While the Kentucky football and basketball seasons may be on hiatus, the UK athletics wheel never stops spinning. There’s plenty of Kentucky sports action happening not only across Lexington, but even around the world. Here’s a quick recap of what you may have missed this weekend, plus some exciting things still to come for a handful of other sports.
Five wildcats were selected to join various U.S. Collegiate National Teams: Madison Lilley, Leah Edmond, Gabby Curry, Brooke Morgan and Avery Skinner will all represent the United States on the national and international level this summer.
Lilley, the team’s setter, is currently in China.
— Kentucky Volleyball (@KentuckyVB) May 25, 2018
Outside hitters Edmond and Skinner will train in Venice, Italy and play games in Croatia in early June.
Left-side hitter Curry and middle blocker Morgan will head to the University of Michigan in late June.
Not a bad way to spend your summer, right?!
Track and Field
Over the weekend, 22 Wildcats qualified to advance out of the NCAA East Prelims. Kentucky took 40 athletes to the prelims, meaning 55 percent of their athletes qualified for the next level of competition. Now, these 22 Cats will head to Eugene, Oregon where the NCAA Outdoor Championships finals will be held June 6-9.
This is the second consecutive year Kentucky has qualified 22 athletes to the championship final, proving this program is a serious contender. Sydney McLaughlin may be the most famous athlete on the team, but several others have also garnered national attention. After earning bronze at the SEC Championships, Dwight St. Hillarie won his individual event at prelims, lowered his own school-record and secured the No. 19 spot on the collegiate all-time list, running a 44.55 in the 400m dash.
Although the remaining singles and doubles players have now all been eliminated from the NCAA Tournament, the UK tennis program is still bringing in awards. Recent graduate Emily Fanning just earned the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship for the Ohio Valley region; she is the fourth player in program history to take home this award.
The BatCats are still waiting to see if they will receive an at-large bid for the NCAA Tournament, and since the Cats did not win their conference tournament, they’re vying to be one of the 33 teams to receive an at-large bid. They’re set to find out their fate at noon ET tomorrow, and the selection will be covered on ESPNU.
Be sure to catch up on all of your Trey Huntsman’s baseball coverage before then, starting with his comparison of UK baseball to other bubble teams.
But, for those of you just looking for a basketball update…
.@bradcalipari is overseas this week playing on a basketball tour with Global Sports Academy. He had 17 points and 11 assists and was 3 for 7 from 3 in their last game, a win.
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) May 27, 2018