BATON ROUGE, La. -- The 19th-ranked Kentucky Wildcats took care of business on the road Sunday, taking down LSU, 3-0 (25-21, 25-9, 27-25), in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
The Wildcats played some of their best volleyball to date in a dominant second set. The team allowed just nine points throughout, holding LSU to -.097 hitting with a stingy performance from the back line and five blocks. Kentucky was also extremely efficient, hitting .524 in the second with 11 kills and no errors in 21 attempts.
"We did well with our offensive efficiency today," said 11th-year head coach Craig Skinner. "We did a good job of limiting errors and I was proud of our left sides coming up with points when we needed them."
The win in the final road match of the regular season Kentucky sits at 19-9 in 2015 with a 12-4 mark in Southeastern conference play. The loss moves LSU to 9-17 and 5-10 in league action. UK is set to close out the regular season with home matches bookending the Thanksgiving holiday, as the Wildcats face Georgia on Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. before Senior Day against Auburn on Nov. 27 at the same time in Memorial Coliseum.
The Wildcats offense - which hit .350 in the outing - was led by sophomores Kaz Brown and Darian Mack and junior Anni Thomasson, all of which registered double-figure kills. Brown led the team in kills (12), hitting percentage (.647) and blocks (5), with her hitting percentage and blocks being match-highs. Mack had 11 kills along with two digs and two blocks. Thomasson notched 10 kills and had her ninth double-double of the season with a match-high 13 digs. The junior added two assists, two aces and a block.
Senior setter Morgan Bergren had a match-best 35 assists while adding five kills, six digs and four blocks. Sophomore middle Emily Franklin added four kills, three digs and three blocks. Senior Sara Schwarzwalder and freshmen Anna Nyberg and Brooke Morgan each recorded a kill in the match.
Sophomore Libero Ashley Dusek continued to anchor the back line, notching 11 digs during the match while adding four assists. Freshman Olivia Dailey played on the back line, recording five digs and an ace. McKenzie Watson also added a dig, while sophomore Harper Hempel saw time as well.