Freshman Ann Armes
Sept. 9, 2008
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Fresh off their first road trip of the season, the Wildcats return to the friendly confines of Memorial Coliseum for a mid-week match against Tennessee State, Wednesday. First serve is slated for a 6 p.m. start.
The Wildcats (5-2, 0-0) ventured to Maryland and returned home with a tournament title. Kentucky went 2-1 on the weekend, and by virtue of a tie-break was awarded the crown. UK swept both Missouri and Maryland in impressive fashion in which the offense and defense were equally imposing. The Blue and White attack used a .274 hitting percentage and 148 kills to overpower past the Tigers and Terps. The defense held opponents to .188 hitting while registering 25 blocks and averaging 16 digs per set. Tournament MVP Queen Nzenwa was tops on the team with a .400 hitting percentage and sophomore Lauren Rapp tallied 36 kills on the weekend. Freshman Becky Pavan was the block leader with 16, while junior BriAnne Sauer scooped up 38 attacks.
Junior Sarah Rumely registered two double-doubles on the weekend, pushing her career total past 20. Rumely also went over 100 career aces in the Old Line state moving her into the top-10 on the UK career list in that category.
Redshirt freshman Ann Armes had a coming out party of sorts in UK's 3-1 week. Armes set a career-high with 11 kills in a four-set win over Morehead State. She then equaled that total in a sweep of Missouri. But, the freshman has proven to be more than just an offensive threat when she tallied 12 digs in a loss to St. John's, and also recorded five aces and four blocks during her remarkable week.
Tennessee State is winless in three tries so far this season. The Tigers were not in action this past weekend, and have not seen the court in over 10 days. Tennessee State has faced some stiff competition thus far, playing Duke, Kansas State and Purdue to open up the year. The Tigers are led offensively by Christian Lowe who averages 2.89 kills per set. On defense, five players average one or more digs per set, with two players tallying more than two per frame. TSU has recorded nine blocks, three per match thus far in the season.
Complete coverage of the UK volleyball team against Tennessee State and live stats can be found at UKathletics.com.