BATON ROUGE, Louisiana – The Kentucky No.5 volleyball team swept Louisiana State 3-0 (25-17, 25-23, 25-20) behind five blocks in a sophomore redshirt Bella bell and 16 kills in the second year Madi Skinner.
With Friday night’s victory live on the SEC, Kentucky improves to 13-3 on the season and remains the only undefeated team in the Southeastern Conference in the league at 6-0. The LSU Tigers fall to 7-11 on the year and are 3-6 in the SEC game.
Bell’s escape night featured five career-high blocks in addition to six kills on nine error-free, no-dig swings. The Blythewood, SC native reached 0.667 on the night and was one of the key figures in Kentucky’s victory over LSU.
Madi Skinner added 16 kills in the game to his season tally with a 0.324 save percentage to go along with five digs, one block and two aces on serve.
The Wildcats served the Tigers on the floor Friday night, registering nine aces, a new season high. The Tigers were off the system as Kentucky served most of the game and LSU was only held to three aces in the game.
Kentucky ends their swing on the SEC Road with a perfect 3-0 record and will now face Arkansas this week at Memorial Coliseum Friday night (9 p.m. ET, SEC Network) and Saturday night (7 p.m. ET, SEC Network +) .
Unlike Thursday night’s game, Kentucky came out in the limelight, winning six of the first seven points behind the massive digs of Eleanor Beavin and terminations outside the system by Azhani Tealer and Alli Stumler to make it a 6-1 Kentucky lead out of the gates. A 4-0 run at Kentucky made Wildcats 11-4 on Azhani Tealer service executed and LSU called its first seven minute timeout. Consecutive killings by Tealer and Madi Skinner did it 18-11 and LSU was forced to call its last time out. A Madi Skinner above the pass termination alongside a powerful kill from Bella bell did it 23-16 and the Wildcats closed the first set, 25-17. Kentucky reached 0.300 in the set with four Tealer’s kills paving the way for Kentucky’s offense. Madi Skinner and Bella bell both had three wins. The UK held LSU at 0.161 with three blocks for the Wildcats and Emma grome recorded 11 assists out of 12 Kentucky kills in the first game.
LSU swallowed up the early momentum in the second set, winning six of the first eight points to take a four-point lead at the start of the frame. The Wildcats were able to slowly come back into the set as they methodically reduced and tied the set for the first time at 8-8 as the two points traded points in the 15-14 media timeout with LSU ahead. Kentucky took their first frame lead at 17-16 on a Alli Stumler kill and after his second consecutive kill to reach five in the game, LSU called his first timeout behind the Wildcats, 19-17. Madi Skinner the third last-place elimination of the set put Kentucky ahead by three at 22-19, their biggest lead of the set, and LSU called their final timeout. Madi Skinner The 10th kill of the game gave a British set point of 24-20 and after two points from LSU Kentucky called their final time out leading 24-22. After LSU reduced the lead to 24-23, a kill by Madi Skinner on the left pin ended the set and Kentucky took a 2-0 lead in the game.
Kentucky Bella bell and Sophie fischer went 10-6 in the third set out of the gates and after a 5-0 run in Kentucky, the Tigers called their first timeout of the set four behind and struggling to get out of the rotation. LSU got back on track to finish five in a row after a successful challenge and a Kentucky segment of the game where he struggled to serve and it was 11-10 LSU followed by a time out in the UK. Kentucky pulled the score back on a 5-1 run to make it 16-12 before the race series continued and LSU made it 16. Kentucky’s service numbers were off the charts overnight, but Stumler’s second ace of the night made it 20-18 in the UK and LSU called his last two-point timeout. Kentucky won seven of the last eight points to close the game, 25-19.