No. 25 Kentucky Looks for 10th-Straight Win Against Tennessee
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Coming off a road sweep of Mississippi State, the No. 25 Kentucky volleyball team (12-4, 5-0 SEC) looks to continue its winning streak in Memorial Coliseum against Tennessee (11-7, 1-3 SEC) on Sunday. The contest will be broadcast live on the ESPNU, and first serve is set for 2:00 p.m.
UK tied a three-set match record with 54 kills in its sweep of Mississippi State on Friday. Freshman Leah Edmond paced the Wildcats with 19 kills, one off of her career-high, and hit at a blistering .400 attacking clip. The reigning Southeastern Conference Player of the Week has double-digit kill numbers in 10-straight contests and 15-of-16 this season.
In SEC play, Kentucky is hitting at a .272 attacking percentage, .121 points higher than its opponents. Two players – juniors Kaz Brown and Emily Franklin – are hitting above .400. Brown has 55 kills on 99 attempts for a .404 clip, while Franklin has 40 kills on 45 attempts, good for a .413 attacking clip. Serving has played a major role in conference games. UK averages 1.59 service aces per set. Sophomore Olivia Dailey leads the way with nine. Edmond (6), Franklin (4), senior Anni Thomasson (4), junior Ashley Dusek (3) and sophomore McKenzie Watson (1) have all registered aces as well.
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All surrounding E-lots around Memorial Coliseum including the North Craft lot, Rose Street, and Linden Walk employee lots are available for event parking beginning three hours prior to match time. Additionally, the South Limestone Garage (PS#5) and the Rose Street Garage (PS#2) are available two hours prior to first serve. Please see the General Parking Map for more information.
Disability parking is available in the North Craft lot. Spaces are limited and provided on a first come, first served basis with a valid, state-issued disabled parking hangtag.
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The match against Tennessee is the annual pink match. Anyone wearing pink will get into the contest for free. Fans will also receive an arm sleeve at the door.
Scouting the Opponent
Tennessee (11-6, 1-3): Tennessee has one conference win this season, a sweep of Georgia. UT has suffered losses against Mississippi State, South Carolina and Florida. The Volunteers are led by Tessa Grubbs who averages 3.78 kills per frame while Raina Hembry has the best attacking clip on the team at .296. On the defensive side, Hembry averages a team-best 1.04 blocks per frame.
Three-Set Kills Record
During the sweep at Mississippi State, Kentucky tied its three-set kills record in the 25-point rally scoring era with 54 in the contest. Freshman Leah Edmond had 19, while junior Kaz Brown joined the double-digit club with 10 of her own. Emily Franklin produced eight kills while hitting a team-best .462. UK hit .368 as a team during the contest, its second-highest team attacking clip of the season.
Dailey Earns Honors in Two-Straight Weeks
Sophomore setter Olivia Dailey was named SEC Setter of the Week and FloVolleyball National Player of the Week for her performance against No. 5 Florida and South Carolina. Previously, Dailey was named SEC Player of the Week.
Edmond Named SEC Player of the Week
Freshman Leah Edmond was named SEC Player of the Week after leading the team in kills in wins over No. 5 Florida and South Carolina. Edmond had 19 kills, one off her career-high, in the upset victory over the Gators. The Lexington, Kentucky native was also named Freshman of the Week for the third-time this season.
Back in the Polls
For the third week this year, Kentucky finds itself in the AVCA Coaches’ poll. The Wildcats received 64 points, good enough for No. 25. UK was previously ranked No. 23 on Aug. 29 and this week marks the 92nd time head coach Craig Skinner has been ranked in the poll. The first RPI poll also came out on Oct. 3 and the Wildcats found themselves in the No. 18 spot.
After going down 21-16 in the third set to South Carolina, Kentucky fought back to win the crucial set, 32-30. UK tied the frame at 24-24 with a kill by Emily Franklin, the game went back-and-forth until the set was tied at 30-30. Kills by Anni Thomasson and Brooke Morgan, both assisted by Olivia Dailey, allowed the Wildcats to win the set. UK won the match 3-1 (25-22, 17-25, 32-30, 25-19).
Junior libero Ashley Dusek has produced double-digit dig numbers in every contest this season for the Wildcats except one. Dusek has picked up 20 or more in three separate matches (Mississippi State, Marquette and Wyoming). The East Bernard, Texas native’s season-high is 27 against Mississippi State and she averages 4.52 digs per set.
Freshman outside hitter Leah Edmond has contributed double-digit kill totals in every contest except one this season. Edmond has produced 15 double-digit performances, including every SEC match this season. The Lexington, Kentucky, native has hit 15+ five times, including 19 in wins over No. 5 Florida and Mississippi State.