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.
— Kentucky Volleyball (@KentuckyVB) December 7, 2019
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.