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Kentucky VB finishes the fall season ranked No. 2 in the nation

Photo by UK Athletics

Photo by UK Athletics

The unbeaten Kentucky volleyball team will finish the fall season as the No. 2 team in the nation.

In the final AVCA Fall Division I Week #9 Coaches Poll, the Wildcats came in ranked second overall, behind only Texas. UK also finished as the top-ranked team in the Southeastern Conference, with Florida (7), Missouri (8), South Carolina (13) and Arkansas (15) finishing behind the Wildcats.

Here are the final rankings:

  1. Texas
  2. Kentucky
  3. Baylor
  4. Notre Dame
  5. Louisville
  6. Georgia Tech
  7. Florida
  8. Missouri
  9. Pittsburgh
  10. Kansas State
  11. Texas State
  12. Miami (FL)
  13. South Carolina
  14. Coastal Carolina
  15. Arkansas

Across the team’s first eight matches, UK won 24 of 27 sets, never dropping more than one set in a game. With a stable of veteran stars and standout recruits, Kentucky solidified itself as a legitimate national title contender.

Following the fall season, the SEC has approved a winter/spring session, with the first allowable competition date being January 22. The NCAA selection show will be held on Sunday, April 4, with the field being reduced from 64 to 48 teams, compromised of 32 automatic qualifiers and 16 at-large bids.

The 2020-21 volleyball championship will be April 23-25.

Until then, Kentucky will take a well-deserved break as one of just two undefeated teams in college volleyball.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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