Coach Skinner Feels Confident Kentucky Will Be Prepared This Postseason

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Coach Skinner Feels Confident Kentucky Will Be Prepared This Postseason

From left to right: Madison Lilley, Avery Skinner, Kendyl Paris and Gabby Curry celebrate during the match against Alabama on Thursday, March 25, 2021 in Lexington, Ky. Kentucky won the match 3-0 and clinched a fourth-consecutive SEC Title. Photo by Hunter Mitchell.

Kentucky earned the No. 2 overall seed in this season’s NCAA volleyball tournament, their highest ranking in school history. The Cats finished the season 19-1, with their only loss at Florida in five sets, giving them an excellent resume going into the postseason.

Of course those expectations can be hard to handle when the lights shine, but UK Head Coach Craig Skinner has evidence that no challenge will be too daunting for them.

“I have never worried about our team being ready for the next challenge. From August 4th until now…you wonder how their gonna handle coming back in shape over quarantine, you wonder how they’re gonna come back when you have the holidays and the big long breaks when we play our first big match against Arkansas. But now they’ve just been prepared each and every time they’ve needed to be ready for practice or going into the tournament, so I feel like that will be a consistent theme coming up here.”

Skinner noted that talent and execution brought them to this point, but he still emphasized that he wants the team to first have fun given the uncertainty still hanging around the Coronavirus pandemic.

“The number one thing we’ll have to do is enjoy it because we didn’t know if we were gonna play tomorrow all year long and and now we’re getting this chance and we gotta have fun when we get out there.”

The Cats will take on the winner of Illinois State and UNLV on April 15th in Omaha, Nebraska to get their postseason run started.

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