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Kentucky is the preseason favorite for 2021 SEC season

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Aug. 18, 2021) - Kentucky, the defending National Champion, was tabbed the preseason favorite for the 2021 SEC volleyball season, according to the SEC Preseason Coaches' Poll.

The Wildcats, who finished 24-1 overall and 19-1 in the SEC last season, received seven of the 13 first-place votes and 139 points in the preseason poll. Florida received six-first place votes and 138 points to finish second in the poll.

LSU took third place with 118 points, while Tennessee claimed fourth place with 100 points. Arkansas placed fifth with 98 points, and South Carolina took sixth with 93 points. Texas A&M garnered 77 points for seventh place, followed by Georgia and Missouri (67) tied for eighth place. Alabama (43) took 10th place, followed by Ole Miss (32), Mississippi State (30) and Auburn (12) to round out the poll.

Nine student-athletes were selected to the 2021 Preseason Volleyball All-SEC Team. The squad includes Florida's T'ara Ceasar, Lauren Forte, Thayer Hall and Marlie Monserez; Kentucky's Madi Skinner, Alli Stumler and Azhani Tealer; and LSU's Taylor Bannister and Kylie Deberg.

The 2021 SEC volleyball season will begin on Friday, August 27, and conference play is set to get underway on Wednesday, September 22.

Preseason Coaches' Poll (First-Place Votes in Parentheses)
Place School Points
1. Kentucky (7) 139
2. Florida (6) 138
3. LSU 118
4. Tennessee 100
5. Arkansas 98
6. South Carolina 93
7. Texas A&M 77
8. Georgia 67
Missouri 67
10. Alabama 43
11. Ole Miss 32
12. Mississippi State 30
13. Auburn 12
Volleyball Preseason All-SEC Team
Name, School Pos. Yr. Ht. Hometown
T'ara Ceasar, Florida OH R-Sr. 6-1 Panama City, Fla.
Lauren Forte, Florida MB R-Sr. 6-3 Tempe, Ariz.
Thayer Hall, Florida OH Sr. 6-3 Spartanburg, S.C.
Marlie Monserez, Florida S Sr. 6-0 Windermere, Fla.
Madi Skinner, Kentucky OH So. 6-2 Katy, Texas
Alli Stumler, Kentucky OH Sr. 6-1 Floyds Knob, Ind.
Azhani Tealer, Kentucky MB Jr. 5-10 Grand Prairie, Texas
Taylor Bannister, LSU RS Sr. 6-5 Missouri City, Texas
Kylie Deberg, LSU OH Gr. 6-4 Hudson, Iowa