Today was not only the first game in Memorial Coliseum for the 2019 Kentucky Wildcats Volleyball team, but it was also the first home game in a Kentucky uniform for Duke graduate transfer Leah Meyer.
Grad-Transfer Leah Meyer’s first in-game entrance as a Kentucky Wildcat in Memorial Coliseum. pic.twitter.com/tTfOEcjLLv
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The Duke transfer held her own against ACC competition by raking in some big accolades. She was named to the 2015 All ACC Freshman team, was a two-time All-ACC First-Team selection and was an AVCA All-American honorable mention honoree in 2018.
With Meyer’s move from the ACC to the SEC, Meyer said after the team’s 3-0 victory over Cleveland State this afternoon that the culture change between the two conferences is evident.
“It’s a little bit of a higher competition for me, and the expectations of this program are really high and I really appreciate that,” Meyer said. “Not to say that there wasn’t at Duke but coming into a whole new program has been awesome for me.”
Meyer collected eight kills in the victory, including six crucial kills in the second set. With just one error on the day, it made it easy for the Cats to go through their offense on the floor.
“She makes very few mistakes and she’s got a rocket arm, and behind the setter, she can rip it,” Kentucky head coach Craig Skinner said. “Having someone who is a threat behind setters is valuable for our setter so she can run the offense.”
Leah Meyer and the Kentucky Wildcats are set to take on Florida Gulf Coast at 8:30 P.M. ET.