Kentucky Volleyball advances in tourney with sweep over Loyola Chicago
The No. 12 seeded Kentucky Volleyball team got 15 kills from Adanna Rollins and 44 assists from sophomore setter Emma Grome to advance into the second round of the 2022 NCAA Volleyball Championship with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-14, 25-20) sweep of the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers.
Kentucky will play Western Kentucky on Friday night at 7 p.m. ET inside Memorial Coliseum for a spot in the NCAA Sweet 16’s Palo Alto Regional. The match will be broadcasted on ESPN+ with Jeff Greer and Leah Edmond on the call from Lexington. Tickets are available by visiting UKathletics.com/tickets or by contacting the UK Athletics Ticket Office.
Rollins led all players in the match Thursday night with 15 kills on 31 swings as she hit .778 in the first set alone and .355 for the match along with five digs and a block. Also reaching double-figures in scoring was Reagan Rutherford who had 11 kills Thursday on .391 hitting with three blocks and a pair of digs.
Kentucky as a team hit .398, its highest output in a month, as Grome dished out 44 assists, her highest total this season in any three-set match. Grome,
the SEC Player of the Year this season, also had five digs and a trio of blocks in Thursday night’s affair.
UK held Loyola-Chicago to .159 hitting for the match as only one Rambler hit double-digit kills for the night with Karlie McNabb logging 13 terminations in the contest. Eleanor Beavin had 16 digs Thursday evening to lead all Wildcats, as Rollins, Grome, Riah Walker and Audrey Whitworth all had five or more in the match defensively.