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Kentucky Volleyball plays Nebraska in AVCA First Serve Showcase

The American Volleyball Coaches Association First Serve Showcase is scheduled for the 2024 season. It will be held on August 27 in Louisville at the KFC Yum! Center and showcase some of the best volleyball programs in the country, including Kentucky, Nebraska, Louisville and Wisconsin.

The two-match event will resemble a doubleheader of sorts, with Kentucky and Nebraska’s first serve coming at 7 p.m. and Wisconsin and Louisville kicking off 30 minutes after the end of the UK/NU match.

Since the First Serve Showcase is being held at the KFC Yum! Center will both start and end the 2024 NCAA Division I volleyball season in Louisville, as it is also the site of the 2024 National Championship games in December.

Nebraska is one of the most renowned volleyball programs in the country. The Huskers last won the National Championship in 2017, but finished second in 2018, 2021 and 2023.

Nebraska leads the ‘Cats 11-2 in the all-time series, including a Huskers win over Kentucky 3-1 last year in Lincoln. But the 2020 National Champions should not be overlooked. UK has been consistently in the Top 25 all season and shines in the postseason.

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Kentucky has won the SEC Championship in each of the past seven seasons and has consistently made deep runs in the NCAA Tournament. Their preseason trip to Japan will likely lead them to success early this fall.

The ‘Cats will play alongside some of the nation’s top programs, including Wisconsin, which claimed the national title in 2021. Louisville has also quickly become a dominant force in the volleyball community, with an Elite Eight appearance in 2023 and national runner-ups in 2022.

“The AVCA is very excited to bring together four teams of this caliber to kick off the new season,” said AVCA CEO Dr. Jaime Gordon. “AVCA First Serve offers another way to showcase the sport and continue the momentum of the record-setting 2023 season.”

Tickets for AVCA First Serve go on sale Friday, June 14 at 10 a.m. at KFC Yum! Center box office and ticketmaster.com. There is a pre-sale period from June 10 to 13. For more information about the AVCA First Serve Showcase, click here.

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