With a 3-0 sweep of the South Carolina Gamecocks (9-6) on Friday night, the No. 15 Kentucky Wildcats volleyball team (10-4) became the first SEC team to win three conference games (3-0).
FINAL – Kentucky 3, South Carolina 0
The first team to 3?-0? in the @SEC!
— Kentucky Volleyball (@KentuckyVB) October 5, 2019
The Cats dominated the first set, leading 13-3 at one point before finishing off the Gamecocks by 11. A more competitive second set ultimately led to Kentucky taking a 2-0 lead and holding USC to a .071 hitting percentage in that frame. The third set featured 11 ties and six lead changes, but Alli Stumler (who was the national player of the week) and Leah Edmond propelled the Cats to the sweep. Stumler and Edmond combined for 24 kills in the game while Madison Lilley accounted for 35 assists. Kentucky held South Carolina to an overall hitting percentage of .099.
Edmond was dealing with an injury that forced her to miss the final three sets of UK’s recent four-set win over Mississippi State last week, but came back healthy and dominated on Friday.
“Feels good, I feel like myself again,” Edmond said, according to UK Athletics. “I definitely felt like myself, not like I was harboring anything.”
The win sets up a potentially thrilling matchup this Sunday against No. 12 Florida (2-0 in the SEC) in Memorial Coliseum at 1 p.m. A healthy Edmond should make for an exciting match featuring the two top-15 teams.