Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, Aug 26:
Women's soccer: Arin Gilliland
Sophomore defender Arin Gilliland netted the game-winner for the Wildcats on Friday night vs. EKU in a thrilling 2-1 game. The sophomore headed in a corner kick to the nearside post for her first goal of the season in the 53rd minute of the game. The goal was the second goal in the game in which the Wildcats scored off a set piece. The Lexington, Ky., native's game-winner was the third of her career just two games into her sophomore season at UK.
Volleyball: Alexandra Morgan
Junior Alexandra Morgan made the most of her first three career starts by posting eight or more kills in all three of UK's victories including a career-high nine in a win over Long Beach State. Morgan led the Wildcats with a blistering .388 hitting clip, committing a mere six errors in 12 sets of action. Furthermore, her defensive presence as the net proved to be a momentum changer to keep the Wildcats' early-season record at an unscathed 3-0. Morgan turned back an SEC-leading 16 opponent attacks for an average of 1.33 blocks per set. She logged four or more blocks in all three matches in leading UK to a league-high 3.46 blocks per set. She also logged four digs including a career-high three in a win over the 49ers. Her defensive prowess limited UK's opponents to a mere .120 attacking percentage for the weekend. For her efforts she earned Kentucky Classic All-Tournament team honors, marking the first tournament honors of her career.
Volleyball: Sara Schwarzwalder
Freshman Sara Schwarzwalder made a positive impact in helping lead the Blue and White to a 3-0 record to begin the season. Schwarzwalder posted 1.42 kills per set and added 1.08 blocks per frame in her first collegiate action. Her eight blocks against Lipscomb were the most opponent turn backs recorded by a UK freshman since 2010.