No Grizzly finish Friday night.
Kentucky passed its first-round test in the NCAA Volleyball Tournament, topping Oakland 3-0 (25-20, 28-26, 25-19) in Memorial Coliseum.
The same Oakland Golden Grizzlies who came to Lexington and knocked UK out of the NCAA Men's Soccer tourney last month.
UK volleyball (27-5), seeded 13th nationally, will meet Ohio State (22-11) Saturday at 7 p.m. At stake will be a Sweet Sixteen berth in next week's regional at Louisville.
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Ohio State advanced by topping Lipscomb 3-0 (25-20, 25-14, 25-18).
"I was pleased with our effort tonight," UK Coach Craig Skinner said. "Gotta give a lot of credit to Oakland, first of all on their season, and how they came out in the first game and really battled us and made plays. We talked about that before the match, that Oakland is going to make plays and you have to respect that and execute on our end.
"I thought, defensively, holding them to .107 was a big key. And then, also, keeping our attack errors pretty low was very important."
Lauren O'Conner led UK with 14 kills, hitting .452. Kaz Brown added a career-high 10 kills and hit .600.
Morgan Bergren notched her eighth double-double of the season, posting 33 assists and 10 digs.
Jackie Napper came up with 22 digs and even had a third-set kill.
"I was just trying to put it where somebody wasn't," Napper said with a laugh. "I got lucky."
Brown had six kills and O'Conner had four in the opening set. Brown and Kayla Tronick combined on a block to close out the set.
Brown's fast start enabled O'Conner to pick up steam.
"It allowed us to make adjustments when there's only one (blocker) on me," O'Conner said. "And it's easier for me, obviously, to hit one-on-one. So Kaz getting hot early was very helpful for me."
The second set went back and forth, with Oakland leading by as many as three at 19-16.
Tied at 26, UK got a kill by Brown to take the lead. Sara Schwarzwalder then blocked Sammy Condon's attempted kill to end the set.
The Wildcats never trailed in the third set.
UK is in the NCAA tournament for the 10th year in a row and 16th time overall.
Oakland (22-10) was making its NCAA tourney debut. The Golden Grizzlies had a 10-match winning streak snapped.
"I'm extremely proud of the performance they put out there tonight," Oakland Coach Rob Beam said. "They competed extremely hard. They executed what we prepared exactly. They made the adjustments that we wanted. We didn't quite get over the ... hump, but that doesn't detract from the season that we've had in any way.
"I think, in fact, this performance really adds to it. I think it's a strong legacy for the 2014 team to compete at this level against a really well-coached, really well-prepared team that has a real potential to advance in this tournament."
In the opener, Luisa Schirmer led the Buckeyes with 12 kills and Erin Sekinger had 10.
Ohio State ruled at the net with 14 team blocks to two from the Bisons.
"I was really proud of our team," Ohio State Coach Geoff Carlston said. "I thought we played great defense, which we knew we needed to do because they're such a great defensive team. It was a really good match and (I'm) obviously happy and excited that we were able to move on."
Lipscomb (21-9) got 10 kills by Lauren Ford but hit .037 as a team. OSU hit .274.
Kentucky beat Lipscomb during the regular season, so Bisons Coach Brandon Rosenthal was able to give a well-informed look ahead at Saturday's matchup.
"It should be interesting," he said. "What you've seen out of Kentucky as of late, especially with Kaz Brown, is a lot more middle play and a lot more middle attacks, and I think that's going to put Ohio State — they're gonna have to focus on that a little bit more. ...
"For Kentucky, it's going to come down to how well they serve and pass. And for Ohio State, I think it's going be a blocking game for them and what type of matchups they can get. ... It should be a great matchup."