By LARRY VAUGHT
Gabby Curry, a two-time Southeastern Conference Libero of the Year, is making the best of life back in Georgia with her family during the COVID-19 crisis.
“Life is great,” the Kentucky senior said. “We are all settled into this new way of life. Honestly, it is a lot of family time. Dinner together, working out with my brother and all his friends in the morning and that is super fun.”
Curry was a high school All-American in Buford, Ga., and comes from an athletic family. Her grandfather player basketball at Kentucky. Her father, Buddy, played college football at North Carolina and then spent eight years in the NFL . Both of Gabby Curry’s brothers played college football.
“I’ve been chilling and just hanging out. I got to see al my friends from high school in a workout setting again,” she said. “I have tried to spend a lot of family time because we don’t get to do that much during the season.
“My mom can vouch that for the first time in my entire life I have had nothing to do (since being forced to leave the UK campus in mid-March). My brothers had a couple of years, or at least a year, to do nothing and just hang out with family.
“This is really the first time I have been free with nothing specifically coming up. It has been really cool to spend time with my brothers and learn who they are as older people.”
But as good as the family bonding has been for almost three months, Curry is ready to get back on campus, play volleyball and be with her teammates and coaches.
“I might not be the most anxious person on our team about getting back but I am the most ready. I am the one constantly asking (coach) Craig (Skinner) what is going on. I am super excited and the time away (from volleyball) has just made me love being an athlete and reminded me how much I love playing volleyball and being around the girls and coaches makes life so much more enjoyable. I just want to go back and spend time with friends.
Curry says a lot of dates have been thrown out about when the volleyball team might return to campus. She’s confident UK’s coaches are working to get them back as soon as possible.
“I could be there within 48 hours of getting the call. I stay ready,” Curry said. “I am packed and ready to go now. I’ve been working out with different athletes from different schools and it is interesting to see some of the differences in the ACC and SEC. I know a bunch of SEC schools have set dates (for athletes to return) but I am very happy with how Kentucky is handling everything and accommodating everyone’s feelings.”