Sun. Jul 21st, 2019

No. 20 Kentucky sweeps volleyball

By Conner Farrell —

Coming off a 3-1 performance last weekend in the Purdue Tournament, volleyball (6-4) opened a two-game homestand with a loss (25-18, 25-13, 25-14) to No. 20 rival Kentucky.

The opening points of the first set featured the Cardinals and Wildcats exchanging points back-and-forth. Following a 10-10 score, UK took control of the game for a 19-12 lead.

Louisville mounted a late rally, but Kentucky capitalized on two service errors to close out the set with a 25-18 win.

UK jumped out to an early 10-5 edge in the second set. The Wildcats continued to extend their lead without a rally from the Cardinals, who ultimately dropped the set 25-13.

Kentucky closed out the sweep with a 25-14 victory in the third and final set. The Cats have won the Battle of the Bluegrass for seven consecutive seasons.

Service and attack errors plagued the Cardinals throughout the match. Louisville racked up 29 errors to Kentucky’s 13.

Junior hitter Melanie McHenry lead the attacking charge for U of L, finishing with 8 kills.

The team returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 3 p. m. to take on Chattanooga.

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Photos by Taris Smith / The Louisville Cardinal

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