On a historic afternoon inside Foster Auditorium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the No. 16 Kentucky volleyball team knocked off the Alabama Crimson Tide (25-7, 25-17, 25-7) in its second-straight conference sweep thanks to another offensive clinic from senior Leah Edmond.
Edmond was the star of the show once again, as the outside hitter moved into first place all-time in career kills at Kentucky. The senior surpassed Molly Dreisbach with her 1,738th career-kill early in the first set, a record that had been in place since 1995. Edmond finished with 14 kills on a blistering .737 hitting clip and, fittingly, recorded Kentucky’s final kill and point of the match.
“It’s a special feat to become the all-time kills leader at Kentucky,” UK head coach Craig Skinner said. “It’s a record that stood for 20-plus years and it’s amazing for all of us to be a part of.”
Sophomore outside hitter Alli Stumler also had an excellent day offensively, recording 13 kills to go along with two aces and eight digs. Kendyl Paris added six kills of her own, Leah Meyer had five and freshman Azhani Tealer had four .
Madison Lilley had another stellar performance distributing the ball, dishing out 37 assists and directing her team to a season-best .506 attacking percentage.
It wasn’t just the offense that had it going Sunday, though, as the Kentucky defense absolutely stifled the Crimson Tide, limiting Alabama to a -.022 attacking clip, the second time this season that Kentucky has held an opponent to negative hitting. The Cats recorded 11 team blocks and 41 digs.
“We had a really impressive offensive and defensive performance today,” Skinner said. “This was probably our most complete match of the season.”
Gabby Curry anchored the back line for the Wildcats once again, picking up 14 digs to go along with four assists. Lauren Tharp added seven digs and Edmond had four.
With the win, the Cats improve to 13-5 on the year and 6-1 in the Southeastern Conference. After Texas A&M defeated Ole Miss earlier today, Kentucky is now in a four-way tie for first in the league with Florida, Ole Miss and Georgia. The Cats will be back in action Wednesday when they return to Memorial Coliseum for a matchup with LSU. First serve is set for 8:00 pm and will be shown live on the SEC Network.