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WKU| Toppers Are Top Pick

Lady Toppers Picked to Three-Peat; Lucas Tabbed Preseason Player of the Year
WKU Lady Toppers setter Jessica Lucas (1) | WKU Volleyball v Marshall | Photo by Megan Stearman | WKU Athletics

WKU Lady Toppers setter Jessica Lucas (1) | WKU Volleyball v Marshall | Photo by Megan Stearman | WKU Athletics

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – After winning consecutive Conference USA championships during WKU’s first two seasons in the league, the Lady Toppers have been picked as the preseason favorite by the league’s 13 coaches to take home the championship again in 2016.

Junior setter Jessica Lucas, an AVCA All-American performer a year ago, was also named the league’s preseason player of the year while fellow All-American Allyssa Cavanaugh joined Lucas on the 12-member preseason All-Conference team.

WKU finished the 2015 season with a 32-4 record, and went 15-1 in league play. The Lady Toppers ended last year’s campaign ranked at No. 22 in the AVCA Coaches Poll, and sported a top 20 RPI, finishing at No. 16 in the final NCAA rankings. WKU swept Pac-12 foe Arizona in their opening round match of the NCAA Tournament in Provo, Utah. Lucas, a Seymour, Ind., native, led all of C-USA with 1,397 assists last season, good for 11.18 per set, also a league best. Cavanaugh led the Lady Toppers and ranked among the Top 10 in C-USA in kills with 400 on the season.

The Lady Toppers’ 153 combined wins over the last five seasons are second-most nationally behind only Penn State and boast the fourth-best winning percentage in the nation over that same span. Under head coach Travis Hudson, WKU has become a force in women’s volleyball, finishing the regular season third or better every year since 2000, including 12 regular season championships in that 16-year time frame.

 

C-USA PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
1. WKU
2. UTSA
3. Rice
4. Southern Miss
5. Florida Atlantic
6. North Texas
7. FIU
8. Marshall
9. Charlotte
10. Middle Tennessee
11. UTEP
12. UAB
13. Louisiana Tech

Season Tickets Now Available: Season tickets for the 2016 campaign are available online at WKUSports.com or by calling the WKU ticket office at 1-800-5-BIGRED. Season ticket holders will receive 12 general admission tickets with the Flexible Ticket Package that can be used to attend the home games of his or her choice. This plan allows the flexibility to choose which volleyball games the buyer wants to attend and the number of tickets used for each game. Season ticket holders also gain exclusive access to pre-game chalk talks with Hudson, who enters his 22nd season at the helm of WKU volleyball.

 

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