Virginia Falls 3-0 to Kentucky
Box Score Sept. 10, 2016
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Virginia volleyball team (3-5) fell to Kentucky 3-0 (25-12, 25-18, 25-18) on Saturday morning in the Bluegrass Battle at Memorial Coliseum.
Freshman Chino Anukwuem (East Hanover, N.J.) led Virginia at the net for the second-straight match with three blocks, while Burton, Banker and Thorson each had two. Freshman Kelsey Miller (Crestwood, Ky.) led the back line with six digs.
Kentucky (4-4) finished with 16.0 team blocks and had 35 kills on a .276 attack percentage. The Cavaliers finished with 28 kills and had three service aces with six blocks as a team.
Virginia had a 5-3 advantage to open the match, but an 8-0 run put Kentucky ahead 11-5. The Cavaliers were unable to get their offense going as the Wildcats remained in control of the set to win 25-12 and take a 1-0 lead.
UVA was on the board quickly in the second set with a 5-1 lead that included four blocks. Anukwuem and Thorson contributed to three of those, with a solo block each, and Burton and Banker combined for one. The Cavaliers were leading 8-5 when the Wildcats tied the set at 8-8 and then went ahead 12-9 on a 3-0 run. Virginia cut the Kentucky lead to one, 18-17, but the Wildcats closed the set on a 7-1 run to win 25-18 and lead 2-0.
The third set was close early as UVA and Kentucky were tied 3-3, until an 8-1 run put the Wildcats up 11-4. Down 15-10, Virginia put together a 5-1 run to cut the lead to one but Kentucky pulled away once again to go up 19-15. Virginia was unable to comeback as the Wildcats closed out the win 25-18.
Virginia will close out the Bluegrass Battle today against Marquette. The teams are set to begin play at 5 p.m.