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24th-ranked UK volleyball team knocks off No. 5 Florida in Gainesville

Kentucky's volleyball team, ranked 24th in the nation, pulled off a 3-1 upset of No. 5 Florida (22-25, 25-23, 25-21, 25-21) on Sunday afternoon in Gainesville, Fla.

"It just seemed like our team felt they were going to win before they stepped onto the court," Coach Craig Skinner said. "There was an aura of confidence and composure, and nothing really fazed us all day, and I'm proud we were able to maintain a consistent level of effort the whole match.

The Cats posted a season-high nine aces. Anni Thomasson and McKenzie Watson had three apiece.

"Our servers really applied as much pressure as we have all year," Skinner said. "We've really been working hard at it, so I'm glad to see it pay off."

Freshman Brooke Morgan delivered a career-best 13 kills on the right side.

"We've always known that Brooke is very capable of scoring points like that, and she's an imposing force at the net," Skinner said. "We knew we could take advantage of that if we could handle the ball, and with her being in rhythm, we did a great job of executing."

Darian Mack had a team-high 15 kills to go with eight digs. Thomasson had a double-double with 10 kills and 15 digs.

Morgan Bergren directed UK's offense to 57 kills. She dished out 51 assists and had six digs and a team-high five blocks.

With the win, Kentucky improved to 9-5 overall and 2-0 in Southeastern Conference play. Florida is 9-2 overall and 1-1 in league play.

Up next for the Cats is a matchup against Mississippi State at 7 p.m. Friday in Memorial Coliseum. It will air live on the SEC Network.

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