Wildcats Finish Season Ranked #22 in Final Poll

Jan. 5, 2009

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Kentucky volleyball team added another first to their incredible 2008 season, when they finished among the top-25 nationally ranked teams in the final AVCA poll of the year. Kentucky came in with a final ranking of 22 in the coaches' poll.

UK stayed among the nation's top teams for each of the season's final 10 weeks, reaching a top spot of 17 on the list. The Wildcats first entered the polls on Oct. 6, after rattling off 12 consecutive victories, including a perfect 6-0 to begin conference play.

This marks the sixth time in school history, and first time in the Craig Skinner era in which the UK team has finished in the top-25 at the end of the season. Kentucky first achieved the feat in 1983 when they tapped out in a school-best sixth place finish. The last time the Wildcats were among the nation's best teams was in 1993 when UK ranked #12 to end the season.

The Wildcats were one of only two Southeastern Conference teams to finish among the top-25, as Sweet Sixteen member Florida was the other team to attain the honor.

In addition to the final ranking, Kentucky had a number of post-season honors to finish the season. Senior Queen Nzenwa and junior Sarah Rumely were named All-America honorable mention, as well as first team members of the AVCA All-South Region team. Sophomore Lauren Rapp and freshman Becky Pavan were honorable mention All-Region, while all four players and sophomore Sarah Mendoza were recognized on All-SEC teams. Rumely was the 2008 SEC Player of the Year.

Complete coverage of the UK volleyball team can be found at the Wildcats' official homepage, UKathletics.com.

Final 2008 Bison/AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 Poll

Rank School (First-Place Votes) Total Points 2008 Record Last Week
1 Penn State (60) 1500 38-0 1
2 Stanford 1430 31-4 2
3 Nebraska 1377 31-3 4
4 Texas 1333 29-4 3
5 Washington 1257 27-5 5
6 California 1177 26-7 8
7 Hawai'i 1152 31-4 6
8 UCLA 1036 22-11 9
9 Oregon 972 25-9 7
10 Florida 927 27-4 11
11 Illinois 822 26-8 14
12 Iowa State 777 22-13 NR
13 Southern California 702 17-12 12
14 Minnesota 674 27-7 10
15 Purdue 651 26-9 17
16 Utah 599 26-6 18
17 Michigan 573 26-9 19
18 Wichita State 514 30-2 13
19 San Diego 422 23-5 15
20 Kansas State 351 24-8 16
21 Saint Louis 313 29-5 21
22 Kentucky 218 26-6 20
23 Long Beach State 188 26-6 24
24 Colorado State 164 23-7 22
25 Santa Clara 101 18-10 NR