The University of Kentucky volleyball team has been tested early and often this young season.
Next up for the Cats: A “Red Out.”
Kentucky heads to Louisville on Friday night to take on its archrival at Cardinal Arena in a match that’s already sold out. The Cardinals will be handing out pom-poms and have asked all fans to wear red for the 7 p.m. contest.
Kentucky, ranked No. 20 in the nation, enters with a 4-4 record, having gone 4-1 since an 0-3 start.
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The Wildcats, voted by the league’s coaches as the favorite to win the Southeastern Conference this season, have tested themselves with an early slate that has included losses to No. 3 Texas, No. 10 Creighton and No. 16 Southern California. UK also fell to Northern Iowa, a squad on the cusp of the Top 25. UK’s wins have come over the College of Charleston, Dayton, Kansas and Texas State.
Louisville (6-3) has been similarly tested in its pre-Atlantic Coast Conference season. The Cardinals won their first four matches of the year against Tennessee-Martin, Southern Illinois, IUPUI and Central Florida and have also defeated Lipscomb and Xavier. U of L has lost to No. 11 Florida, No. 15 Purdue and No. 16 Southern Cal.
Kentucky leads its all-time series against Louisville 29-25. The Wildcats have won the past five meetings in the rivalry and seven of the past eight.