BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Riding a nine-match win streak, WKU Volleyball is set to open
Conference USA action this weekend on the road at Florida Atlantic and Charlotte.
Both league opponents have enjoyed successes early this season with the Owls owning
an 8-3 record while Charlotte has put together a 13-3 campaign.
The Lady Toppers will open their Conference USA title defense from Boca Raton, Fla.,
at Florida Atlantic. With an 8-3 record to date, Florida Atlantic owns a 2-1 record
at the FAU Arena and tallied a five-match win streak prior to a loss in its most
recent match. The Owls return three starters from last year’s 15-14 squad, and 10
letterwinners. In the most recent meeting between the sides, WKU defeated the Owls
3-1 in Bowling Green during the regular season. WKU owns a 21-0 advantage in
all-time meetings with the weekend hosts.
Following Friday’s match, the Red and White will head up to Charlotte to take on the
49ers at Halton Arena. While WKU owns a 10-3 lead all-time over the hosts, the sides
have met just once prior in Charlotte – a 3-0 sweep by the Lady Toppers. The 49ers
return five starters and letterwinners from last season’s unit that went 7-23.
Charlotte is off to a hot 13-3 start in 2017 including a current 10-match win streak
entering its Friday match with Marshall.
WKU and Charlotte have faced one common opponent in Belmont this season. The Lady
Toppers swept the Bruins on their home court in Nashville while Charlotte dropped a
five-setter to Belmont inside Halton Arena.
Owning a current 25-match win streak over Conference USA opposition including
regular season and postseason contests, the target on WKU’s back continues to grow.
Since joining C-USA prior to the 2014 campaign, the Lady Toppers have claimed all
three regular season and conference tournament titles. The 2014 regular season crown
was the only championship the WKU squad didn’t win outright, sharing the honors with
On a roll after a 13-2 non-conference showing, WKU will look to build on its early
season successes. The Lady Toppers have collected victories in 16-of-17 of the most
recent sets they’ve played, dropping the lone frame to Dayton over the weekend.
WKU’s nine-match win streak includes victories over five teams that appeared in the
2016 NCAA Tournament. Arguably the biggest win came in the Red and White’s sweep of
No. 25 Ohio State on its home court. The win was WKU’s first program sweep of a
top-25 opponent and seventh win all-time over a ranked team.
As WKU Volleyball wraps up its six-match stretch on the road, the Lady Toppers will
return home to host Louisiana Tech and Middle Tennessee next weekend in another
Friday – Sunday Conference USA series.
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.