Kentucky Volleyball is the reason the greatest fanbase in the world is back on its feet. An endearing team that Kentucky fans have really started to rally behind over the last few weeks brought home their first National Championship last night, finally giving the BBN a reason to come together and rejoice.
— NCAA Women’s Volleyball (@NCAAVolleyball) April 25, 2021
“It just doesn’t feel the same after 2015,” This is an attitude that has become somewhat common around these parts over the last few years. However, before the Coronavirus shut down the world a little over a year ago, it felt like the BBN was starting to reach another high point.
Kentucky Football was off a two-year stretch where they went 18-8, both capped off with bowl wins, and each roster was filled with fan favorites such as Josh Allen, Benny Snell, and Lynn Bowden. Kentucky Basketball was fresh off an Elite Eight and was poised to make another deep run and March, but 2020 took this fanbase off its feet.
It was a year that kept fans at arm’s length from their favorite teams due to the worldwide pandemic. Stadiums and arenas were barely filled, Kentucky players didn’t get the “Kentucky experience” and it felt like every time you logged on to Twitter you had to go in with warpaint just to make a point. The differences that made BBN the best, are the same differences that tore us apart at times in 2020.
In this same year, we saw our football and men’s basketball team combine for only 14 wins. We watched the women’s basketball team take an early exit, and the verdict is still out on the diamond.
This year has been drenched in tragedy. The Kentucky Sports community has dealt with the incomprehensible losses of John Schlarman, Ben Jordan, Hayley Robic, and most recently, Terrence Clarke.
The BBN has been hurting all year long, and this sports-rich community needed something to rally behind.
The Volleyball team delivered.
The Wildcats gave us a dominant team to rally behind, which produced the National Player and Coach of the Year. A team that only dropped two sets in the entire tournament and went 24-1 all year. And of course, a team that brought a trophy home to Lexington as students flocked to State Street.
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— Brent Wainscott (@BrentWainscott_) April 25, 2021
After the year the Big Blue Nation endured, the semester was capped off with a volleyball national championship and it feels like this fanbase will carry this momentum throughout the summer and into another year that *should* be back to normal.
The fanbase is healing, and the volleyball team just kickstarted what should be a fun year in Lexington.
Go Cats, we’re back.