Hilltoppers Set to Welcome Holiday Inn – University Plaza Invitational

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — The WKU Volleyball No. 21 looks set to open a two-weekend homestand from EA Diddle Arena after opening the 2022 campaign with a 6-1 record, all six coming of the road. The Hilltoppers will play three games over the weekend against Northern Kentucky, Toledo and Austin Peay at the Holiday Inn – University Plaza Hotel Invitational.

All three matches will be streamed for free on Facebook Live via the Hilltopper Sports Satellite Network (HSSN) Facebook page with Brad Klein on the call.

As with every Hilltopper game this season, all the action will also be available on ESPN 102.7 FM or ESPNRadio1027.com with Brad Klein on the play-by-play call.

FULL TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Thursday

6:00 p.m. CT – WKU hosts Northern Kentucky
Friday

11:00 a.m. CT – Toledo (H) vs. Northern Kentucky (V) (free entry)
3:00 p.m. CT – Northern Kentucky (H) vs. Austin Peay (A) (free entry)
6:00 PM CT – WKU hosts Toledo
Saturday

11:00 a.m. CT – Austin Peay (H) vs. Toledo (A) (free entry)
3:00 p.m. CT – WKU hosts Austin Peay

WKU will open the tournament against Northern Kentucky Thursday night at 6 p.m., scoring an in-season rematch from last weekend in Bowling Green, Ohio, as the Hilltoppers swept the Norse 3-0 on Saturday. The two teams have faced each other twice in program history, with the Reds and Whites winning both encounters.

WKU takes on Toledo at 6 p.m. Friday from Diddle Arena for the sixth time in history. The Rockets feature a team that is 4-2 going into the weekend, including a sweep of Arizona State in Tempe. WKU and UT last met with a Tops 3-0 sweep in 2019.

The last match of the weekend for the Red and Whites will take place on Saturday at 3 p.m. against Austin Peay. Meeting numerous times throughout the program’s history, WKU leads the series, 33-12 and hosted the Governors at the WKU Volleyball Invitational in a 3-0 sweep in 2021.

WKU Volleyball is coming off a 3-0 weekend at the Hampton Inn – Falcon Invitational, dropping just two sets in three games for the first time this season. The Hilltoppers took care of business, beating DePaul Friday morning, 3-1, topping Bowling Green with an impressive 9-1 to close four sets Friday night, and defeating Northern Kentucky in three sets to close the game Saturday.

Flexible subscription packages are on sale now and include 13 vouchers that fans can use at any regular season home game in any way they choose. Fans can opt for the traditional use of a ticket for all 13 home matches or bring a group to a few matches. Flexible ticket packages are available for $50 at TicketsWKU.comby calling 1-800-5-BIGRED or by going to the WKU box office during regular business hours.

Single game tickets are available at the door on game day or online during the week of each game.

THE BEST HISTORY LINES

  • WKU opened the ranked season for only the fifth time in program history in the fall 2021 campaign, also marking the first time the team will do so twice in back-to-back campaigns. The Hilltoppers came in at No. 25 to start the 2020-21 Spring season, followed suit starting at No. 16 ahead of the Fall 2021 kickoff and entered the Pre-Season Poll of AVCA coaches at No. 21.
  • WKU ranks No. 21 in the latest AVCA coaches poll – stable with pre-season marks in August. The Hilltoppers have now been ranked in 11 of the past 12 seasons and have received votes for 19 consecutive campaigns.
  • Reaching another career milestone, head coach Travis Hudson sits on 699 career wins at the helm of Hilltopper Volleyball. With victory No. 700, Coach Hudson would be one of 10 active head coaches to reach the mark, the fourth active head coach to accomplish the feat at a single institution.
  • WKU Volleyball is more accessible than ever with radio broadcasts for every game. The Tops are one of 10 Division I volleyball programs that currently have live radio for home and away games.
  • Starting off with a 6-1 season, the Hilltoppers staged a three-game 3-0 sweep in their first tournament weekend of the season hosted by Bradley – the first time since 2007.
  • Despite dropping to No. 3 Louisville for WKU’s home opener, the Tops guided a regular-season attendance record inside Diddle Arena. 3,811 fans gathered to watch WKU take on the highest-ranked team in program history.

How to follow WKU Volleyball: For complete WKU Volleyball news, follow the team on Twitter at @WKUVolleyball and head coach Travis Hudson at @TravisHudsonWKU. The team is also on Instagram and Facebook.



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