No. 24 Wildcats to Host Georgia Wednesday

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The No. 24 Kentucky Wildcats volleyball team will look to take its second straight victory on Wednesday evening, when the Blue and White host Southeastern Conference foe Georgia in Memorial Coliseum at 7 p.m.

Head coach Craig Skinner’s team can earn their 20th win of the season with a victory against the Bulldogs. If the Wildcats earn the win, it will be the eighth time in nine seasons in which the team has tallied 20 or more victories. 

The two sides last met on Nov. 5, when  the Wildcats took care of business, taking a 3-0 (25-19, 25-17, 25-15) road victory from the Georgia Bulldogs in Stegeman Coliseum. The Wildcats executed on offense, hitting at a .337 clip over the course of the match, highlighted by a red-hot .536 during the second set. Ten Wildcats registered points during the match with five accounting for five or more kills.

#24 Kentucky vs. Georgia
Wed., Nov. 25 - 7:00 p.m.
Memorial Coliseum
Lexington, Ky. 
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Last time out, UK squared off with LSU in Baton Rouge, La.  The Cats downed LSU, 3-0 (25-21, 25-9, 27-25), in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Kentucky played some of its best volleyball to date in a dominant second set. The team allowed just nine points throughout, holding LSU to -.097 hitting with a stingy performance from the back line and five blocks. Kentucky was also extremely efficient, hitting .524 in the second with 11 kills and no errors in 21 attempts.

Georgia comes into Wednesday’s match looking for it’s first SEC win of the year. The team is led by Desiree McCray, who averages 1.69 kills a set along with 0.96 blocks per set, a crucial part of Georgia’s 2.06 blocks a set. 
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WINSday Promotions

As part of Wednesday’s promotions, admission to the match with Georgia will cost just $1, as will select concessions items. Additionally, if the Wildcats win, concession vouchers, good for $2.50, will be distributed to all fans for use during Friday’s match against Auburn.  

Gameday Parking

We are pleased to offer new parking opportunities this season. In addition to the E lots around the Craft Center and Coal Lodge, fans have the option of parking in the Linden Walk E lots which are across Rose Street from the Singletary Center for the Arts, the E/CS-7 lots near the College of Education off of S. Upper Street, and the Rose Street Garage (PS-2) located on Rose Street, south of the Coliseum with an entrance on Hilltop Avenue near W.T. Young Library. These lots are available for all matches starting three hours before first serve. Fans are reminded to never park in lots or spaces designated R for residential and that the Student Center lot is no longer an option due to construction. Parking is limited and fans are encouraged to arrive early.


Brown on Track for Record Season

With Kentucky looking towards the final stretch of the season, sophomore Kaz Brown has the ability to make the 2015 season one of the greatest indiviudal blocking performances in Kentucky history. Brown averages 1.56 blocks per set, and with a minimum of six sets left to play, she is on track to end the season with at least 150 block assists, which would rank as the second most single-season block assists for UK all-time. Brown currently holds the single-season record for total blocks during the 25-point rally scoring era with 158 so far. With five block assists against LSU on Nov. 22, Brown claimed second on the leader board with 141 block assists so far this season. 

Season Block Assists

1.   Queen Nzenwa - 174 (2007)
2. Kaz Brown - 141 (2015)
3. Queen Nzenwa - 137 (2006)

Dusek in Arms Reach of Season Record

Much like her classmate Kaz Brown, sophomore Ashley Dusek is also on track for one of the best single-season digging performances in UK history. The sophomore is averaging 4.98 digs per set, and with a minimum of six sets remaining is on pace to finish the season with at least 533 digs, which would rank fifth all-time. With 11 digs in her match at LSU, Dusek climbed to eighth all-time with 503 digs in the 2015 campaign. 

Season Digs

1.  Stephanie Klefot - 608 (2011)
7. Stephanie Klefot - 517 (2010)
8.  Ashley Dusek - 503 (2015)
9.  Ann Hall - 498 (1993)

Skinner Closing in on 250 Career Wins

With a 3-0 sweep of LSU in Baton Rouge on Nov. 22, Craig Skinner is just two wins shy of 250 career victories. Skinner has the opportunity to hit the benchmark by the end of the regular season if he earns wins over Georgia and Auburn. With a win over either Georgia or Auburn, Skinner will have 20+ wins in eight of the last nine seasons. 

Bergren Named CoSIDA Academic All-District

The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District volleyball teams for the 2015 season were released on Thursday, Nov. 5, with senior setter Morgan Bergren being named one of 48 selections. Bergren is one of six selections from CoSIDA’s second district, joining the Naval Academy’s Rachel Fortner, Louisville’s Katie George, American’s Sarah Katz, Robert Morris’ April Krivoniak and Penn State’s Haleigh Washington. First-team Academic All-District honorees advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third- team All-America honorees will be announced on Dec. 10.

Skinner Earns 11th Straight 17+ Win Season

With the win over Georgia on Nov. 5, head coach Craig Skinner achieved his 11th straight 17+ win season. The win made Skinner just the 14th active head coach to do so. Skinner joins elite company that has a proven track record of success in Jerritt Elliott (Texas), Mary Wise (Florida), Russ Rose (Penn State), John Cook (Nebraska), John Dunning (Stanford), Kelly Sheffield (Wisconsin), Chris Lamb (Wichita State), Barry Goldberg (American), Tom Hilbert (Colorado State), Dave Shoji (Hawaii), Carin Aubrey (Valparaiso), Brian Gimmillaro (Long Beach State) and Mike Jordan (New Mexico State). 

Cats Lead SEC Play in Blocks

Defense at the net has played a large role in UK’s success in conference play, as the Kentucky Wildcats rank first in blocks per set in SEC play. The team averages 2.94 blocks per frame in conference play, with sophomores Kaz Brown and Emily Franklin ranking among the top 11 blockers in league play. Brown leads SEC play with 1.68 blocks per set, while Franklin places 11th in the conference, with 1.07 blocks per set. 

Brown in National Top 10

Sophomore Kaz Brown is having a dominant season, finding herself in the top 10 nationally in both total blocks and blocks per set. Brown ranks fifth in blocks per set (1.56) and eighth in total blocks (158). Her total blocks lead the SEC, while she ranks second in blocks per set in the SEC. 

Dusek's Digs, Brown's Blocks Lead Conference

Sophomore libero Ashley Dusek now leads the Southeastern Conference in digs per set, both in all matches (4.98 digs/set) and conference-only statistics (5.04 digs/set). Dusek’s 503 total digs are a team best, with the East Bernard, Texas, native logging 287 in SEC action. Dusek’s 4.98 digs per set is also good for No. 33 in the nation.  Sophomore middle Kaz Brown leads the SEC in total blocks (96) and blocks per set (1.68) in league play.

Still Streaking

Following the Nov. 22 weekend, the Kentucky Wildcats are ranked yet again in the Nov. 23 AVCA poll, coming in at 24. With the ranking, UK extends its ranking streak to 46 consecutive weeks, dating back to Aug. 18, 2012. The 46-week streak is the longest ranked streak under head coach Craig Skinner and the longest in program history.

Kentucky’s Memorial Coliseum will play host to the NCAA Regionals Dec. 11-12. UK is one of four sites selected for the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight matchups with one team advancing to the Final Four in Omaha, Neb., from the Lexington Region. This marks the third time in five seasons Memorial Coliseum will host this premier volleyball event.
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