Kentucky volleyball’s strong lineup sets the team up for a national title


Katz Brown spikes during the match against Florida on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 in Lexington, Ky. Kentucky lost 3-0. Photo by Chase Phillips | Staff

Hayden Hooper

The women’s volleyball team has set itself up for a major spike in the NCAA tournament.

The Wildcats have not only given themselves a number four seed in the NCAA tournament, they are also SEC Champions, the first since 1988.

All year we have seen the rollercoaster season and it’s only gotten better. From major upsets to the most dramatic matches, the team has been tested time and again. Thanks to seniors Kaz Brown, Ashely Dusek, Darian Mack, Emily Franklin and Harper Hempel, the leadership on this team is nothing but the best. After coming off a great season last year, the Cats brought that momentum into this season by only losing three games.

We all remember some of the biggest moments of this year, from a streak of sweeps to start conference play to the big win against then No. 1 Florida in Gainesville.

The bandwagon has grown even stronger over the last few months. Beating Florida started the hype train and the Cats have never looked back. The team took first place in the SEC, but unfortunately lost at home to the same Gators. Going 1-1 with them meant a share of the SEC crown.

The Cats took some major awards following this year’s regular season. Kentucky hosted the Co-Coach of the Year in Craig Skinner, Libero of the Year in Dusek and Freshman of the Year in Madison Lilley.

The team also included four players on the All-SEC team including Dusek, Kaz Brown, Leah Edmond, Emily Franklin and Madison Lilley. Additionally, Kentucky had two players on the All-Freshmen Team in Lilley and Avery Skinner. There is no shock why the Wildcats are seeded in the top four, with one of the strongest lineups in the league.

If you are looking for something to do tonight, why not go to Memorial and cheer on the Cats? Being in the NCAA tournament is a great honor and hosting is even sweeter.

The tournament this weekend is a total of three games, two today and one tomorrow. Kentucky, being the host, plays at 7:00 p.m. against East Tennessee State. If the Cats win that game, they will play tomorrow following Men’s Basketball versus Harvard.

Make it a weekend to remember as the Cats are on the road to Kansas City and the national championship.

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