UK Volleyball hosts spring matches

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky volleyball team, under the direction of a brand new coaching staff, will host two exhibition matches at Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, April 23. Coach Craig Skinner and assistants Robert Pulliza and Jenae Dowling will have the Wildcats ready to face OVC Champions Eastern Kentucky at 10 a.m. and Big Ten power Purdue at 4 p.m.

UK Volleyball Hosts Spring Matches

Wildcats face Eastern Kentucky and Purdue Saturday. 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky volleyball team, under the direction of a brand new coaching staff, will host two exhibition matches at Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, April 23. Coach Craig Skinner and assistants Robert Pulliza and Jenae Dowling will have the Wildcats ready to face OVC Champions Eastern Kentucky at 10 a.m. and Big Ten power Purdue at 4 p.m.

 

Kentucky returns eight letterwinners from the 2004 season, including rising seniors Danielle Wallace, an outside hitter, Amy Kaplan at middle blocker and Leigh Marcum at setter. Kentucky fans also will get their first look at redshirt freshman middle blocker Queen Nzenwa, who missed last season with an injury.

 

This marks Skinner’s coaching debut in Memorial Coliseum. The former Nebraska assistant head coach was picked to lead the Kentucky program in mid-December. He recently completed his first Wildcat recruiting class, which features outside Erin Turner from Winnetka, Calif., outside and middle Ashlee Fisher from West Bend, Wisc., setter Tess Edwards from Ottawa, Ontario, and defensive specialist Alisa Pierce, who hails from Louisville, Ky., and attends Pleasure Ridge Park High School.

 

Admission to Saturday’s matches is free. In addition to Kentucky’s two matches, EKU will face Purdue at 1 p.m.

 

2005 Kentucky Volleyball Returnees

No.    Player                        Pos.      Hgt.      Cl.      Exp.     Hometown/High School

1        Melissa Popp              OH        5-11      Jr.      2VL      Indianapolis, Ind./Bishop Chatard

2        Kathleen Bowler          DS/L     5-4         So.    1VL       Naperville, Ill./Naperville North

3        Amy Kaplan                MB        5-10      Sr.      3VL      Cary, Ill./Cary-Grove

4        Leigh Marcum             S           5-8         Sr.     3VL       Noblesville, Ind./Noblesville

5        Julie Gagnon               OH        5-9        Jr.      2VL      Wheaton, Ill./Wheaton-Warrenville South

7        Kristen Cunningham    MB        6-0        So.     1VL      Fairfax Station, Va./Robinson

8        Danielle Wallace          OH        6-2        Sr.      3VL      Port Charlotte, Fla./Out of Door

10       Jenni Casper               DS/L      5-3        Jr.      2VL      Louisville, Ky./Mercy

20       Queen Nzenwa            MB        6-2     RS-Fr.   HS         Baltimore, Md./Kenwood


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