Volleyball travels to Georgia for mid-week televised conference matchup

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UK volleyball will face the University of Georgia on Wednesday in Athens, Ga., after a 10-day layoff.

The hiatus is the longest of the season for the Cats (13-4, 5-1 SEC), but the match against Georgia will be the first of three matches in five days.

No. 18 UK has a 5-1 record away from home.

The Cats’ previous game was a 3-0 sweep of the University of South Carolina on Oct. 13, part of a weekend in which the Cats surrendered a 3-0 loss against No. 3 University of Florida.

Senior outside hitter Whitney Billings recorded her 38th double-double of her career with 10 digs and 18 kills against South Carolina.

“Billings stepped up offensively today and that was a big difference in the match,” UK head coach Craig Skinner said after the match to UK Athletics.

Georgia boasts an 8-0 record on their home court.

The Bulldogs (14-6, 4-4 SEC) have lost their previous three matches to SEC competition.

Georgia’s latest loss came at the hands of the University of Arkansas, an opponent that UK has yet to face.

Senior right side hitter Stacey Smith and junior middle blocker Lauren Teknipp lead the Bulldogs in kills, averaging 2.43 kills per set and totaling 168 kills each over the entire season.

The Cats are eight games through the 20-game conference schedule and are positioned third in the SEC behind the University of Missouri and Florida.

Wednesday’s match will begin at 6 p.m. inside the Stegeman Coliseum in Athens, Ga. and will be televised by ESPNU.