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The Wildcats advanced to their first final with a four-set victory against Washington in the first semifinal, while the Longhorns will make their seventh finals appearance and first since 2016 after their win versus Wisconsin.
Which team has the advantage? Who are the players to watch? ESPN’s volleyball gurus break down the matchup.
Who are the players to watch for each team?
The Longhorns beat three straight Big Ten opponents en route to the final — Penn State, Nebraska and Wisconsin. AP Photo/John Peterson
- Katie George (ESPN analyst, former Louisville star setter): The match will certainly come down to the setters, whose distribution will be key, and setting who and when will be equally important. So, I’ll be keeping an eye on Texas’ Logan Eggleston and Kentucky’s Alli Stumler, who both have proven they can take over a match when needed. They will each need to have incredible performances to lift their teams.
- Sam Gore (ESPN studio host): With as many offensive weapons as these teams have (each had four players with double digits in kills in the semis), success begins with which setter makes the best decisions. Lilley and Jhenna Gabriel have a lot of attackers to choose from. The setter who navigates who to pass to, and when, will give their team an advantage.
- Salima Rockwell (ESPN analyst, former Penn State and U.S. national team setter): Kentucky’s Lilley needs to make this offense go, as they want to get out to a strong start after the Wildcats dropped their first set of the tournament against Washington in the semis. For Texas, Skylar Fields has been so good (12 kills and two digs in the semis) and needs to be again on Saturday.
- Holly Rowe (ESPN reporter): I am also sticking with the setters. Lilley, the American Volleyball Coaches’ Association national player of the year, continues to do it all for Kentucky: serving, setting and saves. She is the engine that makes Kentucky so efficient. For Texas,
- Paul Sunderland (ESPN analyst, Olympic gold-medal winner): This is a tough one because both teams have so many weapons. For Texas, Gabriel has been a remarkable upgrade and gives the Longhorns an offensive advantage given their long list of hitters.
You are coaching Kentucky vs Texas. What is your strategy for each team?
Texas takes down Wisconsin in straight sets to secure its spot in the national championship.
- George: Texas needs to continue to apply pressure from the service line, like we’ve seen them do throughout the NCAA tournament. Yes, they miss a few per set, but they attack their opponents’ passers, forcing the offense out of system
- Gore: It’s the same strategy for both teams — get the other team out of system. And the one who does it best, wins. Both teams are so similar in their strengths, but the one who can disrupt the other with excellent serving and passing can impose themselves on the other and take home the title.
- Rockwell: For Texas, it needs to make it difficult for Kentucky to be in rhythm — make the Wildcats’ outsides work by serving the ball deep and flat at them and attacking them in the backcourt defensively by getting them on the floor.
- Rowe: Texas must stay balanced. With so many weapons, it’s hard to stop any one person. This is the first time Kentucky has been on this stage, so the team needs to be composed. They have talked about “When we are in the national championship” all season. Well, here they are.
- Sunderland: For Kentucky, it has to serve Eggleston every time she’s in the front row. You can’t stop all the Longhorns’ weapons, so pick your poison. For Texas, they need to keep the ball off of Stumler and Gabby Curry and serve Avery Skinner, who got in some trouble against Washington.
The COVID-19 pandemic forced the tournament to be staged in one location. How has this impacted teams? And will it be difficult to return to the original format next season?
Kentucky setter and national player of the year Madison Lilley had a season-high 63 set assists and 14 digs against Washington in the national semifinals. Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports
Katie George: Playing at one venue with limited capacity has minimized distractions, which is certainly beneficial. I think players miss playing in front of fans and having home-court advantage, if seeded. I don’t think it’ll be difficult to go back, but I commend all teams for their flexibility and adaptability this season.
Make your finals prediction
Editor’s note: Reporters for the NCAA finals did not make predictions to maintain objectivity for the match.
- George: It will be a back-and-forth, physical match with a lot of big-time kills. I root for a match that stays close and goes down to the wire.
- Gore: Because I have so much affection and respect for both programs, I just can’t pick a winner! They are both so similar in their talent, I prefer to sit back and watch it unfold. Both teams have an equal shot, but it will come down to which one better handles the moment.
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