BOWLING GREEN, Ky..--The Western Kentucky University volleyball team opens its 2012 season this weekend at the Active Ankle Challenge in Louisville, Ky. The Lady Toppers start off with host team Louisville on Friday, August 24 at 6:30 p.m. CT before continuing on Saturday with No. 3 Penn State at noon and Morehead State at 4 p.m. CT.
It also starts the 18th season with WKU head coach Travis Hudson at the helm of the program who returns a plethora of talent from his 2011 squad that went 31-4 overall and 15-1 in the Sun Belt Conference while taking the regular season and tournament titles on its way to its sixth NCAA Tournament appearance in school history.
- WKU vs. Louisville; Friday, August 24 at 6:30 p.m.; Louisville, Ky.
- WKU vs. No. 3 Penn State; Saturday, August 25 at 12:30 p.m.; Louisville, Ky.
- WKU vs. Morehead State; Saturday, August 25 at 4:00 p.m.; Louisville, Ky.
- Live stats will be available for all games through Louisville's web site, uoflsports.com, or by clicking any of the links below for the respective game.
- The Lady Toppers were selected to win the Sun Belt East Division title in the 2012 SBC Preseason Poll voted on by league coaches with 63 points and eight first-place votes.
- WKU leads the SBC Preseason All-Conference Team with three selections-junior DS Ashley Potts, senior OH Jordyn Skinner and junior S Melanie Stutsman.
- Skinner was also selected as the 2012 SBC Preseason Player of the Year while Potts was voted on as Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.
- WKU is tied at No. 33 in the AVCA Top 25 Preseason Poll with 24 votes, and is the only SBC team to receive votes. This season, WKU plays six teams on the list, including three in the top 25 and five in the first month of matches. It is the most votes the team has received to start the season since first appearing in the 2006 preseason poll with two votes.
- Under head coach Travis Hudson, WKU is 11-6 in season openers. It also isn't the first time that WKU started a season in Louisville, as in Hudson's first year as head coach, the team played its opening weekend in a tournament there, going 2-1 with losses to Central Michigan and Louisville and a win over Seton Hall.
- WKU finished the 2011 season third in the nation with a .886 win-loss percentage, ninth with a .272 hitting percentage, 13th in kills per set with 14.42 and 19th in assists per set with 13.29. The team also finished No. 23 in the NCAA RPI and No. 30 in the AVCA Final Poll.
- The WKU program is 15 wins away from 700 all-time wins with the team currently at a 685-451 overall mark. WKU is on pace to reach the milestone, as it has had 12-straight season with 24 or more wins.