LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – Although these matches do not count towards the regular season, the spring schedule provides a valuable opportunity for college volleyball teams to get a look at their new groups in game action.

The Kentucky Wildcats opened its four-game spring volleyball schedule on Sunday with a match against Louisville. The Cardinals won the first two sets (25-20, 25-21) before UK took the third (25-23) in the exhibition.

After winning the NCAA national championship in 2020, the Wildcats looked to make another deep postseason run last year when they won 24 consecutive sets to end the regular season. They earned the right to host the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament and after beating Southeast Missouri State 3-0 in the first round, they were stunning by Illinois 3-2 and had their season end on their home floor.

The spring schedule is the first step back for head coach Craig Skinner’s squad on the road to a better outcome in 2022.

Kentucky travels to Lipscomb on April 2, takes on Purdue on April 12 before returning home for the final match of the spring on Friday, April 22 against Dayton. That match will also plan to be in Memorial Coliseum.