If there’s one word that citizens of the Bluegrass would use to describe the weather during the early weeks of September, it’s this: inconsistent. But the No. 20 Kentucky women’s volleyball team was anything but that during their matchup with in-state rival Louisville Friday night inside a stuffy Cardinal Arena. The Cats swept the Cards in dominant fashion (25-18, 25-13, 25-14) thanks to an impressive offensive performance.
Kentucky hit a blistering .434 for the match behind 39 kills and just six errors. Louisville on the other hand, hit just .080 with 28 kills and a whopping 21 errors. Sophomore Madison Lilley was a big part of UK’s success, dishing out 25 assists and keeping the Cardinals’ defense guessing all night long.
Junior outside hitter Leah Edmond was the benefactor of many of those sets, leading the Cats with 14 hammers on a career-high hitting clip of .600. Alli Stumler added eight kills while senior Brooke Morgan contributed seven of her own. Morgan also registered three aces and a pair of blocks.
“I was impressed with our intensity, concentration, and focus throughout the match from point one,” said head coach Craig Skinner. “All the way through, the team was dialed into the scouting report and what was happening on the other side of the net – just a very workman-like performance tonight. It’s really important for us to maintain the level of practice we’ve had and the execution moving forward.”
Defensively, sophomore Gabby Curry led UK with eleven digs out of the back row, while Lilley added eight and Edmond and senior McKenzie Watson each registered six.
With the win, the Cats extend their winning streak over the Cards to six and eight out of the last nine. Louisville falls to 6-4 on the year, while Kentucky improves to 5-4. UK will be back in action at home Sunday against Chattanooga to wrap up their non-conference schedule before SEC play begins next weekend. First serve is set for 1:30 pm.