Monthly Archives: October 2009

Lady Toppers win two weekend matches

The Lady Toppers improved to 21-7 (10-3 Sun Belt Conference) this weekend by dominating in three-set victories over both Troy and South Alabama.
Coach Travis Hudson said his team is in a great groove.
“I love the way we are playing out there,” Hudson said. “We are just so relaxed.”
Western beat South Alabama today (25-16, 25-11, 25-12) in a match that the Lady Toppers controlled both offensively and defensively.  Western had a .449 hitting percentage and held USA to .025 for the day.  Senior middle hitter Brittany Bowen and freshman outside hitter Jordyn Skinner combined for 22 kills in the match.
“It was important for me to do well today,” Bowen said. “It was important for my confidence and the confidence of my teammates.”
Friday’s match against Troy was just as lopsided, as the Lady Toppers beat the Trojans 25-15, 25-12, 25-13.  Western hit .507 in the match, capped off by a .609 final set.  
“We were just really, really ready to play,” Hudson said. “We were excited to be back after last weekend’s road trip.” 
The Lady Toppers were led by sophomore middle hitter Tiffany Elmore, who had 14 kills and a .424 hitting percentage.
“She has developed into a great middle hitter for us, especially after coming off of an injury a couple weeks ago,” Hudson said. “This is the first year she has been starting, and she has improved greatly from the beginning.”
Western will return home next weekend for their final home matches of the season, against Florida International on Friday and Florida Atlantic on Saturday.

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Western 49, North Texas 61 (4:46 fourth quarter)

And then came the dagger.

Swarmed by defenders, Kawaun Jakes took a fall in the wrong end zone and Western surrendered a safety.  Credit for the tackle went to senior defensive lineman Eddrick Gilmore.

The Toppers lost vital field position when a Bobby Rainey kickoff return was called back for holding.

I’m headed down to the field now — looks like this one’s over. Check wkuherald.com for a full game story and photos after the game.

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Western 49, North Texas 59 (5:03 fourth quarter)

North Texas kicker Jeremy Knott nailed a 29-yard field goal to put the Mean Green up two possessions. If Western fails to match, it’s safe to say this one will finally be over.

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Mean Green get it back

Marell Booker came up short on fourth down, and now North Texas starts a drive from Western’s 46-yard line with nine minutes to go. A touchdown puts the Mean Green up two possessions.

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Western 49, North Texas 56 (12:33 fourth quarter)

Straight off the Kawaun Jakes interception, Riley Dodge recorded his sixth touchdown of the day — this one on the ground from a yard out — to give the Mean the lead.

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And the flinch…

Redshirt freshman quarterback Kawaun Jakes just committed his second turnover of the game — an interception on third-and-17 right into the hands of North Texas’ Jeremy Phillips. The Mean Green now sits deep inside Western territory with 14 minutes left.

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Western 49, North Texas 49 (0:50 third quarter)

North Texas sophomore running back Lance Dunbar sprinted 71 yards to lock the Mean Green and the Toppers at 49 apiece. Dunbar’s run was one of only two plays that made up the 80-yard drive.

  • On 18 carries, Dunbar has racked up 210 yards today.

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