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Kentucky volleyball No. 7 in preseason rankings — again

Junior Madison Lilly is one reason UK is ranked No. 7 going into this season. (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – For the second year running, the Kentucky Volleyball team has been tabbed a preseason top-10 team, slotting in at No. 7 in the American Volleyball Coaches’ Association preseason top-25 released on Tuesday afternoon.

Kentucky is one of three teams from the Southeastern Conference that are ranked in the initial poll, joining Florida (10) and Tennessee (19). Both Mizzou and South Carolina received votes.

UK is scheduled to play six games this season against teams that are in the preseason poll including two against No. 10 Florida, and once vs. No. 14 USC, No. 17 Purdue, No. 19 Tennessee and No. 25 Louisville.

There are six other matches that the Wildcats will play this season in addition to the six against ranked teams. Those matches feature UK facing Mizzou and South Carolina twice, Utah and Northern Iowa.

The SEC joins the Big 10 as the only two leagues to have multiple teams ranked inside the top-10.

AVCA Preseason Top-25 Poll

  1. Stanford (62)
  2. Nebraska (1)
  3. Minnesota
  4. Texas
  5. Wisconsin
  6. Illinois
  7. Kentucky
  8. Penn State (1)
  9. BYU
  10. Florida
  11. Oregon
  12. Pittsburgh
  13. Washington
  14. Southern California
  15. Michigan
  16. Marquette
  17. Purdue
  18. Creighton
  19. Tennessee
  20. Baylor
  21. San Diego
  22. Washington State
  23. Cal Poly
  24. Arizona
  25. Louisville


  1. Looking to see these girls log in another great year. UK is blessed with a great women’s volleyball program. No 7 preseason ain’t bad.

    1. I am with you. Final Four or bust this year

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