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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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Lady Toppers sweep Denver

The Lady Toppers (15-6, 4-2 Sun Belt Conference) defeated Denver in three sets (25-16, 25-11, 25-21) tonight to keep their undefeated home record intact.

Coach Travis Hudson said every player contributed throughout the match.
“We are at our best when we bring it from all areas,” Hudson said. “I am very proud of how they played tonight.”
Sophomore middle hitter Lindsay Williams made her first career start, in place of injured sophomore Tiffany Elmore. Williams finished the game with six kills and a .600 hitting percentage.
“Lindsey played a fantastic game for us tonight,” Hudson said. “It just goes to show the kind of depth we have.”
Sophomore setter Lauren Stuckel led the team with team highs of 18 assists and 7 kills.
Western will be back in action tomorrow, facing North Texas at 3 p.m. in Diddle Arena.
-Mike Stunson

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