BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Following a healthy and successful preseason training camp, WKU
Volleyball is headed for opening weekend of the 2017 season at the Miami (OH) Best
Western Sycamore Inn Invitational. The Lady Toppers will take the court twice on
Friday, with matches slated for 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. CT from Millett Hall in
Oxford, Ohio, playing Southern Illinois and Miami (OH), respectively. Weekend play
will conclude for the Red and White following a Saturday matchup with Northern
Arizona at 8:30 a.m. CT.
Fri. Aug. 25 – 10:30 a.m. CT | vs. Southern Illinois | Livestats
Sat. Aug. 26 – 8:30 a.m. CT | vs. Northern Arizona | Livestats
All three weekend opponents surpassed the 20-win mark in 2016. Southern Illinois
posted a 21-12 record and returns three starters and seven letterwinners for the
2017 campaign. WKU leads the all-time series against the Salukis 2-1, which includes
3-1 victories in each of the last two seasons.
The weekend host, Miami (OH), returns 13 letterwinners from last year’s 24-7 squad
and will be the first 2016 NCAA Tournament program the Lady Toppers will face this
year. The RedHawks made a first-round exit from The Dance following a 3-1 loss to
Oregon last season. WKU will look to even the series this weekend as the RedHawks
lead the all-time standings 4-3.
Northern Arizona posted a 24-8 record a year ago and marks the third opponent the
Lady Toppers will meet in Oxford this weekend. The Lumberjacks return six-of-10
letterwinners from last year, including four starters and the libero. NAU and the
Red and White have meet once prior in program history back in 1991 when the
Lumberjacks swept the Lady Toppers 3-0.
Four student-athletes will don the red and white for the first time this weekend, as
Taylor Bebout, Kayland Jackson, Darby Music and Hallie Shelton begin their WKU
careers. On the other hand, five Lady Toppers are set for their final season openers
in Alyssa Cavanaugh, Sydney Engle, Amara Listenbee, Jessica Lucas and Maggie
WKU returns 100 percent of last year’s offense that ranked second-best in the
nation, hitting a collective .310. Two of the Lady Toppers’ All-Americans in
Cavanaugh and Rachel Anderson are headed into 2017 at full speed ready to pick up
where they left off in December. Lucas, WKU’s third All-American, returns as the
facilitator of the offense as well, and has the program’s career assist record
The Lady Toppers are coming off their 15th-straight 25-win season in 2016 while
stretching their 30-win season streak to three-consecutive campaigns with a 30-3
record. The Lady Toppers secured their sixth-straight regular-season conference
championship with an unblemished 14-0 record in Conference USA action and remained
perfect by winning the C-USA Tournament for the third-straight year as well. The
tournament championship marked the Red and White’s 10th NCAA Tournament appearance
since 2002 and the sixth appearance in the past seven seasons.
With the home opener just around the corner, 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 12 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 23rd season at
the helm of WKU volleyball.
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.