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Better late than never, right? If you’re trying to find something to do on this lazy Winter Sunday and want to get out in Lexington to support your Cats, there’s no better opportunity than the UK Gymnastics Blue-White Meet at 3 PM ET at Memorial Collesium.
The meet is free admission, and attendees can get a 2019 schedule for UK Gymnastics, FREE Excite Night tickets, and a chance to win 2018 Nationals qualifying scoresheet.
Last season, the Kentucky Gymnastics team made history by going to the National Semifinals for the first time in program history after scoring above 197 for the fourth time ever in program history.
Season tickets are still on sale, as well.
It’s that time! Get your season tickets NOW and support the Cats for what’s sure to be an exciting 2019 season.
— Kentucky Gymnastics (@UKGymnastics) October 8, 2018
Doors for the Blue-White Meet are already open. Get in there, folks!
By Jack Pilgrim on ©December 07th, 2018 @ 3:59pm
Kentucky volleyball’s special season has come to an end.
In a 3-0 sweep, the Wildcats couldn’t get much of anything going, falling to the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the Sweet 16.
In three sets, the Cats fell by scores of 25-17, 25-20, and 25-23, with the offense struggling mightily from start to finish. They finished with a .100 hitting percentage in set one, .136 in set two, and .270 in the final set, to go with 17 hitting errors throughout the match.
To make matters worse, Kentucky finished with nine errors on serves, including seven alone in the first two sets. The disciplined and well-coached Wildcats we’ve come to love throughout the season just crumbled on the big stage, no other way to put it.
On the other side, Nebraska absolutely dominated in all facets of the game, including a remarkable 7-1 run at the end of the third set to turn a 22-18 deficit into a 25-23 victory over the Wildcats.
Star outside hitter Leah Edmond finished with just seven kills, as did Caitlyn Cooper. Avery Skinner finished second on the team with six kills. Madison Lilley also added a team-high 31 assists and 13 digs.
Kentucky finishes the year 26-5, including a program-record 18-0 mark in conference play to take home the SEC Championship.
I hate Nebraska.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©December 07th, 2018 @ 1:30pm
At 2 p.m., your No. 10 University of Kentucky Volleyball team takes on No. 6 Nebraska in the Sweet 16 in Minneapolis. Consider this your 30-minute warning.
The ladies swept Murray State and No. 12 Purdue in the first and second rounds at Memorial Coliseum. Now, they’ll face the team that knocked them out of the Regional Finals and went on to win the National Championship last year.
The game will be shown live on ESPNU or WatchESPN.com. Like Karl Towns told the team last night, they have a chance to do something special.
— Kentucky Volleyball (@KentuckyVB) December 6, 2018
By TJ Walker on ©December 06th, 2018 @ 7:30pm
Former Kentucky great Karl-Anthony Towns met with the UK volleyball team to give them a pep-talk before the Cats’ big Sweet 16 match tomorrow in Minneapolis. No. 10 Kentucky takes on No. 7 Nebraska tomorrow at 2 p.m. on ESPNU. A win would place Kentucky in the Elite Eight where they would face either No. 2 Minnesota or No. 15 Oregon.
— Kentucky Volleyball (@KentuckyVB) December 6, 2018
Kentucky hosted the first and second round at Memorial Coliseum where they swept their way into the Regional Semifinals defeating Murray State and Purdue in straight sets, but now things get tough.
It’s been an unbelievable fall for UK Athletics and we all hope the volleyball Cats can keep it going.
Apparently this dude giving us a pep talk went to Kentucky or something.
— Kentucky Volleyball (@KentuckyVB) December 6, 2018
Former Kentucky great Sydney McLaughlin was named the International Association of Athletics Federation 2018 Female Rising Star Award winner. A major honor for the 19-year-old track star that spent her lone year in college at Kentucky.
Two world U20 records at 400m hurdles (52.75) ?
Two U20 indoor world bests at 400m (50.36i) ?
World senior lead at 400m hurdles ?
US collegiate champion at 400m hurdles ?
— IAAF (@iaaforg) December 4, 2018
To hold so many world records before she turns 20 is absolutely nutty. We said during the spring and last winter that she was the best athlete on UK’s campus and she may go down as one of the best athletes to every wear the blue and white. Kentucky’s most successful one and done? It’s her or Anthony Davis and the future looks incredibly bright for McLaughlin.
From UKAthletics.com, here’s what she accomplished as a Wildcat.
Here’s a race from February:
By Jack Pilgrim on ©December 01st, 2018 @ 9:25pm
Following yet another dominant performance, the Kentucky volleyball team is moving on to the next round of the NCAA Tournament.
In their Round of 32 appearance, the Wildcats swept the Purdue Boilermakers 3-0 to move on to the Sweet 16.
Kentucky won set one 25-20, set two 25-21, and set three with a whopping 25-14 closeout performance. This is the team’s second-consecutive sweep in the tournament, also shutting out Murray State in the first round last night.
Star outside hitter Leah Edmond led the way with 13 kills, followed by Brooke Morgan with 12. Gabby Curry finished with a team-high 18 digs, with Alli Stumler also adding 15. Setter Madison Lilley contributed 37 assists and five digs.
In the last home match of the season, the Big Blue Nation absolutely did their part to fill up Memorial Coliseum and give the Cats a massive home-field advantage:
— NCAA Volleyball (@NCAAVolleyball) December 2, 2018
Here was the pregame hype video:
— Kentucky Volleyball (@KentuckyVB) December 1, 2018
Kentucky will take on the defending national champion Nebraska Cornhuskers, the team that knocked them out of the tournament last season, in the Sweet Sixteen next Friday, December 7.
We’ll miss the Volleyball Cats at Memorial the rest of the way, but we’re looking forward to meeting back up there to hang a championship banner here in a couple weeks.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©November 30th, 2018 @ 9:15pm
The Kentucky Wildcat volleyball team took care of business in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Led by a team-high 17 kills from star outside hitter Leah Edmond, the Cats dominated the Murray State Racers in a 3-0 sweep to move on to the Round of 32.
Edmond led the team in kills, though Alli Stumler (12) and Brooke Morgan (10) each finished with double-digit kills. Gabby Curry led the team with 16 digs, followed by Stumler with 15. Setter Madison Lilley also added 43 assists to lead the team.
The individual game scores were 25-18, 25-17, and 25-19 to close things out.
With the victory, the Wildcats move on to take on Purdue tomorrow for a Sweet 16 bid.
— Kentucky Volleyball (@KentuckyVB) November 30, 2018
One down, five to go.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©November 30th, 2018 @ 8:30pm
The Kentucky men’s soccer team’s historic run in the NCAA Tournament has come to an end.
After reaching the Elite Eight for the first time in program history, the Wildcats fell by a final score of 1-0 to Maryland, ending their season.
— Kentucky Men’s Soccer (@UKMensSoccer) December 1, 2018
Maryland’s Sebastien Elney scored at the 28:44 mark in the first half, and despite Kentucky was unable to respond the rest of the way. With only two shots on goal, the Cats were unable to get much of anything going against a stout Terrapin defense.
3,228 fans were in attendance at The Bell to cheer on Kentucky, the first home loss of the season.
— Kentucky Men’s Soccer (@UKMensSoccer) December 1, 2018
The Wildcats’ season ends with a final record of 19-2-1, the most victories in program history.
— Kentucky Men’s Soccer (@UKMensSoccer) November 30, 2018
Congratulations to the Kentucky men’s soccer team on such a special season.
KSR’s and Hey Kentucky’s Maggie Davis has a great preview of the UK soccer match this weekend.
It’s the biggest game in program history as UK looks to move to the College Cup for the first time. Go check out the Cats tomorrow night at 6 p.m. at The Bell.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©November 25th, 2018 @ 9:00pm
The first two rounds of the NCAA women’s volleyball tournament will run through Lexington, KY.
During tonight’s Selection Special, it was announced the Kentucky Wildcat volleyball team would be the No. 10 overall seed, where they will host Murray State on Friday at Memorial Coliseum in the first round.
Kentucky finished the season with a 24-4 overall record to go with an undefeated 18-0 record in conference play.
With a victory on Friday, the Cats will take on either Purdue or East Tennessee State in the second round.
In other news, season awards have been released, and your SEC-champion Wildcats raked in just about all of them.
After a perfect season in conference play and their second-consecutive league championship, six total Kentucky volleyball players (and coaches) pulled in individual or All-SEC honors.
In individual awards, star outside hitter Leah Edmond took home the biggest honor of all, being named SEC Player of the Year. Edmond is the first Kentucky player to win the award since Sarah Rumely did it in 2008. The star Wildcat had eight matches this regular season with 20 or more kills, hit for .297 in total, and posted three double-doubles, all while becoming UK’s all-time kills leader this season.
Beyond Edmond, Gabby Curry took home Libero of the Year, while outside hitter Alli Stumler won Freshman of the Year honors.
Head coach Craig Skinner also closed things out by being named SEC Coach of the Year, his third honor since coming to Kentucky and second in as many seasons. He was named co-SEC Coach of the Year last season.
Middle blocker Brooke Morgan and setter Madison Lilley, along with Edmond, Stumler, and Curry, earned All-SEC honors, as well.
— Kentucky Volleyball (@KentuckyVB) November 25, 2018
Congratulations to the volleyball Cats, and best of luck in their upcoming run in the NCAA Tournament.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©November 24th, 2018 @ 10:57pm
While the football Cats were taking care of Louisville on the gridiron, the futbol Cats were making some history at The Bell.
The No. 3-seed Men’s Soccer team beat Lipscomb 2-1 to advance to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. Kentucky will play No. 11-seed Maryland next weekend at The Bell. The match will take place either Friday or Saturday, details TBA.
Kentucky’s goals came from Jason Reyes (75′) and Bailey Rouse (82′). 1,939 fans were there to see the big win, which moved the Cats to a program-best 19-1-1 on the season.
By Maggie Davis on ©November 24th, 2018 @ 3:36pm
What a day for the ladies of the BBN.
The UK women’s basketball team has defeated North Carolina 85-75 to clinch the title for the Paradise Jam’s Island Division. Kentucky also defeated No. 17 South Florida and UCLA in the tournament.
While most of us were sitting around stuffing our faces with turkey, the UK Hoops team has been dominating in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Today’s victory over North Carolina sealed the deal for the Wildcats, and they’ll return to the continental U.S. undefeated so far this season, boasting a 7-0 record.
The margin was close for most of the game, with the Tar Heels often holding the advantage. After trailing at halftime, the third quarter was huge for Kentucky. The Cats delivered, outscoring UNC 16-13 in that period. By the end of the third quarter, the Cats had cut UNC’s lead to eight.
Then, the seniors got hot. Taylor Murray and Maci Morris both came out firing in the fourth quarter, draining three-point shots and getting to the stripe. After several trip to the free-throw line, Kentucky took control of the game and never looked back. The Cats finished strong, and they defeated North Carolina by ten points.
The locker room was clearly a place for celebrations after the game (and of course, Matthew Mitchell took it like a champ).
— Kentucky WBB (@KentuckyWBB) November 24, 2018
Today’s win was the latest in the series of three impressive victories for the Wildcats. They defeated UCLA 75-74 in an overtime thriller and beat No. 17 South Florida by a final score of 85-63. Freshman Rhyne Howard brought home MVP honors from the tournament.
But they weren’t the only team with a big win today. The UK volleyball team just defeated Auburn to officially win the SEC Championship, finishing undefeated in the conference for the first time since 1988. The Cats won in convincing fashion – they swept the Tigers. Don’t worry, they got their share of post-game celebrations too.
Conference Champs and undefeated. That deserves some confetti! What a group. ???? pic.twitter.com/jlBm7iih8B
— Kentucky Volleyball (@KentuckyVB) November 24, 2018
After a slow offensive start, the Kentucky women’s basketball team finished with a decisive 71-49 victory over the High Point University Panthers. Maci Morris led all scorers, finishing with a season-high 22 points. Taylor Murray added 14 points and freshmen Rhyne Howard and Blair Green had 10 points each.
While the Wildcats had four players hit double-digit scoring, it was Kentucky’s defense that came out strong, especially in the second half, to win the game. UK held High Point to just 28.3 percent shooting while also forcing 19 turnovers. The Cats were able to convert these turnovers into 15 points.
KeKe McKinney was a major contributor on the defensive side of the ball, grabbing a season-high nine rebounds and recording three blocks in 24 minutes of play.
Kentucky outperformed High Point in every aspect of play – the Wildcats made a higher percent of their shots from the field and from behind-the-arc, they grabbed more rebounds, committed fewer turnovers, blocked more shots and sank more free throws. Overall, a successful day for Kentucky. The UK Hoops team is now 4-0 on the season.
The victory was extra special for senior point guard Taylor Murray, who was honored for joining the 1,000-point club during the team’s last game. She is the 34th player in school history to hit a four-digit point total.
And as if a win wasn’t enough, the Cats can now begin to look ahead to warmer weather. The team’s next three games will be played in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, where they’ll take on South Florida, UCLA and North Carolina in the Paradise Jam. The action will begin on Thanksgiving Day at 1 p.m. when the Cats play South Florida.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©November 18th, 2018 @ 3:30pm
The No. 3-ranked Kentucky soccer squad is set to begin their run for an NCAA Championship today, as the Wildcats will take on the University of Portland in the second round of the NCAA Tournament this afternoon.
This past Monday, Kentucky earned a program-best No. 3 overall ranking during the Selection Show and home-field advantage for their first three potential matchups in the tournament. If they can pull off victories in each contest, they’ll find themselves in the 2018 Men’s College Cup in Santa Barbara, CA for a chance to win the title.
So what should we know about the men’s soccer team and their run for the championship trophy?
Here are five things to get you prepared for their first matchup today:
When, where, and against whom?
Kentucky will open the NCAA Tournament this afternoon at 4:00 p.m. against the University of Portland at The Bell.
Portland comes in at No. 21 with a 12-3-3 overall record, losing three of their last five matches. Despite the cold spell, the Pilots defeated UCLA 1-0 in the opening-round of the NCAA Tournament.
Portland has participated in 16 total NCAA Tournaments, making the College Cup in 1988 and 1995.
If you can’t make it out to The Bell, you can watch on SEC Network+ or online on WatchESPN.
Can Kentucky overcome history?
Coming in at 17-1-1 overall and 7-1 in Conference-USA play, Kentucky has already had their best regular season in program history. They also took home their first-ever C-USA Tournament Championship, defeating No. 14 Charlotte 1-0 for the title last Sunday. It was the team’s eighth-consecutive victory.
The Cats are dominating the competition, but they’ll have to overcome history in order to make their great season a special one.
Kentucky has not advanced in an NCAA Tournament game since 2003 (penalty kicks), and their last outright victory came in 2001 against Mercer. In fact, they have never advanced beyond the Sweet 16, a feat they accomplished in 2000.
To make matters worse, Kentucky is 0-4-1 at home all-time in the NCAA Tournament, so home-field advantage hasn’t been very beneficial to the Cats over the years. Coming in at 10-0 at The Bell, however, Kentucky is one of the hottest teams in the nation at home this season. What will win out in the end?
C-USA Coach of the Year Johan Cedergren has led the Cats to tournament bids in five of the last seven seasons, but can he finally break through and get his first postseason victory this afternoon?
Wildcats to watch
The star of the show is JJ Williams, who took home C-USA Player of the Year and Offensive MVP honors. The junior stud recently increased his own school record of most points in a season (two points for each goal and one for each assist) with 38 overall. He has finished with 16 goals (third in the nation), including nine game-winners (No. 2 in the nation). With a goal this postseason, he will tie Riley O’Neill’s single-season record at UK.
He talked to the media on Friday, discussing the team’s excitement going into today, how happy he is to have home-field advantage, and his postseason expectations:
Kalil Elmedkhar has also been a key player for the offense this season, assisting on ten goals this season, tied for second-most by a Kentucky player in a single season. He also assisted Williams’ game-winning goal in the C-USA Championship last weekend.
Beyond Williams and Elmedkhar, Kentucky goalkeeper Enrique Facusse has been dominant for the Cats defensively. With a .47 individual goals against average, Facusse is ranked No. 4 in the nation coming into the tournament. He is also top-10 in the nation in overall save percentage, stopping 52 of 61 shots this season.
Key numbers for Kentucky
Despite a No. 3 overall seed in the tournament, UK is actually ranked No. 1 in the College Soccer News poll, a program-record. They come in at No. 3 in the Coaches’ Poll and No. 5 in the RPI.
On offense, the Cats rank No. 6 nationally in total goals, scoring 43 on the year.
Defensively, Kentucky has only allowed nine total goals, coming in with the No. 3 goals against average in college soccer. They have kept a nation-leading 13 clean sheets, as well, good for the best in UK history.
Historically, Portland leads the all-time series 1-0 following a 2-1 overtime victory in 2003.
This will be Kentucky’s ninth NCAA Tournament appearance in history.
With a victory against Portland, the Cats would take on the winner of UCF and Lipscomb in the Sweet Sixteen.
Kentucky has never advanced past the Sweet Sixteen, meaning history would be made with just two more victories this season.
Let’s get this money.