LEXINGTON, Ky. – Ready to make its 14th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, the No. 10 seed Kentucky volleyball team will face the Murray State Racers inside Memorial Coliseum in a first-round matchup at 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday night.
UK is coming off capping another conference championship with an undefeated 18-0 record after defeating South Carolina in four sets on the road and sweeping Auburn at home.
UK is still at the top of the Southeastern Conference in hitting percentage at .305, which ranks third in the country, and assists with 13.11 and kills per set at 14.37, good enough for 10th in the country.
SCOUTING MURRAY STATE
The Racers won all three Ohio Valley Conference Tournament matches to claim the title, sweeping Austin Peay in the final match. OVC Defensive Player of the Year Becca Fernandez heads up the Murray State defense with 4.99 digs per set. Rachel Giustino led the OVC with 4.02 kills per set while teammate Dacia Brown ranked second at 3.83.
UNDEFEATED IN THE SEC
Kentucky captured its fifth undefeated season, first since 1987 & 1988 (7-0), along with it’s most conference wins in program history (18).
Kentucky captured a share of its seventh SEC Championship after sweeping Missouri, the first time its won the title in back-to-back seasons since 1987-88. The Wildcats then won the SEC outright in the win over South Carolina.
FASTEST TO 1,000, CHASING RECORDS
Leah Edmond passed Whitney Billings for first all-time in the 25-point rally-scoring era and moved into the top four all-time in the win over Missouri. 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.
CATS IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
UK is one of 10 teams that have made the tournament in each of the last 14 seasons alongside Penn State, Hawaii, Washington, Nebraska, Stanford, Colorado State, Texas, Southern California and Florida.
Under Skinner, the Wildcats have made a school-record 14-straight trips to the tournament. Kentucky has made 19 total trips to the tournament. The Wildcats are 13-6 in the first and second round matchups in the 13 times UK has hosted.