Stifling Defensive Effort Leads No. 3 Kentucky Past Georgia

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Stifling Defensive Effort Leads No. 3 Kentucky Past Georgia

Senior Gabby Curry (12) digs a ball during the match against Tennessee on Friday, October 16, 2020 in Lexington, Ky. Kentucky won the match 3-0. Photo by Hunter Mitchell.

It had been exactly two weeks since the No. 3 Kentucky women’s volleyball program had stepped foot on the court for game action prior to Saturday’s match against Georgia. But as they’ve done for much of the season, the Cats came out and swiftly took care of business, sweeping the Bulldogs (25-11, 25-15, 25-17) in Athens for their 11th-straight victory.

Kentucky took control early thanks in large part to an absolutely stifling defensive performance. Through three sets, the Cats held Georgia to just -.044 hitting with 25 attack errors, the first time this season that they’ve held an opponent below .000. As a team, they recorded 11.0 blocks compared to just 4.0 from Georgia. Freshmen Madi Skinner and Elise Goetzinger and setter Madison Lilley each tallied three rejections in the winning effort. Azhani Tealer had two and Avery Skinner had one.

Gabby Curry led the charge on the back line once again, recording a match-high 11 digs in the battle against her home state. Curry also recorded a rare libero kill and a service ace as well. Lauren Tharp added eight digs of her own, Avery Skinner had six and Lilley and Alli Stumler each added four.

Offensively, Kentucky registered 40 kills while hitting a very efficient .357%. Stumler led the team with 11 terminations on a .391 clip and Avery Skinner and Tealer each added nine. The Wildcats took full advantage of Georgia from behind the service line, recording seven aces as a team. Lilley led all players with three and Stumler, Avery Skinner, Curry and Tharp each added one.

Kentucky moves to 11-0 on the season and remains alone atop the SEC standings. The Cats will close the weekend with another match against the Bulldogs Sunday afternoon at 3:00 pm on the SEC Network.

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