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Kentucky is top choice for 2018 SEC volleyball season

138 days ago
SEC Staff
Photo: Kentucky Athletics

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Kentucky, one of the 2017 SEC Co-Champions, is the top choice to win the 2018 Southeastern Conference volleyball title, according to the SEC Preseason Coaches' Poll.

The Wildcats, who finished 29-4 overall and 17-1 in the SEC last season, received eight of the 13 first-place votes and 140 points in the preseason poll. Florida, the 2017 National Runner-Up, garnered five first-place votes after finishing with an overall record of 30-2 and a 17-1 mark in league play last season.

The Gators finished a close second in the preseason poll with 137 points, while Missouri took third place with 116 points. Georgia and LSU tied for fourth place with 105 points each, while Auburn took sixth with 78 points. Arkansas received 71 points to finish seventh, followed by Texas A&M (65 points) in eighth, South Carolina (62) in ninth. Tennessee (54) took 10th place, followed by Ole Miss (40), Alabama (29) and Mississippi State (12) to round out the poll.

Nine student-athletes were selected to the 2018 Preseason Volleyball All-SEC Team. The squad includes: Rachael Kramer from Florida; T'ara Ceasar from Georgia; Leah Edmond, Madison Lilley and Avery Skinner from Kentucky; Taylor Bannister from LSU; Alyssa Munlyn from Missouri; Mikayla Shields from South Carolina; and Hollann Hans from Texas A&M.

The 2018 SEC volleyball season will begin on Friday, August 24, and conference play is set to start on Wednesday, September 19.

Preseason Coaches' Poll
(First-Place Votes in Parentheses)
Place School Points
1. Kentucky (8) 140
2. Florida (5) 137
3. Missouri 116
4. Georgia 105
LSU 105
6. Auburn 78
7. Arkansas 71
8. Texas A&M 65
9. South Carolina 62
10. Tennessee 54
11. Ole Miss 40
12. Alabama 29
13. Mississippi State 12
Volleyball Preseason All-SEC Team
Name, School Pos. Yr. Ht. Hometown
Rachael Kramer, Florida MB Jr. 6-8 Phoenix, Ariz.
T'ara Ceasar, Georgia OH So. 6-0 Panama City, Fla.
Leah Edmond, Kentucky OH Jr. 6-2 Lexington, Ky.
Madison Lilley, Kentucky S So. 5-11 Overland Park, Kan.
Avery Skinner, Kentucky OH So. 6-1 Katy, Texas
Taylor Bannister, LSU MB/OH So. 6-5 Missouri City, Texas
Alyssa Munlyn, Missouri MB Sr. 6-2 Suwanee, Ga.
Mikayla Shields, South Carolina RS/OPP Sr. 6-0 Orlando, Fla.
Hollann Hans, Texas A&M OH Jr. 6-1 Corpus Christi, Texas