Kentucky Volleyball seniors Gabby Curry, Madison Lilley, Kendyl Paris and Avery Skinner will forgo their extra year of eligibility with the program and move on to the next chapters of their lives, the standouts announced Thursday.
Curry, Lilley and Paris will not return to NCAA Volleyball in the fall of 2021, while Skinner has been accepted into graduate school for Communication Sciences and Disorders at a different institution and will play her final season of college volleyball there.
Paris will begin pursuing her Doctor of Physical Therapy, while Curry and Lilley have not made their next steps known to the public.
“The 2020-21 senior class will forever hold a special place in Kentucky Volleyball history,” UK head coach Craig Skinner said. “This class has worked tirelessly together to build Kentucky into a national champion. They came in during the 2017 season and had the goal of winning a national title, and they were able to deliver while doing things the right way. We know that Madison, Kendyl and Gabby will go on to wonderful careers in the workforce, and I’m excited to follow Avery continue the high level of education she aspires for in graduate school and advance her NCAA Volleyball career. This class has given so much to Kentucky Volleyball and it’s fitting that they go out together.”
This graduating senior class won the Southeastern Conference championship all four years it was at UK, advanced to the program’s first-ever Final Four, appeared in two Elite Eight’s, and was in the Sweet 16 all four years.
Kentucky won its first NCAA national championship Saturday night, defeating No. 4 Texas, 3-1. It was also the first national championship for the Southeastern Conference in the sport of volleyball.