In front of the largest crowd in the Craig Skinner era and in its first appearance in Rupp Arena the Kentucky volleyball team swept Mississippi State 3-0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-18) on Friday night. As the kickoff event to Big Blue Madness, 5,261 fans saw the Blue and White earn its first ever victory in historic Rupp Arena.
The Wildcats' (11-7, 5-3 SEC) defensive effort was impressive as UK limited Mississippi State (4-13, 0-7 SEC) to 22 kills and a negative .026 hitting percentage. Kentucky charted 35 kills on .262 hitting with senior setter Christine Hartmann passing out 29 assists.
Senior Ashley Frazier and junior Alexandra Morgan led the offensive effort with eight kills apiece. Sophomore Lauren O'Conner added seven and junior Whitney Billings logged five. Morgan also contributed a career-high four service aces.
Freshman Sara Schwarzwalder and Hartmann led the defense at the net with a trio of blocks. Hartmann also was tops on the team with eight digs. Senior Stephanie Klefot had seven and Billings contributed six.
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Kentucky returns to action on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ET. UK will play host to Texas A&M in a "Dig for the Cure," match in which fans are encouraged to wear pink.
Women's golf in 14th
The Kentucky women's golf team completed its first round at the 2012 Tar Heel Invitational with a 17-over 305 and sit in 14th.
Junior Liz Breed led the way for the Wildcats, carding a 3-over 75 and is in a tie for 30th. Breed converted on 13 pars and sank a birdie on the par 5 hole No. 17 to highlight her afternoon.
Cylia Damerau posted a score of 4-over-par, 76 and is tied for 41st. The freshman recorded 14 pars.
Women's soccer wins
The Kentucky women's soccer team was locked in a scoreless game with host Tennessee for the first 69 minutes, but the Wildcats found an opening on the left side and Kelli Hubly scored from five yards out hand UT a 1-0 loss.
UK and UT had 15 shots a piece.