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Madi Skinner’s 16 Kills Lead Cats Past LSU

After taking down the Tigers in four sets on Thursday night, the Wildcats picked up right where they left off late Friday evening, downing LSU in straight sets (25-17, 25-23, 25-20) to wrap up the series in Baton Rouge for their seventh-straight victory.

As has been the case for much of the season, sophomore Madi Skinner led the offensive attack for much of the evening, finding the floor on 16 kills with a .324 hitting clip. Skinner led all players in the match and was the only Wildcat able to eclipse double figures. Azhani Tealer added nine kills, Alli Stumler had eight and Bella Bell had six.

Emma Grome had another solid evening quarterbacking the offense, dishing out a match-high 34 assists and directing the attack to a .241 clip.

It was the defensive side of the floor where the Cats separated themselves Friday, however, as the Wildcats limited the LSU attack to just .147 hitting and forced the Tigers into 20 hitting errors in just three sets. LSU failed to hit above .161 in a single frame all night and only one Tiger managed to reach double figures.

At the net, redshirt sophomore Bella Bell continued her stellar play of late by leading all players with five rejections. Tealer and Grome were close behind with four each, sophomore Sophie Fischer tallied two and Stumler and Skinner each had one.

Eleanor Beavin led the way in the back row, picking up 10 digs, a service ace and a pair of assists. Grome picked up nine digs, Skinner and Lauren Tharp had five and Tealer and Stumler added four.

With the win, Kentucky improves to 13-3 on the season and 6-0 in the SEC. They remain the only team with a perfect conference record thus far and sit alone atop the SEC standings. The Cats will be back in action in a week for a series against the Arkansas Razorbacks beginning Friday. First serve is set for 9:00 pm.

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