Wildcats Fall to American in Season Finale
Kentucky outside hitter Sarah Spinner tied the school record for kills with 36, but it wasn’t enough to push the Wildcats past American Saturday night in Long Beach, Calif. The Eagles won a five-game thriller, 3-2, to end the Wildcats’ season with a 12-18 record.
Spinner had 36 kills on .292 hitting to tie the school record owned by three former Wildcats. Marsha Bond set the record in 1983 against Texas. Molly Dreisbach (1992-95) had 36 kills on two occasions in her career, while LaTanya Webb had 36 against Louisville in 1997. Spinner closes her career with 1,565 kills, which ranks third in school history. Her 4,172 career attack attempts rank third as well. She also finished with 1,127 digs, including 13 against American, ranking third in the UK record books.
Also performing well for the Wildcats was Julie Gagnon, who had a career-best 14 kills on .300 hitting to go with 10 digs. Setter Leigh Marcum had 60 assists and 11 digs, while Kristen Cunningham had seven blocks on the day.
The Wildcats got an early jump on the Eagles, taking the first game, 30-23. The Cats hit an astounding .465 to American’s .250. AU took games two and three, 30-25 and 30-27, but Kentucky rebounded to win game four, 30-23. With tensions high in game five, American was able to hang on and seal the win with a 15-13 victory.
Kentucky closes the season with a 12-18 overall record. The search for a new head coach is expected to wrap up within the calendar year after Jona Braden resigned her position earlier this month.