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Live blog: Men's tennis vs. Notre Dame

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Kentucky Sports Report (week of Feb. 11)

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Men's basketball
- Kentucky earned a hard-fought 72-62 win over visiting Auburn on Saturday to push its win-streak to a season-long five games.
- The Wildcats received another double-double effort from freshman Nerlens Noel who posted 10 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.
- Sophomore Kyle Wiltjer led five players in double-figures with a team-best 14 points. Sophomore Ryan Harrow and freshman Willie Cauley-Stein both notched 12 points, with senior Julius Mays pitching in with 10.

Women's basketball
- Kentucky improved to 21-3 overall, 9-2 in the SEC with hard-fought road wins at Arkansas and Vanderbilt last week.
- Against the Razorbacks, the Wildcats rallied from an 11-point first half deficit for an 80-74 overtime win. Sophomore guard Bria Goss scored 16 of her team-high 17 points in the second half and overtime after not starting the game for the first time in her career, a stretch of 57 consecutive starts.
- On Sunday vs. Vanderbilt, A'dia Mathies put on quite the show by charting a season-high 28 points on 10-of-17 shooting, including 5-of-9 from beyond the arc. She also dished out a game-high five assists and three steals. She has now reached double figures in 22-of-24 games, including 15 in a row. The 28 points moved her up to No. 3 on UK's all-time scoring list with 1,815.

- No. 18 Kentucky tied No. 6 Georgia 195.825 on Friday night in Memorial Coliseum.
- The team score was a season-high for the Wildcats.
- Audrey Harrison won the individual all-around title for the second straight week with a career-high 39.3.
- Harrison also won floor exercise, and she now has eight individual titles this season.
- Harrison has four all-around crowns this season, and they all have come in SEC competition.
- Jill Chappel, Shelby Hilton and Shannon Mitchell all tied or set new event career highs on Friday.

- The UK softball team started its 2013 season in style, going 4-2 against some of the best teams in the nation at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz. UK got the season started fast with a nine-inning, 3-2 victory over No. 3 California in its season opener before defeating No. 20 Stanford in the weekend finale. UK also defeated Oregon State - who was also receiving votes in both preseason polls.
- Junior pitcher Lauren Cumbess was the difference in the huge UK victory, pitching all nine innings, allowing only six hits and two runs while striking out six. Cumbess also went 2-for-4 at the plate with two RBI - including the game winner.
- Five Wildcats closed the opening weekend with a batting average well over .350, including freshman Nikki Sagermann, who leads the team with a .429 mark. Junior Ginny Carroll leads the team in RBI with six, while senior Alice O'Brien has scored a team-high seven runs.
- On top of Cumbess' pitching performance against Cal, freshman hurler Kelsey Nunley was UK's star pitcher on the weekend, going 3-0 with wins against WMU, OSU and Stanford. In all, Nunley threw 17.1 innings, allowing seven earned runs while striking out a team-high 19.

Men's tennis
- The Kentucky men's tennis team climbed to No. 7 in this week's ITA rankings, after starting out the season 6-0. The Wildcats dropped their first match of 2013 in a back-and-forth affair 4-3 on Saturday night at No. 19 Illinois.
- In the loss, No. 94 Anthony Rossi upped his record to 6-1 on court one singles with a 6-4, 6-4 win, while
Charles Minc improved to 4-0 on the season with a 6-3, 6-3 win on court five.
- The Wildcats won the doubles point for the seventh time in seven tries with wins on courts two and three.

Women's tennis
- The Kentucky women's tennis team fell to No. 59 Tulane 6-1 on Saturday in New Orleans.
- Freshman Kirsten Lewis recorded Kentucky's lone win of the match, defeating Caroline Magnusson 0-6, 7-6 (1-0) (7).
- Freshman Nadia Ravita lost her first match of the season, falling 6-0, 6-4 to Klara Vyskocilova in the No. 1 slot.

Track and field
- Cally Macumber won the 3,000 meters at the Husky Classic on Saturday.
- Macumber's time of 8:59.98 set a new indoor school record.
- Chelsea Oswald took eighth with a PR 9:06.64, third-fastest indoor time in school history.
- The rest of the Wildcats spent the weekend competing at the Tyson Invitational on the Arkansas campus.
- Bradley Szypka finished second in the shot put with a PR-tying throw of 18.50m/60-08.50.
- Keffri Neal took second in the men's 800-meter final with a PR, team-best time of 1:49.79.
- Allison Peare ran a season-best, team-leading 2:09.04 in the women's 800 meters to finish fourth
- Keith Hayes produced a season-best time of 7.79 in the 60-meter hurdles finals to place fourth.

Women's golf
- The UK women's golf team began their 2013 spring season at the Lady Puerto Classic in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico at the Rio Mar Beach Resort River Course.
- The Wildcats opened up the invitational on Sunday carding a 13-over-par, 301 and are currently in seventh place. Senior Ashleigh Albrecht recorded the low round for UK with a 2-over-par, 74.
- The tournament will resume on Monday at 7 a.m. ET and the tournament is scheduled to wrap up with a final round on Tuesday beginning at 6:30 a.m.

Upcoming schedule

Monday, Feb. 11
Women's golf at Lady Puerto Rico Classic (Puerto Rico)

Tuesday, Feb. 12
Men's tennis hosts Notre Dame - 1:00 p.m.
Women's tennis at Ohio State - 4:00 p.m.
Men's basketball at Florida - 7:00 p.m.
Men's tennis hosts Eastern Kentucky - 7:00 p.m.
Women's golf at Lady Puerto Rico Classic (Puerto Rico)

Thursday, Feb. 14
Softball vs. Cal Poly - 6:30 p.m. (San Diego, Calif.)
Women's basketball hosts South Carolina - 7:00 p.m.
Softball at San Diego State - 9:00 p.m. (San Diego, Calif.)

Friday, Feb. 15
Baseball vs. UNC Asheville - Noon (Spartanburg, S.C.)
Softball vs. Washington - 2:15 p.m. (San Diego, Calif.)
Gymnastics hosts Missouri - 7:00 p.m.
Men's tennis at ITA National Indoor Championships (Seattle, Wash.)

Saturday, Feb. 16
Softball vs. UC Riverside - Noon (San Diego, Calif.)
Men's basketball at Tennessee - 1:00 p.m.
Baseball vs. USC Upstate - 4:00 p.m. (Spartanburg, S.C.)
Softball vs. Oklahoma - 4:30 p.m. (San Diego, Calif.)
Rifle hosts NCAA Qualifier
Men's tennis at ITA National Indoor Championships (Seattle, Wash.)

Sunday, Feb. 17
Women's tennis hosts Indiana - 11:00 a.m.
Baseball vs. Niagara - Noon (Spartanburg, S.C.)
Women's tennis hosts Northern Kentucky - 6:00 p.m.
Rifle hosts NCAA Qualifier
Men's tennis at ITA National Indoor Championships (Seattle, Wash.)

Live blog: Men's tennis vs. Oklahoma

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Kauffmann likes early returns for men's tennis

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Cedric Kauffmann doesn't often make it through interviews without being asked about what it's like to replace a legend. The former Kentucky player and assistant is in his first season as head coach after Dennis Emery - winner of 655 matches and the architect of the UK program - retired last spring, so that's understandable.

Two of his players - Anthony Rossi and Alex Musialek - find themselves in similar situations.

Eric Quigley and Alex Musialek finished their UK careers ranked first and ninth, respectively, on the school's all-time singles wins list. They spent the last three seasons leading off the UK lineup in the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, culminating in an undefeated run through the Southeastern Conference during their senior year.

Like Emery, they moved on this offseason, leaving it up to Rossi and Jomby to step into the roles that had been filled for so long. Kauffmann doesn't look at it quite that way though.

"They'll never replace Quigley and they'll never replace Musialek," Kauffmann said. "I'm just asking them to be Jomby and Rossi. If they do that, I think it's going to be good enough for us to do well."

So far, they have done that. So far, Kauffmann is right.

Five matches into the indoor season, the ninth-ranked Wildcats are unbeaten. They breezed through 7-0 wins over in-state foes Northern Kentucky and Morehead State to start with, then dispatched No. 22 Indiana on the road and No. 47 Michigan State and No. 17 Texas at home to clinch a spot in the ITA National Indoor Championships.

Twelve different players have played in the five matches and each has been unique, but there have been two common threads.

The first is Rossi and Jomby.

In all but one match this season - when Jomby sat out one match of a season-opening doubleheader - UK's top two singles players have earned two points for their team. In fact, they have combined to win 18 of their 19 sets en route to a 9-0 record. The only loss came when Rossi dropped the opening set to 31st-ranked Soren Hess-Olesen of Texas in a tiebreaker before taking the final two sets and the win.

Rossi opened the season ranked No. 94 and Jomby No. 15. Both figure to make a significant jumps when new rankings are released on Feb. 5, especially if they perform well when UK hosts No. 8 Oklahoma on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. The match will be the first played this season between two teams ranked in the top 10 nationally.

If the Cats are to succeed, they will get a significant boost if the other trend from the first five matches of 2013 holds up.

Kauffmann learned from Emery the importance of the doubles, which is why UK spends "30 to 40 percent" of its practice time working on doubles even though it counts for just one of the seven points that comprise each match. It is so vital because it's the first point decided in each match and can set the tone for the remainder of the proceedings.

In fact, the doubles point has done exactly that in each of UK's outings; the Cats are a perfect 5-0 in doubles.

"They've done good," Kauffmann said of the doubles point. "They're listening. We still have a lot of work to go."

Kauffmann has used doubles as an opportunity to build experience with a deep and largely young roster. UK has five first-year players and their coach calls the way they have embraced the demands of playing collegiate tennis his "best surprise," but they haven't necessarily gotten to play as much as they want.

"We're just very deep," Kauffmann said. "We have 13 players on the team and we only play six. They'll get their turn to shine."

It's much easier to ask for patience when the victories are piling up.

"I want my kids to get better," Kauffmann said. "I had a great time at Kentucky (as a player), so I'm trying to have them have a good time. But it's always easier when you're winning, so we're going to work hard to keep winning."

Live blog: Men's tennis vs. Texas/South Carolina

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Live blog: Men's tennis vs. Michigan State

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Live blog: Men's tennis vs. Northern Kentucky

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First-year head coach Cedric Kauffmann is leading the men's tennis team into its first team matches of the season on Sunday. (Chet White, UK Athletics) First-year head coach Cedric Kauffmann is leading the men's tennis team into its first team matches of the season on Sunday. (Chet White, UK Athletics)
Cedric Kauffmann has been here before. The Kentucky men's tennis team is mere days away from opening its 2013 season, something Kauffmann has been though many times.

As UK prepares to start its season on Sunday, Kauffmann is in a different position. No longer is he a player getting ready for one singles and one doubles match or an assistant coach working behind the scenes to prepare his team.

This time, it's Kauffmann coming up with practice plans. It's Kauffmann making the final decisions on the lineup. For the first time, it's Kauffmann serving as head coach.

He conceded that it does feel different, but he isn't allowing the scope of his task to get the better of him. Kauffmann knows that the only way to replace a legend like Dennis Emery is by focusing on the present.

"My only concern right now is Northern Kentucky and after the match is over I'll take the next match," Kauffmann said. "I think I would feel a little bit more pressure if I looked at it as the whole season, but I can only take it one day at a time."

UK, ranked No. 9 in the preseason, will welcome Northern Kentucky at 11 a.m. ET on Sunday and Morehead State at 5 p.m. The doubleheader is the start of an indoor season that will call on the Wildcats to play five matches in less than a week, the team's first action in more than two months since the fall season ended. With matches against top-25 opponents looming, Kauffmann will be looking for focus above all else as it begins the season at the Boone Tennis Center.

"I know they always come out for big matches, if we're playing a top-five team, a top-10 team. What we've done well in the past is keep that intensity whether we're playing a top-five, top-10, top-50, top-80 team," Kauffmann said. "What I'm looking for in the guys that play this weekend is their intensity and the level of play they're going to be at no matter what's across the net."

If practice is any indication, that shouldn't be a problem.

"We're working hard. We just had three great days of practice on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday," Kauffmann said. "We did some boring stuff, we call it 'meat and potatoes,' and they just responded really well and they're helping each other go through the tough practices."

Even so, it's impossible to guarantee anything having lost Eric Quigley and Alex Musialek off last year's Southeastern Conference championship team. The two departed players are among the most decorated in school history and served as the emotional center of the team.

Now, the only senior on the roster is Anthony Rossi, ranked 94th nationally in singles. Like his coach, he is stepping into a new role. He'll be called on to lead more than in the past, something that shouldn't be too much to ask considering his relationship with the coach who recruited him and with whom he shares a French background.

"We talk a lot and we get along pretty well," Rossi said. "We share the same values and we have pretty much the same vision on the court and off the court."

In fact, Kauffmann is so sure of how much the senior captain cares about the success of his team that he is cautioning Rossi against shouldering too much of a burden.

"I think sometimes he maybe puts too much pressure on himself to carry the load of the team and take care of everybody," Kauffmann said. "I told him, 'Listen, you've got one doubles, one singles. That's one-and-a-half points, take care of those.' "

The good news for Rossi is that he knows he doesn't have to do it alone.

"I'm not the only leader on the team. I think we have some great leaders and I'm not the only one," Rossi said, citing juniors Tom Jomby, Alejandro Gomez, Panav Jha and Maks Gold.

Rossi was limited at times during the fall due to injury, but is now healthy. Kauffmann knows it will take some time to get in the swing of things, but he couldn't be more confident about how good Rossi will be when he does.

"I know he's going to put pressure on himself through the beginning of the season, but once he gets his groove I think he'll be just fine," Kauffmann said. "He's one of the best players in the country. I know it. He knows it. He just has to feel it on the court and it's coming."

Even when Rossi does reach that point and is winning his one-and-a-half points a match regularly, the rest of the team will be responsible for the other two-and-a-half needed to win. This weekend's doubleheader will be a chance for some trial and error when it comes to the UK lineup, but no matter how it shakes out, the newcomers are going to be called on.

Five of the 12 players on the roster are in their first college season: freshmen Kevin Lai, Juan Pablo Murra, Beck Pennington and Michael Binder and sophomore Brett Johnson. It remains to be seen just how much of a role they play, but they will need to produce for the Cats to fulfill their expectations.

During the fall, the newest Cats flashed plenty of potential. More importantly, they demonstrated humility and the ability to listen.

"Whatever the upperclassmen told them to do, they did. Whatever the coaching staff told them to do, they did," Kauffmann said. "I'm as proud with this freshman class as any since I've been here. They do whatever they can to get better, so I'm expecting some big things."

Demanding big things might be more like it.

"I tell my freshmen the fall for them was their freshman year," Kauffmann said. "Now they should be acting like sophomores. I don't want to talk about freshman mistakes again."

Kauffmann is asking his newcomers to go from willing listeners to active participants. Rossi and his fellow upperclassmen might have been part of it for longer, but Kauffmann is telling the youngest Cats that they must take ownership of their program too. Within a couple years, it will be those players responsible for leading and sustaining the momentum of a very successful past for the men's tennis program, with Kauffmann's guidance of course.

"We've created, Coach Emery and I, in the last couple years a good culture," Kauffmann said. "We still have that. The only way that goes away is if I don't do a good job recruiting or if I don't do a good job with my practices and my guys."

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Kentucky Sports Report (week of Nov. 11)

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- Linebacker Avery Williamson, who entered the game leading the league in total tackles, had a career-high 20 tackles. He is the first UK player with 20 or more tackles since Chad Anderson made 21 tackles against Georgia in 2003.
- Kentucky has an open date Nov. 10 before returning to action Sat. Nov. 17 at home vs. Samford. Kentucky entered the weekend having played the toughest schedule in the nation, according to Anderson and Hester computer ratings used in the official BCS rankings.

Men's basketball
- Kentucky was paced by a team-high 22 points from freshman Archie Goodwin in the win over, NAIA's No. 1 ranked team, Northwood.
- Fellow freshman Nerlens Noel added a double-double effort with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
- The meeting with Transylvania will mark the final preseason competition for the Cats, before UK travels to Brooklyn, N.Y., to open the Barclays Center with a season-opening contest against Maryland on Friday.

- The 17 victories guarantees UK a winning season for an unprecedented eighth-consecutive season under UK coach Craig Skinner.
- The Wildcats were paced by senior Ashley Frazier as she averaged 4.29 kills per set on an impressive .362 hitting percentage. Frazier had a career-high 20 kills against the Rebels to couple with a career-high eight digs in the win.
- Senior setter Christine Hartmann directed the offense to the tune of 15.80 kills per set on a .372 hitting percentage.
- Senior libero Stephanie Klefot continues to be an anchor for the Wildcats from the back line. She was perfect on her serve-receive attempts and averaged a squad-best 4.14 digs per set. With 29 scoops on the weekend, she became just the fourth player in SEC history to tally 1,800 or more digs in a career.

Women's soccer
- Kentucky bowed out of the SEC Tournament to Missouri in the quarterfinals 2-1 in Orange Beach, Ala., on Wednesday.
- Caitlin Landis scored UK's lone goal on Wednesday. Landis has scored three goals in the last two games.

Men's soccer
- The Wildcats have been led offensively by Tyler Riggs and Matt Lodge, who have accounted for 14 goals (Riggs-7, Lodge-7) combined through 18 games .The duo has also connected for six assists (Riggs-4, Lodge-2) during the regular season.
- UK will travel to Hoover, Ala. for the C-USA tournament game at 6:00 p.m. ET vs. Memphis.

- The University of Kentucky rifle team defeated No. 15 North Carolina State and The Citadel on Saturday, shooting a 4686 in the triangular match in Charleston, S.C.
- Junior Emily Holsopple shot a personal-best 590 in smallbore.
- Sophomore Jonathan Pinkel and freshman Luke South recorded personal bests in air rifle, Pinkel shooting a 591 and South a 590.

Women's golf
- The UK women's golf team finished in sixth place at the Alamo Invitational with a score of 11-over-par, 875.
- The squad set a program record with a final round of 6-under-par, 282. The Cats broke the previous school record of 284 for a round, which was set during the 2009-10 season.
- Kentucky had two top-25 finishers as Ashleigh Albrecht placed tied for 22nd at 2-over, while Cylia Damerau was tied for 25th at 3-over.

Cross country
- Cally Macumber was named Southeastern Conference Cross Country Runner of the Year on Friday.
- The Rochester Hills, Mich., native won the SEC Championship Race on Oct. 26 and owns the SEC-best times at both 5,000 meters and 6K. She was also named a First Team All-SEC runner.
- Macumber was the first Wildcat to win the women's SEC Title since Valarie McGovern won the conference meet in 1989.
- The Kentucky cross country teams return to action on Nov. 9 for the NCAA Southeast Regional in Charlotte, N.C.

Swimming and diving
- Kentucky divers junior Greg Ferrucci and freshman Rebecca Hamperian each picked up wins in the 1-meter and 3-meter events Friday against Auburn.
- For the third consecutive Friday, sophomore Lucas Gerotto won the 100-butterfly (49.25) and has bested his time each meet. His sister, sophomore Julia Gerotto, earned her first win of the season with a victory in the 200-butterfly (2:02.44) while also picking up a second place finish in the 1000-freestyle (10:15.39).

Upcoming schedule

Monday, Nov. 5

Women's basketball hosts Bellarmine - 6:00 p.m.
Men's basketball hosts Transylvania - 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 8
Men's tennis at USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships (Flushing Meadows, N.Y.)

Friday, Nov. 9

Volleyball at Alabama - 8:00 p.m.
Men's tennis at Louisville Invite (Louisville, Ky.)
Men's tennis at USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships (Flushing Meadows, N.Y.)
Men's tennis at Bulldog Scramble (Athens, Ga.)
Men's basketball vs. Maryland (Brooklyn, N.Y.) - 8:30
Cross country NCAA Southeast Regional (Charlotte, N.C.)

Saturday, Nov. 10
Men's tennis at Louisville Invite (Louisville, Ky.)
Men's tennis at USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships (Flushing Meadows, N.Y.)
Men's tennis at Bulldog Scramble (Athens, Ga.)
Rifle hosts Navy
Women's basketball hosts Delaware State - 1:00 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 11

Volleyball at Arkansas - 2:30 p.m.
Men's tennis at Louisville Invite (Louisville, Ky.)
Men's tennis at USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships
(Flushing Meadows, N.Y.)
Men's tennis at Bulldog Scramble (Athens, Ga.)

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