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Best of Blue Weekly Awards (week of Mar. 12)

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It can be hard to keep up with everything going on in the University of Kentucky's 22 varsity sports. 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 - Gymnastics posts 196.025 score in Senior Day Victory


Kentucky capped off its home schedule and sent their seniors off in style in a tri-meet victory over George Washington and Ball State Sunday. For just the 10th time in school history, the gymnastics team went over a team score of 196 by posting a dominant 196.025, good for seventh-best in school history. UK head coach Tim Garrison becomes the first UK Gymnastics coach to lead a team to a score of 196 or better in their first year.


George Washington and Ball State were no match for the Wildcats who bested both squads in every event Sunday. Individually, Kentucky set or tied eight season highs and seven careers highs in the meet. With Sunday's performance, Kentucky has posted their highest consecutive meet team-scores after earning a 195.95 score in Illinois last weekend since 2002. 


Player of the Week - Cameron Flynn slugs Kentucky past Canisius for series sweep


Lexington, Ky. native Cameron Flynn continued his torrid start to the season, his first in Kentucky blue, with another monster week in leading to Kentucky to five wins including a weekend series sweep of Canisius. In just four games, Flynn batted .500 (7-for-14), with two homers and seven RBI, slugging .929 with a .529 on base percentage.


Flynn has been a catalyst for Kentucky's early success in the non-conference and has helped his team to their No. 23 overall ranking in the country as well as the nation's longest winning steak at 16 with a perfect 16-0 record to start the season. Statistically, he leads the team in batting (.441), home runs (4), and slugging (.912) in only 34 at bats which is tied for the lowest among player receiving regular playing time. 


He joins Kentucky after transferring from Morehead State to his hometown Wildcats. Flynn was forced to red shirt in the 2011 season with an injury, but he has followed up his redshirt year with a monster beginning to 2012. 


Game of the Week - No. 7 men's tennis knocks off SEC foe No 9. Florida


The men's tennis team got a key SEC victory in defeating the ninth-ranked Florida Gators 4-3 Sunday. With the win, Kentucky stays unbeaten at 4-0 in the conference and stays hot with its 11th win over a ranked opponent this season.


The Gators grabbed two doubles matches off the bat, which broke Kentucky's string of four consecutive doubles wins. But Kentucky fought back with Anthony Rossi and Alex Musialek who scored an 8-7 win to grab the lone doubles win for the Wildcats.


Kentucky found great success in singles action, however, sparked by Rossi's 6-2, 6-4 win over Florida's Tripper Carleton. They went on to get three more wins in singles, including a 6-4, 6-4 win by Eric Quigley to give Kentucky their first lead of the day. Grant Roberts then sealed the deal with a three-set winner to give Kentucky the 4-3 victory.


Play of the Week - Maile delivers walk-off win to earn series sweep




Junior catcher Luke Maile stroked a single up the middle in the bottom of the ninth inning to score Matt Reida all the way from second base. The 5-4 victory gave Kentucky a three-game series sweep over Cansius and prolonged their nation-leading 16-game winning streak.


Fast forward to the two-minute mark in the video above to see the walk-off single.


Photo of the Week - Terrence Jones throws down in Kentucky's 71-64 win over Florida


Chet White, UK Athletics Chet White, UK Athletics


Alumnus/alumna of the week - Sean Woods leads MVSU to NCAA Tournament


Former Kentucky Wildcat and member of the 1992 "Unforgettables" squad Sean Woods has navigated his Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils (21-12, 17-1) to the NCAA Tournament after winning the SWAC Tournament. It will be MVSU's first trip back to the big dance since 2008. 


Woods took over at MVSU the following season and has his Delta Devils back in the Big Dance for the first time since. MVSU will play their first game this Tuesday against Western Kentucky in the First Four up in Dayton, Oh. The winner of that match up will advance to face Kentucky in Louisville in the second round on Thursday. 


Video of the Week - Football holds Pro Day workouts



Best of Blue Weekly Awards (week of Dec. 12)

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Thumbnail image for best of blue logo_web.jpg It can be hard to keep up with everything going on in the University of Kentucky's 22 varsity sports. 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 takes No. 1 Texas to the wire in Sweet 16

The result wasn't what the Kentucky volleyball team was looking for, but in a 3-1 loss to top-seeded Texas, the Wildcats proved just how much they belong on the nation's big stage. UK played with the Longhorns point for point, leading UT head coach Jerritt Elliott to call the Cats "the best team we faced all year."

UK won just a single set, but lost the other three by only six combined points. Craig Skinner had four players total at least 11 kills as the Cats hit .279 as a team. SEC Libero of the Year Stephanie Klefot led all players with 21 digs and middle blocker Becky Pavan ended her career with a 12-kill, six-block performance. The match was played in front of a boisterous crowd of 4,022 who nearly cheered the hosts to victory in Memorial Coliseum.

Player of the week - Bria Goss scores career high...twice


John Calipari is known for coaching star freshmen, but Matthew Mitchell has himself a pretty good one in Bria Goss. She has been among UK Hoops' most consistent players, scoring in double figures in all but two games. Goss is the team's second-leading scorer at 12.3 points per game and has proven to be an adept rebounder from her guard position, averaging 5.2 boards per game, third on the team.

The Indianapolis native has been good all season, but she had her best two performances of her young career this week in wins over No. 5/6 Duke and Arkansas-Pine Bluff. As the Wildcats scored the upset victory over the Blue Devils in Rupp Arena, Goss scored a career-high 19 points, hitting a pair of 3's and getting to the foul line 10 times. She committed no turnovers and added a steal.

Goss followed up her big game against Duke with another 19 points on Sunday against UAPB, tallying career highs with three 3-pointers and six steals as leading scored A'dia Mathies sat out with a sprained ankle. Goss will play in her first career road game next Sunday against No. 3 Notre Dame and will also be returning to her home state to play at 1 p.m. on ESPNU.

Game of the week - Men's basketball loses in buzzer-beating fashion to Indiana

Generally, I like to make our game of the week one UK wins, but Saturday's Kentucky-Indiana showdown in Bloomington, Ind., simply could not be denied. The Wildcats rallied from a 63-53 deficit with under 10 minutes remaining to take a 72-70 lead with just five seconds left, but Christian Watford's 3-pointer as the horn sounded sent UK to its first defeat of the season. Hoosier fans rushed the floor in celebration of the win and IU's return to national prominence.

The loss was a disappointing one, but the mere fact that UK was able to rally in such a hostile environment says a lot about this team. Marquis Teague played the best half of his young career in the second, scoring 15 of UK's final 35 points on perfect 6-for-6 shooting while Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 18 points and nine rebounds while playing 38 minutes, the most for a UK player in any game this season.

Play of the week - Snowden goes behind the back



In the second half against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, senior guard Keyla Snowden made a steal at mid-court, went behind her back to avoid a defender and finished at the rim with her left hand. Fast forward to the 1:39 mark of the video above to see the play. The most entertaining part of the highlight: Snowden starts smiling at the behind-the-back move she just made while she's still dribbling to the hoop. She clearly enjoyed herself.

Photo of the week - UK Hoops celebrates Duke win


Photo by Britney McIntosh, UK Athletics Photo by Britney McIntosh, UK Athletics

Alumnus/alumna of the week - Knight, Liggins, Harrellson sign NBA contracts

The last few months have been tough for former Wildcats Brandon Knight, DeAndre Liggins and Josh Harrellson. After being selected in the 2011 NBA Draft, they've been in a state of limbo as league players and owners negotiated a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. All three have spent significant time in Lexington as they waited, but they need bide their time no longer as a CBA has been reached.

Even more importantly for the rookies, all three have agreed to terms with their new teams: Knight with the Detroit Pistons, Liggins with the Orlando Magic and Harrellson with the New York Knicks. Congratulations to all three and good luck as the season approaches.

Best of Blue Weekly Awards (week of Nov. 28)

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Thumbnail image for best of blue logo_web.jpg It can be hard to keep up with everything going on in the University of Kentucky's 22 varsity sports. 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 - Football beats Tennessee, ends streak

An obvious winner here. Kentucky entered its annual matchup with Tennessee as the underdog, with the Wildcats' streak of consecutive losses at the hands of the Volunteers expected to be extended to 27. Instead, the Cats' defense turned in an unbelievable performance and the offense did just enough to deliver a 10-7 victory to the fans in Commonwealth Stadium.

UK won the turnover battle, forcing a pair and committing none, while holding the UT offense to a paltry 276 yards. The Wildcats were anchored by a group of seniors who made big play after big play in their final games wearing Kentucky blue, including Winston Guy (14 tackles), Danny Trevathan (eight tackles, 1.5 for loss) and Taiedo Smith (game-clinching interception). None, however, came up bigger than...

Player of the week - Matt Roark, hero in unlikeliest of fashions

Two months ago, Matt Roark was a wide receiver sent to the bench due to an acute case of the drops. However, he never let himself get down and continued to stand out on UK's special teams. He worked his way back into the mix at receiver and even had back-to-back games of 100 yards receiving.

That would have been a good enough story for his senior season, but another twist was in store.

With quarterbacks Maxwell Smith and Morgan Newton unable to play at 100 percent, head coach Joker Phillips, offensive coordinator Randy Sanders and passing game coordinator Tee Martin came up with a top-secret plan. Roark would return to quarterback, the position he played in high school, to run a simplified, running Wildcat attack. Incredibly, the secret was kept until Roark took the first snap of the game against Tennessee.

He didn't throw the ball all over the field, completing just 4-of-6 passes for 15 yards, but he made sounds decisions and diced the Volunteer defense for 124 rushing yards in the 10-7 win. A fitting cap to his memorable day, Roark served as the honorary 'Y' at the men's basketball game on Saturday night.

Play of the week - Michael Kidd-Gilchrist throws down




Yet another clear winner. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's and-one dunk from Saturday's 87-63 win over Portland pretty much speaks for itself.

Photo of the week -
Trevathan's sendoff

Danny Trevathan is recognized during Senior Day festivities before a 10-7 win over Tennessee. (Chet White, UK Athletics) Danny Trevathan is recognized during Senior Day festivities before a 10-7 win over Tennessee. (Chet White, UK Athletics)

Alumnus/alumna of the week - Stevie Johnson turns in solid day


On Sunday, Stevie Johnson of the Buffalo Bills faced the unenviable task of lining up opposite Darrelle Revis, the New York Jets' shutdown cornerback. All the former UK wide receiver did was catch eight balls for 75 yards, including a five-yard touchdown pass that gave the Bills a 14-7 lead late in the second quarter. The Jets and John Conner, Johnson's former UK teammate, would go on to win the game 28-24.

Best of Blue Weekly Awards (week of Nov. 21)

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Thumbnail image for best of blue logo_web.jpg It can be hard to keep up with everything going on in the University of Kentucky's 22 varsity sports. 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 - Men's basketball goes 3-0 on East Coast trip, wins tournament

Another young John Calipari team completed a number of firsts this past week. For the first time, UK would play together away from Rupp Arena. For the first time, the Cats would face off against a ranked foe with talent at least in the same ballpark as their own. For the first time, they would take on an opponent employing a grind-it-out style the Cats should expect to see all season.

It was always pretty and it was far from flawless, but No. 2 UK defeated No. 12 Kansas in Madison Square Garden and Penn State and Old Dominion in Uncasville, Conn., to take home first place in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off. The Wildcats won all three games by at least 10 points and were led by Doron Lamb with 43 combined points in the first two games. In the ODU game, UK led by a score of just 50-49 with under eight minutes left before closing on a 12-3 run. Darius Miller provided a steady veteran presence, leading the team in assists (five) and tying for the team lead in points (13).

Player of the week - Danny Trevathan nearly wills football to victory

Knowing his team needed to win its final two games to clinch a berth in a sixth straight bowl game, senior Danny Trevathan did everything he could to inspire and carry his team to victory on the road against No. 13 Georgia. The Bulldogs were the top-ranked offense UK had faced all season and repeatedly had short fields against the Kentucky defense, yet Trevathan and the Cats would not yield.

UK forced four turnovers and allowed the Bulldogs to convert just 7-of-17 third downs. UGA scored a single touchdown, four field goals and managed no scoring drive longer than 23 yards. Trevathan tied his career high with 17 tackles and added three stops for loss, two forced fumbles and a sack, earning SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Week honors in the Wildcats' 19-10 defeat.

"He's just amazing to watch," Phillips said. "He alone willed the defense to play the way they played Saturday. We continue to tell them to come up to his level, and everyone on defense tried to play better than they were capable of. I think a lot of that had to do with the way Danny Trevathan played."

His game against Georgia also earned him a nomination for Defensive Performance of the Year as a part of the All-Star Football Challenge. Click here to vote for Trevathan. http://www.facebook.com/AllStarFootball

Game of the week - Volleyball rallies past Arkansas, keeps SEC title hopes alive

For a solid month, the Kentucky volleyball team has known it needed to continue winning in order to keep pace with first-place Tennessee as the Wildcats vie for an SEC title. Sitting a game behind the Lady Volunteers all along, UK had won eight consecutive matches and needed to prevail in just one more on Senior Day against Arkansas to set up a showdown with Tennessee and a chance for the Wildcats to win a share of the conference title.

For a long while on Sunday, it appeared the Cats would fall short. Arkansas raced ahead to a two-set lead and held a 19-16 lead in the third, just six points away from ending UK's title hopes.

UK, though, had been through too much to let its goal slip away so easily. Craig Skinner's team outscored Arkansas 9-4 to close the third set, won the fourth set 25-21 and then the final three points of the decisive fifth to win the set 15-13 and the match 3-2. In a season full of dramatic comebacks and nail-biting finishes, this one topped them all.

Now, volleyball shifts its focus to Tennessee. UK travels to Knoxville, Tenn., this week for a match at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. If the Cats win, a share of the SEC will be theirs. If they lose, Tennessee will win the conference outright.

Although the match is extremely important, the Wildcats' season will continue beyond it. With a 26-4 record and a RPI in the top 15 nationally, UK is well positioned not only for a berth in the NCAA Tournament, but to host first and second round matches. Selections for the NCAA's will be announced on Sunday.

Play of the week - Any of UK Hoops' 48 forced turnovers



Alright, I know I'm forcing a square peg into a round hole here, but I couldn't NOT recognize UK Hoops' record-setting performance last week against Jacksonville State. Under Matthew Mitchell, the Wildcats have been known for their defensive prowess and ability to turn over their opponents, but they outdid themselves last Tuesday.

If you haven't heard about this already, prepare for a shock: UK forced a school-record 48 turnovers. In a 100-25 victory, UK scored 50 points off those turnovers and held the visitors to just 9-of-41 (22.0 percent) shooting from the field. The 25 points tied a record for fewest allowed in a single game.

I couldn't pick out a single play from the game, so just take a look at the highlights above.

Photo of the week - Volleyball seniors celebrate

Seniors Ann Armes, Becky Pavan and Gretchen Giesler celebrate a 3-2 comeback victory in their final home match. (Chet White, UK Athletics) Seniors Ann Armes, Becky Pavan and Gretchen Giesler celebrate a 3-2 comeback victory in their final home match. (Chet White, UK Athletics)

Alumnus/alumna of the week - Wesley Woodyard keeps producing


He went undrafted in 2008, but for those who watched his career at Kentucky, was there ever a doubt Wesley Woodyard would have a long career in the NFL? During his rookie season, he was named special teams captain for the Denver Broncos and has served in the capacity ever since. On defense, he has primarily been a backup, but has been productive each time he's gotten playing time. This week, in the Broncos' 17-13 victory over the New York Jets, Woodyard tallied eight tackles.

Best of Blue Weekly Awards (week of Nov. 7)

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Thumbnail image for best of blue logo_web.jpg It can be hard to keep up with everything going on in the University of Kentucky's 22 varsity sports. 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 - Women's soccer reaches NCAA's for first time since 2006

Jon Lipsitz and the UK women's soccer team may have lost their only game this week, a 2-1 heartbreaker against Tennessee in the Southeastern Conference Tournament, but their achievements for the season as a whole earned them this spot. On the strength of a 13-7-0 regular season, Kentucky learned on Monday they had officially earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2006. To take things a step further, the Wildcats will have the honor of hosting their first round game against Washington State (12-6-3).

UK has been led all year by the play of senior Kelsey Hunyadi, who is having one of the top seasons in school history. Hunyadi has started all 20 of Kentucky's games, leading the team in both goals (13) and assists (10) and earning second team All-SEC honors. She arrived on campus a transfer the same year Lipsitz took over head coaching duties and has played a central role in bringing the program to this point.

As much as the Cats have achieved, their season is only just beginning. Their NCAA Tournament run will get started 7 p.m. Saturday at the UK Soccer Complex. Tickets are available now and you can check out this link for complete information.

Player of the week - Greg Ferrucci continues to rewrite diving record book


Swimming and diving hosted a meet for the first time this season, with the men claiming victories over both Missouri and Southern Illinois and the women defeating Southern Illinois and falling to Missouri. Leading the way for the men was sophomore Greg Ferrucci, who claimed first place in both the one-meter and three-meter diving events.

In the one-meter competition, Ferrucci eclipsed the record score he posted just last week with a 396.25 mark. For his performance, Ferrucci earned his second consecutive SEC Male Diver of the Week award.

Game of the week - Football picks up first SEC with dominant fourth quarter

Trailing 13-10 entering the fourth quarter, UK outscored the visiting Ole Miss Rebels in the final period 20-0, carrying the Cats to their first SEC victory of the season. In his first career start, true freshman quarterback Maxwell Smith threw for 110 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the fourth, leading the Cats to three touchdowns on four drives.

Even with a freshman under center, head coach Joker Phillips and offensive coordinator Randy Sanders dialed up aggressive play calls to take the lead and eventually pull away from Ole Miss. Wide receiver La'Rod King was the primary beneficiary of the aggressiveness, catching a go-ahead 38-yard touchdown and another 55-yard bomb to set the Cats up in the red zone for a touchdown that would all but seal the victory.

Play of the week - Men's basketball puts together highlight reel performance in final exhibition



Picking just one highlight from UK's dominating 125-40 win over Morehouse College is no small task. UK's suffocating defense led to numerous opportunities in the open floor and the athletic Cats took advantage at every juncture as they raced out to a 74-13 halftime lead.

Every play in the video above is worth a second look, but my personal favorite begins at the 18-second mark. Terrence Jones tosses ahead to Marquis Teague in the open floor, who makes an acrobatic catch on the right side of the hoop. Recognizing the speed at which he was traveling, Teague decided trying a layup on his own was too tough a proposition, so he instead opted to toss the ball off the backboard back to Jones for an uncontested dunk.

Photo of the week - Bria Goss finishes at the hoop


Photo by Chet White, UK Athletics Photo by Chet White, UK Athletics

Playing their lone exhibition before the 2011-12 season, Matthew Mitchell and the women's basketball team took down Coker College by a score of 86-44. Leading the way for the Cats in her first game in a UK uniform was freshman Bria Goss. She scored 17 points, including this layup late in the second half

Video of the week - Volleyball staff shows off "Thriller" moves



The No. 18 Kentucky volleyball team had just one match this week, avenging an earlier loss to Mississippi State with a sweep of the Bulldogs in Memorial Coliseum. The Cats will hit the road for a pair of matches against Alabama and Ole Miss as they continue their run at the SEC title.

They took a break from their regular preparations though to film a "Tip of the Week" video for Sportwide/AVCA. Assistant coach Keith Schunzel and players Becky Pavan, Christine Hartmann and Gretchen Giesler demonstrated a crossover and swing block drill the Wildcats use in practice.

The demonstration was informative, but not nearly as entertaining as what happened at the end of the video. Schunzel, along with fellow staffers Lindsey Gray, Sara Sjuts and Anders Nelson one-upped UK Hoops head coach Matthew Mitchell with a nearly perfect rendition of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" dance for Halloween. The dancing commences at the 2:39 mark.

Alumnus/alumna of the week - John Conner scores first touchdown of the season


Former UK fullback John Conner, also known as "The Terminator" has established himself as the starting fullback for the New York Jets this season. He's known more for his crunching blocks, but he scored his first touchdown of 2011 on a one-yard dive as the Jets defeated the Buffalo Bills in a crucial AFC East battle. The touchdown was the second of his two-year NFL career.


Best of Blue Weekly Awards (week of Oct. 31)

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Thumbnail image for best of blue logo_web.jpg It can be hard to keep up with everything going on in the University of Kentucky's 22 varsity sports. 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 - Rifle posts NCAA-record score, returns to No. 1

The defending national champion UK rifle team started out the season ranked first in the nation. However, West Virginia eclipsed Kentucky in the national rankings two weeks into the season even though the Cats had been impressive in a pair of season-opening wins. In their first match after falling to second, the Wildcats responded in a big way.

Against conference foe Memphis, UK tallied a score of 4711, breaking their own NCAA-record score set during last season's tournament run. Emily Holsopple led the way with a score of 597 in air rifle as the Cats turned in a performance that returned them to the top of the polls.

Player of the week - Luis Orta stands out at SEC Championships


Cross Country junior Luis Orta has been one of the stars of the fall sports season at UK, winning SEC Men's Runner of the Week honors on three separate occasions. Teams throughout the SEC met in Maryville, Tenn., for the conference championships and Orta showed just how deserving he was of all those accolades.

Orta finished fifth among all runners, leading the men's cross country team to a fourth-place finish, the program's best since 1992. The Venezuela native also earned first-team All-SEC honors for his performance, becoming UK's first runner to earn that distinction since Thomas Morgan in 2003.

Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart took to Twitter to congratulate Orta on his success.

"Really proud of Luis Orta for earning (first) team All-SEC honors at the SEC Championships," Barnhart tweeted. "He finished (fifth and) led the team to (fourth) place. Luis really embodies what being a student-athlete at UK means. He doesn't only excel on the field, but also in the classroom and community."

Game of the week - Volleyball defeats No. 13 Florida in five

Mired in a conference title race with top-20 opponents Tennessee and Florida, every match the Wildcats play down the stretch is a big one, but Sunday's match against Florida felt just a bit bigger. Tied at seven midway through the decisive fifth, UK scored eight of the match's final 10 points to upset the No. 13 Gators and maintain control of its own destiny in the race for the SEC title.

UK won the first and third sets, but Florida responded both times to even things up at two entering the final game. The Wildcats then kicked things into another gear to win in the fifth. As an observer, seeing the intensity of the team during that final stretch and the jubilation they displayed once they got the job done was pretty amazing.

Whitney Billings and Ashley Frazier led the attack with 17 and 16 kills, respectively. Billings also joined Christine Hartmann as one of two Cats to post a double-double. Stephanie Klefot had a career-high 28 digs in the win, carrying her to SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors.

Play of the week - Josh Mulvany scores a beautiful goal on Senior Day




Facing off against No. 15 SMU on Senior Day, UK got a pair of goals from departing seniors and held on for a 2-0 upset victory to send the class out in style. The second of those goals was from Josh Mulvany, who came up with a loose ball about 25 yards from goal and spotted the Mustang keeper too far off his line. He volleyed a shot high into the left "upper V" and over the outstretched arms of the beaten keeper.

Mulvany's goal takes place at the seven-second mark of the above video.

Photo of the week - Volleyball celebrates Florida win

Photo by Chet White, UK Athletics Photo by Chet White, UK Athletics

Alumnus/alumna of the week - Andrew Albers pitches Team Canada to Pan American gold

Former Kentucky left-handed pitcher Andrew Albers became the second Wildcat in as many weeks to earn a gold medal at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, following Molly Johnson. Albers started the gold medal game for Canada against Team USA, pitching 6.2 innings and allowing just a single run in picking up the win for his native country.

Facing an American team that featured some of baseball's top prospects, Albers struck out eight batters while walking none, helping Canada to its first gold medal in a senior national event in its history.

Best of Blue Weekly Awards (week of Oct. 24)

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Thumbnail image for best of blue logo_web.jpg It can be hard to keep up with everything going on in the University of Kentucky's 22 varsity sports. 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 - Men's tennis dominates at Ohio Valley Regionals


Following a trip to the Elite Eight in the spring, the men's tennis team has backed up its post-season run with an exceptional fall. The four returners from last season's rotation have shown improvement and some new players have emerged, culminating in an incredible performance over the past week at the Ohio Valley Regional Indoor Championships in Knoxville, Tenn.

In singles play, five Wildcats (Eric Quigley, Alex Musialek, Tom Jomby, Anthony Rossi and Panav Jha) reached the quarterfinals, while Quigley and Musialek faced off in the finals. Musialek won the all-UK final 6-3, 6-3. UK's top six players at the event went 27-5 total and only one of those losses came to a non-teammate. Quigley and Musialek, just minutes after playing in the singles final, teamed up in the doubles final, losing to a team from host Tennessee.

Co-player of the week - CoShik Williams has career day


In a much-needed 38-14 victory over Jacksonville State, junior running back CoShik Williams ran for 148 yards on just 22 carries. He anchored a UK rushing attack that rolled up 340 yards on the day and played a central role in ending the Cats' four-game losing streak.

With Raymond Sanders' status for Saturday's game against Mississippi State, Williams is in line to get even more opportunities in a big SEC matchup.

Co-player of the week - Christine Hartmann earns SEC honors

Junior setter Christine Hartmann was in the middle of a UK attack that brought the No. 24 volleyball team to consecutive road victories over Georgia and Auburn. She had a double-double with 39 assists and 10 digs against the Bulldogs, also contributing six blocks to a UK defensive effort that set a new school record. Two days later, Hartmann set a career high with 53 assists, orchestrating a balanced attack that featured four players with 13 or more kills. For her efforts, Hartmann earned SEC Player of the Week honors.

Hartmann and the Cats return home for a pair of matches in Memorial Coliseum this weekend, including a Sunday tilt with No. 13 Florida at 1:30 p.m. that will have major implications on the race for the SEC Championship.

Game of the week - Rifle bests No. 9 Ole Miss in season opener

Harry Mullins and the defending national champion UK rifle team are welcoming all comers in their title defense and it began with a season opener against ninth-ranked Ole Miss. The Rebels tied a school record with a score of 4654, but the No. 1 Cats bested them with a tally of 4680. Stacy Wheatley led the way with a career-best air rifle score of 592. On Sunday, rifle overcame another record performance from an opponent to defeat Nebraska.

Play of the week - Martavius Neloms gets UK going with defensive touchdown



Tied 0-0 late in the first quarter against Jacksonville State, UK was struggling a bit and looking for something good to happen. Junior Martavius Neloms obliged when he came on a blitz from the secondary. He sacked Coty Blanchard, forced a fumble, recovered it himself and raced 40 yards for the first touchdown of his career. The Cats didn't look back from there, racing to a 24-7 halftime lead and a 38-14 win.

In his first season at safety after moving from cornerback, Neloms has excelled. He has 49 tackles on the season and has five pass breakups.

The play is the first in the video above.

Photo of the week - Women's soccer Senior Day
 

Women's soccer seniors Kelsey Hunyadi, Kiondra McGee, Jenna Goblirsch and Emily Rogers were honored before Sunday's game against Ole Miss. Hunyadi scored the Cats' lone goal. (Chet White, UK Athletics) Women's soccer seniors Kelsey Hunyadi, Kiondra McGee, Jenna Goblirsch and Emily Rogers were honored before Sunday's game against Ole Miss. Hunyadi scored the Cats' lone goal. (Chet White, UK Athletics)

Alumnus/alumna of the week - Molly Johnson wins gold with team USA

In general, we try to switch up the winners of these awards from week to week, but let it be known that winning a gold medal in international competition is going to take this category almost every time.

That's exactly what former star shortstop and current UK assistant coach Molly Johnson did this weekend as Team USA upended Canada in the gold medal game on Sunday. Johnson was 2-for-2 in the final, capping an unbelievable tournament at the plate. She led the team with a batting average of .706 while making seven starts at shortstop. She also knocked in eight runs in leading an American offense that outscored opponents 78-8 in nine games.

Johnson will next compete for a spot on the 2012 World Championship team beginning in January.

Recent Comments

  • J.D.: Let me online please read more
  • Jack Walker: This is a big plus for UK athletics. Edric and family are dedicated to all aspects of track and field read more
  • bbmike: The Glory to God, but I don't think trips like this happened before Barnhart was around. I could be wrong, read more
  • Patrick: Nice story Ryan, very impressive. read more
  • Guy Ramsey: Anthony Davis (men's basketball) is playing for Team USA. Three track and field athletes who attended UK will compete as read more
  • anonymous: How many players will take part in the London Olympic Games? read more
  • Juan4UK: Great for Mitch, congratulations.But, no 3 goggles in this photo and no UK sticker to put on the sign: tssk, read more
  • John Dutton: Hi, This is an awesome thing you are doing. I would definitely love to connect with any of the athletes read more
  • Kameron: beautiful... I too have been to Korah a few times. Thank you for beautifully describing it. Brings tears to my read more
  • Douglas Edwards: I wish I had had the option to purchase "mini" packs before I paid fullprice for full season. Where is read more
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