By LARRY VAUGHT
Gabby Curry has been part of a historic three years for the Kentucky volleyball program. The team has won three straight Southeastern Conference titles, compiled an 80-16 record and gone 7-3 in NCAA Tournament play.
Curry, a two-time SEC libero of the year, is part of a talented returning group at UK that will be joined by the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class. Curry admits she’s “super, super proud” to be part of the rising legacy of UK volleyball.
“I think my freshman year those seniors started the route. They were the first ones to take the program to the Elite Eight and from there my class has strived to be like them,” Curry said. “We are all very different but my class is honored to be part of the program and what we are doing.
“We talk about that a lot. We are super thankful to be part of something so special. We have a special culture here thanks to (coach) Craig (Skinner).”
Curry says the depth on this year’s team will rival or surpass what UK had her freshman season. She says then the seniors were dominant at every position and this year’s team will be just as competitive.
“If the freshmen come in and play well, they are going to play. We all know that. I have very high expectations for this year. I say that every year I know but they really do get higher every year,” Curry said. “Our recruiting class is so awesome. They are great players on the court but they are amazing people as well. It was super cool to see how easy they integrated into our culture.
“I am just as excited to see how the girls in my class and the juniors and sophomores have grown and developed. That’s why I am just super excited about this season coming up.”
Curry thinks it is “100 percent a possibility” that Kentucky could win a national championship this season and knows everyone on the team believes the same.
“I can’t wait to see how it goes,” Curry said.
A more mature Curry, though, has learned a little different perspective during this COVID-19 shutdown of way more than just sports.
“My Dad asked me what is my goal for this year and I told him the first thing is to enjoy every moment,” Curry said. “This time away has taught me … not that I have taken things for granted … but just how cool it is to be part of a team and part of something. It has all been an awesome reminder that this is my last year, so make it the best. Being No. 1 is the goal but so is making sure I enjoy every moment I have left being part of this amazing program.”