Behind another stellar offensive performance from senior Leah Edmond, the ninth-seeded Kentucky volleyball team made quick work of Southeast Missouri State in straight sets (25-20, 25-15, 25-19) Friday night in front of 2,746 fans in Memorial Coliseum.
Junior Madison Lilley dished out 33 assists on the evening and directed the Wildcat offense to a .304 attacking percentage. The setter also picked up ten digs and a pair of aces, good for her 14th double-double of the season.
In the first of her final two games in Lexington, Edmond tallied a match-high 18 kills on a .405 hitting clip. She also added four digs to the winning effort. Alli Stumler was the second Wildcat to reach double figures, adding 12 terminations on a .214 hitting percentage. She was one dig shy of a double-double, picking up nine scoops to go along with two blocks. Kendyl Paris added seven kills of her own and senior Caitlyn Cooper registered five.
Defensively the Cats were led by Gabby Curry, who picked up 15 digs, two service aces and five assists. Lauren Tharp added five digs and Leah Meyer added four.
Cooper had another big night at the net, recording a match-high five blocks. Paris added five as well and Meyer had three.
Kentucky will face Michigan Saturday with a trip to the Sweet Sixteen on the line. The Wolverines advanced to the Round of 32 after a sweep over NKU Friday night, and boast a 21-10 record on the year. Offensively, Michigan is led by sophomore outside hitter Paige Jones, who averages 3.89 kills per set on a .254 hitting clip.
First serve inside Memorial is set for 7:00 pm.