KNOXVILLE, Tennessee – Freshman Erin Lamb hit 0.550 with 12 kills in 20 swings Wednesday night as the Kentucky No.5 volleyball team swept Tennessee 3-0 (25-17, 25-19, 25-19) inside the Thompson-Boling Arena to move to 9-0 in the Southeastern Conference Game.
Lamb stepped up his efforts in a critical Kentucky offense, hitting over 0.500 in his first SEC action as a Wildcat in the full-time rotation. The Stewartville, Minnesota freshman tore the ball through the night, including seven kills in the first set to give the Wildcats a 25-17 lead in the first set and get the Kingdom off to a good start. -United.
Kentucky is now 16-3 this season and 9-0 in the SEC, as the only undefeated team in the league. Tennessee drops to 16-5 and is 8-3 in the league.
The UK will be off next week before facing South Carolina on Nov. 4-5 in Columbia, SC, at 7 p.m. ET in both games. The series will air on SEC Network +, ESPN3 and the ESPN app.
Kentucky as a team reached 0.407, their best offensive rating in an SEC game all season and the highest offensive production since opening weekend. Setter Emma Grome led an effective offense all night, with 45 assists on 53 Kentucky kills and three different Wildcats in double-digit touchdowns with Azhani Tealer (11) and Alli Stumler (15) both registering more than 10 eliminations.
Defensively, the UK held Tennessee at 0.208 strike, and Eleanor Beavin led the way with 14 digs as five Wildcats had more than five digs in the game. Kentucky only allowed two Lady Vol players to get a double-digit score.
Bella bell was Kentucky’s main blocker in the game with four.
Kentucky won six of the game’s opening eight points to take a 6-2 lead behind a pair of Lady Vol’s typos and a pair of Alli Stumler kills to force UT to an early timeout of four points. The UK run extended out of the timeout in a 5-0 run to take a 7-2 lead. Erin Lamb, taking the place of Madi Skinner in Wednesday night’s rotation got into the offensive action early with two kills to extend Kentucky’s lead to 13-6, as the seven-point lead was Kentucky’s biggest of the game at that time . Alli Stumler the seventh kill of the game gave Kentucky a 17-6 lead in Game 1 to set the stage for a 3-0 British run and Tennessee called their final time out. Leading by 11, Kentucky’s biggest lead of the set was 23-12 before Tennessee lost four in a row to close the lead to 23-15. a Erin Lamb killing on the left closed the set and Kentucky took Game 1, 25-17.
The UK saw the wrong side of the scoreboard for the first time in the entire game in the opening leg of the first set at 2-1, but quickly moved up to 4-0 to turn things around as the UK -Uni took a 6-4 lead. Consecutive shots left side by freshman Erin Lamb sent it to eight for the game and sent Kentucky to a 10-6 lead as the Lady Vols called their first four time out. Tennessee responded by opening a 7-1 streak separated by two stanzas of 3-0 and the Wildcats canceled their first time out of the game 11-10 in the second set. The race was extended out of the timeout on service reception issues for the UK as the Lady Vols led their lead to 14-11. Kentucky then climbed on the arm of Erin Lamb and rode it for a whole trip to line up the set at 18-18. Great Britain won their first lead at 19-18 and 21-19, Bella bell and Reagan rutherford blocked the Lady Vols and UT called their last time out of the set. Great Britain ended the set with a 6-0 streak and Bella Bell’s side kill ended the frame with Kentucky taking a 2-0 lead over Rocky Top, 25-19.
It was a tight stanza early in the third set before Kentucky began to pull away and reach a four-point lead at 18-14, prompting Tennessee to call their final timeout of the set. The UT called its first time out to stop a 2-0 UK run early in the third at 6-5 to burn both before the teams hit 20 on the frame. The Wildcats ended the game 3-0 and finished the game 25-19.