No. 21 Kentucky Offers Free Admission for Match with Mississippi State

No. 21 Kentucky Offers Free Admission for Match with Mississippi State

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The No. 21 Kentucky Wildcats volleyball team will compete in Southeastern Conference play in front of a home crowd for the first time in 2015 on Friday evening, as it takes on the Mississippi State Bulldogs at 7 p.m. in the friendly confines of Memorial Coliseum. Admission to Friday’s match is free to all fans.

Friday’s showdown with Mississippi State is one of nine Kentucky matches to be featured on the SEC Network this season. Paul Sunderland and Nell Fortner will be on the call for Friday’s contest. For those unable to make it to Memorial, the match is also viewable via the WatchESPN app and watchespn.com. 

Kentucky finished its opening weekend undefeated in the SEC, going on the road where the team first swept South Carolina, 3-0 (25-15, 25-22, 25-18), before taking down the then-No. 5 Florida Gators in an upset, 3-1 (22-25, 25-23, 25-21, 25-21). 

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#21 Kentucky vs. Mississippi State
Fri., Oct. 2 – 7 p.m.
Memorial Coliseum
Lexington, Ky.
Game Notes: UK
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Sophomore Darian Mack led the way for the Wildcats in the last two matches, posting 16 and 15 kills against South Carolina and Florida, respectively. Sophomore libero Ashley Dusek (32 digs, 1 kill, 2 aces, 5 assists) and freshman Brooke Morgan (20 kills, 2 blocks) also had outstanding weeks, earning SEC weekly honors.
Mississippi State enters the matchup at 1-1 in SEC play, falling in four to Alabama before blanking the Ole Miss Rebels. Evie Grace Singleton leads the way for the Bulldogs, with a team-high and conference fourth-best 3.57 kills per set. Alex Warren also contributes 3.07 kills per set as the Bulldogs’ second scoring option. 
For more information on Friday’s SEC home opener, check out below:

Alumni Appreciation Night in Memorial:

Friday night will also be volleyball’s Alumni Appreciation Night. During the intermission between the second and third sets, roughly 20 UK volleyball alumni will be recognized for their contributions to the Kentucky volleyball program.

Don’t Forget Your Chance to Win a FREE Moped:

Upon arrival, fans should head to the marketing gazebo upon entry to Memorial Coliseum and fill out a form for a chance to win a free moped. Anyone can enter to win the moped and additional prizes throughout the match. Fans must register the barcode located on the back of the key tags given away at the marketing gazebo. In order to be placed in the drawing, fans must attend at least seven matches. For each additional match attended, that fan will earn one extra entry into the drawing. The moped winner will be selected at the Auburn match on the Nov. 27. 

Gameday Parking:

We are pleased to offer new parking opportunities this season. In addition to the E lots around the Craft Center and Coal Lodge, fans have the option of parking in the Liden Walk E lots which are across Rose Street from the Singletary Center for the Arts, the E/CS-7 lots near the College of Education off of S. Upper Street, and the Rose Street Garage (PS-2) located on Rose Street, south of the Coliseum with an entrance on Hilltop Avenue near W.T. Young Library. These lots are available for all matches starting three hours before first serve. For our marquee match-ups, including contests with Michigan State, Louisville, Mississippi State, Florida, and Texas A&M, the Limestone Street Garage (PS-5) will also be available. Fans are reminded to never park in lots or spaces designated R for residential and that the Student Center lot is no longer an option due to construction. Parking is limited and fans are encouraged to arrive early.

Dusek, Morgan Earn SEC Weekly Honors:

The SEC announced its weekly honors on Monday afternoon, with Dusek earning Co-Defensive Player of the Week, while Morgan was named the conference’s Freshman of the Week.

Dusek started the week with a strong showing at South Carolina where she notched 14 digs in three sets. She also got involved in the serving game with two aces. Dusek recorded her first kill of the year against the Gamecocks, with a set-clinching point at the end of the first frame. She continued to be a defensive stalwart against Florida where she tallied a team-high 18 digs in the match. Dusek also was perfect on serve-receive during the weekend. 

Morgan began the weekend with seven kills and two blocks against the Gamecocks on Friday night where she hit .267 on the evening. The freshman sprung to life with a career match at No. 5 Florida, registering a personal-best 13 kills against the Gators on a red-hot .500 hitting clip. She also dug up three balls in the contest.

Cats Leave Gainesville with Big Win:

The then-No. 24 Kentucky Wildcats had debatably its biggest win of the season on Sept. 27, leaving Gainesville, Fla., with a 3-1 (22-25, 55-23, 25-21, 25-21) victory over the then-No. 5 Florida Gators. It marked the first time that the Wildcats defeated a top-five team since they defeated the No. 4 Minnesota Gophers on Sept. 14, 2013. It also marked the first road win for the Wildcats in Gainesville since Oct. 2, 2009 in which the Wildcats downed the Gators in five sets.

Morgan Has Career Outing at Florida:

Morgan chose the right time to have a breakout match, stringing together a 13-kill performance against the then-No. 5 Florida Gators. Morgan found plenty of success on the slide, hitting at a .500 clip during the match – the second best of her career. Morgan has a history of playing up in big matches, as she set her career record for hitting percentage (.538) against the now No. 2 ranked Southern Cal Women of Troy.

Bergren on Track to Jump in Assists Leaderboard:

Senior Morgan Bergren is poised to jump to sixth all-time in UK history in assists, needing just 14 more to pass Irene Smyth (1983-1986) for sole possession of sixth place. Bergren has 3,182 to date, with a team-high 528 this season.

Kentucky’s Memorial Coliseum will play host to the NCAA Regionals Dec. 11-12. UK is one of four sites selected for the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight matchups with one team advancing to the Final Four in Omaha, Neb., from the Lexington Region. This marks the third time in five seasons Memorial Coliseum will host this premier volleyball event.
For the latest on the Kentucky volleyball team, follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and on the web at UKathletics.com

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