For the third-consecutive match, the No. 16 Kentucky volleyball team utilized an efficient offensive attack to knock off an opponent in straight sets, defeating LSU 3-0 (25-17, 25-13, 25-21).
Senior outside hitter Leah Edmond was honored prior to the game for becoming UK’s new all-time kill leader, and added ten more to that total tonight on a .231 hitting clip. Edmond also added five digs in the winning effort.
Madison Lilley directed the Kentucky offense to an efficient .323 hitting clip and registered 29 assists. Lilley also added six kills on just eight attempts and recorded her tenth double-double of the year by adding a team-high ten digs.
Lilley did an excellent job sharing the wealth, as four other Wildcats recorded seven or more kills. Leah Meyer had nine terminations on just 12 swings, Alli Stumler recorded eight kills and freshman Azhani Tealer added seven in her second career start.
UK head coach Craig Skinner was pleased with his freshman’s recent performance in practice, and simply couldn’t wait any longer to get her on the court.
“In the month of October, she’s (Tealer) led our team in kills and hitting percentage in practice so it’s hard to ignore that when you’re putting a team on the floor… Kid works hard, so hard every day.”
Defensively, Kentucky stifled the Tigers, holding them to just .076 hitting. Coming into the match, LSU was hitting a respectable .230 offensively, but UK’s defense forced the Tigers into 23 attack errors.
Gabby Curry continued her impressive junior season, picking up ten digs to go along with a service ace and six assists. Lauren Tharp added seven scoops, Stumler had six and Meyer recorded three.
Kentucky will be back in action Sunday when they travel to the Gillom Athletics Performance Center to take on Ole Miss. First serve is set for 1:30 pm.