Kentucky Announces Highly Touted 2017 Recruiting Class

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Head coach Craig Skinner announced the completion of the 2017 recruiting class on Monday. Libero Gabby Curry (Buford, Georgia), setter Madison Lilley (Overland Park, Kansas), middle blocker Kendyl Paris (Hilliard, Ohio) and outside hitter Avery Skinner (Katy, Texas) are slated to join the Wildcats in the fall of 2017. 

The class features four recruits ranked in the top-100 seniors by Prep Valleyball and three that are ranked among the top 50. All four are AVCA Under Armor High School All-Americans. The signees have all won at high levels, including four state championships, two all-state selections, a state player of the year and two Team USA members.

“Our 2017 class is not just a great group of athletes, but a great group of people,” Skinner said. “They have quickly become a part of our culture throughout the recruiting process, and have fully embraced the values and goals of the program. Their athleticism speaks for itself and we are looking forward to meshing their talents in with our returning players. They have all been winners on the court and will compete hard to help elevate this program to new heights.”

Every member of the class was named an Under Armour Girls High School All-American. Curry and Lilley were named to the first team, Paris was named to the second team and Skinner was named to the third team. The members of the first team will play in the Under Armour All-America match on Dec. 16 in conjunction with the Final Four at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Only 24 players earn the honor to play in this prestigious event.

For more information on the players and video on each player, see below.

Gabby Curry
5’9 Libero – Buford, GA
Buford High School

- Played for Buford High School and A5 Volleyball Club
- #46 Senior Ace by
- 2015 & 2016 Georgia State Champion
- 2015 Georgia Gatorade Player of the Year


Madison Lilley
5’11 Setter – Overland Park, KS
Blue Valley West High School
Club: KC Power

- Played for Blue Valley West High School and KC Power
- #4 Senior Ace by
- 2015 Kansas 6A State Champion
- 2016 Kansas 6A State Runner Up
- Kansas All State Selection in 2016
- Team USA JNT member 2015 & 2016

Kendyl Paris
6’2 Middle Blocker – Hilliard, OH
Hilliard Davidson High School

- Played for Hilliard Davidson High School and Mintonette VBC
- #81 Senior Ace by
- Two-time JVA All-National Team
- Ohio Capital Conference Player of the Year
- First Team All-State in 2016

Avery Skinner
6’1 Outside Hitter – Katy, TX
HYCA Volleyball – homeschooled league

- Played for HYCA High School and Houston Skyline VBC
- Texas State Champion in 2015 and 2016
- Played for same club team as current Wildcat Ashley Dusek
- #32 Senior Ace by
- 2015 & 2016 HYCA League State Champs
- Team USA A1 member 2015