In case you needed another friendly reminder, the University of Kentucky has the best volleyball team in the nation, as made clear by the program’s first-ever national title on Saturday night. That status was confirmed once again Tuesday when the final AVCA Women’s DI Top-25 Coaches Poll was released, and the Wildcats came in at No. 1 overall to close out the season.
Kentucky came in at No. 1, followed by Texas at No. 2, Wisconsin at No. 3, Washington at No. 4 and Florida at No. 5. Among other notable finishes in the top 25, Louisville came in at No. 11, with Western Kentucky not far behind at No. 16 and Missouri rounding out SEC teams at No. 25.
Check out the complete top 25 below:
10. Ohio State
12. Penn State
16. Western Kentucky
18. Washington State
21. San Diego
22. Georgia Tech
24. Notre Dame
The No. 1 overall finish comes after Kentucky defeated Texas in four sets (20-25, 25-18, 25-23, 25-22) to take home the national championship on Saturday, the first title in school history and the lone SEC champion in conference history.
It was a matchup that broke an ESPN2 viewing record in the month of April, averaging 696,000 viewers during the match, up 28% from 2019.
If you build it, they will come!!
?@TexasVolleyball? vs ?@KentuckyVB? averaged nearly 700,000 viewers and was the most viewed show on ESPN2 this month!
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— Holly Rowe (@sportsiren) April 27, 2021
In the victory, superstar outside hitter Alli Stumler, finished with a season-high 26 kills, with Madi and Avery Skinner also adding 19 and 14 kills apiece, respectively. National Player of the Year Madison Lilley finished with 53 assists and led the team with 19 digs, while senior libero Gabby Curry added 14 digs herself to go with 13 assists.
Not only a night to remember, but a season we’ll be talking about for a long, long time.
— NCAA Women’s Volleyball (@NCAAVolleyball) April 25, 2021
Way to go, ‘Cats.