BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Just three days out from the 2017 season-opener at Miami (OH)
Best Western Sycamore Inn Invitational, WKU Volleyball head coach Travis Hudson and
student-athletes Rachel Anderson, Alyssa Cavanaugh and Sydney Engle met with the
media Tuesday to preview the upcoming campaign.
“Well, we’re excited, that’s the word that’s on my lips all this week…we’re
excited to get started, we’re excited to see what we can become,” Hudson shared. “We
have had a really good camp; we’ve had a really healthy camp. We’ve got a lot of
pieces in the gym and I’m looking forward to seeing the journey that these kids go
Last week, the Lady Toppers were announced as the Conference USA preseason favorites
in the annual preseason coaches poll. Alyssa Cavanaugh was tabbed the Preseason
Player of the Year and was joined on the Preseason All-Conference team by fellow
teammates Jessica Lucas and Rachel Anderson.
This weekend, WKU Volleyball opens play in Oxford, Ohio, matching up against
Southern Illinois and Miami (OH) on Friday before closing tournament play with a
contest against Northern Arizona. The Red and White return to The Hill for their
home opener with Tennessee State on Tuesday.
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 2017 campaign 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.
WKU Volleyball Quick Hits
* Alyssa Cavanaugh named 2017 Conference USA Preseason Player of the Year
* Jessica Lucas and Rachel Anderson also named to C-USA Preseason
* WKU Volleyball picked to four-peat by league coaches
* Four newcomers in Taylor Bebout, Kayland Jackson, Darby Music & Hallie Shelton
* Five student-athletes in their final seasons: Alyssa Cavanaugh, Sydney
Engle, Amara Listenbee, Jessica Lucas & Maggie Singleton
* Coach Hudson enters his 23rd year at the helm and owns a 559-199 career record
* WKU is the only team to win 30 or more matches in five of the past six years.
* Active 45-match home conference win streak (dates back to 2011 season)
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.