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.
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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.