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Kentucky Sports Report (week of Sept. 10)

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Football
- The Kentucky football team won its third consecutive home opener, defeating Kent State 47-14 on Saturday.
- Kentucky had a strong all-around performance in the game, racking up 539 yards of total offense, including 354 passing yards - which was the most for a UK offense since a 430-yard outburst against Tennessee in 2007.
- Sophomore quarterback Maxwell Smith threw for all 354 yards, including finding senior wide receiver Aaron Boyd 11 times for 100 yards - both career highs for Boyd. Junior tailback Raymond Sanders had a career night with 13 rushes for 115 yards and touchdown, including a 67-yard burst to the end zone.
- Defensively, Kentucky recorded its first safety since the 2009 season while also stopping Kent State from scoring all three times they entered the redzone. The UK defense, which forced and recovered a fumble in the game, ended the contest with three sacks, six tackles for loss and six pass breakups.

Volleyball

- The Kentucky volleyball team capped off non-conference action against its toughest competition of the season at the Ameritas Players Challenge on the campus of the University of Nebraska. UK earned a win over Duquesne, before suffering heart-wrenching four-set losses to Oklahoma, a team receiving votes in the latest poll, and No. 1 Nebraska on its home floor.
- Senior Ashley Frazier was simply sensational against the Huskers with a career-high tying and match-high 20 kill performance on a sizzling .459 hitting percentage.
- Freshman setter Morgan Bergren had a coming-out party of sorts against the Huskers in front of 4,163 fans as she recorded her first career double-double effort with a UK single-match high 47 assists and 10 digs. She also added career-high marks with four kills and five blocks.
- In the victory over Duquesne it was the middle blockers who shined as the duo of junior Alexandra Morgan and freshman Sara Schwarzwalder combined for 20 kills with no errors. Morgan's defensive presence continues to aid the Wildcat cause as the junior turned back 19 opponent attacks in 11 sets for a blistering 1.73 rejections per frame.

Women's soccer
- Kentucky opened its road portion of the schedule with a dramatic 2-0 upset of No. 12 Louisville on the road at Cardinal Park Friday night.
- Junior Kayla King was inserted into the game in the opening minutes, and recorded six saves, keeping a clean sheet and saving a penalty kick late in the game which would have tied the score at 1-1.
- Freshman Cailin Harris scored UK's lone goal in a 3-1 loss to Samford. Harris, Arin Gilliland and Kayla King were named to the Cardinal Classic All-Tournament Team.
- UK returns home Friday night for its Southeastern Conference opener against No. 24 Florida Friday night, with a Sunday matchup vs. undefeated Mississippi State.

Men's soccer
- The Kentucky men's soccer team finished second at its invitational tournament over the weekend, picking up a 2-0 win over St. Joe's and falling to No. 4 Charlotte on Sunday, 1-0.
- Kentucky has played an extremely grueling schedule to open the 2012 season, as the Wildcats have played three top-25 foes in their first five matches. UK entered the matchup with Charlotte, the 2011 NCAA runners-up, fresh off a dominating 2-0 win over St. Joseph's in its home opener on Friday night.
- UK finished second in the 2012 UKIT with the loss, as the high-octane 49ers claimed the championship, Stony Brook third place and St. Joe's fourth.
- UK freshman midfielder Bryan Celis - who scored his first career goal on Friday - junior defender Steven Perinovic and junior forward Tyler Riggs were selected to the UKIT All-Tournament team by the UK coaching staff.

Upcoming schedule


Monday, Sept. 10

Men's tennis at Southern Intercollegiate (Athens, Ga.)
Women's golf at Old Waverly Bulldog Invite (West Point, Miss.)

Tuesday, Sept. 11

Women's golf at Old Waverly Bulldog Invite (West Point, Miss.)

Wednesday, Sept. 12
Women's golf at Old Waverly Bulldog Invite (West Point, Miss.)

Friday, Sept. 14
Men's soccer at Louisville - 7:00 p.m.
Women's soccer hosts Florida - 7:00 p.m.
Men's tennis at Duke Invitational (Cary, N.C.)/ Illinois Invitational (Chicago)
Women's tennis at Muirfield Village Invitational (Muirfield, Ohio)

Saturday, Sept. 15
Football hosts Western Kentucky - 7:00 p.m.
Men's golf at Wolf Run Invite (Zionsville, Ind.)
Men's tennis at Duke Invitational (Cary, N.C.)/ Illinois Invitational (Chicago)
Women's tennis at Muirfield Village Invitational (Muirfield, Ohio)

Sunday, Sept. 16

Volleyball hosts Florida - 1:00 p.m.
Women's soccer hosts Mississippi State - 1:00 p.m.
Men's golf at Wolf Run Invite (Zionsville, Ind.)
Men's tennis at Duke Invitational (Cary, N.C.)/ Illinois Invitational (Chicago)
Women's tennis at Muirfield Village Invitational (Muirfield, Ohio)

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