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Cats roll in 3-0 victory

2127 days ago
Kentucky Athletics
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LOS ANGELES, Cali. - After a disappointing outing the night before, the No. 23 Kentucky volleyball team made an incredible turnaround Saturday afternoon, dominating No. 22 Creighton in a 3-0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-13) sweep at the Galen Center.

It seemed the Wildcats could do no wrong in their first match Saturday, handling the Bluejays of Creighton from start to finish. The team played by far its cleanest volleyball of the young 2016 season, committing only five errors the entire match, including a flawless third set. Kentucky hit at a blistering .415 clip for the match.

"I thought our preparation today was much better and made the difference," 12th-season head coach Craig Skinner remarked. "Today we had a great mentality which was much improved from last night, and it allowed us to sweep a top 25 team. It's always our expectation to compete hard each match, and we did that today. We'll look to keep it going against Northern Iowa later this afternoon."

Kentucky now sits at 3-2 on the season while Creighton moves to 2-2. Kentucky rounds out the USC Radisson Classic at 8 p.m. ET, taking on Northern Iowa in its final match of the tournament.

Sophomore setter Olivia Dailey masterfully guided the offense with six Wildcats contributing in the kill column. Dailey averaged 12 assists a set in the match, adding four digs, a block and two kills of her own.

For the fifth straight match, freshman Leah Edmond led UK in kills, finding double figures with 11 and tacking on an ace, an assist and a block. Sophomore opposite Brooke Morgan was on fire during the match, scoring a season-best nine kills on 14 attempts with no errors, good for a team-best .643 clip. She added a rare assist and two blocks of her own. Junior outside hitter Darian Mack also had an explosive performance, posting nine kills and six digs while notching a pair of blocks and aces.

Junior middle blocker Kaz Brown had her best performance of the 2016 season, scoring on seven kills and adding four rejections at the net. Classmate Emily Franklin added six kills on .429 hitting and two blocks.

Junior libero Ashley Dusek shined again, notching 18 digs in the three setter. Sophomore defensive specialist McKenzie Watson played a critical role with a trio of aces and eight digs. Senior Anni Thomsasson contributed on the back row with four digs, while junior defensive specialist Harper Hempel added a pair of digs.