Bowling Green, Ky. — The WKU volleyball team opens up Sun Belt conference play this Friday night against conference rival Middle Tennessee at E. A Diddle Arena at 7 p.m. CDT. Middle Tennessee, who is currently ranked 23rd in the CBS College Sports/AVCA Poll, is 10-2 this season after dropping matches to Ohio and Tulane this past weekend.
"This is obviously a big match because of the rivalry between us and Middle Tennessee," head coach Travis Hudson said. "Winning this match can get us started on the right foot in the conference. We are excited about tomorrow night."
The match against the Blue Raiders has also been designated the Special Olympics, Down Syndrome and Warren Country Youth League Day. Members of each of these organizations will receive a complimentary ticket and guests of these individuals will receive discounted admission. Additionally, fans are encouraged to come support WKU as the Lady Toppers look to continue their winning ways after a dominating 11-3 start this season.
"There aren't many matches that will be as exciting as this one because of the level of competitiveness that will be on display," Hudson stated. "Our players certainly get a big boost from the peope in the stands and, if you have ever been curious as to what attending a WKU volleyball match is like, then this is definitely a match that you should see."
WKU holds a 33-8 overall record against Middle Tennessee but will be looking to rebound against the Blue Raiders after dropping the last two meetings against the team. The last meeting between WKU and Middle Tennessee was in the championship match of the 2007 Sun Belt Conference Volleyball Tournament where the Blue Raiders defeated the Lady Toppers 3-0 to earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
You can catch all of the action Friday night on www.wkusports.com where the match will be streamed live for free. In addition, live stats will also be available on the WKU website.