Florida and Kentucky were picked as favorites win the SEC, but Alabama’s surprise start has the Crimson Tide in the conversation. Missouri and Texas A&M opener league play with wins on Wednesday.
Kentucky hit at a .434 clip and Louisville could not find its footing offensively, hitting .080, in a quick 3-0 decision between the instate rivals.
The Power Five schools held the upper hand at the Bluegrass Invitational on Friday with Kansas rallying for a pair of five-set wins and host Kentucky No. 16 Kentucky picking up its first two victories of 2018.
No. 20 Northern Iowa knocked off its second Top 20 foe of the weekend, taking out No. 8 Kentucky, but it was No. 10 USC that came through the Trojan Invitational with a perfect 3-0 record and the title.
The Gatorade National Player of the Year Thayer Hall (right) will become an instant-fan favorite for Gator fans
The Cardinal sit atop the VolleyMob 2018 Preseason Top 25.
Texas comes in at #6, right on the cusp of the top five, in a group of teams that all made at least the Elite Eight in 2017.