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Kentucky volleyball falls to Tennessee

Whitney Billings had a team-high 14 kills for the Cats.
Whitney Billings had a team-high 14 kills for the Cats.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Kentucky volleyball team missed a chance at the Southeastern Conference regular-season title Wednesday night, falling to Tennessee in four sets. The 15th-ranked Lady Vols won 28-30, 25-20, 30-28, 25-18 over the 16th-ranked Cats (26-5, 17-3).

Tennessee (27-3, 19-1) won the SEC outright, but Kentucky is all but guaranteed a spot in the NCAA Tournament for a school-record seventh consecutive season. UK's fate will be announced on Sunday night.

UK sophomore Whitney Billings posting a team-high 14 kills on .367 hitting. Senior Becky Pavan notched 13 kills and had six blocks. Junior Ashley Frazier totaled 10 kills and has posted 10 or more in 22 matches this season.

Kentucky now must wait until Sunday to learn its NCAA Tournament fate.

The 64-team NCAA draw will be revealed Sunday at 6 p.m. on ESPNU.

The Cats are hoping to host first- and second-round matches in Memorial Coliseum Dec. 1-2.

Whether Kentucky advances or not, Memorial Coliseum already is established as the site for Sweet 16 and Elite Eight matches Dec. 9-10. Tickets to those matches are on sale at the UK Ticket Office.