W. Kentucky Will Test 45-Match Home Conference Winning Streak in 2017

  0 Braden Keith | June 29th, 2017 | College - Women's Indoor, Division I Mid-Major, News

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers enjoy one of the most distinct home-court advantages in all of college volleyball. Since they joined Conference USA in 2014, the Hilltoppers have a combined home record of 36-2, which is the 4th-best in Division I women’s volleyball over that period.

Best Home Records in NCAA D1 Volleyball (2014-2016):

  1. Murray St. 32-1 (96.96%)
  2. Denver 45-2 (95.74%)
  3. BYU 42-2 (95.34%)
  4. Western Kentucky 36-2 (94.73%)
  5. Northern Arizona 33-2 (94.29%)

Even more spectacular is WKU’s perfect record at home in Conference USA matches in their 3 seasons, and overall 45-match home conference winning streak that extends back to their days in the Sun Belt Conference. Their last home conference loss was on October 4th, 2011, where they dropped a 3-1 decision to Middle Tennessee State. That was one of only 4 losses for the team that season.

The Hilltoppers will put that perfect record to the test in 2017. In Conference USA, teams play a single round-robin regular season and the automatic bid to the NCAA tournament is decided by a conference championship tournament – a rarity in modern women’s D1 volleyball. This season, they play Southern Miss, Marshall, and UTSA all at home, which represent the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place teams in the Conference USA regular season last year.

Head coach Travis Hudson has assembled a pretty typical run of out-of-conference matches for his team this season. That includes a handful of tough Power 5 opponents mixed with a group of solid mid-major opponents. The highlights this year are an opener against in-state rivals Kentucky on August 16th in Lexington. They’ll also travel to the Louisville Tournament, where they’ll face Illinois and Louisville – two teams who have big pedigrees but suffered down years last season and missed the NCAA tournament. Both Illinois and Louisville have new coaches this season.

“We understand the challenge ahead of us with this schedule,” Hudson shared. “We’ve been ranked at some point in each of the past six seasons and we want to continue to give our players a chance to compete at the national level and be challenged.”

The Hilltoppers will also welcome in ACC foes Pitt to their hosted tournament, along with St. Louis and Eastern Tennessee State. Pitt and St. Louis both graduated big stars last year (including the nation’s leading scorer for the latter), and so might be lighter competition for WKU than they were when they played last season.

In 2016, WKU had the best regular-season record in Conference USA and also won the conference tournament, beating Rice on Rice’s home court 3-2 in the championship match.

The Hilltoppers fell to Boise State in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.

See the Hilltoppers’ 2017-2018 schedule below:

2017-2018 SCHEDULE
Date Opponent / Event Location Time / Result Media
08/16/17 atKentucky Kentucky Lexington, Ky. 4:00 p.m. CT MORE
Miami (OH) Tournament
08/25/17 vs.Southern Illinois Southern Illinois Oxford, Ohio 10:30 a.m. CT MORE
atMiami (Oh) Miami (Oh) Oxford, Ohio 5:30 p.m. CT MORE
08/26/17 vs.Northern Arizona Northern Arizona Oxford, Ohio 8:30 a.m. CT MORE
08/29/17 vs.Tennessee State Tennessee State Bowling Green, Ky. 6:00 p.m. CT GT MORE
Louisville Tournament
09/01/17 atLouisville Louisville Louisville, Ky. 5:30 p.m. CT MORE
09/02/17 vs.Illinois Illinois Louisville, Ky. 9:30 a.m. CT MORE
vs.Kent State Kent State Louisville, Ky. 4:30 p.m. CT MORE
09/05/17 atBelmont Belmont Nashville, Tenn. 6:00 p.m. CT MORE
Holiday Inn – University Plaza Invitational
09/08/17 vs.ETSU ETSU Bowling Green, Ky. 11:00 a.m. CT GT MORE
vs.Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Bowling Green, Ky. 7:00 p.m. CT GT MORE
09/09/17 vs.Saint Louis Saint Louis Bowling Green, Ky. 5:00 p.m. CT GT MORE
09/12/17 atLipscomb Lipscomb Nashville, Tenn. 6:30 p.m. CT MORE
Ohio State Tournament
09/15/17 atOhio State Ohio State Columbus, Ohio 11:00 a.m. CT MORE
vs.Dayton Dayton Columbus, Ohio 4:30 p.m. CT MORE
09/16/17 vs.NIU NIU Bexley, Ohio 12:00 p.m. CT MORE
09/22/17 atFlorida Atlantic Florida Atlantic * Boca Raton, Fla. 6:00 p.m. CT MORE
09/24/17 atCharlotte Charlotte * Charlotte, N.C. 12:00 p.m. CT MORE
09/29/17 vs.Louisiana Tech Louisiana Tech * Bowling Green, Ky. 6:00 p.m. CT GT MORE
10/01/17 vs.Middle Tennessee State Middle Tennessee State * Bowling Green, Ky. 12:00 p.m. CT GT MORE
10/06/17 vs.Southern Miss Southern Miss * Bowling Green, Ky. 6:00 p.m. CT GT MORE
10/10/17 vs.Austin Peay Austin Peay Bowling Green, Ky. 7:00 p.m. CT GT MORE
10/13/17 atUAB UAB * Birmingham, Ala. 7:00 p.m. CT MORE
10/15/17 atFlorida International Florida International * Miami, Fla. 12:00 p.m. CT MORE
10/20/17 vs.UTEP UTEP * Bowling Green, Ky. 6:00 p.m. CT GT MORE
10/22/17 vs.UTSA UTSA * Bowling Green, Ky. 12:00 p.m. CT GT MORE
10/27/17 vs.Marshall Marshall * Bowling Green, Ky. 6:00 p.m. CT GT MORE
10/29/17 vs.UAB UAB * Bowling Green, Ky. 12:00 p.m. CT GT MORE
11/03/17 atRice Rice * Houston, Texas 6:00 p.m. CT MORE
11/05/17 atMiddle Tennessee State Middle Tennessee State * Murfreesboro, Tenn. 1:00 p.m. CT MORE
11/09/17 atNorth Texas North Texas * Denton, Texas 6:00 p.m. CT MORE
Conference USA Tournament
11/17/17 C-USA Tournament Bowling Green, Ky. TBA GT MORE
11/18/17 C-USA Tournament Bowling Green, Ky. TBA GT MORE
11/19/17 C-USA Tournament Bowling Green, Ky. TBA GT MORE

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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of VolleyMob.com. Braden's first foray into sports journalism came in 2010, when he launched a swimming website called The Swimmers' Circle. Two years later, he joined SwimSwam.com as a co-founder. Long huge fans of volleyball, when Braden and the SwimSwam partners sought an opportunity to …

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