The University of Kentucky volleyball team visits the KFC Yum! Center tonight at 7:00 p.m., to take on the Louisville Cardinals. At a record of 5-4, UK looks to remain above .500 while U of L, who is 4-4, tries to not fall below .500 for the first time this season.
The Wildcats hold the series record 27-26, but the Cards could tie it up after falling to the Wildcats, who are on a three match winning streak in the series.
Neither team has looked great so far this season, with both dropping out of the AVCA Coaches Top 25.
A Look at the Teams Freshman Leah Edmond leads the Cats in kills and hitting percentage. Nine of the 14 players on Kentucky's roster are listed at 6'0 or taller. The height could prove to be an asset for Kentucky, who is known for recording numerous blocks each match.
For the Cardinals, freshman Melanie McHenry has led the in kills. Reigning ACC freshman of the year and defensive player of the year Molly Sauer has played a crucial role for this year's team. Sauer has 131 digs in eight matches and has started to step up as a leader for this year's Cardinal team. Louisville does have eight players listed as 6'0 or taller, compared to just four a year ago. The increase in height should help on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball.
Keys to Success Louisville must work on passing the ball, where they have struggled this season.
172 errors in eight games, which has proved fatal in close matches. Limiting the number of errors will keep the Cards in it.
Knocking Kentucky's Edmond out of the game will slow down the pace of game-play, and force other Wildcats to make big plays.
Prediction If U of L can control their passing and get things rolling on all cylinders they have a good shot at winning. The home crowd at the KFC Yum! Center could play a factor in energizing the Cards and intimidating younger Wildcat players. If Louisville were to break their losing streak to Kentucky this could be the year. The Cards beat the Cats 3-2.