The Kentucky Volleyball team won its first game of the Bluegrass Battle and fifth overall, defeating the Cleveland State Vikings in three sets, 25-17, 25-19, 25-9.
Game, set and match. The #15 Kentucky Wildcats defeat the Cleveland State Vikings in a sweep. Next game for the Cats will be later today as they play Florida Gulf Coast at 8:30 P.M. EST. pic.twitter.com/D7GNHSa5Je
— Hayden Hooper (@haydenhooper01) September 13, 2019
After being on the road for the beginning of the season, the Cats found themselves back in their old Kentucky home for the first time this season.
“First game went pretty good. Started out very slow,” UK head coach Craig Skinner said. “Our serving got better as the game went on. Very efficient with nine hitting errors total is pretty low. Pretty impressed with that.”
Several new faces were in Memorial Coliseum early Friday afternoon, one being Duke grad transfer Leah Meyer.
“I have loved Lexington so far and playing Memorial, running out through the tunnel and throwing the ball was a cool experience for me with the lights turned down,” Leah Meyer said of her first game in Memorial Coliseum. “Something that I’ve never experienced before. It was really cool.”
A two-time All-ACC First-Team selection and 2015 All-ACC Freshman Team, Meyer’s success has bled over to her time at Kentucky as she stacked up 8 kills with an assisted block in her Memorial Coliseum debut.
The returning stars showed out in the first game as well. Senior outside hitter Leah Edmond led the charge with 14 kills and one dig, ten more kills than her season average of 4 kills per game. For Edmond, this was her last first home game as a Kentucky Wildcat.
“It’s sad and exciting at the same time,” Edmond said. “This will be my last first home game here so it was really meaning to be home after being away for two weeks.”
The win advances the No. 15 Wildcats’ record to 5-2 in the regular season and 1-0 in the Bluegrass Battle. They’ll be back in action later today at 8:30 P.M. vs. Florida Gulf Coast.