In the inaugural volleyball exhibition match hosted in Diddle Arena, WKU got its first taste of action in the 2018 campaign as No. 5-ranked Kentucky came to town. Both Bluegrass programs went deep into their benches to take advantage of the live match setting.
“When you play a team the quality of Kentucky, you get exposed a lot of ways and that’s exactly what we wanted to be,” head coach Travis Hudson shared following the exhibition. “I wish we would have done a better job controlling the things that we can, but certainly we’re going to be exposed to a certain degree as well.”
Back-and-forth action had an impressive Diddle Arena crowd to its feet on several occasions throughout play. Both the Wildcats and Lady Toppers are poised to make significant noise again this season with rosters filled with talent from top to bottom.
Exhibition play did not strictly adhere to the usual match format. Both teams agreed to play in a cooperative format so each side's bench could gain valuable match setting playing time in addition to some players being unavailable due to injury. The head coaches of both programs have agreed to not release scores from the exhibition.