BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – WKU Volleyball head coach Travis Hudson has led the Red and
White through a successful preseason for the 25th time as the Lady Toppers are
headed for Toledo to open the 2019 campaign. WKU will take the court once on Friday
with its season-opener against Loyola-Chicago set for 3:30 p.m. CT from Savage Arena
on the University of Toledo’s campus. Weekend action will conclude with a pair of
contests on Saturday as the Tops will face the hosts at 11 a.m. before closing play
against North Dakota State at 3:30 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 30 – 3:30 p.m. CT | vs. Loyola-Chicago
Saturday, Aug. 31 – 11 a.m. CT | at Toledo
Saturday, Aug. 31 – 3:30 p.m. CT | vs. North Dakota State
Friday’s action will see WKU face off against Loyola, a squad that went 16-14 last
season and tied for sixth in the Missouri Valley regular-season standings. The
Ramblers return four starters and eight letterwinners from last year’s squad while
welcoming seven newcomers to the 2019 scene. WKU is 0-2 all-time against Loyola with
meetings during the 1992 and 1994 campaigns.
WKU will open Saturday’s slate with a tilt with the host Rockets. Toledo went 9-18 a
season ago, finishing tied for fifth in the West Division of the MAC. UT returns
three starters and seven total letterwinners from last year while welcoming six new
faces to the program this season. WKU is 2-2 all-time against the Rockets, claiming
the decision in each of the past two meetings, which came during the 2003 and 2006
campaigns. The series dates all the way back to 1988 with WKU owning a 1-1 mark when
the sides meet in Glass City.
Weekend play will conclude with a Saturday afternoon meeting between the Tops and
North Dakota State. NDSU posted a 9-20 record last season and finished seventh in
the Summit League’s regular-season standings. The Bison return five starters and
their libero from a year ago and 10 letterwinners total while welcoming a trio of
newcomers. WKU claimed the lone prior meeting between the squads in a 3-0
neutral-site decision during the 2004 campaign.
Hudson’s squad returned five starters from last year’s 20-10 campaign and eight
letterwinners total. During the offseason, WKU added a pair of transfers and three
freshmen that are set for their Lady Topper debuts.
Two of the Lady Toppers’ returners were honored by Conference USA earlier this month
as Sophia Cerino and Lauren Matthews were both selected to the league’s Preseason
All-Conference Team. As a unit, WKU was predicted for finish third in C-USA by the
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
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 figures out
to rank second-best of those 11 longstanding coaches as does his 25.4
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 Coach Hudson.