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Two Kentucky players help Junior U.S. volleyball team earn seventh place

Leah Edmond and Gabby Curry faced worldwide competition before the college season starts.

Incoming freshman Gabby Curry (pictured above), along with Leah Edmond, helped the U.S. close out the World Championships in seventh place.
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CORDOBA, Mexico — Two Kentucky Wildcats volleyball players helped the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team earn a seventh-place finish in the FIVB Women’s U20 World Championship.

It took five sets (25-16, 19-25, 19-25, 25-16, 15-9) for the U.S. to get its revenge against Bulgaria Sunday, breaking a four-match losing streak in the process. The U.S. lost to Bulgaria Thursday in the Top 8 Gold Bracket, a match that also reached five sets.

Kentucky sophomore outside hitter Leah Edmond didn’t participate in Saturday play but notched six kills Sunday. Wildcats freshman libero Gabby Curry was a substitute behind Tiffany Clark (University of Wisconsin) in her back-row position, .

As a freshman, Edmond finished the 2016-17 season leading the Wildcats offense with 450 kills. Defensively, she logged 203 digs and 57 blocks in 31 matches played.

Kentucky kicks off this year Wednesday, Aug. 16, in an exhibition against Western Kentucky University. The regular season begins as the Wildcats host Utah and Arkansas State Friday, Aug. 25.