Volleyball Set for Midweek Matchup with Ohio
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The 15th-ranked Kentucky volleyball team returns to action for its fourth match in a five-day span when the Wildcats welcome Ohio to Memorial Coliseum on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
UK looks to go 4-0 for the second-consecutive season after a tremendous opening weekend. Kentucky claimed the Bluegrass Battle crown which included a five-set win over No. 19 Michigan State. Up next for the Wildcats is a tough Ohio team. The Bobcats went 2-1 in the opening weekend with straight-set wins over Austin Peay and VCU before falling, 3-0, to Purdue.
All of your need-to-know information on Kentucky’s match with Ohio is below:
First 200 Students Can Receive a FREE BBN Trucker Hat:
Upon arrival, the first 200 students in attendance have the chance to win a free BBN trucker hat. Students should download the BBN app, located here, and check in. Once checked in, the first 200 students will receive a free BBN trucker hat.
90’s Theme Night in Memorial:
Kentucky’s midweek matchup with Ohio will also be a 90’s theme night! Come out in your best 90’s gear to support the Wildcats. The evening will also feature some “Transformation Tuesday” photos of members of the volleyball team.
Don’t Forget Your Chance to Win a FREE Moped:
Upon arrival, fans should head to the marketing gazebo upon entry to Memorial Coliseum and fill out a form for a chance to win a free moped. Anyone can enter to win the moped and additional prizes throughout the match. Fans must register the barcode located on the back of the key tags given away at the marketing gazebo. In order to be placed in the drawing, fans must attend at least seven matches. For each additional match attended, that fan will earn one extra entry into the drawing. The moped winner will be selected at the Auburn match on the Nov. 27.
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 Liden 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.
Looking Back: The Bluegrass Battle
The Wildcats opened the season hosting the Bluegrass Battle, where the team faced No. 19 Michigan State, IUPUI and Little Rock over the course of two days. UK exited the weekend unscathed, as the team went 3-0. Friday night’s top-20 matchup came down to the wire, as the Cats prevailed, 3-2 (29-27, 15-25, 25-22, 23-25, 15-12) over Michigan State. Kentucky rolled on Saturday defeating both opponents in straight sets (IUPUI 25-23, 25-17, 25-21; Little Rock 25-23, 25-14, 25-22). Three UK players were named to the All-Tournament team in senior Morgan Bergren and sophomores Ashely Dusek and Kaz Brown. Bergren posted 126 assists over three matches, helping guide the Cats to a .226 hitting clip. Ashley Dusek led the team in digs, logging 53 over the weekend. Brown had an outstanding weekend, posting 43 kills while hitting .411 while adding 13 blocks. For her outstanding play, Brown earned the tournament’s MVP honors.
Career Night for Brown
The season opener against No. 19 Michigan State marked a career night for Kaz Brown, as the sophomore middle blocker doubled her previous single game high of 10 kills against Oakland in the first round of 2014’s NCAA Tournament. Brown’s 20 marks the most kills for a UK middle blockers wince the beginning of the 25-point rally scoring era. It marked the first time that a UK player had 20 or more kills since Lauren O’Conner did so with 21 against Georgia last season (11/7/14). Brown is the first middle blocker to log 20 or more kills in a match since Queen Nzenwa and Nicole Britenriker each turned the trick in 2007.
Dusek Cracks the Record Books
In addition to Brown’s career night, sophomore libero Ashely Dusek also had an impressive match against No. 19 Michigan State. Dusek made history, registering 34 digs, the most ever in a five-set match in UK history in the 25-point rally scoring era. Dusek becomes just the second Wildcat to log 30 or more digs in a match, joining former player BriAnne Sauer.
Dusek’s Digs Lead Conference
Through the first weekend of action, Ashley Dusek leads the Southeastern Conference in digs per set, with an impressive 4.82 so far. Dusek is second in total digs, with 53, trailing only Alabama’s Natalie Murison, who had 54 in 13 total sets played.
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. Parking is limited and fans are encouraged to arrive early.