By Emily Patton
I just left the Lady Topper volleyball scrimmage in Diddle Arena’s auxiliary gym.
The team faced off six on six, rotating players in and out on either side of the net, but had one key player missing.
Sophomore Jordyn Skinner, last year’s starter who led the team in kills, sat on the sidelines after being injured in last Friday’s practice. Skinner went down awkwardly on her left ankle and will miss the entirety of this week’s practice. She is expected to miss the next two weeks.
Head Coach Travis Hudson said Skinner is “extremely unlikely to play this weekend” as well.
With the absence of Skinner, Hudson said today and tomorrow’s performances at practice will tell him who he will start in her place.
His options are freshmen middle hitters Lindsay Spears and Janee’ Diggins, who he hopes to “plug holes” to fill Skinner’s offensive hitting role.
Hudson gathered the team around after their first scrimmage set to encourage those same freshmen to have fun, give more energy and be more passionate while playing.
“We just want you to go out and play,” Hudson said. “There is no pressure on you because you’re freshmen. You can screw up as long as you screw up with brilliance.”
When Western goes to play top teams this weekend in Purdue and Northern Iowa, Hudson already plans to start two freshmen — Melanie Stutsman at setter and Ashley Potts at defensive specialist — along with seniors Emily Teegarden and Kelly Potts.
Look for a preview story on the Lady Toppers later at wkuherald.com.