Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, Sept. 4:
Football: Winston Guy
- Two interceptions
- 10 tackles
- 2.5 tackles for loss
Volleyball: Christine Hartmann
Setter Christine Hartmann started her first three matches of the season and directed Kentucky to a trio of sweeps en route to earning All-Tournament team honors as the Wildcats claimed the Kentucky Classic. Hartmann passed out 10.3 assists per set as four players averaged 2.20 kills per frame or more in UK's impressive weekend. Hartmann notched 32 or more assists in all three matches while also contributing 11 kills of her own including a 5 kill performance on .667 hitting in an impressive sweep of Western Kentucky, a team receiving votes this week in the AVCA poll. Hartmann saved her best performance for UK's clinching win over Virginia Tech with a season-best 39 assists as UK charted a .215 hitting clip and three players reached double-figures in the kills column.
Women's soccer: Kelsey Hunyadi
Kelsey Hunyadi had a banner weekend in helping the Wildcats win the Cardinal Classic championship ... Hunyadi assisted on the golden-goal in UK's 2-1 overtime win against Central Michigan on Friday night ... She then scored Kentucky's first goal in Sunday's 2-1 victory over previously undefeated Baylor ... She wasn't finished though, as she delivered another perfect corner kick that was headed home for the game-winner in the 84th minute ... She finished with a goal and two assists on game-winners for the weekend ... She leads the team with 11 points on four goals and three assists, also team highs ... Hunyadi is off to the hottest individual start in program history ... She has scored a point in every match this season and her 11 points is the most by any Wildcat in school history through the first five games.
Volleyball: Stephanie Klefot
Junior Stephanie Klefot was the epitome of consistency for the Wildcats this weekend en route to capturing the Kentucky Classic in sweeps of three opponents. Klefot was tabbed the tournament MVP for her performance in which she averaged 5.00 digs per set for the weekend and a 5.25 digs per set for the week. Klefot also added a bit of offense to her performance with a squad-best five aces in the three matches - including a season-high three in a win over Ohio. She currently leads the SEC with 5.17 digs per set for the season and she has topped 10 or more digs in every match this season.
Men's soccer: Matt Lodge
Kentucky junior Matt Lodge had a dynamic weekend, pacing the No. 21 Wildcats to the title in the 10th annual UK Invitational ... A native of Rossington, England, Lodge tallied two goals and an assist in the two games, with a goal in each contest ... Spearheaded a UK attack that fired 52 total shots in two games, with Lodge taking a team-best 14 efforts, including a career-high eight-shot game in a win over Wright State on Friday night ... Netted his first goal of the season on Friday vs. Horizon League power WSU, a gorgeous strike that gave UK the win ... On Sunday, gave UK an early lead with another eye-popping goal amongst traffic inside the box ... Took a team-high six shots on Sunday, with UK firing 28 total team shots, ranking tied for fourth-most in UK single-game history ... Lodge had several close calls on the weekend, hitting the crossbar and the post twice each in the two games ... A two-time All-Conference USA honoree and UK's first freshman All-America selection in 2009, Lodge owns 12 goals and six assists in his career, including five game-winning goals.
Volleyball: Lauren O'Conner
Freshman Lauren O'Conner broke out as UK's top offensive threat en route to three consecutive sweeps in capturing the Kentucky Classic this weekend. O'Conner was simply spectacular topping the team with 3.09 kills per set which included three matches with 10 or more kills as she paced the UK attack in all three victories and earned All-Tournament team honors for her efforts. Her 13 hammers in a tournament-clinching win over Virginia Tech is a career-high. O'Conner smashed seven kills in the final stanza that UK won 29-27 to preserve its unblemished mark in its home tournament. She had not totaled more than seven kills in a match in her previous four appearances. O'Conner also had a career-high .364 hitting clip in a win over Ohio. Her breakout performance began against Western Kentucky, a team receiving votes in this week's AVCA poll, with a then career-best 11 kills on .216 hitting with career-bests in digs (3) and blocks (3). She now is tied for the team lead with three matches with 10 or more kills in a match, and is the only player on the team to string together three straight matches with that output.
Cross country: Luis Orta
University of Kentucky junior runner Luis Orta began the 2011 cross country season on the right foot Friday evening by winning the Belmont-VU Opener with a first-place time of 15:22.40. Orta's time on the 5K course at Percy Warner Park in Nashville, Tenn., led the men's team to a first-place finish. Orta has led the Wildcats in six of the last seven races dating back to the beginning of the 2010 season.
Women's soccer: Stuart Pope
Stuart Pope netted the golden-goal in Kentucky's 2-1 overtime win over Central Michigan ... It was her second goal of the season ... She connected on the goal, heading in a corner kick in the 95th minute ... Pope finished with five shots on the weekend
Football: Ronnie Sneed
- One interception
- Career-high 10 tackles
Football: Danny Trevathan
- 13 tackles
Football: Ryan Tydlacka
- Seven punts for 47.1-yard average
- Three punts inside 10-yard line