Kentucky sweeps Florida 3-0 after key performances by Rollins and Tealer


Isabel McSwain

The Wildcats celebrate during the No. 10 Kentucky vs. Tennessee volleyball match on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022, at Memorial Coliseum in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Isabel McSwain | Staff

Parker Scott, Reporter

No. 18 Kentucky volleyball (18-7) defeated No. 10 Florida in Gainesville on Sunday after being swept in the first match of the series. 

The win sees the Wildcats find themselves back toward the top of the Southeastern Conference, where they are currently tied with Florida in a battle for the SEC auto-bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Adanna Rollins and Azhani Tealer were the critical pieces in the win, racking up 26 and 24 attacks respectively with 11 kills each. 

Emma Grome’s 36 assists and Bella Bell’s .583 hitting percentage were also contributing factors to the Wildcat victory.

Kentucky started off strong with a three-point lead halfway through the first set and, despite Florida coming back to tie it and fighting closely for the entire set, the Wildcats came out on top, 25-23.

In the second set Kentucky began with an even larger lead, which Florida also caught up to, but the Wildcats were once again able to pull away in the end and won the set 26-24 with a kill by Rollins.

The third and final set also went to Kentucky, 25-17, after a 7-1 run towards the end put the Wildcat lead out of reach for the Gators.

Erin Lamb led the Cats in attacks with 32, while Tealer provided the most blocks for the Wildcats with seven.

Kentucky finished with a .267 team hitting percentage and only two serving errors, a significant improvement from the eight errors and .135 hitting percentage from the previous day’s matchup.

The Wildcats will finish up the regular season at home on Friday, Nov. 25, and Saturday, Nov. 26, hosting South Carolina in a two-match series inside Memorial Coliseum.

Both games will air on SEC network, with the Friday match also featuring a senior day celebration.