BYU's NCAA Run Disrupted at Kentucky
Veronica Jones-Perry records 24 kills to lead the Cougars
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Despite 24 kills from Veronica Jones-Perry , No. 13 seed BYU women’s volleyball fell short to No. 4 seed Kentucky in five sets (20-25, 25-17, 22-25, 25-18, 15-9) Friday afternoon at Memorial Coliseum in the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament.
"I'm very proud of the match our team played today," BYU head coach Heather Olmstead said. "All year we've challenged them to work hard to see how good we could be, and we saw that we are a really good team. Congratulations to Kentucky on a great match."
Jones-Perry led the Cougars with 24 kills and eight digs. Lyndie Haddock set the team with a season-high 52 assists to go with 10 digs for a double-double while Mary Lake had 19 digs. Kennedy Redding contributed seven blocks and Sydnie Martindale collected a career-high 15 digs. Lacy Haddock added a season-high 12 kills while Cosy Burnett and Danelle Stetler put up nine and seven kills, respectively.
Back-to-back kills from Jones-Perry helped BYU (30-3) to a 5-1 lead in the decisive fifth set against Kentucky (29-3). The Wildcats stormed back with an 8-1 run to take a 10-7 advantage. The Cougars struggled to find an offensive rhythm as Kentucky then took the set and match 15-9.
Following the conclusion of the regional, Jones-Perry was voted to the All-Tournament Regional Team.
Facing the Wildcats, the Cougars advanced to their sixth-straight regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament. BYU loses just three seniors from next year’s squad.