Senior Day in Memorial for Volleyball Cats

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Coach Craig Skinner's trio of senior Wildcats have accomplished great things. One thing they have not yet accomplished is a sweep over volleyball powerhouse Florida. They will get their opportunity today as the # 10 Wildcats host the # 13 Gators in Memorial. First service is set for 2 p.m. ET start as the match is set for a live broadcast on FS South (Lexington – Channel 52).

The match will also serve as Senior Day for three Kentucky players. Brooke Bartek, Sarah Rumely and BriAnne Sauer will play their final regular season matches in the friendly confines of Memorial Coliseum.

Kentucky (27-2, 17-1) faces Florida with a Southeastern Conference title in its sights. A victory over the Gators would ensure at least a share of the conference crown for the Wildcats. Florida's (20-5, 14-4) loss to Tennessee on Friday night made the Gators mathematically out of contention for its unprecedented 19th consecutive conference title.

The Wildcats rolled to a 3-0 sweep of South Carolina Friday. The Wildcats got a tremendous offensive performance from junior Lauren Rapp who posted 11 kills on a .611 hitting percentage. Gretchen Giesler continues to be a force for the defensive unit as she turned back nine Gamecock attacks.

Prior to the match the Blue and White will honor its three seniors. Bartek is a three-year member of the Wildcat program after transferring to Kentucky following her freshman season at Nebraska. She has charted 13 career matches with 10 or more kills in her career. Rumely earned SEC Player of the Year honors in her junior campaign and was the 2006 SEC Freshman of the Year. She is the only player in school history to earn both awards. Sauer is a native of Louisville and has transformed into one of the best liberos in the country. She recently tallied her 1,500th career dig to surge into the SEC's all-time top-10 list.

Florida is 40-11 all-time in the series with the Wildcats, but UK has claimed each of the last two meetings. The squads have needed five sets to determine the outcome in each of the last three meetings. Kentucky earned a win over the Gators in Gainesville for the first time since 1989. Kelly Murphy continues to lead the Gators with 3.12 digs per set on .366 hitting and she also dishes out 6.40 assists per set as well.

The University of Kentucky will play host to a double-header in Memorial Coliseum Sunday, Nov. 22. Following the volleyball game, the UK Hoops team will entertain Chattanooga at 6 p.m. EST.

All single-game and season tickets for Sunday's volleyball and women's basketball contests will be honored for admission to both events.

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