Courtesy: Western Kentucky Athletics
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Coming off a 3-0 tournament victory last weekend, Lady Topper Volleyball looks to continue their NCAA-best 27-match home winning streak with this weekend’s WKU Volleyball Tournament. ETSU (9-2), No. 22 Washington State (7-0) and Northern Illinois (2-9) all come to town to take on the Red and White on The Hill.
FULL WEEKEND SCHEDULE:
Fri. Sept. 14 – 10 a.m. CT | No. 22 Washington State vs. NIU
Fri. Sept. 14 – 12:30 p.m. CT | ETSU vs. WKU | CUSA.tv | Livestats
Fri. Sept. 14 – 4:30 p.m. CT | NIU vs. ETSU
Fri. Sept. 14 – 7 p.m. CT | No. 22 Washington State vs. WKU | CUSA.tv | Livestats
Sat. Sept. 15 – 11 a.m. CT | ETSU vs. No. 22 Washington State
Sat. Sept. 15 – 1:30 p.m. CT | NIU vs. WKU | CUSA.tv | Livestats
All matches except WKU’s Friday night and Saturday matchups against WSU and NIU will be free admission. Single match tickets for the contests against the Cougars and Huskies will be $5 for adults and $3 for youth (12 and under).
There will be free parking available in Parking Structure 2 all day Friday and Saturday.
Weekend promotions include a free WKU Volleyball match with the gates open for ETSU. Fans attending the Lady Toppers’ Friday night tilt will have the chance to enter to win a match-worn jersey.
LOOKING AT THE FIELD:
WKU will kick off weekend play with a 12:30 p.m. Friday tilt against ETSU. The Bucs are 9-2 to start the season and are coming off a 4-1 record last weekend in the Duke Invitational, including a four-set victory against the host Blue Devils on Saturday. The last time these teams matched up, the Red and White pulled out a 3-1 victory over ETSU in the Holiday Inn-University Plaza Invitational during the 2017 campaign. ETSU returns eight letterwinners along with two starters coming off of last year’s 19-12 season. WKU leads the all-time series 5-2 over the Bucs.
Friday night, No. 22 Washington State visits The Hill with a hot 7-0 start to the 2018 season. WSU has 10 returning letterwinners and four starters along with its libero from an 18-16 campaign a year ago. This is the first-ever meeting between the two sides.
The final match of the weekend for the Lady Toppers comes against the Northern Illinois Huskies. Another rematch from last year, WKU will look to continue its winning ways against NIU with two victories over the Huskies across the last three seasons. NIU returns with eight letterwinners along with four starters. WKU leads 4-1 in the all-time series against the Huskies.