Wildcat volleyball rolls over Hogs

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - For the first time in nearly a year four Kentucky players reached double-figures in kills as the 12th-ranked Wildcats scored a 3-1 (25-18, 17-25, 25-22, 25-15) victory at Arkansas Friday night. The last time UK had four players with 10 or more kills was on Nov. 28, 2008. The win was Kentucky's 21st of the season, and allowed the Cats to remain alone atop the SEC.

Junior Sarah Mendoza led the way with 16 kills. Sophomore Becky Pavan added 13 and junior Lauren Rapp and sophomore Gretchen Giesler each totaled 10. Senior Sarah Rumely dished out 49 assists and added a pair of kills of her own. Junior Blaire Hiler narrowly missed adding another double-digit effort when she added eight kills of her own.

Defensively, senior BriAnne Sauer had a match-high 19 digs in the back row. Junior Laura Stokowski posted 10 and freshman Stephanie Klefot added seven scoops. At the net UK registered nine blocks led by Rumely's four.

"I thought we did a nice job in the first game coming out strong," Kentucky coach Craig Skinner said. "We played awfully well in the fourth set as well. If we play like we did in the first and fourth sets we are a lot of fun to watch. We made plays defensively, our blocking was strong and we had a couple of hitters get really hot tonight."

Kentucky (21-2, 11-1) will next face Ole Miss in Oxford Sunday, Nov. 1. The matchup is set to air live on FS South at 2 p.m. ET.

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