The UK Women’s Volleyball team fell 3-2 to Illinois last night. On top of the football loss, it made it a hard day to be a Wildcat fan everywhere. The girl’s played a thrilling five-set match, but could not capitalize in the final set.
Set 1: 20-25; Illinois,
Set 2: 25-19; UK
Set 3: 22-25; Illinois
Set 4: 25-19; UK
Set 5: 15-9; Illinos
The Cats fall to 0-2 after a rough start to the season while at a invitational tournament with some of the most elite programs in the country. Head coach Craig Skinner said that he saw a lot of great plays tonight. The team just has to give credit it to Illinois.
“We were closer to our potential tonight,” Skinner said. “But we still have some things to iron out.”
Senior Whitney Billings led the stats as she recorded her second straight double-double. She racked up a career-high 26 kills, and joined the 1000-kill club last night, becoming just the 14th person in the history of the program to do so. The last time someone joined this elite club was in the early 1990’s. She also had a career high 13 digs.
Freshman Anni Thomasson recorded an impressive career-high 15 scoops. Sophomore Morgan Bergren also had a career-high 50 assists. Overall the team had 58 kills, 64 digs, and had an overall percentage of .169.
Although many of the girls had the best game in their career, the team could not overpower the Fighting Illini. They are now 0-2 on the season.
Junior Jackie Napper put it best.
The team will have one more chance to get a win in California. They are set to take on the invitational host, Long Beach State at 8 p.m.
Last year UK beat LBSU 3-1 for the first time in the series. LBSU leads the series 3-1.
Long Beach wasn’t ranked in the preseason poll after a 18-11 season in 2012. They finished second in their conference last year. LBSU opened their season with a 3-1 win over Illinois Friday, but then lost to Florida State yesterday.
Hopefully the girls will capitalize on the talent we all know they have so the win column can get some love. You can head over to UKAthletics.com to catch the Gamecast of the match.
The girls return home next week for the Kentucky Classic, which starts on Sept. 6.
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