UK Volleyball 300LEXINGTON, Ky. (8/12/14) — For a program-record third consecutive year, the Kentucky volleyball team will begin the season ranked in the preseason top-25 after the Wildcats earned a No. 19 ranking in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Preseason poll.

UK’s spot in the top 25 poll marks the fifth time in six years the Wildcats have earned a place in the preseason poll, all under 10th-year head coach Craig Skinner. Before 2009, Kentucky’s first time in the preseason top-25 under Skinner, UK had been ranked in the preseason poll just three times dating back to 1982.

The preseason ranking marks the 61st time under Skinner the Wildcats have been ranked in the preseason, weekly or final poll by the AVCA. Kentucky debuted at No. 17 in 2013 and was ranked in the top 25 every week for the seventh time in program history.

The poll, released Monday by the AVCA, features five teams UK will face in 2014. Fifth-ranked Southern California leads the way, followed by SEC foes No. 10 Florida and No. 15 Missouri. North Carolina is No. 20 while Creighton sits at No. 23. UK will face USC, UF, Mizzou and CU all at home in Memorial Coliseum.

The Wildcats are coming off a school-record ninth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament and a third consecutive 20-plus win campaign.

Skinner begins his 10th season with the Wildcats as the program’s second all-time winningest coach. With 202 victories, he is seven wins shy of tying UK’s all-time wins mark of 209, set by Kathy DeBoer from 1984-92.

UK’s challenging 2014 home schedule includes 11 matches against teams that made the 2013 NCAA Tournament. In addition to hosting rivals Tennessee and Florida and defending SEC champion Missouri, Kentucky will host a pair of four-team tournaments during the first two weekends of competition.

Season tickets for the 2014 campaign are on sale now, beginning at $35, while single match tickets go on sale Aug. 18. More information on how to buy tickets can be found here or by calling the UK Ticket Office at (800) 928-CATS.

Complete AVCA Division I Coaches Preseason Poll.

Visit for the most up-to-date information on the Kentucky volleyball team and all 22 varsity sports. For additional info on the volleyball team like Kentucky Volleyball on Facebook or follow the team on Twitter at @KentuckyVB.

SurfKY News
Information provided by UK Athletics your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

1 DOW 16,472.37
+200.36 (1.23%)    
2 S&P 1,951.36
+27.54 (1.43%)    
3 NASDAQ 4,707.77
+80.69 (1.74%)    

Stock Report Sponsored by

In Other News...

Four Injured During Four-Vehicle Collision

CORYDON, Ky. (10/4/15) ― Four people were injured during a four-vehicle collision last night in Corydon in Henderson… Read More

MCCH Hosts Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Month Luncheon, Offers Mammogram Incentives in October

MURRAY, Ky. (10/4/15) — Murray-Calloway County Hospital will host its annual Breast Cancer Awareness luncheon at 11:30… Read More

Most Read This Week

September 30, 2015 10212

Dawson Woman Dead After Princeton Factory…

by SurfKY News
October 01, 2015 6929

UPDATE: Madisonville Woman Charged after Bank…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
September 29, 2015 6048

UPDATED: Witness Describes Crash at Dawson…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
September 28, 2015 4571

Woman Charged with Methamphetamine Possession…

by SurfKY News
September 30, 2015 4277

Four Arrested After Allegedly Exposing Children…

by SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

September 16, 2015 12210

Mining Accident Fatality - Update

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
September 30, 2015 10212

Dawson Woman Dead After Princeton Factory…

by SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

October 03, 2015 1424

Happenings, Meetings Listed for Following Week

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
October 03, 2015 1084

Chemotherapy: New Advances, A New Age

by KET
October 04, 2015 1024

Learning More About Childhood Cancer

by KET
October 03, 2015 1012

Hopkins District Court Fines Handed Down

by SurfKY News
October 03, 2015 809

Weather Folklore - Persimmon Seeds, Woolly Worms

by SurfKY News
October 03, 2015 791

ColorFall Kicks off Fall Color Season in Kentucky

by SurfKY News
October 03, 2015 763

Proposed Restaurant Tax Would Promote Tourism,…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
October 03, 2015 585

Hooked on Science - 'Singing Rod'

by SurfKY News
October 04, 2015 580

Dave Says - Oct. 4, 2015

by SurfKY News
October 04, 2015 526

Outdoor Truths - Oct. 4, 2015

by SurfKY News