After three especially successful seasons that featured back-to-back-to-back SEC Championships, the Kentucky volleyball program is poised for another impressive run in the 2020-2021 season after the 2020 signing class was named the No. 1 class in the nation by PrepVolleyball Friday.
With five freshman heading to Lexington, the Cats claimed the top spot ahead of Minnesota, Texas, Wisconsin and Michigan to round out the top five. It’s the first time in program history that Kentucky has received the No. 1 ranking for a signing class.
An outside hitter from Katy, Texas and sister of current Wildcat Avery Skinner, Madi Skinner comes to Lexington as Kentucky’s highest-ranked recruit. Ranked the No. 2 recruit by PrepVolleyball, Skinner was named a 2019 PrepVolleyball All-American and 2019 Under Armour Third Team All-American.
After losing Leah Edmond to graduation, Skinner and Kentucky’s other heralded outside hitter, Sophie Fisher, are sure to see time competing to fill that role on the left pin. Fisher is ranked as the No. 15 recruit in the class and was named South Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year in 2018. She was a South Carolina state champion in both 2018 and 2019 and a PrepVolleyball First Team All-American.
Opposite hitter and setter Reagan Rutherford heads to Kentucky as the No. 10 recruit in the country and Texas Volleyball Coaches’ Association All-State Team and District Setter of the Year in 2018. Hailing from Missouri City, Texas, Rutherford’s ability to distribute along with her powerful attack make her an incredibly versatile asset for Craig Skinner and the staff.
After registering 1,400 kills in just three years on the varsity team, Elise Goetzinger was named the No. 27 recruit in the class by PrepVolleyball. A middle blocker from Blue Mounds, Wisconsin, Goetzinger was First Team All-State in both 2018 and 2019 and First Team All-Conference in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Rounding out the class is Riah Walker, a libero from Sarasota Florida and 2016 and 2018 AVCA Under Armour All-American. Walker broke the Riverview HS record two separate times after registering 50 and 67 digs respectively in a single match.
After losing four Wildcats and one of the most successful senior classes in program history, the Cats are poised to make another deep run into the postseason in the fall.