UK picked second; Mathies makes First Team

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.

About Jennifer Smith

Jen Smith has been a sports writer at the Herald-Leader since 2000, covering everything from high school sports to auto racing to various University of Kentucky sports. A native of Louisville and a graduate of the University of Kentucky (much to the dismay of her Louisville graduate mother and Indiana graduate father), Jen now resides in downtown Lexington with her husband and two young sons. You can follow her on Twitter @jenheraldleader or send her an email at jsmith3@herald-leader.com.
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