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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 Sub-Regional final.
This is the third-straight season that Kentucky has advanced in the NCAA Tournament to the second round.
Aided 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 set.
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.
In 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, Ky.
2013 NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship
First Round – Lexington Sub-Regional
Memorial Coliseum – Lexington, Ky.
Saturday, Nov. 7, 2013
Kentucky vs. Duquesne
Post-match Notes
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. ET.

·         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.

First Set:
·         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 two digs.

Second Set:
·         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 set, 25-17.

·         The Wildcats had six different players record a kill in the set, with Whitney Billings (5) and Anni Thomasson (4) each recording more than two.

·         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.

Third Set:
·         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.


Individual Notes: 
·         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 that category.

·         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.



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