Volleyball sweeps its way to Kentucky Classic title

Staff Report

The UK volleyball team (5-2) gave all 1,188 fans in Memorial Coliseum  something to cheer about Saturday night following its three-set sweep of Virginia Tech (25-22, 25-22, 29-27) en route to a Kentucky Classic tournament victory.

The Classic, which UK hosts every September, also featured Ohio University and Western Kentucky. UK defeated WKU in straight sets on Friday night and followed that performance up with another straight-set victory over Ohio on Saturday morning to complete the sweep for the weekend.

“They (the tournament field) are all good teams that we played this weekend,” UK head coach Craig Skinner said in a UK Athletics release. “We talked about being more consistent and I thought we did that this weekend.”

The Cats did not lose even one set in their three matches this weekend. Junior libero Stephanie Klefot was a star for the Cats, averaging almost five digs per set in the tournament. Klefot received MVP honors for her weekend performance, with junior setter Christine Hartmann and freshman outside hitter Lauren O’Conner joining Klefot on the All-Tournament team.

After being swept themselves by Cincinnati in Tuesday’s home opener,  UK will now have to take the momentum it gained from this tournament and ride it into its next home game against in-state rival Louisville on Wednesday.