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Picture of the Day: UK Hoops and UK Cheerleading

Picture of the Day: UK Hoops and UK Cheerleading

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Two of these people in the photo are Freshmen on the UK Hoops’ team …three are UK cheerleaders. Any guess on which are which?


Bell Soccer Complex grand opening ceremony today

 

University president Dr. Eli Capilouto, Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart, men’s soccer head coach Johan Cedergren, and women’s soccer head coach Jon Lipsitz will all be speaking.

The first 500 fans to the stadium today will receive a commemorative soccer ball bell to mark the stadium’s historic opening. Fans will have the chance to tour the complex from 12:15 to 12:45 before the Wildcats face the Ohio Bobcats at 2 p.m.

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Marcus Lee is HYPED for tonight’s volleyball game

Marcus Lee is HYPED for tonight’s volleyball game

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Marcus Lee is at the volleyball game tonight and is HYPED. Face paint and all.

What, didn’t you know Marcus Lee used to play volleyball?


Samantha Drake will forego her senior season of UK Hoops

Samantha Drake will forego her senior season of UK Hoops

Image via UK Athletics

A sad note from the UK Hoops family: Samantha Drake has decided not to play her senior season after tearing the ACL and meniscus in her left knee last November. She will instead focus on her academics and graduating in the spring. The former Nelson County star played in 88 games and started 23. She issued a statement thanking Mitch Barnhart, her team, and her coaches:

“I would like to thank Mr. Barnhart, all of my teammates and coaches for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this amazing women’s basketball program at UK,” Drake said. “I was given the chance to show my talent and be a part of a lot of success during my four years. Although I won’t be playing anymore, I’ll still be the biggest cheerleader for the team. I am going to turn my focus on academics and walking across that stage in May to receive my degree.”

Matthew Mitchell also issued a statement in support of Drake and her decision.

“We support Samantha and her decision to forego playing her senior year,” UK Hoops head coach Matthew Mitchell said. “Samantha contributed to so many victories during her career and we are grateful for her efforts. We will continue supporting her any way we can as she works toward graduation.”

Tough, tough news. Best of luck to her going forward.


UK Volleyball opens its season Friday

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The Annual Bluegrass Battle begins Friday at Memorial Coliseum in Lexington at 4 p.m featuring four squads from across the country: Butler, Virginia Tech, Wichita State and Kentucky.

The Bluegrass Battle will feature six matches Friday and Saturday, with Kentucky playing in three. The Wildcats will face Wichita State at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Butler at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The Wildcats will close out the tournament against Virginia Tech at 8 p.m.

The roster is heavy with upperclassmen this year. Kentucky returns three seniors (Lauren O’Conner, Jackie Napper and Alyssa Gergins) and four juniors (Shelby Workman, Kayla Tronick, Sara Schwarzwalder and Morgan Bergren). The rest of the roster is rounded out by two sophomores and a whooping five freshmen.

It might be the beginning of the NCAA season for the Cats, but it isn’t the first time the girls have seen action. Over the summer the team became the first SEC volleyball team to play in China while they faced off against Chinese teams. Last week, Kentucky Wildcats TV released a 20 minute video, UK Volleyball Goes to China, on the Cats trip which was full of volleyball, culture shock and excitement from the Volleyball team.

The Cats open the season in the top-25 for the third consecutive year, at No. 19. Something that will be different for Kentucky Volleyball this season will be the number of people who see the team play. A total of 27 matches will be televised for the team this year including every home contest and all SEC road matches.


Today was picture day for UK Hoops

..and KyWildcatsTV has compiled the highlights for your viewing pleasure. Hit play to see Makayla Epps’ new cornrows, Matthew Mitchell trying to hula hoop, and a whole lotta selfies. Looking good, ladies.


UK Women’s Soccer Team Gets First Win Of The Year

Photo via UKAthletics

 

As the 2014-15 athletic season starts up again, its nice to see that the UK women’s soccer team are getting the Wildcats on the board in the win column early. After losing 4-1 to Washington in the team’s first game of the year, the ‘Cats took down Seattle University 2-1 in OT earlier this evening. 

The winning goal came in the 97th minute off the foot of junior Cara Ledman, who also assisted on the other goal scored.

From UKAthletics.com 

The overtime win for Kentucky was its first since Nov. 9 of the 2012 season, when UK defeated UT Martin in an extra frame in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.

Kentucky will return home for the first time next weekend to christen the new Wendell & Vickie Bell Soccer Complex in Lexington, Ky., with a Friday/Sunday weekend featuring matches against Francis Marion (Fri. Aug. 29, 7:30 p.m. ET) and Ohio University (Sun. Aug. 31, 2 p.m. ET).

 

–@WillTottenKSR


UK Soccer Exhibition to be Shown on SEC Network Plus at 7pm

The first live broadcast produced by @KYwildcatsTV for the SEC Network will be tonight’s  Men’s Soccer exhibition against Georgia State at the new Wendell & Vickie Bell Soccer Complex.  UK christened the SEC Network last weekend with their game against the Dominican Republic in the Bahamas being the first game broadcast live on the network which was handled by ESPN crews.

The game will be on the SEC Network Plus which is similar to ESPN3 with Neil Price providing the play by play.  If you get the SEC Network through your cable or satellite provider, you get the SEC Network+, you simply have to enter your account information when prompted, similar to the WatchESPN app.

In fact, all home Men’s and Women’s Soccer and all home Volleyball matches (as well as all SEC Road games) will be broadcast online in addition to the games previously selected for the SEC Network.  The men’s team had to receive special permission for the broadcasts as the team plays in Conference USA since the SEC does not sanction men’s soccer.

Tonight is just the start as nearly every UK sport that can be put in front a camera this season will be broadcast.  We are truly living in modern times.

 


UK Volleyball ranked 19th in preseason poll

(H/t @BigBad_Wolf21)

(H/t @BigBad_Wolf21)

UK Volleyball will begin the season ranked in the preseason top-25 for the third consecutive year. The Wildcats earned a No. 19 ranking in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Preseason poll. This marks the fifth time in six years the girls have been ranked under 10th year head coach Craig Skinner.

The Cats have also been selected to finish second behind Florida in the SEC by the league’s head coaches. Kentucky is coming off a ninth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament and finished third in the SEC last season. They fell last year 3-1 in the second round of the tournament to Michigan State.

Junior Morgan Bergren was named to the Preseason All-SEC team. Bergren started in all 31 matches for the Cats in 2014 and led the team with 1,215 assists. She was second in team stats with 24 service aces to go along with her 192 digs, 130 kills and 77 blocks.

Kentucky will face five preseason ranked teams including Southern California, Florida, Missouri, North Carolina and Creighton. Kentucky opens this season against Wichita State on August 28 as part of the Bluegrass Battle at Memorial Coliseum. The tournament will feature four teams.

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UK Hoops putting in work this summer

Matthew Mitchell’s squad is working hard this offseason with eyes on the 2015 Final Four. Their motto? #OurSeason

Cats.


AJ Reed promoted to River Bandits

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After an amazing performance last night, the Astros announced that AJ Reed was promoted to their Class-A affiliate, the Quad Cities River Bandits.  Reed went 9-20 with three doubles, a home run and five runs batted over the six away games.

Reed was promoted after he hit a moon shot grand slam to help the Tri-City ValleyCats win their game. Congrats AJ!

 

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AJ Reed wins the Golden Spikes award

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Congrats to UK slugger AJ Reed, who won the Golden Spikes Award this morning, giving him a clean sweep of the National Player of the Year awards. In addition, Reed was named the Southeastern Conference Male Athlete of the Year, SEC Player of the Year, and the winner of the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award.

Reed is now the third all-time SEC player to earn unanimous national player of the year honors, joining Dave Magadan (1983) and David Price (2007). Reed is the sixth SEC great to win the Golden Spikes Award and the first since Florida catcher Mike Zunino.

Reed was drafted by the Houston Astros with the first pick in the second round. Reed’s career at UK was so impressive that SEC Commissioner Mike Slive included him in his “brag bag” during the opening remarks of Media Days.

Keep making us proud, AJ.