'It was so exciting!': Retailers race to print UK volleyball championship merchandise

Posted at 3:39 PM, Apr 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-26 19:29:56-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Linda Buch, who works at the Kentucky Branded Hamburg location, said the waitlist is growing.

“Fifty or sixty people on it already,” Buch said on Monday of those waiting for University of Kentucky National Championship gear in Women’s Volleyball.

The Wildcats won their first-ever NCAA title in the sport on Saturday night over Texas, and UK fans are anxious to get their hands on some official gear commemorating the win.

“I think Kentucky fans right now, with everything going on with the pandemic, are just looking for some excitement,” said Buch.

Buch can offer that excitement online as well, and she said traffic to the Kentucky Branded webpage has been heavy as people are willing to buy and wait for delivery. On Tuesday, a shipment is expected to arrive from the printing plant in Minnesota. Some don’t want to wait even that long.

“Yesterday we had over twenty requests. People coming in to ask, and people calling over the phone to ask as well,” said Raven Horton of Fan Outfitters.

Like Kentucky Branded, Fan Outfitters doesn’t yet have any official gear in-house. Until that arrives, Raven is working the sewing machine.

“We always do embroidery all year long, so this is just something we can do to show support for the team,” Horton said over the noise of the machine fulfilling another request.

“It was so exciting,” Buch said of UK’s win. “We’re extremely happy to be able to provide these shirts for all Kentucky fans,” she added.