Kentucky Volleyball seniors moving Into next chapters of life

Curry, Lilley, Paris and Skinner announce next steps in careers

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (UK Athletics) – Kentucky Volleyball seniors Gabby Curry, Madison Lilley, Kendyl Paris and Avery Skinner all announced Thursday that they will be forgoing their extra year of eligibility with Kentucky Volleyball, and moving on to the next chapters in their lives and volleyball careers.

Curry, Lilley and Paris will not return to NCAA Volleyball in the fall of 2021. Paris will begin pursuing her Doctor of Physical Therapy.

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Avery Skinner has been accepted into her desired graduate school for Communication Sciences and Disorders at a different institution and hopes to utilize her final season of eligibility.

“The 2020-21 senior class will forever hold a special place in Kentucky Volleyball history,” UK head coach Craig Skinner said. “This class has worked tirelessly together to build Kentucky into a national champion. They came in during the 2017 season and had the goal of winning a national title, and they were able to deliver while doing things the right way. We know that Madison, Kendyl and Gabby will go on to wonderful careers in the workforce, and I’m excited to follow Avery continue the high level of education she aspires for in graduate school and advance her NCAA Volleyball career. This class has given so much to Kentucky Volleyball and it’s fitting that they go out together.”

This graduating senior class won the Southeastern Conference championship all four years it was at UK, advanced to the program’s first-ever Final Four, appeared in two Elite Eight’s, and was in the Sweet 16 all four years.

Kentucky won its first NCAA national championship Saturday night, defeating No. 4 Texas, 3-1. It was also the first national championship for the Southeastern Conference in the sport of volleyball.

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Bryan Kennedy hails from the Bluegrass State. He was born and raised in Owensboro, KY where he graduated from Apollo High School in 2006. Bryan graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish in 2010. He also received his master's degree in Sports Media and Branding from Western Kentucky University. While at UK, Bryan was the general manager of the on-campus TV station. He also did sports reporting, anchoring, producing and even the weather for UK Student News Network. While working for UKSNN, he also had the pleasure of covering Coach John Calipari's first press conference when he was introduced as the new head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats; easily one of his favorite moments as a young sports reporter. Before coming to ABC 36, Bryan was a morning anchor and reporter at WXXV News 25, our sister station in Gulfport, MS. He anchored more than four hours of news every day, including morning shows on NBC and Fox. While down south, Bryan had the opportunity to cover the Sugar Bowl, New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans. After spending a little more than two years at WXXV, Bryan is extremely excited to return home. In his spare time, Bryan enjoys playing sports, especially rugby. He also enjoys crossfitting and watching sports (obviously). He's extremely excited to cover Central Kentucky. Feel free to say hello and send story ideas toBKennedy@wtvq.com