Edmond Breaks Record, Cats Clinch Share of SEC Title

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Edmond Breaks Record, Cats Clinch Share of SEC Title

Junior outside hitter Leah Edmond attacks the ball from the back row during the game against College of Charleston on Friday, August 31, 2018 in Lexington, Ky. Kentucky defeated College of Charleston 3-1 during the home opener of the 2018 season. Photo by Hunter Mitchell.

For the second-straight year and first time since the 1987 and 1988 seasons, the University of Kentucky women’s volleyball team has won at least a share of the SEC title in back to back years. The No. 11 Wildcats defeated No. 23 Missouri in straight sets (25-17, 25-22, 25-18 ) for their eighth-straight sweep behind an explosive offensive performance from Leah Edmond.

Edmond not only led all players with 22 kills, but she also surpassed Whitney Billings for first all-time in kills in program history in the rally-scoring era. She now moves into fourth all time in kills with 1,413. The junior hit .439 and added four digs and a block.

“Just an amazing offensive performance with a championship on the line,” UK head coach Craig Skinner said. “This team continues to impress us with their relentless commitment to improve. We still have a way to go, but we won this championship with our work ethic and drive.”

Freshman Alli Stumler continued to make her case for SEC freshman of the Year, adding 15 kills on a .438 attacking clip to go along with eight digs. Brooke Morgan recorded six kills of her own and Kendyl Paris and Caitlyn Cooper each added four, respectively.

Defensively, the Cats were led by sophomore Gabby Curry, who picked up 12 digs along with seven assists. Setter Madison Lilley contributed ten digs of her own, but also dished out a match-high 40 assists to lead the team to a .460 hitting clip.

Kentucky will be back in action on Wednesday when they travel to Columbia, South Carolina for a matchup with the Gamecocks. If the Cats are able to pull out a victory, they will clinch the SEC Title outright for the first time since the 1988-89 season. First serve is set for 7 pm.

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