IRVING, Texas – Beginning Friday, WKU Volleyball will commence play in the 2018 Air
Force Reserve Conference USA Volleyball Championship from Huntington, W.Va. as the
No. 2 seed. Entering postseason with the No. 2 seed for the second-consecutive
season, Head coach Travis Hudson and company are seeking a program-record
fifth-straight automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. The Lady Toppers finished the
regular season with a 20-9 overall record including an 11-3 reading in league
2018 C-USA Championship Seeds
No. 1 – Rice (21-6; 12-2 C-USA)
No. 2 – WKU (20-9; 11-3 C-USA)
No. 3 – UTSA (19-7; 11-3 C-USA)
No. 4 – Florida Atlantic (21-6; 11-3 C-USA)
No. 5 – North Texas (15-15; 11-3 C-USA)
No. 6 – FIU (17-11; 9-5 C-USA)
No. 7 – Southern Miss (16-14; 7-7 C-USA)
No. 8 – Charlotte (16-14; 6-8 C-USA)
See the full bracket here.
WKU will open play on Friday with a 4 p.m. CT contest with No. 7-seeded Southern
Miss. With a victory, the Lady Toppers would advance to face the winner of No. 3
UTSA and No. 6 FIU. On the other side of the bracket, top-seeded Rice will take on
No. 8 Charlotte and No. 4 Florida Atlantic draws No. 5 North Texas.
Tournament host Marshall missed the eight-team field after posting a 3-11 reading in
Conference USA matches to finish 10th in the standings. The Thundering Herd went
10-19 on the season.
The No. 1 seed a year ago, North Texas enters the postseason with a league-best
seven match winning streak. WKU owns the next best mark coming in with wins in each
of its last six matches. During that stretch, the Lady Toppers defeated the then
second place team in C-USA in UTSA and Florida Atlantic. The Red and White finished
the regular season in a four-way tie for second place, ending a seven year streak of
claiming a regular season title.
Four quarterfinal matches will take place on Friday with first serves scheduled for
11 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. On Saturday, semifinals are slated for 11 a.m.
and 1:30 p.m., WKU would play in the second match with a victory on Friday. Sunday’s
championship match will begin at 11 a.m. from the Cam Henderson Center.