Kentucky opened SEC play by hosting Mississippi State at Memorial Coliseum in Lexington, KY.
Kentucky starts on a 7-0 run leading the Bulldogs, 13-5. Kentucky’s Kendyl Paris has an early trio of kills in the first set, Caitlyn Cooper with a block solo, Wildcats up the lead to 20-12. Kentucky dominates the first set 25-17. The Wildcats hit.220 with four kills by Stumler, Curry with 10 digs and they held Miss St to .079 on the offense.
Madison Lilley and Kendyl Paris combine for back to back kills for the Wildcats and they have a 7-4 early lead in the second set. Kentucky is hitting .500 paced by Kendyl’s .600 hitting percentage. It is all Kentucky in the second set with a 16-7 lead. Madison Lilley controls the offense and has 20 assists. Wildcats take the second set 25-11 on pure domination by Madison Lilley and the Kentucky offense.
Wildcats trail the Bulldogs 19-15 in the third set. Leah Edmond suffers a left leg injury and her return is questionable. Wildcats respond with three points now trailing 19-18. Bulldogs take the third set, 25-21
Alli Stumler sets a new career high with 17 kills and Kentucky lead 4-3 in the fourth set. Wildcats on a 5-0 run and have a 17-10 lead.
Final Kentucky 3, Miss St 1
Wildcats extend their SEC winning streak to 26 games going all the way back to 2017 and start SEC play 1-0