Coming off a big midweek victory over [RV] Cincinnati, WKU Volleyball has turned its focus to Conference USA play as Middle Tennessee and Charlotte visit The Hill for a pair of weekend matchups. First up, the Blue Raiders stop by E.A. Diddle Arena Friday night for a 6 p.m. CT, tilt before Charlotte heads over with a noon matchup on the docket for Sunday. The Lady Toppers enter weekend action with a 9-5 record while MTSU sits at 4-8 and Charlottes is 9-6.
Single match tickets for the weekend contests will be $5 for adults and $3 for youth (12 and under). Fans can also opt for a season ticket package with 15 general admission tickets with the Flexible Ticket Package that can be used to attend the home games of his or her choice.
There will be free parking available in Parking Structure 2.
Friday – RED OUT! The first 100 fans will receive a red t-shirt.
Sunday – Faith and Family Day – Bring in your church bulletin or announcements and receive free admission.
LOOKING AT THE BLUE RAIDERS:
WKU and Middle Tennessee have faced one common opponent in 2018 as both sides picked up victories over Chattanooga.
MTSU sports a 4-8 overall record with Friday’s tilt marking the Blue Raiders’ second non-tournament match of the season. Middle Tennessee is 1-3 in away matches on the year. MTSU returned eight of 13 letterwinners from a 7-23 campaign a year ago while also bringing back three starters plus its libero.
In the all-time series between WKU and the Blue Raiders, the Lady Toppers own a 45-16 advantage. The Red and White have won the last 10 meetings between the sides dating back to the 2011 campaign. In that stretch, WKU needed more than three sets on just three occasions.
SCOUTING THE 49ERS:
Charlotte will play its opening Conference USA match on Friday before heading to The Hill for Sunday’s noon tilt. The 49ers are 9-6 overall in 2018 and 3-2 in away matches. The sides have not faced any common opponents to this point of the season.
UNCC returns 10-of-16 letterwinners from its 19-12 campaign last year while also bringing back four starters plus its libero.
In the all-time series between the Lady Toppers and Charlotte, WKU leads 12-3. The Red and White are 7-0 when hosting the 49ers. WKU has won its last nine meetings with UNCC.
599 AND COUNTING:
With one more win, WKU Volleyball veteran head coach Travis Hudson will secure his 600th career victory. Hudson will join an elite group of leaders to hit the milestone and is on pace to become just the 19th active Division I volleyball coach to achieve the feat.
One more victory would make Hudson just the 58th DI volleyball coach all-time to win 600 or more matches in their career. Hudson would also be the only coach in Conference USA history with 600 or more wins all at the DI level.
In terms of winning percentages, Hudson owns the 23rd-best mark of all active DI head coaches. When narrowing that group to coaches with 10 or more years at the helm, Hudson owns the eighth-best rate. And finally, of active DI head coaches with 21 or more seasons under their belts, Hudson owns the fifth-best winning percentage.
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