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Kentucky Volleyball Sweeps SEMO in First Round of NCAA Tournament

(UK Athletics)

(UK Athletics)

With the Michigan Wolverines awaiting patiently following a sweep over Nothern Kentucky, the host team swept its way through the first round.

The No. 9 Kentucky Wildcats (24-6) volleyball team will advance to the second round after taking down Southeast Missouri State (23-11) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament hosted in Memorial Colisuem.

Kentucky was able to win all three sets against the Redhawks (25-20, 25-15, 25-19) as they coasted to an easy opening-round victory thanks to 18 kills from SEC Player of the Year Leah Edmond. The Wildcats are now set to host Michigan on Saturday for a chance to move onto the Sweet 16.

Alongside Edmond, junior Madison Lilley and sophomore Alli Stumler helped guide the ‘Cats to the Friday night win.

Lilley posted a volleyball double-double of 33 assists and 10 digs while Stumler added 12 kills and nine digs. Junior Gabby Curry led the Wildcats with 15 digs.

Kentucky finished with a hitting percentage of .304 compared to just .188 for SEMO. The Wildcats also held a 10-kill advantage, 47-37.

The Saturday night matchup against Michigan will be streamed on the SEC Netowrk+ at 7 p.m. inside Memorial Colisuem. Tickets are still on sale and can be purchased here.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Covering all things NBA and UK Hoops. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR