Volleyball team knocks off Louisville


Junior Leah Edmond attempts a kill during the game against Dayton in the Bluegrass Battle on Friday, August 31, 2018 in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Jordan Prather | Staff

Braden Ramsey

Kentucky volleyball won their second straight match Friday evening, taking out rival Louisville on the road 3-0. It is the second year in a row the Wildcats have won in straight sets over the Cardinals, doing so in Lexington last year.

It took a few minutes for Kentucky to get going, allowing the Cardinals to jump out to a 5-2 lead in the opening set. They quickly found their footing though, responding with a 14-7 run that lead to a 25-18 first set win.

Set number two started tight, with the two schools knotted at four apiece early on. Kentucky went on another big run, this time taking 13 of 16 points to stretch the lead and take the second set 25-13.

The Cats began the third set on a tear, keeping their momentum going with a 13-4 advantage. They would coast to a 25-14 victory in set three to complete the sweep.

Leah Edmond paced Kentucky with 14 kills in the match, while Madison Lilley had 25 assists. The Cardinals were led in kills by Melanie McHenry with eight, and in assists by Wilma Rivera, who had 24.

Kentucky’s second straight win moved them above .500 for the first time this season (5-4), while Louisville’s second loss in a row dropped them to 6-4. It also gave the Cats their first road victory of the year.

Up next for Kentucky is Chattanooga, out of the Southern Conference. The Mocs have lost five consecutive games and are winless on the road. They stand at 4-7 overall.

You can see the Mocs and Wildcats square off on Sunday afternoon in Lexington. Game time is 1:30 p.m.