Avery Skinner leads UK to a sweep over Georgia


Avery Skinner spikes the ball during the match against Texas A&M on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 in Lexington, Ky. Kentucky won 3-0. Photo by Chase Phillips | Staff

Keyera Jackson

UK volleyball continued rolling through their SEC schedule on Friday evening as they swept Georgia 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-9).

After sitting out last match, Avery Skinner came back with big kills that helped UK take down Georgia.

The first set started close as Georgia was running their fast offense, but a tip play over the net by Skinner was the energy that she and the team needed to gain an advantage.

A 3-0 run from UK sent Georgia into a timeout, and UK’s next two points were from Skinner as she had the hot-hitting hand. Kentucky stretched the lead 11-6.

The team followed that energy set by Skinner, and the Cats were sharing the ball and setting up different hitters. That worked for them as they maintained the lead 16-11 and sent Georgia into another timeout. 

Georgia was still battling in the match, and errors by Kentucky were converted points for Bulldogs. T’ara Ceasar was also able to get terminations for her team that kept Georgia close to the Cats in the first set.

However, the Cats had more than one hitter active in the match and they were sending hard-hitting balls from different spots on the floor, which was a key element to the first set win by the Cats.

Going into the second set, the Cats were still riding that energy and started to control the tempo of the match more.

In this set, Kentucky was controlling the net, hitting at .310 and slowing Georgia’s offense with big dig plays, which allowed the Cats to keep the ball alive and set up more plays for their setters.

The Cats kept the lead the entire match, but the Bulldogs were still fighting hard with the score at 19-13. Skinner was able to find gaps through Georgia’s defense and once again got that momentum going for the Cats.

The third set was when Kentucky dominated the floor. Kentucky held Georgia to a hitting percentage of .182, and UK was unstoppable as they finished with a hitting percentage of .387. Skinner led the way with 13 kills on 22 swings. 

“I think really the big thing was just me being able to sit out and rest my body, so I was able to see the court a little better,” Skinner said.

Next up, the Cats will take on Ole Miss on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 2 p.m.