The match didn’t end as Kentucky fans may have hoped and junior outside hitter Leah Edmond would surely give back her 16 kill opening effort for a win. But, the Lexington, Kentucky, native will have to settle for joining the 1,000 kill club and regrouping with her team for a match against USC later in the day.
Edmond became the first player to reach the 1,000 kill club during the 2018 season as the No. 8 Wildcats lost to No. 18 Creighton 20-25, 25-18, 14-25, 25-21, 22-20 on Friday morning in Los Angeles.
1️⃣,0️⃣0️⃣0️⃣! @leahedmond13 becomes the quickest to reach 1,000 kills in program history!
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— Kentucky Volleyball (@KentuckyVB) August 24, 2018
The 2017 first team All-America honoree average 4.53 kills per set in 2017 and 4.25 per stanza as a rookie en route to third team AVCA All-American nods.
Edmond posted 25 double-digit kill efforts in 2016, including 20 or more five times, in a 450 kill haul.
She tacked on 10 or more putaways 20 times in 2017, including 20 or more in 11 contests, tallying 539 total, ranking fourth on the school’s season records list.
Against Creighton, Edmond managed 16 kills, nine digs and five blocks, but hit just .140 in the match (with nine errors).
The Wildcats will take on host USC to wrap up Day 1 of the USC Trojan Invitational.
Kentucky went 29-4, won the SEC and advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight before falling to eventual national champion Nebraska. The Wildcats were picked by the league’s coaches to win the league title in 2018 despite lost four members of their 2017 squad. Kentucky received eight of the 13 first place votes in the poll.