BOWLING GREEN, Ky.-The Western Kentucky University volleyball team (10-3) looks to close out its last regular-season tournament on a high note, as the Lady Toppers travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., to participate in the Coke/Michigan Invitational.
The team opens with Duke (8-1) on Friday, Sept. 14 at 12 p.m. CT before facing host No. 22 Michigan (10-1) at 6:30 p.m. CT. WKU closes out the weekend on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 3 p.m. CT with Eastern Michigan (10-3).
WKU is coming off a 3-0 win on Tuesday versus Lipscomb at E.A. Diddle Arena. WKU ended the contest hitting .341 with 42 kills, as the team was led by junior Melanie Stutsman's .538 hitting percentage and senior Jordyn Skinner's nine kills. The team's net defense was also on top of its game, as freshman Haley Bodway stepped in to notch four blocks and helped the team finish the night with 13 total, including seven in the third set.
- WKU vs. Duke; Friday, September 14 at 12:00 p.m. CT; Ann Arbor, Mich.
- WKU vs. No. 22 Michigan; Friday, September 14 at 6:30 p.m. CT; Ann Arbor, Mich.
- WKU vs. Eastern Michigan; Saturday, September 15 at 3:00 p.m. CT; Ann Arbor, Mich.
- Live stats will be available for all games through Michigan's athletics site, mgoblue.com or by clicking one of the games below.
- This weekend's tournament lets senior Jordyn Skinner have a homecoming of sorts, as she travels to her home state of Michigan. Originally from Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor sits over two hours away from her hometown. Skinner has had a strong start to her senior campaign, as she has led or tied the team high in kills in nine matches this season.
- The Lady Toppers continue to show dominance in the third set, as they now have a 12-1 record in the frame with the only loss coming to Penn State. Last season, WKU had a 31-4 record in the set, only dropping it in the matches the team lost. WKU has posted a 225-68 record in the third set dating back through 2004, good for a .768 winning percentage.
- As a team and individually, WKU ranks in the top five of multiple categories in the Sun Belt. WKU is first in hitting percentage, third in assists, kills and opponent hitting percentage, and fifth in blocks and service aces. Redshirt junior Paige Wessel leads the SBC in hitting percentage while sophomore Heather Boyan is fifth, junior Melanie Stutsman is third in assists and junior Ashley Potts is fifth in digs.