UK volleyball faces Texas A&M on senior night before Missouri matchup

The University of Kentucky volleyball team celebrates after winning a point versus LSU in Lexington, Ky., Sunday, November 9th, 2013, by Emma Leggio | Staff.

The University of Kentucky volleyball team celebrates after winning a point versus LSU in Lexington, Ky., Sunday, November 9th, 2013, by Emma Leggio | Staff.

By Kyle Arensdorf | Volleyball beat writer

karensdorf@kykernel.com

UK volleyball will look to continue their winning streak on senior night against Texas A&M University and on Sunday against undefeated University of Missouri in Memorial Coliseum.

Texas A&M has five-game winning streak with four of their wins coming by way of sweeps.

“A&M is hot right now and they run a very fast system,” head coach Craig Skinner said. “It’s something that we’ve seen this year and we’ll have to hone in on our game plan to get it done.”

No. 4 Missouri remains undefeated, not allowing any match to get to a fifth set.

Missouri swept UK in Columbia, Mo., on Nov. 3 and is coming off of a road-sweep of then-No. 5 University of Florida.

“Against good teams you have to go for it. You can’t hold anything back,” Skinner said. “We weren’t very far off in some of those sets down there so we just have to sneak out some points here and there.”

Missouri is set to face-off against Mississippi State University on Friday.

With a win, Missouri would clinch its first SEC title and earn head coach Wayne Kreklow and  Susan Kreklow, director of volleyball, their 300th win at the university.

Missouri’s ranking at No. 4 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association is the highest in program history.

The Cats are ranked ninth in the NCAA’s RPI poll and have cracked the top-10 for the first time this season.

Senior outside hitter Whitney Billings spoke about the ceremonies surrounding senior night.

“I can’t believe its already here. It hasn’t really hit me yet,” Billings said. “I’m going to cry. I know I am.”

Senior night festivities will begin 15 minutes before the 7 p.m. Texas A&M match on Friday night.

The Cats will take on Missouri at 1:30 p.m., Sunday.