Kentucky Volleyball Picked to Win SEC; Four on Preseason Team
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky Volleyball team was picked by the Southeastern Conference head coaches to win the league title for a sixth year in a row, the SEC office announced Monday morning. Kentucky won 10 of 13 first-place votes with Florida receiving two and Tennessee garnering one.
Additionally, Kentucky placed a league-best four players on the All-SEC Preseason Team with 2021 SEC Libero of the Year Eleanor Beavin, SEC Freshman of the Year Emma Grome, Reagan Rutherford and All-American Azhani Tealer making the prestigious list.
Kentucky won the 2021 SEC Volleyball Championship by going 17-1 in league play to secure its fifth-straight conference title. The Wildcats bring back a core of returners and add to it transfers and a strong freshman class that is sure to make a big impact on the season.
The 2022 volleyball season will begin Friday, August 26 as Kentucky hosts Marquette at 7 p.m. ET in Memorial Coliseum. Conference play begins Sept. 24 with a contest against LSU. Television assignments for Kentucky games will be announced at a later date.
Kentucky Volleyball season tickets are on sale now at UKathletics.com.
Preseason Coaches’ Poll
(First-Place Votes in Parentheses)
Volleyball Preseason All-SEC Team
|Jillian Gillen, Arkansas||OH||Sr.||5-7||Stilwell, Kan.|
|Merritt Beason, Florida||RS/OH||So.||6-3||Gardendale, Ala.|
|Bre Kelley, Florida||MB||So.||6-4||Rockwall, Texas|
|Eleanor Beavin, Kentucky||L||So.||5-5||Louisville, Ky.|
|Emma Grome, Kentucky||S||So.||5-9||Loveland, Ohio|
|Reagan Rutherford, Kentucky||OPP||Jr.||6-0||Missouri City, Texas|
|Azhani Tealer, Kentucky||MB||Sr.||5-10||Grand Prairie, Texas|
|Anita Anwusi, LSU||MB||Sr.||6-3||Houston, Texas|
|Sasha Ratliff, Ole Miss||MB||Jr.||6-2||Atlanta, Ga.|
|Gabby Waden, Mississippi State||MB/RS||Gr.||5-10||Columbia, S.C.|
|Anna Dixon, Missouri||OH||Sr.||6-3||Louisburg, Kan.|
|Jenna Hampton, South Carolina||DS/L||Gr.||5-7||Tampa, Fla.|
|Morgahn Fingall, Tennessee||RS||Sr.||6-1||Fairfax, Va.|
|Natalie Hayward, Tennessee||S||Sr.||5-11||Bothell, Wash.|
|Danielle Mahaffey, Tennessee||MB||Gr.||6-1||Cincinnati, Ohio|