Wildcats Begin Spring With a 2-1 Weekend

April 4, 2011

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Kentucky volleyball team got off to a hot start in spring action with a 2-1 weekend at the KIVA Collegiate Tournament hosted in Louisville, Ky.

The Blue and White earned impressive 2-0 sweeps of Notre Dame and Morehead State. UK's lone loss was a 2-1 deficit to Purdue, an NCAA Elite Eight member from a season ago.

Kentucky was led at the net by junior Ashley Frazier who turned in a combined 22 kill performance. Seniors Becky Pavan and Ann Armes chipped in with 14 apiece in UK's first competitive action of the spring slate.

UK will return to action with a head-to-head matchup at Ohio State on Saturday, April 9. Kentucky and the Buckeyes played in a memorable match in Lexington during the 2010 season.

Lauren Rapp posted her second double-double effort of the Kentucky Classic in helping the 16th-ranked Wildcats to a 3-1 (25-17, 22-25, 27-25, 25-20) victory over previously undefeated Ohio State to win UK's tournament in late September.

Rapp tallied 12 kills and picked up 12 digs in the win. Rapp was joined on the All-Tournament team by Blaire Hiler who pitched in 10 kills and six digs. Stephanie Klefot also earned All-Tournament honors after her third double-figure dig effort of the weekend with 18 scoops in the match against Ohio State.

Christine Hartmann dished out 41 assists and added five kills of her own to lead the Wildcats to a .250 hitting clip and 55 kills on the night. Whitney Billings matched a career-high with 15 kills and Pavan chipped in with 10, while leading the team with six blocks. Gretchen Giesler came off the bench to help spark the Blue and White and she added a pair of kills and two blocks in two sets of action.

The Wildcats opened the match with a dominating 25-17 victory. Billings and Pavan combined for nine kills in the stanza as UK charted a match-high .321 hitting clip and 16 kills in the opening frame. UK's defense limited the Buckeyes to 12 kills on .128 hitting and turned back four Ohio State attacks.

Following UK's matchup with Ohio State this week, UK will travel to West Lafayette, Ind., and take on Purdue and Ball State to conclude the spring schedule.

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