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Courtesy: Dennis Snyder

Volleyball Drops 3-1 Decision to Western Kentucky

Courtesy: Sean Fagan, Assistant Director of Media Relations
Release: 09/21/2013
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DAYTON, Ohio - The Western Michigan volleyball team pulled even with their opponent after two sets, but they were unable to overcome Western Kentucky's block as the Hilltoppers defeated the Broncos 3-1 (18-25, 25-23, 11-25, 17-25) in the second match of the Flyer Classic hosted by Dayton. With the loss, the Broncos fall to 7-5 on the season.

The Hilltopper block was on point for much of the match against the Broncos, as WKU recorded 14 team blocks compared to just seven for the Broncos. Stephenee Yancy had a match-high 18 kills and added four blocks to lead the Broncos, and Lena Oliver was just one dig off the match-high with 11 digs.

After falling behind early in the first set and dropping the frame 25-18, the Broncos came out much faster in the second set and challenged the Hilltoppers at the net. Yancy and Gillian Asque recorded a block to cap a short 3-1 run that gave the Broncos the lead, but the Hilltoppers rebounded and the teams proceeded to trade points.

Haley Bodway gave WKU a 15-13 lead, their latest of the set, but Caroline Rose dug a ball that landed inbounds on the Hilltopper side for a kill, and Alysia Baznik added a down line shot to tie the set at 15. WMU re-took the lead for good when Asque tipped one through the blockers to make it 17-16, and Rachel Sheffer added a service ace on the next point to tack on to the lead.

The Broncos' largest lead of the set came later, when Yancy went off the blocker for a kill to give WMU a 23-20 lead. The Hilltoppers went on a 3-1 run to pull within 24-23, but Ave Stout added a kill on the slide play to take the set 25-23.

Western Kentucky came out firing after the intermission, taking the third set 25-11 by closing on an 11-2 run and by holding the Broncos to a -.091 hitting percentage. The fourth set was closer earlier on, with the Broncos holding a brief lead and pulling to within 11-10 on a kill from Baznik. However, the Toppers proceeded to go on a 5-1 run to separate themselves from the pack, and WKU closed it out 25-17 with a block from Paige Wessel and Heather Boyan.