Hudson goes for 600 when WKU hosts MTSU on Friday

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Coming off a big victory over Cincinnati, Western Kentucky 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 at 6 p.m. Friday before Charlotte heads over for a noon matchup Sunday. The Lady Toppers enter weekend action with a 9-5 record while MTSU sits at 4-8 and Charlottes is 9-6.

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.

Charlotte will play its opening Conference USA match Friday before heading to The Hill on Sunday. 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.

With one more win, WKU 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.

Hudson will become 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.