Kentucky Downs NC State Volleyball In First Round Of Wolfpack Outback Classic
Sept. 6, 2002
RALEIGH, N.C. - Kristen Batt had 25 kills and seven digs Friday night as Kentucky rallied to defeat NC State in the first round of the Wolfpack Outback Classic, three games to one.
The Wolfpack won the opening game 31-29, but the Wildcats stormed back to take the next three by scores of 30-19, 30-19 and 30-23.
Kentucky, which improved to 2-2 with the victory, had a .381 attacking percentage as a team, with three players recording double figures in kills. Sissy Canfield had 12 kills, and Sarah Spinner had 10 kills and nine digs. Batt committed just four hitting errors in 45 attempts for an outstanding .467 attack percentage.
Freshman rightside hitter Amy Cochran led NC State with 12 kills and a .257 attack percentage. Freshman outside hitter Adeola Kosoko also was in double figures in kills, notching 10, and had a .250 percentage. The Wolfpack had a .180 team attack percentage. Junior libero Caroline Frede had eight digs, while sophomore middle blocker Sarah Ensminger had four kills, two digs and five blocks.
In the tournament's opening game, Jackie Brown and Lara Geer had 15 kills apiece to pace Wichita State to a five-game thriller over Charlotte. The Shockers won the match 30-26, 22-30, 31-29, 19-30 and 22-20. Geer had 15 digs to go with her kill total, and Sara Younes had a dozen kills and seven digs. Courtney Burg paced Charlotte with 14 kills.
The Wolfpack Outback Classic will continue on Saturday with four matches beginning at 10 a.m. Charlotte and Kentucky will play in the opener, followed by NC State and Wichita State at 12:30. Kentucky and Wichita State will square off at 4:30, and the tournament will wrap up Saturday evening when the Wolfpack entertains Charlotte in a 7 p.m. encounter.