Lady Toppers play at Southern Miss on Thursday

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After playing its last nine matches at home, Western Kentucky hits the road for a 6 p.m. Thursday tilt at Southern Mississippi.

The Lady Toppers enter the contest with an 11-5 record and a 2-0 mark in Conference USA. The Golden Eagles own a 7-8 record (1-1 C-USA) heading into the matchup.

WKU and Southern Miss have faced one common opponent as both sides dropped three-set decisions to Alabama.

Over the weekend, Southern Miss headed west for its UTSA-UTEP road trip. The Golden Eagles fell in four sets in San Antonio before winning in four in El Paso.

USM is 3-0 in home matches at Reed Green Coliseum this season after hosting an opening-weekend tournament. The Golden Eagles have played their last 12 contests away from Hattiesburg, Miss.

Southern returned 15 of 17 letterwinners from a 20-12 campaign a year ago while also bringing back six starters and losing just their libero.

In the all-time series between WKU and Southern Miss, the Lady Toppers own a 5-1 advantage. The Red and White have won the last five meetings between the sides dating back to the 2014 campaign.