Off to a 6-1 start to the 2019 campaign, WKU Volleyball will play in the friendly confines of E.A. Diddle Arena for 10 of its next 11 matches with a lone midweek match at Belmont as the outlier.
Up first for the Red and White this weekend will be the Falcons from Bowling Green State. BGSU is off to a 5-2 start to the season and currently rides a four-match win streak. The Falcons won their home-opening tournament last weekend with victories over Charlotte, Butler and Cleveland State before downing Oakland in a five-set midweek clash. Saturday’s match will mark the first time that WKU and Bowling Green meet on the volleyball court.
In Saturday night’s primetime match, the Lady Toppers will face off against their third Power Five foe of the season as Ohio State visits Diddle Arena for the second time. After the Buckeyes won the meetings in 2012 and 2013 in four and five sets, WKU swept the 25th-ranked Big Ten squad on its home court during the 2017 campaign. Ohio State is off to a 3-3 start on the 2019 season with wins over Lehigh, VCU and Duquesne while suffering setbacks to Texas Tech, No. 10 Pitt and Green Bay.
The Lady Toppers will close weekend action with a Saturday night showdown with Tulane, who enters the weekend with a 6-2 record. The Green Wave swept through its opening weekend in the DoubleTree Classic from Lafayette, La. Since then, the squad has fallen to Southeastern Louisiana and Ole Miss while topping Missouri State, Houston Baptist and New Orleans. WKU has crossed paths with Tulane once before back during the 1986 season when the Green Wave claimed the 2-0 decision.
Through two weeks of Conference USA weekly awards, WKU Volleyball has already seen three Lady Toppers recognized with three different honors, displaying just how versatile Travis Hudson’s 2019 squad is. Most recently, Sophia Cerino was recognized as the league’s Defensive Player of the Week after Nadia Dieudonne and Paige Briggs were tabbed Setter and Freshman of the Week, respectively.
After securing 20 wins last season, Coach Hudson and the WKU program have now posted 19-consecutive 20-win campaigns. The streak is the fifth-best active mark in the nation.
The 2019 season also marks Hudson’s 25th at the helm of WKU Volleyball. Hudson is one of just 31 coaches across Division I Volleyball to be leading a team for at least their 25th season. Even more impressively, the WKU veteran is one of just 11 to coach every season at the same school. His .741 career win-percentage entering the season figures out to rank second-best of those 11 longstanding coaches as does his 25.4 wins-per-season average.
With the 2019 campaign underway, volleyball season tickets are available online at WKUSports.com or by calling the WKU ticket office at 1-800-5-BIGRED. Season ticket holders will receive 15 general admission tickets with the Flexible Ticket Package that can be used to attend the home games of his or her choice. This plan allows the flexibility to choose which volleyball games the buyer wants to attend and the number of tickets used for each game. Season ticket holders also gain exclusive access to pre-game chalk talks with Hudson, who enters his 25th season at the helm of WKU volleyball.
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