OMAHA, Neb. — For the first time in school history, the University of Kentucky volleyball team will play for an NCAA national championship Saturday night.

What You Need To Know

  • Kentucky will play in national championship game Saturday

  • The Wildcats will play the Texas Longhorns

  • UK and Texas have each lost only 1 set i the NCAA tournament

  • Fans can watch the game on screen at Memorial Coliseum


The Wildcats will play the Texas Longhorns at 8 p.m. at the CHI Health Center in Omaha, Nebraska. 

Kentucky earned its spot in the championship by beating the sixth-seeded Washington Huskies Thursday, 3-1 in four sets. 

Madison Lilley, the AVCA National Player of the Year, had a season-high 63 assists in the match as senior outside hitter Avery Skinner terminated 19 balls on the night, one of four UK players to score in double figures in the match. Kentucky held Washington to under .250 hitting in the match and served six service aces en route to victory. 

Texas, the Big 12 Conference champions, swept the overall number one seed Wisconsin Badgers, 3-0 Thursday. The Longhorns are 27-1 this season and went 16-0 in the Big 12 Conference in the regular season. Both UK and the Longhorns have each only lost one set in the entire NCAA tournament.

Kentucky fans can watch the match at Memorial Coliseum Saturday. Admission is free. Doors to Memorial Coliseum open at 7:30 p.m. Fans can learn more about parking and have other questions answered here. 

The match will air live on ESPN2.




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