Volleyball Cats Host SEC-TV Match with Mississippi State
Oct. 31, 2002
LEXINGTON, Ky. -
The University of Kentucky volleyball team returns to action on Friday, Nov. 1, when it plays host to the Mississippi State Bulldogs at 7:30 p.m. in Memorial Coliseum. The pivotal Southeastern Conference match-up will be televised live by SEC-TV on Fox Sports South Net. The game can be picked up locally on channel 52 for Insight digital cable subscribers.
Kentucky (9-12, 3-7 SEC) is looking for a big win to open November, as just three weeks remain before the conference tournament. The top-eight teams in the league qualify to the tourney, and Kentucky sits at eighth in this week's standings. A date with Ole Miss, the SEC's No. 9 team, looms on Sunday's Senior Day in Lexington.
"This is a critical match for both programs," Coach Jona Braden said. "From our perspective, we're coming off a very competitive weekend and we want to continue to compete at that level. We're facing a team that also had a strong weekend in terms of its growth. I think when we step on the floor tomorrow, both teams will know how critical this match is."
UK holds a 26-1 advantage in the series with the Bulldogs, which dates back to the 1980 season. MSU's lone win came on Oct. 16, 1994, a 3-2 decision in Starkville. UK took the 3-0 victory in Starkville in 2001, its first sweep since 1995.
The Wildcats earned a significant 3-2 win over Georgia on Sunday, Oct. 27. Junior Sissy Canfield put down a career-best 24 kills on .488 hitting to carry her team to the win.
To promote the match, UK will give fans the chance to compete for two DVD players while one lucky Wildcat student will walk away with a $300 Nike gift pack.