LEXINGTON, Ky. – The No. 2 Nebraska Cornhuskers swept No. 13 Kentucky on Sunday in Memorial Coliseum as Nebraska hit .302 and held UK to .141 in a 3-0 (27-25, 25-20, 25-16) three-set affair in entrance of a season-high 3,933 followers.
Junior reverse Reagan Rutherford led the Wildcats with 9 kills, 12 digs, one block, and one help. She hit .185 on the day, which was a workforce finest. The Missouri Metropolis, Texas native was the workforce chief with 9 kills within the match and 4 errors. It marks the seventh time this season that Rutherford has led UK in kills for a match.
Defensively, Kentucky was paced by Rutherford and libero Eleanor Beavin who each had 12 digs within the match. Azhani Tealer had three stuff blocks, together with one solo to steer all UK gamers. In one of the telling stats of the match, Nebraska outblocked Kentucky, 10-3.
Kentucky will start Southeastern Convention play with two matches towards LSU subsequent weekend. The primary match is subsequent Saturday at 4 p.m. ET on the SEC Community+, and Sunday’s match is at Midday ET on SEC Community.
Junior Reagan Rutherford bought issues began off for the Wildcats with a cross-court slam and a block, as she gave UK a 4-2 lead. At a tied rating of eight all, Nebraska had a service error, one in every of its 5 within the set. With two back-to-back kills by Adanna Rollins, the Wildcats led the Cornhuskers 11-8. Tied 13-13, Rutherford recorded one other kill. Regaining the lead at 16-15, Azhani Tealer landed her second kill of the day. A back-and-forth battle continued all through the set as Kentucky discovered itself main 18-17, which was capitalized the subsequent level with one other Rutherford kill. To carry the Wildcats result in 21-17, Lamb used the Cornhuskers’ block to her benefit. Tied at 23-23, Nebraska killed the ball to provide them set level. A missed serve and Tealer kill then introduced the Wildcats a 25-24 lead, placing set level of their favor. With two kills ending of their favor, Nebraska adopted with one other set level alternative, which ended with a hitting error, bringing the Cornhuskers a first-set win, 27-25.
Gaining some momentum from a Nebraska service error at 5-3, Lamb used the block as soon as once more to her profit, recording kill quantity 5 of the day. Trailing 8-6, Tealer and setter Emma Grome mixed for an enormous block that introduced the Wildcats again inside one level. Rollins later recorded a kill that led UK to a tied sport at 9. A Rutherford kill down the road introduced UK again to at least one at 13-12, however the Cornhuskers continued to tug away after that. Only a few factors later, Kentucky gained its first lead of the sport at 16-15 off of an enormous Tealer kill. Grome gained that lead again as soon as once more along with her robust play on the web following a Nebraska kill at 17-16. Rollins and Rutherford recorded some massive digs all through the set to assist out the defensive finish together with the offense. In comparison with Kentucky’s .144 Hitting, Nebraska hit .280 on the set. At 23-18, Nebraska tipped the ball to seek out themselves at set level. Goetzinger and Lamb stored the Wildcats alive with one kill every, however the set ended with a Nebraska kill and a 25-20 Cornhusker win.
Leaping off to a 5-1 lead, the Cornhuskers continued to hit and distribute the ball nicely. Rutherford tallied two consecutive kills in favor of Kentucky to carry the Wildcats on the scoreboard once more at 5-3. Nebraska went on a four-point run to steer the set 9-3 early. Occurring one other run of three factors, Nebraska introduced the rating to 14-5. Freshman Audrey Whitworth, junior Bella Bell, and senior Maddie Berezowitz noticed their first motion of the afternoon, because the Wildcats wanted a brand new spark of vitality on the court docket. Trailing by 9 with a rating of 17-8, Rollins earned kill quantity eight of the day. With an elevated hitting share of .302 and 10 blocks on the day, Nebraska discovered themselves main 22-12. Bella Bell recorded her first kill of the match at 23-13, however the Cornhuskers discovered themselves at match level only one play later. The Wildcats held off the three match level alternatives for Nebraska however have been unable to transform because the match ended with a rating of 25-16 in set three.