Kentucky Volleyball Wins Seventh Seeded NCAA Tournament | Sports
Kentucky volleyball won the No.7 seed in the NCAA tournament in Sunday’s support reveal.
Only the country’s top 16 teams receive seeds, while the rest of the field wins general offers. The seeds secure a field advantage for at least the first two rounds, three in Kentucky’s case.
The Wildcats won the SEC Championship and Auto Conference Offer last week, sweeping Florida 3-0 to clinch the title.
Kentucky finished their regular season 24-4, with a 17-1 conference record. The team’s only SEC loss came to South Carolina on the road, while its non-conference losses came to Creighton, Wisconsin and Louisville early on. All four teams also heard their names called in the fork, with Louisville winning the No.1 seed.
The UK’s first round opponent is Southeast Missouri State (SEMO), which finished 26-7 and won the Ohio Valley Conference Auto Offer. The Redhawks were the only OVC team to participate in the tournament.
If Kentucky succeeds against SEMO, the team will host the winner of Illinois and West Virginia, two general teams, with the Mountaineers taking home their first-ever all-around bid for the tournament.
Barring a disruption in the first two rounds, Kentucky would then be paired against No. 10 Nebraska in the Sweet 16. The Cornhuskers finished 21-7 and won a general offer for the tournament.
Continuing with the assumption that support goes as planned, the Elite Eight would feature a National Championship rematch between the Wildcats and this year’s No.2 seed Texas.
Great Britain beat the Longhorns in four sets to win their first domestic championship in program history at last year’s tournament.
The road has been mapped out for Kentucky volleyball as the team aims for its second straight national championship. Kentucky will host SEMO at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, December 3 at Memorial Coliseum.