Kentucky was picked to finish second overall in the league in the pre-season coaches’ balloting by the Southeastern Conference. The Cats, who went 25-9 overall last year and 11-5 in SEC play, were picked to finish behind Tennessee, which returns four starters from last year’s SEC champion.
In the voting, the Lady Vols earned 120 points, with Kentucky (100), Georgia (98), LSU (96), Florida (92) and Vanderbilt (85) rounding out the top half of the league. South Carolina (62), Arkansas (57), Auburn (39), Alabama (29), Mississippi State (25) and Ole Miss (16) at the bottom.
UK swing player A’dia Mathies from Louisville was a First Team All-SEC selection by the coaches as well. She was on the first team with Tennessee’s Shekinna Stricklen, Glory Johnson and Meighan Simmons as well as Georgia’s Jasmine James, LSU’s LaSondra Barrett, Arkansas’ C’iera Ricketts (also a Louisville native) and Stephanie Holzer of Vanderbilt.