UK Concludes Non-Conference Action with Lipscomb Saturday
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky volleyball team hosts Lipscomb on Saturday in its final non-conference action of the season at 7:30 p.m. in Memorial Coliseum. UK has won each of its last three matches in the form of sweeps, including a 3-0 win at Louisville on Thursday.
|Kentucky Hosts Lipscomb|
|September 17, 2016
(7:30 p.m. ET) Lexington, Ky.
Match Notes: UK
UK’s matchup with Lipscomb will be free for all patrons wishing to attend.
The Wildcats have picked up victories over Virginia, Saint Louis and Louisville in their last three outings. The wins over the Cavaliers and Billikens featured strong defensive performances, while the win over the Cardinals saw the Cats succeed in all phases of the game.
Lipscomb is slated to take on Louisville on Friday night before visiting the Wildcats on Saturday. The Bison have been impressive thus far in the season with wins over Ole Miss, Miami, Virginia Tech and Northwestern. Head coach Brandon Rosenthal is nearing on his 250th career victory.
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Please be advised that the University of Kentucky is hosting a home football game on Saturday, at 4:00pm. UK has partnered with Waze, the world's largest community-based traffic and navigation app, to provide the fan base with constant updates around campus. Fans should utilize Waze for your travels to Memorial Coliseum. The app will reroute your course away from pregame and postgame traffic flows. Nonetheless, please budget for ample travel time while in Lexington on Saturday.
Furthermore, a shuttle is available free of charge from the South Limestone Garage (Parking Structure #5) beginning two hours prior to first-serve. The pick-up/drop-off point at the South Limestone Garage is located on Administration Drive. UK asks that all patrons access this pick-up/drop-off location by the sky bridge, accessible from level three of the parking structure. The shuttle pick-up/drop-off location at Memorial Coliseum is located at the front of the Coliseum on Avenue of Champions.
Scouting the Opponent
The Wildcats conclude non-conference action this week with a date at Louisville on Thursday before welcoming Lipscomb to Memorial Coliseum on Saturday.
Lipscomb enters the matchup with Kentucky owning a 7-2 overall record and emerged in the receiving votes category of this week’s AVCA poll. The Bison are led by Carlyle Nusbaum’s 4.39 kills per frame as five players average 1.67 kills per set or more. The Bison have racked up 64 aces thus far with four players registering 10 or more. Brittany Thomas is the top-performing defensive player with 4.27 digs per frame, while the Bison average just 1.39 blocks per outing. The Bison have impressive victories over the likes of Virginia Tech, Northwestern, Ole Miss, Miami and Pepperdine. UK and Lipscomb are meeting for the fourth time in five seasons. Kentucky owns a 3-0 mark all-time against the Bison.
Make That Four in a Row
With a 3-0 win over Louisville in the annual matchup with the Cardinals, UK extended its streak to four in a row over its instate rival. The Wildcats dominated in all phases of the match, including displaying a balanced offensive attack anchored by a steady presence defensively. Sophomore setter Olivia Dailey was the engineer to UK’s crippling attack that boasted 46 total kills on a .358 attacking percentage. Dailey dished out 37 assists and added seven digs and a pair of blocks. Freshman Leah Edmond led the way with 13 kills, with Brooke Morgan and Kaz Brown adding nine apiece. Libero Ashley Dusek posted a match-high 15 digs, while junior Emily Franklin had a squad-best five blocks. In addition to the four-straight wins, UK has also taken six of the last seven overall and improved to 6-3 in the Skinner era.
Block Party at the Bluegrass Battle
Kentucky logged back-to-back matches of 16 or more blocks to conclude the Bluegrass Battle with sweeps of Virginia and Saint Louis. Junior middle blocker Kaz Brown broke out for 10 blocks in the win over the Cavaliers in which UK held the visitors to a negative hitting percentage. UK followed that performance with a 16.5 block party against Saint Louis. Brown had eight rejections, while classmate Emily Franklin joined in with seven.
Edmond Named SEC Freshman of the Week
Leah Edmond enjoyed the most complete weekend of her young career in helping lead UK to a 2-1 mark at the Bluegrass Battle. She once again led the team in kills with a trio of 10+ kill performances, but she also registered a pair of double-doubles for the first time. In a loss to Marquette, Edmond posted 17 kills, just three shy of a career best, and broke out for a career-high 10 digs. Entering the weekend, she had registered just one dig in six combined matches. Against Virginia in a three-set victory she led the team with 11 kills, notched seven digs and then added a career-best seven blocks. Edmond followed that performance with 11 more kills in the win over Saint Louis that evening. She picked up her second career double-double as she added 10 digs and then she also contributed five rejections.
For the weekend, Edmond averaged 3.90 kills per set, 2.70 digs and 1.20 blocks per frame. She logged a team-high 4.60 points per set and utilized an efficient .243 attacking percentage on 107 attempts.