BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Hosting its first Conference USA Volleyball Championship since
joining the league in 2014, WKU Volleyball will open weekend play on Friday with a
noon CT tilt against No. 7-seeded Charlotte to kick off postseason play. Three more
quarterfinal matches will follow on Friday before both semifinal contests will take
place on Saturday. Sunday’s Championship will commence at noon from E.A. Diddle
Arena and will be streamed live on ESPN3. All other weekend matches can be viewed on
All fans are encouraged to park in Parking Structure 2 located between Houchens
Industries L.T. Smith Stadium and E.A. Diddle Arena. Parking will be free but may be
limited due to the WKU Football vs. Middle Tennessee game taking place Friday night
Fans can purchase tickets at the door for the C-USA Volleyball Championship or
online at WKUTickets.com. Several options are available including adult all-session
passes for $20 and child all-session passes for just $10. Single day tickets are
available as well for the rate of $10 for adults and $5 for children. Conference USA
students will receive free admission when showing their student ID from their
Doors will open one hour before matches start each day: 11 a.m. Friday, 12:30 p.m.
Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday. Seating will be grouped into sections based on teams
competing and will be marked.
Conference USA Volleyball Championship apparel will be available for purchase during
all three days of competition inside E.A. Diddle Arena.
WKU Volleyball has its eyes set on its fourth-straight automatic bid into the NCAA
Tournament by way of the Conference USA ticket. For the past two seasons, the Lady
Toppers have knocked off the C-USA Championship host in the final match, taking down
UTSA in 2015 and Rice last season. WKU and Rice also met in the 2014 Championship,
hosted by Southern Miss.
After splitting the regular-season conference championship with North Texas after a
loss to the Mean Green in Denton, Texas, the Red and White own the No. 2 seed in the
weekend’s postseason event. WKU will have a chance to avenge the regular-season
finale loss if the top two seeds both advance to Sunday’s championship. The Lady
Toppers also owned the No. 2 seed during the 2014 event.
Facing off against all 12 other Conference USA foes in the regular season, North
Texas was the only team to take down Travis Hudson’s squad. WKU owned regular-season
sweeps over everyone in the eight-team bracket aside from the Mean Green, Florida
Atlantic (3-2) and Marshall (3-1).
The Lady Toppers have claimed victories in their last 20 matches from E.A. Diddle
Arena dating back to last season’s non-conference loss to Michigan State. In
conference play, WKU has never lost to a Conference USA opponent on The Hill. The
Red and White have won their last 52 meetings with conference foes dating back to
their 2011 Sun Belt Conference days.
Last time WKU Volleyball hosted a postseason tournament was at the conclusion of the
2012 campaign when Hudson’s squad hosted the Sun Belt Conference Tournament. The
Lady Toppers swept their way to the title, taking down FIU, Arkansas State and North
Texas, in order, all by 3-0 decisions. WKU also hosted conference tournaments during
the 2009, 2003, 1985 and 1983 campaigns for six total hosting duties.
With the 2016 C-USA Volleyball Championship crown, WKU became the first team in the
league to ever three-peat as post-season victors and will have the opportunity to
push the streak to four this time around. A win at this year’s event would tie WKU
with Louisville for the most total postseason championships when in C-USA with four.
How to Follow the Lady Toppers: For complete information on WKU Volleyball, follow
the team on Twitter at @WKUVolleyball and head coach Travis Hudson at @TravisHudsonWKU.