and Ohio State) for a record of 1-3 against them. This weekend brings on another ranked opponent in No. 22 Michigan, which was also ranked at No. 25 the last time the teams met in 2008 in Ann Arbor.
- Redshirt junior Paige Wessel was named the SBC Volleyball Player of the Week after her performance against Cincinnati and at the WKU Tournament. Wessel led the team at the WKU Tournament with a .414 hitting percentage while posting 12 kills against No. 10 Dayton and a career-high five blocks in win over IUPUI.
- Over the last five games, WKU posted 30 service aces compared to opponents' nine. The team's total was boosted by the 10 it knocked down at Cincinnati followed by nine versus Tennessee Tech. Freshman Rachel Engle had four and senior Sarah Rogers had three at Cincinnati while junior Melanie Stutsman had four versus No. 10 Dayton.
- Senior Jordyn Skinner's career numbers continue to soar, as she now ranks No. 10 in the all-time total attempts with 3,154. Skinner is now listed in four different career categories.
- As a team and individually, WKU ranks in the top five of multiple categories in the Sun Belt. WKU is first in hitting percentage (.260), third in assists (12.83 per set) and kills (13.37 per set), and fourth in opponent hitting percentage (.175) and service aces (1.39 per set). Redshirt junior Paige Wessel leads the SBC in hitting percentage (.368), junior Melanie Stutsman is third in assists (10.90 per set) and junior Ashley Potts is fifth in digs (4.46 per set).