The No. 3 Kentucky Volleyball team has been picked to win the Southeastern Conference for the fourth consecutive season.
In announcement made by the SEC this afternoon, UK earned 11 of 13 total first-place votes, followed by Florida picking up the other two.
Check out the complete Preseason Coaches’ Poll below:
(First-Place Votes in Parentheses)
- 1. Kentucky (11) – 143
- 2. Florida (2) – 132
- 3. Missouri – 120
- 4. Texas A&M – 103
- 5. LSU – 98
- 6.Georgia – 91
- 7. South Carolina – 77
- ” Tennessee – 77
- 9. Arkansas – 52
- 10. Ole Miss – 40
- 11. Alabama – 34
- 12. Mississippi State – 28
- 13. Auburn- 19
Beyond the team rankings, three Wildcats were individually selected to make the Preseason All-SEC Team, including two senior standouts.
Madison Lilley, Gabby Curry and Alli Stumler were named to the nine-person Preseason All-SEC Team, which was also voted upon by the 13 SEC head coaches. The three representatives on the All-Conference Preseason Team is the most for any team in the league, and one of only two teams (Missouri) with more than one representative on the team.
For Lilley and Curry, they return to the Preseason All-SEC Team after having earned spots on the 2019 team a season ago. Lilley and Curry are both returning AVCA All-American’s, as is Stumler, who earns a spot on the Preseason All-SEC Team for the first time in her career.
|Thayer Hall, Florida||OH||Jr.||6-3||Spartanburg, S.C.|
|Gabby Curry, Kentucky||Libero||Sr.||5-8||Buford, Ga.|
|Madison Lilley, Kentucky||S||Sr.||5-11||Overland Park, Kan.|
|Alli Stumler, Kentucky||OH||Jr.||6-1||Floyds Knobs, Ind.|
|Taylor Bannister, LSU||RS||Sr.||6-5||Missouri City, Texas|
|Kylie Deberg, Missouri||OH||Sr.||6-4||Hudson, Iowa|
|Tyanna Omazic, Missouri||MB||Sr.||6-2||Kansas City, Mo.|
|Mikayla Robinson, South Carolina||MB||Sr.||6-2||West Dundee, Ill.|
|Camille Conner, Texas A&M||S||Sr.||6-1||Katy, Texas|
Kentucky has won the SEC in each of the last three years running, and brought in the No. 1 recruiting class in the country this season. UK last season went 14-2 in SEC play, beating Ole Miss on the final day of the regular season to claim its third-straight SEC championship.
UK, who was ranked No. 3 overall in the AVCA Fall Division I Week 1 Coaches Poll, will begin its eight-game schedule officially begins next week, with six of the matchups being televised nationally.
UK’s season opener vs. Tennessee on Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. ET will be carried live on the SEC Network, and both matches at Missouri on Oct. 28 and 29 will be shown live on ESPNU beginning at 9 p.m. ET. UK’s second match vs. Auburn on Nov. 8 will air on the SEC Network at 4 p.m. and the Cats’ final fall series at Mississippi State on Nov. 12 and 13 will be on SEC Network beginning at 7 p.m. ET. All games will also be shown live on WatchESPN and the ESPN app.
Last season, the Wildcats finished with a 25-7 overall record, including 16-2 in conference play en route to the program’s third-straight Southeastern Conference championship and a Sweet Sixteen appearance in the 2019 NCAA Tournament.