|Texas A&M 3, Alabama 0
|Auburn 3, Arkansas 2
|Tennessee 3, Mississippi State 0
|Florida 3, Georgia 0
|Missouri 3, South Carolina 0
|Kentucky 3, Ole Miss 1
A&M Cruises Past Alabama
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M senior outside hitter Tori Mellinger had a team-high 12 kills to lead the Aggies to a 25-17, 25-22, 25-21 victory over Alabama tonight at Reed Arena.
It was the third consecutive victory for the Aggies, who complete the season-series sweep against the Crimson Tide and improve to 18-5 overall. A&M also improves to 10-4 in Southeastern Conference matches and takes sole possession of first place in the Western Division with previous co-leader Arkansas falling at Auburn tonight, 3-2.
It was Alabama’s sixth straight loss, as the Crimson Tide falls to 14-12 overall and 3-11 in the SEC.
The Aggies used an 8-2 run in the opening set to pull away from an 8-8 tie and led the remainder of the frame. A&M held a 22-17 lead when senior middle blocker Stephanie Minnerly put down back-to-back kills to put the Aggies at set point. Mellinger followed with a kill to close out the set.
Although A&M hit only .214 in the opener, the Aggies held Alabama to a .000 hitting percentage with the Crimson Tide connecting on only six kills and committing six errors, while A&M tallied 17 kills in the stanza.
A&M never trailed in the second set despite both teams hitting an identical .341. The Aggies held their largest lead at 17-10 before Alabama began chipping away and mounted a three-point rally that put the Crimson Tide within 22-20. Aggie freshman middle blocker Shelby Sullivan ended Alabama’s run with a kill, and the teams traded points for the remainder of the set with A&M freshman outside hitter Sierra Patrick tooling the block for the set-winning kill.
A&M spotted the Tide a 4-0 lead in the third set but eventually took the lead at 10-9 as Patrick pounded down an overpass for the kill. Kills by Pricilla Duke-Ezeji and Kayla Fitterer returned the lead to Alabama, but the Tide served long on the next play and Patrick and senior middle blocker Lindsey Miller teamed for a block to give the Aggies a lead they would not lose. Those two points were the start of a 7-1 surge for A&M as the Aggies built their biggest lead of the set at 17-12.
Alabama later got within 23-21, and A&M coach Laurie Corbelli called her first timeout of the match. Miller came out of the timeout and put the Aggies at set point after tipping the ball in for a kill. Junior setter Allie Sawatzky followed with her eighth kill of the match to clinch the sweep for the Aggies.
A&M outhit Alabama, .322 to .194 for the match, leading in kills, 57-31. Sawatzky had 46 assists to lead A&M to a 54-30 advantage in assists, and senior libero Megan Pendergast had a team-high 14 digs to help the Aggies to a 57-37 advantage.
Mellinger completed a double-double with 13 digs, giving her 1,376 digs for her career and moving her from sixth to fourth in the A&M career records. It is the most digs by an A&M player during the 30-point and 25-point scoring eras.
Senior opposite Alisia Kastmo joined Mellinger in double-digit kills with 11, and Patrick pitched in a career-high eight kills in the win.
Duke-Ezeji led the Tide with 12 kills and Fitterer finished with 10. Alabama’s Katherine White led all players with 16 digs, and Kanesha Burch posted four blocks to lead Alabama to a 7-3.5 advantage in blocks.
The Aggies return to Reed on Sunday for a crucial match-up against Arkansas, which will be aiming to rejoin A&M atop the SEC Western Division. First serve is at 1 p.m. There will be a familiar face on the Razorbacks’ bench as assistant coach Carol Price-Torok played for A&M and coach Laurie Corbelli from 2000-03.
In the first-ever meeting between the two volleyball programs, A&M defeated Arkansas, 3-2, earlier this season in Fayetteville.
Auburn Outlasts Arkansas in Five-Set Thriller
AUBURN – Junior Camila Jersonsky had 17 kills and nine blocks to lead the Auburn volleyball team to a heart-stopping 3-2 victory (25-14, 15-25, 23-25, 25-20, 15-10) over Arkansas Friday night at the Student Activities Center, the Tigers’ third straight SEC win.
The Tigers (16-8, 7-7 SEC) guaranteed themselves a winning record for the 2012 season as they avenged a three-set loss at the hands of the SEC West-leading Razorbacks (18-7, 9-5 SEC) earlier this season in Fayetteville. The win also could prove to be a boost to Auburn’s postseason aspirations as Arkansas came into tonight’s match ranked No. 23 in the NCAA RPI.
Jersonsky and Courtney McDonald, the Tigers’ two middle blockers, combined for 26 of Auburn’s 55 kills and were in on a combined 14 blocks during the match. Both hitters topped the .400 mark as well as the Tigers snapped a three-match skid against the Razorbacks.
“We’ve been so close lately with teams like that, and I think it’s a big confidence-builder for us,” Auburn head coach Rick Nold said. “It’s huge for the team to have confidence, knowing that if we do the things we need to, we’ve got a chance to beat anybody. We picked the right times to make some runs tonight, and obviously beating them is a big plus.”
Jersonsky finished with 17 kills on 29 attacks with four errors for a .448 hitting percentage. She also totaled nine blocks (one solo, eight assist) to match a career-high, and she added two digs and a pair of service aces to her scoring tally as well. It was the second time this season an Auburn player had nine blocks in a match; McDonald posted nine in a four-set win over Alabama on Sept. 23.
Her biggest contributions came in the final two sets where she totaled 10 kills on an error-free 14 attacks along with six blocks.
“Camila’s a great player,” Nold said. “When we were able to start passing and getting her the ball, that made a huge difference for us because that opened everybody else up. Then right there at the end, she made some great blocking decisions and got on a good run for us.”
McDonald added nine kills and five blocks and hit at a .421 clip in one of her best matches of the season. Three Tigers had double-doubles in the match. Senior Sarah Bullock posted 12 kills and a team-high 20 digs, hitting the 20-dig plateau for the third time this season. Chelsea Wintzinger led Auburn with 26 assists and 15 digs, and Ciara Richards added 20 helpers and 14 digs. Five total players had double-digit digs; Katherine Culwell had 11 to go along with eight kills, and Sarah Wroblicky added 16.
Auburn matched a season-high with 15 total team blocks. In addition to Jersonsky and McDonald’s work at the net, Chloe Rowand, Culwell and Halle Kearney were in on four blocks each, and Bullock had a pair of block assists.
The win carried an added bit of significance for Auburn assistant coach Kris Grunwald, who was an assistant on Arkansas’ staff the past four seasons.
“I’m sure he’s pretty happy about it, no doubt,” Nold said “And it’s nice to have that as motivation, but that can’t be what fuels us. We’ve got to keep trying to get better and let that be the thing we focus on.”
Arkansas was led by Roslandy Acosta with 15 kills and 12 digs, and Jasmine Norton added 10 kills and 17 digs. Libero Emily Helm had a match-high 25 digs, and Helm and setter Raymariely Santos had two service aces each.
The Tigers sprinted to a 25-14 win in the first set, holding Arkansas to -.091 hitting as the Razorbacks tinkered with their starting lineup with little success. Arkansas had 12 attack errors in the set, four of which came on Auburn blocks. Auburn jumped out to a quick 11-4 lead and never allowed Arkansas any closer than six points the rest of the way.
But the second set was disastrous for the Tigers as Arkansas used a tough service game to take a 25-15 win and tie the match at one set each. Auburn fell behind early by a stunning 16-4 margin, but clawed back to within single digits as the Razorbacks tallied four service aces and held the Tigers to just six kills in the set.
“We stoped passing the ball (in set two), and that makes it really tough to play our style of volleyball,” Nold said. “We took about a game and a half off. That’s the part that goes back and forth. When you’re passing and serving well, you’re scoring a lot of points. They were serving tough, and that’s part of it, but we made that change and were able to get the ball in the middle. You’ve got to go back to your basic passing principles, and it’s tough to focus on that when things aren’t going your way. It took us a while to get things going again, but once they got back focused where they needed to, we started passing well.”
Auburn found its serve-receive game near the end of the third set, but Arkansas rallied from a three-point deficit to take a 25-23 win and a 2-1 lead in the match. Auburn led 15-11 midway through the set, but a 7-1 run by the Razorbacks made it an 18-17 Arkansas lead. Arkansas then had four tries at set point at 24-20, but Auburn fought off three straight before the Razorbacks got a big block to end the set.
But Jersonsky and McDonald dominated play at the net in the fourth set, combining for 13 kills and six blocks as the Tigers set the match to a fifth set with a 25-20 win. The score was tied 11 times and the lead changed hands on three occasions. Kills from McDonald and Bullock gave Auburn a 15-13 lead, forcing an Arkansas timeout, and a pair of kills from Jersonsky pushed that lead to 19-16. Two more from Jersonsky made it 21-18, and then a pair of tandem blocks – one from Jersonsky and Rowand, the next from Jersonsky and Culwell – pushed the advantage to 23-18. Jersonsky then added her seventh kill of the set to get to set point, and McDonald sent down her sixth to clinch the set.
Arkansas jumped out to a 7-4 lead in the fifth set and the teams switched ends with the Razorbacks leading 8-6, a lead that would eventually be 10-8. But Auburn would not lose another point the rest of the way. Kills from Bullock and Jersonsky tied the score at 10-10, and an Arkansas error gave Auburn an 11-10 lead , forcing a Razorback timeout. Jersonsky would again be the catalyst, getting a kill to make it 12-10, then stuffing a pair of blocks to give Auburn a try at match point. A block error by the Razorbacks would give Bullock her 12th kill of the night and a 15-10 win for the Tigers.
The Tigers will be back in the Student Activities Center at 1:30 p.m. Sunday to face SEC East rival Georgia. Admission is free to all Auburn home volleyball matches.
Tennessee Sweeps Mississippi State in Starkville
STARKVILLE, Miss. – In a complete team effort, the Tennessee Lady Vol volleyball team won its ninth consecutive match against Mississippi State, sweeping the Bulldogs, 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-17), on Friday night at the Newell-Grissom Building in Starkville, Miss.
The Big Orange, which hit a blazing .348 as a squad, improves to 16-6 overall and 9-4 in Southeastern Conference play with the win. Mississippi State drops to 4-19 overall and is still in search of its first league win with a 0-14 mark.
“I was really happy with the way we came out – after the first set – and played really low-error volleyball,” said head coach Rob Patrick. “I was happy with how we ended the first set and how we came out in the third set and were really focused-in and played great volleyball to get that set kicked off. I was really proud of how our players did a fantastic job of being patient offensively and waiting for their opening to go for their kill shots.”
The Lady Vols were led by junior outside hitter Kelsey Robinson and redshirt senior DeeDee Harrison offensively. Robinson had 13 kills and hit just under .300, while Harrison added 10 kills and an even .500 attacking clip. She committed just two errors on 16 attempts. The Nashville native also added five blocks.
Defensively, Tennessee had three record double-digit digs with junior libero Ellen Mullins leading the way with 14. Mullins needs one more scoop to become the Lady Vols 13th member of the 1,000-career dig club. Kayla Jeter tied a career-high with 13 digs and sophomore setter Mary Pollmiller notched her 12th double-double of the season with 10 digs and 31 assists.
“I was really pleased to see Kayla’s defense,” Patrick said. “She had our second-most digs today and she doesn’t get enough credit for her back row play. She’s one of our most-steady serve receivers and somebody that can do a great job from the service line and back row for us.”
Tennessee held Mississippi State to a .148 attacking percentage and also outperformed the Bulldogs in kills, assists, digs and blocks. It was UT’s 24 win in the last 25 meetings with MSU.
Freshman Bianca Arellano also contributed to the Lady Vol attack, adding six assists and an ace. Sophomore Tiffany Baker finished with nine kills, Leslie Cikra had five spikes and Olivia Okoro added four kills for UT. Cikra and Okoro combined for just one attacking error and hit .556 and .429, respectively.
“It’s really important for us to get the ball spread out to all of our hitters and Bianca and Mary did a fantastic job of finding our hitters and getting them the ball at the right times,” said Patrick. “It allowed us to hit for a very high percentage.”
Mississippi State won the opening point of the match, but Tennessee rallied behind quartet of Lady Vols to win the opening game, 25-18. Sophomores Okoro and Baker and redshirt seniors Jeter and Harrison each slammed down three kills in the game to lead UT to a scorching .455 attacking clip. The Big Orange committed just one error on 33 attempts and out-killed the Bulldogs, 16-8, in the set. Tennessee also held Mississippi State to a .111 hitting percentage.
Despite falling behind 5-1 to start the second frame, the Bulldogs rallied to tie the set at 15. However, Robinson and Harrison came up big late in the game, leading the Lady Vols to a 25-21 victory and a 2-0 lead heading into the break. Robinson slammed down five kills and Harrison added four in the middle. The duo also combined for four blocks between the first two sets. Mullins inched closer to her milestone in the second frame, totaling 10 digs after the opening two games.
Tennessee came out of the break fired up and took early control with a 9-1 run to start the set. The run included four kills from Robinson and three blocks from Harrison. Robinson continued to lead her squad throughout the set, compiling seven kills, three digs, two blocks and hitting .375 to lead the Big Orange to a 25-17 victory and its seventh sweep of the season. Pollmiller dished out 12 helpers in the set and added five digs. Mullins also added five scoops in the final game.
The Lady Vols return to action in two days when they travel down to Gainesville, Fla., to take on SEC-leading and 13th-ranked Florida at the O’Connell Center. The Gators enter the match with a perfect 13-0 mark in conference play this season. That match will be broadcast live on CSS with first serve slated for 2 p.m. ET.
“This is why players come to Tennessee – to play these big matches and play ranked teams,” said Patrick. “We expect a battle down there. We’re going to have to play one of our best matches to be successful, but I’m excited about where our team is right now, how we’re playing and to get down there and compete against a really good team that we respect tremendously.”
No. 13 Gator Volleyball Sweeps SEC Foe Georgia, 3-0
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The No. 13 University of Florida volleyball team (19-3, 13-0 SEC) swept SEC rival Georgia, 3-0 (25-15, 25-23, 25-14), to stay undefeated in conference action. The Bulldogs fall to 13-10 on the year and 7-6 in SEC play.
Junior middle blocker Chloe Mann (Gainesville, Fla.) led all players with a match-high 14 kills on 21 swings (.619), while freshman outside hitter Živa Recek (Kočevje, Slovenia) turned in her fifth career double-double with 12 kills and a match-high 11 digs. Fellow freshman outside hitter Berkley Whaley (St. Petersburg, Fla.) turned in five kills (.455) and two blocks in her first start since Sept. 1, while senior middle blocker Betsy Smith (Atlanta, Ga.) led with a match-high four blocks.
"With Taylor Brauneis (Crystal Lake, Ill.) setting, we have so many options offensively. We feel if we can give Taylor at least two options, ideally three, that we can side-out on a consistent basis," Florida head coach Mary Wise said. "That's what we've been pretty good at all year with Taylor Unroe (Muncie, Ind.) anchoring the serve-receive."
Brauneis dished out 33 assists on the evening to go along with six digs, while Unroe served up three aces against the Bulldogs. Sophomore defensive specialist Holly Pole (Ocala, Fla.) scooped six digs and served up a career-high four aces against Georgia, and fellow sophomores Unroe and Madison Monserez (Orlando, Fla.) registered eight and seven digs, respectively.
The Gators held Georgia to .086 hitting on the night, their second straight match and seventh match of the season where Florida has not allowed higher than .100 offensive efficiency.
"We knew all week that Georgia was much improved," Smith said. "We've been really focused on beating Georgia tonight. We knew that was a huge win for us. We felt really good about it. Our backcourt defense did a really good job executing the game plan."
The Gators kept the Bulldog offense on its heels by serving aggressively, recording nine service aces on the night, tying their SEC-high (nine vs. Ole Miss, 10/12/12) for the season.
"Serving well gives us momentum," Unroe, who tallied three aces against the Bulldogs, said. "When you get a couple overpasses, and the front row can hit them down, it just gives us momentum overall. Serving is the one thing you can do by yourself to help the team, so it feels really good to serve well."
The Gators took the opening set, 25-15. Florida started the match on a 2-0 run behind a dumped kill by Brauneis and an ace by Pole. Georgia responded with a streak of their own, going up 5-2 early in the opening stanza. The Gators chipped away at the Bulldog lead and tied the frame at 7-all with a smart swing off the block by Whaley. The Orange and Blue continue to surge, forcing a timeout at 12-8 after a Whaley-Simone Antwi (Fairfax Station, Va.) stuff block. Aces by Pole and Unroe helped the Gator cause, and a slide kill by Antwi sparked a 4-0 Florida run to force a Georgia timeout, 18-11. A kill by Tangerine Wiggs (Seattle, Wash.) put the Gators within two of the set win, 23-15, and a stuff block by Antwi and Whaley gave the Gators the first frame victory, 25-15.
Florida edged Georgia in the second set, 25-23. Georgia jumped out to an early 5-1 lead in the second stanza, but the Gators weren't going to let down and cut the Bulldog lead to one courtesy of a Mann-Recek stuff block. Florida tied the set at 7-all and continued to surge, forcing a Bulldog timeout at 9-7 after a Georgia attacking error. UGA tied the set at 9-9 but UF continued to push, using back-to-back aces to pull ahead, 16-11. Two straight kills for Smith put the Gators up, 18-12. Georgia stopped the Florida momentum and went on a surge of their own, pulling within three, 20-17, and forcing a UF timeout. The Bulldogs scored two straight out of the timeout to pull within one, 20-19, and continued to battle, tying the set at 22-all and forcing a final Florida timeout. Recek slammed one down the pipe to get ahead, 23-22, and did it again to set up set point, 24-23. A stuff block by seniors Smith and Wiggs tilted the second stanza the Gators' way, 25-23.
The teams battled to open the frame, tying it up at 4-4. The Gators went on an 8-1 run to lead 12-5, courtesy of smart swings off the block by Recek and Whaley and a Smith-Wiggs roof, as well as aggressive serving by Unroe. A solo stuff by Recek and ensuing kill by the Florida freshman put Florida up, 17-9, forcing a Georgia timeout. An ace by Sundai Weston (Naples, Fla.) put the Gators up, 20-10, and a Brauneis service stunner gave Florida a 12-point lead at 23-11. Mann put the match away for the Orange and Blue with a slam off a quick set by Brauneis, 25-14.
Florida is back in the O'Dome on Sunday afternoon, hosting the 2011 SEC Champion Tennessee Lady Vols at 2 p.m. ET. The match will air live on CSS with Bernie Guenther and former All-SEC setter Missy Whittemore on the call. Live video can be found on ESPN3 and the radio call with Tom Collett and Cory Stephens is on Country 103.7 The Gator.
"The team that has done the best job of defending is coming in on Sunday," Wise said of Tennessee. "It will be a great match. This Tennessee team is so talented, offensively and defensively. There is a reason why they were picked to win the league."
Tigers Bounce Back to Sweep South Carolina
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Mizzou volleyball team rebounded from a two-match losing streak to defeat South Carolina, 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 28-26), on Friday night (Nov. 2) at the Hearnes Center. The Tigers used a torrid offensive effort to earn the sweep as they posted 50 kills on .342 hitting as junior setter Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn.) had arguably her best match of the season, spreading 47 assists while finishing with a match-high 13 digs for her team-leading 15th double-double of the season.
“We needed this one,” head coach Wayne Kreklow said following the match. “It was a very tough month for us in October, but I thought things finally looked like they were coming together again. I thought we did a lot of good things offensively and we really did a nice job of staying on the attack and staying aggressive. It is a good start to what will hopefully be a good final month of the season for us.”
Molly Kreklow quarterbacked a Tiger offense that was unstoppable on Friday, due in large part to junior Lisa Henning (Blue Springs, Mo.) and sophomore Whitney Little (Keller, Texas). Henning posted a match-high 17 kills on .289 hitting with 10 digs, good for her 10th double-double of the season. Little on the other hand had a dominant match with 12 kills and no errors on 18 attacks (.667 hitting) while adding a pair of aces and five blocks (one solo, four assists). She accounted for 17.0 total points in the match. Mizzou also got a boost offensively from sophomore Emily Wilson (Omaha, Neb.) who posted nine kills on .368 hitting.
Defensively, Mizzou did enough to slow down a South Carolina attack that in all was pretty potent on Friday. But Mizzou did enough, posting 10 team blocks and 53 total digs in three sets. Little led the Tigers with her five blocks while Henning added three (two solo, one assist). Freshman Lydia Ely (St. Louis, Mo.) also posted a pair of solo blocks in the win, including the match-clinching point in the third set. Sophomore libero Sarah Miester (San Diego, Calif.) posted 12 digs in the match and was perfect on a team-high 26 serve receives.
The Tigers led for much of the first set before South Carolina rallied to keep it tight late in the set. The Gamecocks got as close as 22-21 in the first, but a kill from Wilson sparked a 3-1 run by the Tigers to close the set. Mizzou tallied 15 kills in the first on just 35 attacks to help win the set. The Tiger offense was firing on all cylinders again in the second as Mizzou hit .364 with 15 kills as it ran away with the second frame, 25-19.
The third set was much closer despite a Tiger offense that hit .372 with 20 kills as defense was at a premium in the third. South Carolina countered the Tiger attack with 17 kills on .325 hitting in the third, but Mizzou ultimately escaped with a 28-26 set win on Ely’s second solo block of the night.
The Tigers will be back in action on Tuesday as they face Arkansas State at 6:30 p.m. inside the Hearnes Center. For all the latest on Mizzou volleyball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MU_Volleyball.
Frazier’s Hot-Streak Continues in Kentucky Win over Ole Miss
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Behind another tremendous offensive performance from senior Ashley Frazier the Kentucky volleyball team earned a 3-1 (25-20, 19-25, 25-22, 25-16) win over visiting Ole Miss on Friday night in Memorial Coliseum. Frazier connected on a career-high tying 20 kills using a .359 hitting percentage to lead four Wildcats in double-figures for the third consecutive match.
“The last couple of weeks I’ve really liked the way (Ashley) Frazier is stepping up and playing right now,” UK coach Craig Skinner said. “She is a great kid with tremendous character, and she really is an asset to what we do.”
Frazier has been on a tear the last three matches averaging 3.86 kills per set on an equally impressive .357 hitting percentage. She’s logged 15 or more kills in all three victories for the Blue and White.
With the win, Kentucky improves to 16-8 on the year and 10-4 in league competition. Ole Miss drops to 10-12 and 4-9 in Southeastern Conference action. UK returns to action with a home contest against South Carolina on Sunday. Match time is set for 1:30 p.m. ET.
After UK captured the opening set, Ole Miss fired back with a win of its own for a tie into the locker room. Out of the break, the home team secured wins in the next two stanzas for the victory.
“I just told the team that we had to respond (after the second set),” Skinner said. “I thought we did a good job of that tonight. I have been able to see us step up lately in the last few weeks. You would like to put away a team 3-0, but this is hard to do.”
Frazier led the offensive effort, but reigning SEC Player of the Week Christine Hartmann again found four players for 10 or more kills for the third consecutive match. In addition to Frazier, sophomore Lauren O’Conner had 12 kills and juniors Whitney Billings and Alexandra Morgan each chipped in with 10.
Billings notched her fourth-consecutive double-double effort with the 10 kills while adding 12 digs. Freshman Sara Schwarzwalder contributed seven kills to the offensive effort.
Defensively, senior Stephanie Klefot posted a match-high 14 digs. Sophomore Jackie Napped logged 11 and junior Jessi Greenberg notched eight in the winning effort. Morgan led the way at the net with a match-high six rejections.
Kentucky earned a 25-20 opening set victory as Morgan paced the offense with four kills on .800 hitting. UK totaled 12 kills in the set on a .267 clip. Ole Miss managed 13 hammers on .200 hitting, but committed seven errors as UK turned back three of those attempts.
The Wildcats scored the opening two points and held the early lead. Ole Miss, however, did not go away quietly tying the score at 13 before the teams would exchange points. The visitors claimed the lead at 17-16 before Kentucky mounted a 9-3 run to close out the frame. Billings served four-straight points in the run and UK capped the set with a kill from Frazier.
Ole Miss limited the Wildcats to 12 kills on a match-low .135 hitting percentage en route to a 25-19 second set win to even the match at one set apiece going into the break.
Kentucky responded with a 25-22 victory in the third set to steal back the momentum. The Wildcats utilized a blazing .417 hitting percentage with 19 kills in the set to overwhelm the Rebels. Frazier came alive with nine kills in the set on a staggering .538 hitting percentage to lead the way.
The set featured a back-and-forth battle with neither team securing more than a three-point edge. With the scored tied at 20, UK would tally five of the final seven points for the win with three of those points coming in the form of kills from Frazier’s right hand.
The Blue and White capped the night with a dominating 25-16 fourth set win for the victory in the match. UK posted 17 kills on .424 hitting in the frame. Frazier again led the way with seven hammers on .667 hitting.
Billings began the set with a kill which was followed by a block from the tandem of Morgan and O’Conner to give UK the early 2-0 lead it would never relinquish. Kentucky opened up a six-point lead at 16-10 following five-straight serves from Billings. Morgan and O’Conner both logged a pair of kills in the run to break open the frame and allow UK to roll to the finish. O’Conner closed out the match with her 12th kill of the night for the clinching point.