Kentucky Team Sweeps Marquette to Win

MILWAUKEE, Wisc. – Sophomore Madi Skinner had a career-high 16 disposals Saturday night as Kentucky’s No. 8 volleyball team swept Marquette in Milwaukee to improve to 6-2 in a 3-0 (25-21, 30-28, 26-24) win over the Golden Eagles.

The three sets were tight, competitive and disjointed as Kentucky’s offense hit.310 for the game and Marquette batted .242 with Alli Stumler teaming up with Skinner by scoring in double figures with 10 disposals and adding eight digs.

Freshman passer Emma Grome earned her first career double-double Saturday night with 41 assists and 12 digs. Grome’s 41 assists are a new career high, along with his 12 digs. The Loveland, Ohio native now has more than 30 assists in seven of Great Britain’s eight games this season.

Reagan Rutherford and Azhani Tealer had eight disposals for Kentucky and Elise Goetzinger had seven as the Wildcats had five players with more than 7 disposals in the match, most in a single three-set match this season.

The UK will take the rest of the weekend to prepare for the annual “Action of the Bluegrass” against the Louisville Cardinals on Wednesday night at Derby City. The game starts at 7 a.m. ET and will be streamed live on the ACC network and the ESPN app.

Together One

The first set of major impacts in the first set went well as a Skinner finish on the left was followed by two on the right by Reagan Rutherford and Kentucky led 11-8 to force Marquette into a timeout. The run extended by three more points after the timeout thanks to a block by Tealer and a finish by Alli Stumler to make the score 14-8 before MU ended the run at 7-0 in favor of Kentucky. After a six-point lead, MU came back in the set with a 3-0 run to cut the British lead to 18-16 and Kentucky called its first timeout. Craig Skinner won a huge challenge to keep what would have been a one-point lead and keep the UK lead at 19-16. MU got within one at 20-19, but a quick 2-0 run by the Wildcats caused MU to have a timeout with the UK at 22-19 and three points from the end of the set. An ace from Alli Stumler closed the set with Kentucky in the first set, 25-21.

Set Two

Craig Skinner had another challenge early in the second set, winning his second in two tries as Kentucky tied the second at 2-2. A 3-0 run from Lauren Tharp’s serve put Kentucky up 13-9 with four and an Alli Stumler finish on the left pin caused Marquette to call its first timeout. Stumler had six disposals at the time in the game, trailing only Skinner’s eight for Kentucky. What was a four-point lead was cut to one after a pair of Golden Eagle finishs and an rude foul for the UK and the Wildcats, called a timeout lead, 16-15. Marquette tied the set on the next point and the set went back and forth until a 3-0 Golden Eagle made the stand 23-21, and the Wildcats burned their final timeout. Marquette had a 24-21 lead after a British error and Kentucky was able to hold off three set points as a Skinner finished the block to even the frame at 24-24. Marquette then lost the next point on an elite Goetzinger block and the UK had their first set point at 25-24. Both would go back to fourth for the next nine points, with the UK winning three set points and MU making their fourth and fifth changes to win the set, but all failed before a Golden Eagle strike error ended the set and a challenge review upheld the call.

Set Three

Marquette held the lead for the opening stanza of the third set, but never reached more than a two-point cushion at 9-7 for the Eagles’ deadliest lead. After trailing for the entire set, but never by more than two points, Kentucky got a Skinner finish on the left side of the system for its career-high 16th endgame and that tied things at 20-20, forcing MU into their first timeout. Out of the timeout, mu won back-to-back points on Kentucky offense errors and the Wildcats were forced into their first timeout. Kentucky came right back and won three straight to take its first lead since it was 2-1 and led 23-22 as MU called its last stop to play. A shot by Azhani Tealer from the middle of the field to the UK’s second match ball ended the game and closed the road sweep for the Wildcats in Milwaukee.

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