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Fans celebrate UK volleyball team after clinching national title

Published: Apr. 25, 2021 at 2:00 PM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The University of Kentucky’s volleyball team returned to Lexington Sunday afternoon, after clinching a national title victory in the NCAA tournament.

The Wildcats made history this season by advancing to their first Final 4 and they topped that by winning gold vs. the Texas Longhorns.

A celebration of their victory was held at Memorial Coliseum on UK’s campus.

Enthused fans filling the stadium Sunday.

“I was like the guy in ‘Airplane’. Just sweating,” said fan Terry Settles.

Settles isn’t exaggerating either. Fans shocked after that final score, jumping up and down, hugging each other.

“A huge cheer and I’m still excited. I feel like I’m walking on air today,” Tiffany Yarbrough said.

For Big Blue Nation, it was a win needed on and off the court.

“It was what this community needed right now. Especially with poor Terrence Clarke that was really rough, so that was a good distraction from that,” Settles said.

The loss of one of their own, on top of a year in this pandemic, cancelled sporting events and limited in-person fans.

“I’m just glad we had a National Championship and the ability with all of the seniors to come out and do something special this year,” Yarbrough said.

A team full of newly titled National Champions, inspiring a younger generation.

“We got to see the volleyball players and they were rocking it.”

Cheering on their favorites and standing ovations for whole the team.

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