Cats set for top five showdown against Florida


Madison Lilley waits for the match to begin against Texas A&M on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 in Lexington, Ky. Kentucky won 3-0. Photo by Chase Phillips | Staff

Keyera Jackson

On Wednesday evening, the No. 6 ranked Kentucky volleyball team will host a top-ranked rematch against No. 4 Florida inside Memorial Coliseum.

This match is a highly anticipated game between these two teams, and it will impact the rankings of the SEC race.

The Cats currently lead the SEC but Florida is only behind one game. The Cats are undefeated in conference play while the Gators only have one loss, which is from Kentucky.

When the two teams previously faced off, Kentucky won in four sets. Florida was ranked No. 1 at the time, and it was the first time the Cats took down a No. 1 team in program history.

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Kentucky’s offense was unstoppable that day with Leah Edmond leading the team with 18 kills. Darien Mack performed that well that day as she finished with a season high of 13 kills. 

One of the Gators’ most impactful players is freshman Rachael Kramer. Her overall hitting percentage is .451 and last time these two teams faced, Kramer was hitting the ball fairly well with a percentage of .423.

Kentucky was able to take down the Gators by being able to play all over the court, and with the help of Madison Lilley, who was contributing offensively with getting the ball to her hitters and defensively, posted 10 digs and 52 assists for the Cats.

Edmond is another player who leads the offense, as she leads her team with 4.26 terminations per set. The Kentucky team as a whole has held its opponents to a .208 attacking percentage and 12.1 kills per set.

Both of these teams are recognized in the national standings. The Cats and Gators are No. 1 and No. 2 in the SEC standings, while Kentucky is No. 3 and Florida is No. 5 in the latest RPI standings.

These two teams will once again battle for the win and are chasing more records. If Kentucky wins, they could crack the top five in the AVCA poll, which would tie head coach Craig Skinner’s highest ranking as UK’s head coach.

The Gators and the Cats will face off at 7 p.m.