Lady Toppers Take Down Florida Atlantic in C-USA Opener

October 03, 2016

VOL 2016: Owls vs Hilltoppers SEPT 23VOL 2016: Owls vs Hilltoppers SEPT 23September 23, 2016 Western Kentucky getting ready for the start of the match during a volleyball match between the Florida Atlantic Owls vs the WKU Hilltoppers at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Career nights by Alyssa Cavanaugh and Rachel Anderson propelled the Lady Toppers to a Conference USA victory over Florida Atlantic on Friday evening from the E.A. Diddle Arena. No. 25-ranked WKU defeated the Florida Atlantic Owls in four sets for its 39th-consecutive home conference win.

"It's always good to get that first win," head coach Travis Hudson stated. "I talk about Florida Atlantic a lot; they're a team that I have a lot of respect for because they compete hard. Their [Florida Atlantic] record is really deceiving of who they are, they've had some tough luck. They showed their competitiveness tonight."

 

VOL 2016: Owls vs Hilltoppers SEPT 23VOL 2016: Owls vs Hilltoppers SEPT 23September 23, 2016 Western Kentucky defensive specialist Kaelin Grimes (17) with the dig during a volleyball match between the Florida Atlantic Owls vs the WKU Hilltoppers at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) September 23, 2016 Western Kentucky defensive specialist Kaelin Grimes (17)  with the dig during a volleyball match between the Florida Atlantic Owls vs the WKU Hilltoppers at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

VOL 2016: Owls vs Hilltoppers SEPT 23VOL 2016: Owls vs Hilltoppers SEPT 23September 23, 2016 Western Kentucky middle hitter Amara Listenbee (11) and Western Kentucky right side hitter Sydney Engle (16) with the block during a volleyball match between the Florida Atlantic Owls vs the WKU Hilltoppers at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) September 23, 2016 Western Kentucky middle hitter Amara Listenbee (11) and Western Kentucky right side hitter Sydney Engle (16) with the block during a volleyball match between the Florida Atlantic Owls vs the WKU Hilltoppers at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

VOL 2016: Owls vs Hilltoppers SEPT 23VOL 2016: Owls vs Hilltoppers SEPT 23September 23, 2016 Western Kentucky outside hitter Alyssa Cavanaugh (7) with the kill during a volleyball match between the Florida Atlantic Owls vs the WKU Hilltoppers at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) September 23, 2016 Western Kentucky outside hitter Alyssa Cavanaugh (7) with the kill during a volleyball match between the Florida Atlantic Owls vs the WKU Hilltoppers at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

VOL 2016: Owls vs Hilltoppers SEPT 23VOL 2016: Owls vs Hilltoppers SEPT 23September 23, 2016 Western Kentucky middle hitter Rachel Anderson (4) with the score during a volleyball match between the Florida Atlantic Owls vs the WKU Hilltoppers at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) September 23, 2016 Western Kentucky middle hitter Rachel Anderson (4) with the score during a volleyball match between the Florida Atlantic Owls vs the WKU Hilltoppers at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

VOL 2016: Owls vs Hilltoppers SEPT 23VOL 2016: Owls vs Hilltoppers SEPT 23September 23, 2016 Western Kentucky outside hitter Alyssa Cavanaugh (7) drills the ball during a volleyball match between the Florida Atlantic Owls vs the WKU Hilltoppers at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) September 23, 2016 Western Kentucky outside hitter Alyssa Cavanaugh (7) drills the ball during a volleyball match between the Florida Atlantic Owls vs the WKU Hilltoppers at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

VOL 2016: Owls vs Hilltoppers SEPT 23VOL 2016: Owls vs Hilltoppers SEPT 23September 23, 2016 Western Kentucky setter Jessica Lucas (1) takes a peak around the Florida Atlantic during a volleyball match between the Florida Atlantic Owls vs the WKU Hilltoppers at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) September 23, 2016 Western Kentucky setter Jessica Lucas (1) takes a peak around the Florida Atlantic during a volleyball match between the Florida Atlantic Owls vs the WKU Hilltoppers at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

VOL 2016: Owls vs Hilltoppers SEPT 23VOL 2016: Owls vs Hilltoppers SEPT 23September 23, 2016 Western Kentucky head coach Travis Hudson talks with the team during a time out during a volleyball match between the Florida Atlantic Owls vs the WKU Hilltoppers at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) September 23, 2016 Western Kentucky head coach Travis Hudson talks with the team during a time out during a volleyball match between the Florida Atlantic Owls vs the WKU Hilltoppers at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

VOL 2016: Owls vs Hilltoppers SEPT 23VOL 2016: Owls vs Hilltoppers SEPT 23September 23, 2016 Western Kentucky defensive specialist Kaelin Grimes (17) makes the save during a volleyball match between the Florida Atlantic Owls vs the WKU Hilltoppers at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) September 23, 2016 Western Kentucky defensive specialist Kaelin Grimes (17) makes the save during a volleyball match between the Florida Atlantic Owls vs the WKU Hilltoppers at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

VOL 2016: Owls vs Hilltoppers SEPT 23VOL 2016: Owls vs Hilltoppers SEPT 23September 23, 2016 Western Kentucky right side hitter Sydney Engle (16) gets the dig during a volleyball match between the Florida Atlantic Owls vs the WKU Hilltoppers at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) September 23, 2016 Western Kentucky right side hitter Sydney Engle (16) gets the dig during a volleyball match between the Florida Atlantic Owls vs the WKU Hilltoppers at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

VOL 2016: Owls vs Hilltoppers SEPT 23VOL 2016: Owls vs Hilltoppers SEPT 23September 23, 2016 Western Kentucky celebrate after the win during a volleyball match between the Florida Atlantic Owls vs the WKU Hilltoppers at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) September 23, 2016 Western Kentucky celebrate after the win during a volleyball match between the Florida Atlantic Owls vs the WKU Hilltoppers at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)