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Cats can clinch second straight SEC volleyball title Sunday at Missouri

Leah Edmond (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The No. 11 Kentucky volleyball team will have a chance to clinch a share of the Southeastern Conference title on Sunday on the road at 4 p.m. ET when it meets with No. 23 Missouri for the second time this season.

The match is set to be broadcast live on SEC Network inside the Hearnes Center.

UK is coming off its eighth-straight sweep, a 3-0 blanking of Arkansas on the road. The Wildcats compiled a hitting percentage above .300 for the third consecutive match with .390 against the Razorbacks and limited Arkansas to just .133.

UK is still at the top of the Southeastern Conference with a two-match advantage, leading the league in hitting percentage at .299, which ranks sixth in the nation, assists with 13.02 and kills per set at 14.26, good enough for 13th in the country.

SCOUTING MISSOURI

The Tigers enter the match having won 10 of their last 12, most recently coming up short in four sets at home against No. 22 Tennessee on Wednesday. Sunday marks the second meeting between the two teams this season, the Wildcats won in four in Lexington on Sep. 30 with their best defensive effort of the season. Missouri ranks second in the conference in hitting percentage (.261), opponent hitting percentage (.170) and blocks (2.70) while coming in at third in kills (13.51). Alyssa Munlyn ranks third behind Brooke Morgan in the conference with a .388 hitting clip for the season while posting 137 total blocks for a 1.30 average per set, good enough for second overall. Kylie Deberg is in the top 10 in kills in the league with 3.55 per set in eighth place and ranks second in service aces with 0.51 and 105 in total. Tyanna Omazic also is inside the top 10 in blocks with 1.07 per set.

EYEING ANOTHER CONFERNECE TITLE

With a win over the Tigers on Sunday, the Wildcats will clinch a share of the SEC Title, it’s seventh in program history and first time winning in back-to-back seasons since 1987-1988.

FASTEST TO 1,000, CHASING RECORDS

Leah Edmond (1,391) needs three kills to pass Whitney Billings (1,393) for first all-time in program history in the rally-scoring era and to move into the top four all-time. Molly Dresibach leads all-time with 1,737.

Leah Edmond became the quickest Wildcat in team history to reach 1,000 kills. She did so in the first match of the season – the loss to No. 13 Creighton. Edmond surpassed Lauren O’Conner (2011-14) for second all-time in kills during the 25-point rally scoring era.

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