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).
|#21 Kentucky vs. Mississippi State|
|Fri., Oct. 2 – 7 p.m.
Game Notes: UK
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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.