FROM THE UK MEDIA RELATIONS VOLLEYBALL TEAM
AUBURN, Ala. – The No. 7 Kentucky volleyball team (21-3, 12-1 SEC) travels to Auburn (14-18, 7-6 SEC) on Sunday to continue Southeastern Conference play. First serve is set for 2:30 pm. ET and will be shown live on SEC Network+ and the WatchESPN app.
Kentucky and Auburn have already faced off once this season, meeting in early October inside Memorial Coliseum. Kentucky won in four sets over the Tigers, 25-19, 25-14, 30-32, 25-21.
UK is No. 4 in the latest PRI, while Auburn sits at No. 38.
Scouting the Opponent – Auburn
Auburn is 14-18 overall and 7-9 in the SEC. Auburn is currently riding a three match winning streak after defeating South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee. The Tigers are second in the SEC in digs per set at 15.99, while Jesse Earl leads all individuals in the league at 5.07 per frame. Earl is also fourth in the conference in aces per set at 0.41. Auburn is fourth in the SEC in kills per set at 13.68, and have four – Brenna McIlroy, Shaina White, Gwyn Jones and Anna Stevenson – that average more than two kills per frame.
Earlier this season, Kentucky and Auburn met inside Memorial Coliseum. Kentucky won in four sets, and Leah Edmond had an impressive 25 kills with just four errors for a .438 hitting percentage. Three Wildcats – Ashley Dusek, Madison Lilley and Gabby Curry – had double-digit digs in the win, while Lilley had a double-double.
Senior libero Ashley Dusek has been named a finalist for the Senior CLASS award, Premier Sports Management announced Nov. 10. The award is given to a single Division I volleyball student-athlete who excels both on and off the court.
The finalists were chosen by a selection committee from the list of 30 candidates announced in October. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately, and fans are encouraged to vote on the Senior CLASS Award website through December 4. Fan votes will then be combined with media and Division I head coaches' votes to determine the winner. The Senior CLASS Award recipient will be announced during the 2017 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship in December.