By LARRY VAUGHT
She has experience playing for USA Volleyball — and recently attended a USA training camp along with teammate Madison Lilley — but this summer there will be none of that for Kentucky senior Leah Edmond.
“No traveling this summer for me. I will be in Lexington the whole summer. No USA for me this time,” Edmond, the 2018 SEC Player of the Year and second team All-American, said. “I need a rest and to make sure I am 100 percent healthy for my senior year.’
Kentucky closed its spring exhibition season with a win over Tennessee Thursday, the team that finished second behind UK in the Southeastern Conference race last year.
“I am really excited about our team for next season just from what I have seen this spring,” Edmond said. “I am anxious to get everybody on the court. We have a transfer coming in and we have freshmen that are not here yet. We already have great team chemistry and I know with the three of them here it will be really great.”
The transfer is two-time all-ACC middle-blocker Leah Meyer of Duke. The 6-3 Meyer was honorable mention All-America last season and ranked third in the ACC in hitting percentage (.376) and blocks (1.44) last season.
She’ll join a team that has won the last two SEC titles and went unbeaten in SEC play last year.
Edmond says it’s easy to know what UK can do for an encore season.
“Just do the same thing we have been doing and build on that. It’s going to be a really good year for the SEC,” Edmond said. “Tennessee clearly has a lot of options and it will make for a fun season.
“I think even though (spring exhibition) games don’t mean anything on the stat sheet, just knowing you have got to win and to make sure things are going well and you keep that confidence going makes it important to still win that match to end our spring season.”