GREEN BOWLING, Ky. – Fresh off the best season in WKU Volleyball history, the Hilltoppers will face another tough schedule this fall with four teams from the NCAA tournament on the roster, including hosting the defending National Champions for an exhibition. Travis Hudson and his company are set to host 13 games inside EA Diddle Arena in addition to a free exhibit against Kentucky. In total, the schedule includes 26 regular season games.
“We’re excited to finally release our 2021 schedule,” Hudson shared. “We can’t wait to get back to more normal playing times in the fall, which will allow our fans to make a huge difference on game day. The momentum we have created over the past two seasons has excited this community for volleyball like never before. Diddle Arena will be an exciting and fun atmosphere which will have the chance to be something very special for our players to experience and something very difficult for our opponents to face.
The Tops’ first action against another team will take place on Thursday, August 19 when they are ranked first Kentucky visit The Hill for an exhibition match.
Regular season action kicks off in South Bend, Indiana, with games against Oakland, our Lady and Loyola-Chicago. The Hilltoppers will host their home opener the following Tuesday when Belmont arrives in town before heading back to Nashville, Tennessee. In Music City, the Red and White will face Lips, Kansas and Wake forest.
Starting September 10, the Hilltoppers will host eight straight games inside the Diddle Arena, including a pair of tournaments and their Conference USA opener against Marshall.
In the first nine games of the WKU, the team will face three teams from last season’s NCAA tournament (Notre Dame, Lipscomb and Samford) and four Power Five programs.
Samford, Ole Miss and UT-Martin will all be visiting Bowling Green for the Holiday Inn – University Plaza Invitational from September 10-11.
The following weekend, the Hilltoppers will host St. John’s, Ohio and Austin peay for the WKU Invitational. Lipscomb will also play matches during the event, but WKU will not face the Bisons a second time.
Marshal will be in town on September 24th and 25th to close the Tops homestand and open the league. C-USA will continue to use Divisions in the 2021 season, so the Hilltoppers will face each East Division team twice.
WKU will open October with three road games. First, the Hilltoppers will head south for games at CRF before visiting Eastern Kentucky for a week on October 6.
From October 15, Hudson and the Tops will alternate the home and away playoffs with Average Tennessee (Oct 15-16), at Florida Atlantic (22-23 Oct), Former Domination (28-29 Oct) and Charlotte (Nov 5 and 7) to close the regular season.
The action of the Conference USA tournament will be hosted by Old Dominion from November 19-21 in Norfolk, Virginia.