LEXINGTON — The No. 17 Florida Gators rallied for a 3-1 win over No. 20 Kentucky on Sunday afternoon, the Cats' first conference loss of the season.
"Today was frustrating," 11th-year Kentucky Coach Craig Skinner said of the 22-25, 25-21, 25-22, 25-20 loss. "I didn't think that we played really well and Florida did some nice things with their blocking. I didn't think we took as many chances as we needed to. When you're in a match with a top-20 team, you have to play a lot more aggressive."
The Gators snapped a nine-match winning streak by the Wildcats, which included opening the SEC slate with six straight victories.
Sophomore Ashley Dusek had another sparkling performance for the Cats (13-6, 6-1 Southeastern Conference), though with a match-high 28 digs. She combined for 68 digs in nine sets of play over the weekend for an average of 7.56 digs per frame.
Junior outside hitter Anni Thomasson and senior setter Morgan Bergren both logged double-doubles for UK. Thomasson posted 11 kills and 12 digs, while Bergren registered 43 assists and 11 scoops on the afternoon.
Sophomore Darian Mack paced the attack with a team-best 14 kills, while classmate Emily Franklin notched a career-best 12 on a blazing .579 attacking percentage.
Next up for UK are two matches on the road — at Alabama on Friday and Mississippi on Sunday.