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Craig Skinner likes “when people go after” sophomore Lauren Tharp

Lauren Tharp (UK Athletics Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky volleyball plays Washington this afternoon  in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen and coach Craig Skinner says not to underestimate the role sophomore Lauren Tharp played in UK’s second-round tourney sweep of Michigan.

Teammates Leah Edmond, Madison Lilley, Gabby Curry and Alli Stumler get most of the attention for the team’s success and all have had sensational seasons. But Tharp continues to make big plays at key times and UK will need more of that if it hopes to win twice in Texas and reach its first Final Four.

“We like it when people go after Lauren because she is a great passer, and not only that, she is a great competitor and she really has no memory of what happened the last point,” Skinner said. “So if that’s people’s game plan, it’s happened before throughout the year and she responded.

“The first trip across the back row (against Michigan) I think she had three perfect passes out of three. Every team at the tournament serves well and we have great ball control, and it’s not always perfect and we have ways to get out of that. Lauren did a great job.”

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