Tomorrow night, Kentucky Volleyball will play for the national championship, a historic feat, but both head coach Craig Skinner and star player Madison Lilley started today’s press conference by acknowledging the passing of Terrence Clarke, the news of which broke during last night’s semifinal.
“First of all, just want to send our prayers and thoughts to Kentucky men’s basketball,” Skinner said. “Terrence Clarke’s passing, what an awful situation for them to be dealing with right now and his family. Coaching is so much more than what we’re doing on the court. Just managing life-changing situations like that is very difficult. Coach [John Calipari] reached out to me this morning and we chatted back and forth about how crushed he is and the program, so just thinking about them and the whole Big Blue Nation. Tough day.”
Lilley echoed those sentiments.
“Before we get started here, just want to acknowledge and offer our sincere condolences to the Clarke family, the Kentucky Basketball family, and Kentucky athletics. We really take a lot of pride in how we play for other teams and how we really are a family, so sending prayers and thoughts in this tough time.”
We’ll have more from Skinner and Lilley’s press conference throughout the afternoon. The national championship match between the Cats and the Texas Longhorns is tomorrow night at 8 p.m. It will air live on ESPN2 with Paul Sunderland, Salima Rockwell and Holly Rowe on the call.