UK volleyball hosts Ole Miss on Senior Day


Ashley Dusek makes a diving save during the match against Florida on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 in Lexington, Ky. Kentucky lost 3-0. Photo by Chase Phillips | Staff

Keyera Jackson

No. 6 Kentucky will take on Ole Miss on Sunday in Memorial Coliseum and this match will close home regular season play for the Cats, and it will also be senior day for UK’s five seniors. 

UK has five seniors to honor: Kaz Brown, Ashley Dusek, Emily Franklin, Harper Hempel and Darien Mack. This senior class individually holds their own awards and recognitions, but as a collective unit they have appeared in three consecutive NCAA Tournaments and won 94 matches over the past four seasons.

Mack has 787 recorded kills in her career, which is ninth most in the 25-point rally over the last four years. In the historic win over No. 1 Florida, Mack had a season high of 13 kills, but her career best is 20.

Brown is also climbing records as she holds every 25-point rally scoring blocking record and is fifth in kills on the team with 932. Brown is also back-to-back- AVCA All-Southeastern region award winner.  The senior is ninth in attack attempts at 1,933.

Franklin has been a terminator for her team as she leads her teammates in attacking percentage at .428. Her efficiency this season has been showcased as well: She hit .500 or above 10 times and had an 11-match streak when she hit over .400.

Over the past three seasons, Hempel has appeared in 42 matches and she has recorded an ace in each season.  Last year as a setter, she recorded 45 assists in a match. She has also been a defense element for the team as she posted 36 digs and 49 blocks in her career. 

Kentucky’s defense has been a source for their wins this season and Dusek has been a contribution to that success. Dusek is a two-time AVCA All-American Honorable mention award winner and she won the SEC Libero of the Year for the past two seasons.

This Texas native has won an SEC weekly award nine times, and this season Dusek is climbing records as she is third all-time in the rally scoring era in digs with 1,456.

Kentucky has a well-balanced team, with experienced seniors who are breaking records, as well as underclassmen who are next after these seniors’ departure.

The numbers of the seniors speaks for themselves, and this team has had success over the past fours years and this season with a record of 23-3. They are currently riding a four-game winning streak and will face Ole Miss on their home floor at 2 p.m.