The Comeback Cats ran out of gas against Nebraska.
The perennial powerhouse looked the part against the Wildcats today at Memorial Coliseum. A slow-starting team, even when UK recovered in the second set, Nebraska’s guns were too big. For most of the match Kentucky was good, but Nebraska was better.
The Cats started strong in the third set by building a 7-3 lead. That lead extended to 16-11, but was quickly erased by the Cornhuskers. The Cats had to claw back to tie the game at 24. A kill from Leah Edmond and a block later, the Cats handed the Cornhuskers their first set loss in 22 days.
You haven’t seen this in 22 days.
Nebraska drops a set.
– NCAA Volleyball (@NCAAVolleyball) December 9, 2017
Kentucky fought to keep their tournament hopes alive, but it was too much to overcome. Nebraska won the fourth and decisive set 25-22 to eliminate Kentucky from the NCAA Tournament and advance to their third consecutive Final Four.
Despite the loss, a big Congrats goes out to Craig Skinner’s most successful volleyball team. The Co-SEC Champs reached just the second Elite Eight in program history, the first in Skinner’s 13 years as head coach. With plenty of young talent returning (setter Madison Lilley and killer outside hitter Avery Skinner are just freshmen), the future is bright for the Kentucky volleyball team.