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Blue and White Weekly Awards (week of Oct. 10)

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With the University of Kentucky's 22 varsity sports, it can be hard to keep up with everything going on in UK Athletics. With that in mind, we will highlight the best from around Kentucky sports each week. We'll recognize the best performances from Wildcat teams and players, we'll show you the coolest videos and photos that you may have missed and we'll mix in some new stuff along the way. Here are your award winners for this week:

Team of the week - Volleyball goes 2-0, enters national rankings

This is the first week we have given out these awards here at Cat Scratches, but it's safe to say volleyball would have been in contention for team of the week pretty much every week this fall. With two dominant wins this weekend over Ole Miss and Alabama, Craig Skinner and the Cats moved to 16-3 (7-1 SEC) on the season. UK held its two opponents to a .072 hitting clip, including -.012 against Alabama. Junior libero Stephanie Klefot anchored the defensive effort and tallied 31 digs, moving her into fourth place all-time in career digs at UK.

The two wins earned the Cats a long overdue ranking in the AVCA Coaches poll, moving to 25th in the country ahead of a huge SEC showdown against first place and No. 18 Tennessee. Come out to Memorial Coliseum on Wednesday at 8 p.m. to see some great volleyball. Even if you can't tune into ESPNU to watch the game.

Player of the week - Eric Quigley (men's tennis) wins event

I'm going to go out on a limb and say this won't be the last time UK's star tennis player will earn this honor. Playing a fall schedule in preparation for the spring, the tennis team has played very well and, not surprisingly, Quigley is leading the way. The senior is the third-ranked singles player in the nation and participated in the ITA Men's All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla., this weekend.

Quigley lost his opening match of the tournament, which placed him into the consolation bracket. He responded with five consecutive wins against players ranked in the top 40 nationally, including a straight-set victory over No. 10 Sebastian Fanselow of Pepperdine to claim the singles consolation title.

Game of the week - Women's soccer posts 2-1 comeback win over Arkansas


Down 1-0 after the first half on Friday against Arkansas, head coach Jon Lipsitz was not happy with the way his team was playing. The Cats had allowed the Razorbacks a number of chances on counterattacks and had failed to produce anything on offense in a crucial SEC battle. However, Lipsitz made a few halftime adjustments and his team responded.

Within the first five minutes of the second half, Caitlin Landis and Natalie Horner pieced together an offensive move that resulted in an equalizing goal from freshman Arin Gilliland. The Razorbacks managed to keep UK from scoring the rest of the second half to send the game to overtime, but the Cats wasted no time in notching the game-winner when sudden death overtime began. UK drew a foul in the Arkansas box to set up a penalty kick for leading scorer Kelsey Hunyadi and the senior calmly put away the golden goal to send UK to victory.

Play of the week - Gilliland's equalizer against Arkansas




It was a tough choice between Gilliland's game-tying goal and Hunyadi's winner, but the nod goes to Gilliland for the beautiful build-up that preceded it. UK attacked from the right side against the Arkansas defense, Landis was able to deliver a short, low cross right in front of goal, and Gilliland put it away. I'd say moving Gilliland from defense to attack at halftime was a pretty good move. Go to the 34 second mark of the video above to see the goal.

Photo of the week - Gilliland hurdles an LSU defender

Chet White, UK Athletics (Chet White, UK Athletics)

Alumnus/alumna of the week - Corey Peters, defensive tackle, Atlanta Falcons

Former star UK football defender Corey Peters has played his way into a major role with the NFL's Atlanta Falcons. After being selected in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft, he signed a four-year deal with the team. He has played consistently in his first two NFL seasons, but he recorded his first career sack along with three tackles against Randall Cobb's Green Bay Packers on Sunday night. Peters missed a month with a torn tendon in his knee this fall, but he's back and better than ever now.

Peters had 11.5 sacks and 28 tackles for loss in his four-year UK career.

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