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Kentucky Sports Report (week of Aug. 27)

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- The 13th-ranked Kentucky volleyball team opened the 2012 season with a flawless 3-0 record in capturing the Kentucky Classic. UK earned wins over North Carolina, Lipscomb and Long Beach State - a field of teams that all advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2011.
- Kentucky's opening night win over North Carolina ensured the Wildcats their seventh opening day win in eight years under Craig Skinner. The sweep of the Heels marked the first opening-night sweep since 2007 for the Blue and White.
- Junior Alexandra Morgan led the Wildcats en route to All-Tournament team honors. Morgan averaged 2.08 kills per set on a squad-high .388 hitting percentage in the wins. Morgan also registered an SEC-leading 16 blocks for the weekend for an average of 1.33 rejections a set in helping UK to a league-leading 3.46 blocks per stanza. She was named SEC Defensive Player of the Week on Monday following her efforts.
- Sophomore Lauren O'Conner joined Morgan on the All-Tournament team with a team-high 39 kills for an average of 3.25 for the weekend. Senior setter Christine Hartmann was the final Wildcat on the All-Tournament team after directing the Wildcat offense to the tune of 12.8 kills per set and .235 hitting. She found five attackers for 1.42 kills per set or more. She also contributed nicely on the defensive side of the net with 1.08 blocks per set and 2.33 digs per frame.
- Kentucky will now hit the road for its next seven matches beginning with an instate rivalry match at Louisville on Wednesday. UK will then travel to the Ohio University tournament and take on the host Bobcats as well as top-20 ranked Oregon and Western Carolina.

Women's soccer
- Kentucky moved to 2-0-0 on the season Friday night with a 2-1 win over Eastern Kentucky.
- The 2-0-0 start marks the fourth consecutive season that Kentucky has been undefeated through the first two games of the season under head coach Jon Lipsitz.
- UK has been dynamite on set pieces, as three of the four goals that Kentucky has scored this season have come off set pieces. Junior Ashley VanLandingham scored her second goal off a free kick in as many games Friday night in addition to the corner kick goal tallied by sophomore Arin Gilliland.
- UK welcomes Louisville, Southeast Missouri State and UNC-Greensboro to Lexington next weekend for the Tropical Smoothie Invitational. The Wildcats will play against UNC-Greensboro at 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday night before concluding the weekend against SEMO at 2:30 p.m. ET on Sunday afternoon as the calendar turns to September.

Men's soccer
- The Kentucky men's soccer team opened up the 2012 season and the Johan Cedergren era with a thrilling 4-3 loss in the opener at Dayton on Sunday night.
- Kentucky suffered the loss in a riveting game that saw the Wildcats dominate play in a scoreless first half. In the second frame, the two teams combined for all seven goals, with UK getting three tallies. UK's three-goal output in the opening game marks its highest since the 2008 season, a 6-0 win over Central Arkansas. Overall in the game on Sunday, UK owned a 21-15 advantage in shots and a 7-5 lead in corner kicks.
- UK got goals from Matt Lodge, Charley Pettys and Tyler Riggs and a six-save performance from freshman goalkeeper Callum Irving. Lodge and Riggs each netted goals in traffic, while Pettys nailed a penalty kick goal in his first career penalty try. With the goals from its trio of veterans, Lodge and Riggs moved up in the UK soccer career history record book. Lodge now owns 18 career goals to rank eighth-best and his 51 career points ranks him tied with Lee Baker for sixth-best. Riggs now owns 17 goals in his career, the ninth-best total in UK history.
- The Wildcats will return to action with their annual trip to the Gamecock Classic in Columbia, S.C. UK will face Northwestern on Friday at 5 p.m. ET at Stone Stadium, before facing St. John's on Sunday at 11 a.m. ET.

Upcoming schedule

Wednesday, Aug, 29
Volleyball at Louisville - 7:00 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 31
Men's soccer vs. Northwestern - 5:00 p.m. (Columbia, S.C.)
Volleyball at Ohio - 7:00 p.m.
Women's soccer hosts UNC Greensboro - 7:30 p.m.
Cross Country at Belmont-VU Opener (Nashville, Tenn.)

Saturday, Sept. 1
Volleyball vs. Oregon - 1:00 p.m. (Athens, Ohio)
Volleyball vs. Western Carolina - 8:00 p.m. (Athens, Ohio)

Sunday, Sept. 2
Men's soccer vs. St. John's - 11:00 a.m. (Columbia, S.C.)
Women's soccer hosts Southern Missouri - Noon
Football at Louisville - 3:30 p.m.

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