TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - An impressive showing on both ends of the ball resulted in a sweep of the Alabama Crimson Tide on the road, 3-0 (25-15, 25-22, 25-18), for the 21st-ranked Kentucky Wildcats on Friday evening.
The Wildcats shined hitting .333 on 36 kills during the outing. The team also stepped up its defensive presence at the net, registering 12 blocks in three sets - its second-best performance in a three-set match this season. The team also excelled serving, registering eight aces in the match.
"We had really good balance on offense tonight," said 11th-season head coach Craig Skinner. "Defensively our block stepped up again big time, and our serving was a major difference in allowing our block to get involved. A really impressive effort by our kids tonight and a great win on the road."
UK advances to 14-6 on the season with a conference-best 7-1 record. Alabama moves to 9-12, with a 3-4 record in Southeastern Conference play. Kentucky continues its road stand on Sunday with a 2:30 p.m. match against Ole Miss in Oxford, Miss.
The Kentucky attack was balanced throughout, with everyone getting involved. Sophomore Kaz Brown led the way with nine kills on .412 hitting while providing a team-high six blocks. Sophomore Darian Mack and freshman Brooke Morgan each had seven kills and three blocks on the day, with Morgan setting a new career best with her match-high .700 hitting. Mack had eight digs and two aces. Junior Anni Thomasson had six kills and six digs, while Sophomore Emily Franklin had three hammers, a team-high three aces and registered six blocks.
Senior setter Morgan Bergren guided the offense with 27 assists - now just 91 shy of the 3,500 career assists mark - while adding four kills and two blocks. Sophomore Ashley Dusek notched a match-best 11 digs, while freshman Olivia Dailey served as a defensive specialist and registered six digs.