Volleyball Cats Fall to No. 7 Florida, 3-0, on Senior Day
Nov. 11, 2001
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The University of Kentucky volleyball team closed out its home schedule on Sunday, Nov. 11, with a 3-0 loss to seventh-ranked Florida. The match marked the final appearance in Memorial Coliseum for seniors April Barnhorst and Whitney Sample, as well as manager Chris Boots. Florida took the game with scores of 30-19, 30-15, 30-19.
Kentucky (13-12, 6-8 SEC) shot a season-low .009 percent on the day, with freshman Sarah Spinner posting a team-high eight kills. Senior April Barnhorst put her name in the UK record books as her four block assists moved her past Tracy Thompson (1994-97) and Angela Salvatore (1989-92) into a tie for eighth place on the all-time block assists list. She now has 249 BAs, tying her with Gina Heustis (1993-96) and needs just 11 to move into seventh.
Junior Kristen Batt posted only three kills in the match. However, she needed just two put-downs to total 1,000 in her career, and becomes only the 10th player in school history to achieve the honor. She now has 1,001 kills in her three-year, which places 10th on UK's all-time career kill leaders list.
The Cats shot in negative figures for the first two games, before getting back on the positive side in the final game with nine kills in 28 attempts with five errors for a .143 hitting percentage. The Gators (20-1, 14-0 SEC) hit a solid .354 on the day, with Niki Hartley posting a match-high .615 hitting percentage with nine kills and only one error in 13 attempts.
"I want to congratulate Florida on winning the regular-season conference crown," Coach Jona Braden said. "We are now looking forward to the SEC Tournament this week.
"We'll take this week to prepare," Braden continued. "I also want to congratulate and thank our seniors for all they've done for us in their time at UK."
The Cats return to action on Friday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. in the opening round of the 2001 SEC Tournament in Knoxville, Tenn. With their win over Georgia on Friday, the Wildcats secured the No. 7 seed and will face second-seeded Arkansas in the first round. All tournament matches will be played at the Stokely Athletics Center.