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No. 4 Kentucky sweeps Arkansas behind Skinner's 17 kills

Posted at 6:36 PM, Jan 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-30 18:36:56-05

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Senior outside hitter Avery Skinner hammered 17 kills, senior setter Madison Lilley recorded 36 assists and senior libero Gabby Curry tallied a season-high 18 digs as the No. 4 Kentucky Volleyball team swept Arkansas 3-0 (25-15, 25-14, 26-24) on Saturday afternoon at Barnhill Arena.

Kentucky improves to 10-0 in this 2020-21 all-SEC season, and now sits at 2-0 in the spring portion after a sweep of the Razorbacks on Friday and Saturday.

Following a bye week next week, Kentucky’s season picks back up in Athens, Georgia on February 13 and 14 against the Georgia Bulldogs. Both matches are scheduled for a 3 p.m. ET start at Stegman Coliseum.

“I’m really proud of our upperclassmen,” UK head coach Craig Skinner said. “They came to play tonight and came up huge at the end of the sets when it was crunch time.”

The beginning of the match was the Kentucky block that made the difference, with nine blocks tallied by the UK front line inside the first set and a third of play. UK ended up with a season-high 11 blocks in the match, and held Arkansas to just .073 hitting in the match. Azhani Tealer notched a career-high five blocks and Elise Goetzinger also notching five, as well. Madison Lilley also added in five stuffs, with senior counterpart Avery Skinner throwing four on the stat sheet.

Senior Alli Stumler had nine kills on .350 hitting with 16 digs and a block, as the senior continued her torrid start to the season.