Posted: Nov 30, 2012 10:39 PM
LEXINGTON, Ky. - For the second-consecutive season, the University of
Kentucky volleyball team (21-10, 14-6 SEC) advanced to the second round of
the NCAA Volleyball Championship with a 3-0 sweep of the East Tennessee
State Buccaneers (23-13, 11-7 Atlantic Sun) on Friday night inside Memorial
UK raced out to a 1-0 lead in the match thanks to a 25-9 win, in which the
Wildcats hit .409 while holding ETSU to a .032 hitting percentage in the opening
frame. Kentucky was led on offense by Ashley Frazier who recorded four kills.
Whitney Billings and Kayla Tronick also charted a pair of kills in the set. On
defense, SEC Libero of the Year and reigning SEC Defensive Player of the
Week Stephanie Klefot collected four digs to give UK the lead in the match.
In a see-saw battle in the second set, Kentucky used a 10-2 run in the later
stages of the frame to claim a 25-17 win and take a commanding 2-0 lead in the
match. The second set featured seven ties and four lead changes before the
Wildcats closed the set on a 17-4 run to close the stanza. UK hit .394 in the set,
while only committing three errors on 16 kills.
In the clinching set, Kentucky jumped out to a six-point lead at 11-5 and didn't
look back as UK hit .286 over the course of the frame to collect a 25-15 win to
close out the match. The Wildcats blistered the ETSU back line, accounting for
The Kentucky defense stifled the ETSU attack, as the Bucs were only able to
hit .040 over the three-set affair with Kentucky knocking the ball around at a .361
clip all while recording 39 kills in the match.
UK was paced on offense by senior Ashley Frazier who hit .500 on the match,
collecting 12 kills in 22 opportunities and only recording one error. Defensively,
Klefot continued to be the rock in the back for the Cats as the Louisville, Ky.,
native tallied a team-high 10 digs with Whitney Billings charting nine. Junior
Jessie Greenberg also had nine stabs.
With the win, the Lexington Regional final is now set as UK will play the Ohio
State Buckeyes on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. ET for the right to advance to the