No. 20 Kentucky to Battle No. 22 Arkansas for Top Spot in SEC
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Coming off of seven-straight victories, the No. 20 Kentucky Wildcats will host the No. 22 Arkansas Razorbacks on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. in Memorial Coliseum. While it’s still early in the conference season, the match could have major implications as both teams are vying for the top spot in the league and are both undefeated so far in Southeastern Conference play.
Tomorrow’s bout is one of nine nationally broadcast regular season matches and will air on the SEC Network, with Tiffany Greene and Missy Whittemoore on the call.
The Wildcats extended their winning streak to seven straight including a perfect 4-0 record in SEC play, blanking Mississippi State 3-0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-20) on Friday, Oct. 2, before defeating Alabama in four on Oct. 4, 3-1 (25-19, 27-25, 24-26, 25-20).
|#20 Kentucky vs. #22 Arkansas|
|Wed., Oct. 7 – 8 p.m.
Match Notes: UK
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Bergren Moves to Sixth All-Time in Assists:
In the Oct. 2 win over Mississippi State, Bergren guided the Cats to .306 hitting with 32 assists. With the 32 assists, Bergren climbed to sixth all-time on Kentucky’s career assists leaderboard, passing Irene Smyth (1993-1996), who recorded 3,195 in her time with the Wildcats. Bergren has 3,256 assists to date and looks to continue to climb the leaderboard, with Christine Hartmann’s 3,497 the next milestone to reach at fifth all time.
Win over Alabama Marks Program’s 400th in Memorial:
The Kentucky program hit another milestone on Oct. 4, when the Wildcats logged their 400th program win inside the confines of Memorial Coliseum. The Wildcats have thrived historically inside Memorial, with a 400-153 record in 39 seasons, with Skinner recording a 138-32 mark during his time in the Cats’ home venue.
Wildcats Excel on the National Stage:
The Wildcats have found a way to win this season while playing on a bigger stage, as the team is undefeated so far while on nationally televised outings. The match with Arkansas will mark the fourth time Kentucky will be on a national broadcast, with 3-0 wins over South Carolina and Mississippi State and the 3-1 upset of then-No. 5 Florida all being shown nationwide. UK is slated for nine regular-season national television broadcasts, each airing on the SEC Network.
Brown in National Top 25
Following another solid week of play, Brown finds herself among the national leaders in blocks per set. The Waterloo, Iowa, native is averaging 1.45 blocks per set, ranking No. 16 in the nation. Brown also ranks in the top 25 in total blocks, coming in at No. 13 with 84 during the 2015 campaign. Brown ranks second the SEC in total blocks and third in the conference in blocks per set, with Florida’s Rhamat Alhassan leading the conference, and nation, in both categories.
Dusek’s Digs Lead Conference
Sophomore libero Ashley Dusek leads the Southeastern Conference with a staggering 4.81 digs per set. Dusek ranks 43rd in the nation in digs per set, with her 279 total digs just outside the top 75 in the country.