Oct. 6, 2012
LEXINGTON, Ky. -
Following a dominating sweep at Ole Miss on Friday evening the Kentucky volleyball team will remain on the road for a date at No. 11 Florida on Sunday. First serve is slated for 3 p.m. ET and the match will air in a delayed broadcast on CWKYT in Lexington via the UK IMG Sports Network.
Kentucky (10-6, 4-2 Southeastern Conference) turned in its most impressive offensive performance of the season en route to the flawless victory. The Blue and White charted 45 kills on a blazing .548 hitting percentage. The hitting clip is the highest of the season for the Cats.
For the second time this season UK's starting middle blockers did not commit an error as freshman Kaya Tronick (10 kills) and junior Alexandra Morgan (8 kills) both utilized an above .727 hitting percentage in the win. In all, UK had four players log .417 clips or higher with Tronick and sophomore Lauren O'Conner (11 kills, .556 hitting) turning in career-best performances in terms of accuracy.
The Wildcats have captured four consecutive wins and last night's victory marked the 100th career win in SEC action for UK head coach Craig Skinner.
Florida has earned a 12-2 overall record to begin the season and currently own an unblemished 6-0 mark in league play leading the conference. Furthermore, the Gators are a perfect 7-0 at home this season and are riding a season-long nine-match winning streak.
They lead all SEC teams in hitting percentage by a wide margin at .322 compared to second place Arkansas (.286). Florida also ranks in the top-five in kills (2nd), assists (2nd), blocks (4th), service aces (5th), and opponent hitting pct. (5th).
Middle blocker Chloe Mann (.453) and right side hitter Tangerine Wiggs (.410) rank second and third respectively in the SEC in hitting percentage. Setter Taylor Brauneis leads the SEC in assists per set (11.89).
Defensively, the Gators are led by libero Taylor Unroe who is second in the conference averaging 5.11 digs per set. Mann also leads the Gators in blocking with 38 block assists this season (.95).
Kentucky will be looking to avenge its three-set sweep at the hands of the Gators in Kentucky's first SEC match of the year at home. The Wildcats last defeated the Gators last season Oct. 30, in a 3-2 victory in Lexington.
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