Why the 2017 team can be special
Kentucky Volleyball is kicking off the 2017 season Wednesday against a WKU team that finished last year in the top 25 nationally. This is the first game for both teams, and it will be interesting to see how both teams prepare for the season. So, what should you expect from your Kentucky Wildcats? Simple. Consistency and leadership. With 10 of 17 players on the team being upperclassmen, the leadership aspect of the game is there. But, what are some realistic goals for the team? The Cats have been eliminated in the NCAA tournament before making it to the sweet sixteen for four straight years. Kentucky added 4 freshman this year, which respectively earned them the fifth best recruiting class in the nation. Freshman Gabby Curry and Sophomore Leah Edmond attended the Junior World Volleyball Championship this summer and represented team USA. Both said the trip surely added depth to their game and to the team’s overall game when it comes to defense and outside hitting. In addition to the two stars, the veteran leaders include two time reigning First Team SEC Libero Ashley Dusek (Senior) and a Second Team all SEC Outside Hitter Kaz Brown. (Senior) This team is loaded. However, consistency will be what makes or brakes this team. This team has chemistry like none that I have seen in the past four years, and I think the experience mixed with the want to win will set this team into uncharted territory. With half of the games being away, the young Cats will have to learn quick if this year’s team will be special. With notable games against #8 Kansas, #9 Creighton, #12 Florida, #19 Mizzou, #26 USC, and #35 Texas A&M, the Cats will need to be nearly perfect in order to succeed and proceed. All to the pieces are there, and it helps that in addition we have a tenured coaching staff and a great fan base. Will the offseason effort and practice pay off this season? Based on my knowledge, the Volleyball team has prepared all offseason to get back on the court and suit up in the Blue and White. (With New Uniforms, I may add) The Cats are projected to finish third on the SEC this year, only behind Florida and Mizzou. SEC Volleyball should not have many high caliber and nationally ranked teams this year, so UK has a great chance to win the SEC if they can knock off Florida or Mizzou this year. Kentucky also comes in at 14 in the NCAA preseason poll. So, this year expect a close knit, exiting & fast paced, well-rounded, veteran team who I believe will be able to compete with the best. In result, they will ultimately break the barrier and make it to the Sweet Sixteen and possibly beyond this year. If you want to catch the Volleyball team in action this year, single game tickets can be found here.
The only exhibition game of the season will be on Wednesday at Memorial Colesium at 5:00 EST against #27 WKU- So come out and support your Volleyball Cats!
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