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  • December 14, 2017 11:54 PM GMT

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- With an intimidating defense and blistering hot attack, the No. 24 Kentucky Wildcats cruised past the Wyoming Cowgirls for their first win of the season, 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-10) in Holloway Gymnasium on Friday evening.Kentucky was impeccable on both ends of the ball, with five players registering five or more kills on the offensive end. The team hit a red-hot .354 for the match. On defense, UK was equally impressive, intimidating Wyoming and holding the Cowgirls to a measly .075 percentage. Three Cowgirls ended the match with more errors than kills.Im glad we got to iron out a few things during the match, 12th-season head coach Craig Skinner commented following the sweep. I thought we did a better job on defense and played much cleaner volleyball. It allowed our offense to click more, which should help us to keep finding a better rhythm tomorrow.With the victory, Kentucky evens its record to 1-1 on the season, while Wyoming falls to 0-2. The Wildcats will play again tomorrow in the tournaments final match - a top 25 bout against host No. 20 Purdue.Freshman Leah Edmond shined again for the Cats, leading the team in kills for the second match in a row, this time with 11. In addition to her match-high kill number, she led the teams high-volume hitters in efficiency at a .476 clip. Junior Darian Mack joined Edmond in double figures with 10 kills after shaking off a rocky start. The Raleigh, North Carolina, native added three digs and two blocks. Sophomore setter Olivia Dailey guided the team to its .354 hitting percentage, posting 31 assists while going a perfect five-for-five on attacking attempts and adding a team-best three blocks and two aces.Sophomore opposite Brooke Morgan made an impact off the bench, adding six kills, while junior middle blocker Emily Franklin added five and a pair of digs. All-Southeastern Conference middle blocker Kaz Brown contributed four kills and three blocks in the match. Senior outside Anni Thomasson tacked on three kill and four digs in the outing.Following the match, members of the team were honored by Purdues Mortar Board honor society for its accomplishments off of the court. Hempel took home honors for the teams top GPA, Watson was acknowledged for the teams most improved GPA and Thomasson received credit for leading the team in community service efforts.SET RECAPSSet 1Kentucky and Wyoming traded small runs to an 8-8 tie early on. The Wildcats then opened up a 4-0 tear, powered by kills from Thomasson and Mack, as well as an ace from the senior and a block from Brown to take a 12-8 lead. The Cowgirls called timeout and the teams traded points to a 13-11 UK score. Wyoming then opened a small 3-1 run, when Kentucky called a timeout of their own. An ace from Watson and kills from Morgan and Edmond guided UK to a 20-15 lead, forcing Wyoming to use its second break. Wyoming tacked on two points before a hammer from Brown put UK back on track at 22-17. Mack and Edmond added kills before an attacking error from the Cowgirls awarded Kentucky the first set, 25-19.Set 2The sides swapped points in the beginning of the match to a 4-4 tie before Wyoming made a 3-1 run to take an 8-5 advantage. A kill from Mack helped pull the Wildcats within one before three more points from Wyoming led to a Kentucky timeout, trailing 11-7. UK didnt look back, as a 5-1 run powered by Thomasson, Edmond and Mack tied the set at 12 apiece. From there, neither team led by more than two before the teams tied once again at 20-20. Kentucky went on to take five of the final six points, with Morgan hammering down back-to-back kills to close the frame, 25-21.Set 3The third set was all Kentucky from the beginning, and the Cats never looked back. Kills from Edmond, Franklin and a pair from Dailey launched UK to an early 5-1 lead. Following a Wyoming timeout the Cowgirls managed to put up two more points before Kentucky hit a 10-3 lead, powered by Macks breakout third set. A stingy Cats defense led Wyoming to a pair of errors before kills from Edmond and Thomasson gave UK the lead, 15-5. The two sides traded points until another one of Macks kills gave Kentucky a 22-9 edge. The Wildcats took five of the six final points, as a kill from Brown closed out the match, 25-10. Replica Croatia Jerseys . Inter president Erick Thohir says in a club statement on Wednesday that Vidic is "one of the worlds best defenders and his qualities, international pedigree, and charisma will be an asset. Cheap Football Croatia Jerseys . 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Stand-in Brisbane captain Andrew McCullough has urged his teammates not to rely on their returning State of Origin stars to bring an end to their spiralling NRL season.Four losses in their past five games has seen the Broncos slump to sixth on the ladder - their lowest spot of the year - and be in danger of falling out of the top eight.In fact, since five Brisbane players were a part of Australias shutout Test win over New Zealand in early May, the 2015 grand finalists have won just two of eight matches.Their most recent match, a 48-6 humiliation to Melbourne, was their heaviest defeat in club history.Four of the six Maroons who lost to NSW in Origin III on Wednesday are set to back up for Saturdays clash against South Sydney, with skipper Corey Parker suspended and Matt Gillett (shoulder) in doubt.However McCullough said it would be dangerous to rely on a post-Origin switch to rectify their campaign.You think guys are going to come back in and just make it happen but overall its a team performance from 1-17 that needs to pick their act up from the last two months, he said on Friday.Were confident we can do that, weve got a great squad and weve been relatively injury-free.Assistant coach Stephen Kearney was adamant that wasnt the attitude the team was carrying into the match.All the little things we were doing earlier on in the year - regardless of Origin - we stopped doing those over the last month or so.dddddddddddd Thats going to be our focus tomorrow night, he said.Jordan Kahu is set to push to centre, with Alex Glenn expected to enter the fray for Gillett in a shuffled line-up that includes Lachlan Maranta added onto the wing.For the Rabbitohs, skipper Greg Inglis is also out after accepting a three-game ban for his shoulder charge on NSW centre Josh Dugan that resulted in a broken jaw.His suspension is a huge blow to the 12th-placed Rabbitohs, who need to win seven of their final eight regular season games to hit the traditional 28-point mark and make the finals.Rookie flyer Tautalasai Tasi is expected to replace Inglis in the backline for a South Sydney side that includes George Burgess for the first time since round nine and has lost five straight games.The Broncos defeated the Rabbitohs 30-8 back in round eight.STATS THAT MATTER* The past four, and five of the past six, matches between these two sides in Sydney has resulted in a points total of at least 48.* Brisbane average a league-low 22.7 plays inside the opposition 20-metre zone this season, while the Rabbitohss 23.4 is the second lowest.* The Broncos have failed to score a point in the opening 20 minutes of five of their past six matches. 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