No. 15 Kentucky 3, Duquesne 0-FINAL
NCAA Volleyball Tournament
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The
University of Kentucky volleyball team began its run in the 2013 NCAA
Women’s Volleyball Championship on Saturday afternoon by sweeping the
Duquesne Dukes, 3-0 (25-23, 25-17, 25-17) to advance to the Lexington
This is the third-straight season that Kentucky has advanced in the NCAA Tournament to the second round.
by a 4-0 mid-set run that gave Kentucky a 24-19 lead, the Wildcats took
a 1-0 lead in the match with a 25-22 opening-set win. The Wildcats and
Dukes exchanged leads through the opening 18 points of the match, as
neither side could get more than a two-point lead until DU took the
10-8 lead. Kentucky then went on a run that gave them a 24-19 lead and
five set points to win the set. Duquesne rallied to keep it close and
saved off four of the set points before a Whitney Billings kill ended
The Wildcats then extended their lead to 2-0 in
the match with a decisive 25-19 win in the second set. Kentucky raced
out to a 9-5 lead before catapulting its lead to 11-5 to start the set.
UK had six different players record a kill in the set, with senior
Whitney Billings leading the way with five. Kentucky closed out the set
winning the last three points, and clinched the 2-0 lead. Craig
Skinner’s squad is now 20-1 this season when winning the second set.
the third set, Kentucky again had a solid start out of the
intermission, collecting an 8-4 lead in the early going. Billings
continued her brilliant effort, collecting three consecutive kills to
aid the Wildcats’ 6-0 run and put cushion on a 20-12 lead in the set.
Kentucky then closed out the set in the third with a 25-17 third-set
win to cap off the match.
With the win, Kentucky advances
to the Lexington Sub-Regional final for a slot in the NCAA Sweet 16, as
the Wildcats will face off against the Michigan State Spartans on
Sunday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. ET inside Memorial Coliseum in Lexington,
2013 NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship
First Round – Lexington Sub-Regional
Memorial Coliseum – Lexington, Ky.
Saturday, Nov. 7, 2013
Kentucky vs. Duquesne
Final Score: Kentucky 3, Duquesne 0
Team Records and Notes:
Kentucky moves to 22-8 on the season and advances to the Lexington
Sub-Regional final against No. 20 Michigan State on Sunday at 4:00 p.m.
· Duquesne finishes the season at 20-10 overall.
Kentucky is now 18-1 when winning the first set of the match, and 20-1
when winning the first two sets.
This is Kentucky’s third-straight season advancing to the second round
of the NCAA Tournament. In 2011 and 2012, UK advanced out of the
regional to the Sweet 16.
· This is Kentucky’s fourth-straight sweep when winning a match.
· Duquesne was appearing in its first NCAA Tournament in program history.
It took 18 points in the opening set for a two-point lead to surface
from either side before Duquesne took the 10-8 lead.
· At the media timeout, Duquesne led Kentucky 15-14.
Kentucky went on a 4-0 run to take an 18-16, which forced Duquesne to
call its first timeout of the match.
The Dukes responded with a 3-0 run out of the timeout to close the
Kentucky lead to 20-19 and force the Wildcats to call a timeout.
· Duquesne saved off four set points, from down 24-19 to make it 24-23.
Kentucky won five of the last nine points to close the set and take the
1-0 lead, 25-23.
Whitney Billings, Alexandra Morgan and Anni Thomasson each had four
kills in the first set, with Billings also adding four assists.
· Morgan Bergen had 15 assists and Jackie Napper had a team-high five digs.
Madelynn Burnham collected a team-high five kills in 12 attacks, with
Kentucky raced out to a 9-5 lead in the second set, capped off by a 4-0
run to force a DU timeout.
The Wildcats stretched their lead to 11-5 at one point and never looked
back in the set, as Duquesne did not get closer than three points the
rest of the way.
Duquesne called a timeout trailing 22-15 after the Wildcats went on a
4-0 run to stretch its lead to seven.
Kentucky closed out the set winning the final three points to win the
The Wildcats had six different players record a kill in the set, with
Whitney Billings (5) and Anni Thomasson (4) each recording more than
· Jackie Napper led Kentucky with five digs.
Mary Henry led DU with three kills in the set, while also leading the
Dukes with four digs.
· Kentucky again got off to a strong start, leading 8-4.
A quick 5-0 run by the Wildcats forced a DU timeout with Kentucky
nursing a 19-12 lead.
Whitney Billings had three consecutive kills to give Kentucky its 17th,
18th, and 19th points.
UK had a match-high eight-point lead at 21-13, which they held onto to
take the match in the third set, 25-17.
Whitney Billings (UK) had 18 kills in the match, just two off of her
season high. The senior from Helena, Ala., also chipped in with eight
assists and a block.
· Anni Thomasson (UK) collected 12 kills and three blocks.
Morgan Bergren (UK) had 43 assists in match, leading all players in
· Jackie Napper (UK) tallied up a match-high 11 digs on Saturday.
Marah Farage (DU) led the Dukes with eight kills in the match. She also
added in one block and one dig to her scoreline.
· Mary Henry (DU) had a team-high 24 assists and six digs.
Allison Foschia (DU) and Patti Abshire (DU) each led Duquense with nine
digs in the match. The duo combined for 18 of the Dukes’ 35 digs.