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Kentucky Sports Report (week of March 21)

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Men's basketball
- Kentucky advances to its 22nd Sweet 16, the second most in NCAA history, after a 71-63 win over West Virginia in third round of the NCAA Tournament.
- In holding the Mountaineers to 63 points, Kentucky ran its record to 25-0 this season when holding the opponent to 67 or fewer points and 46-0 under John Calipari. The win extended UK's season-best winning streak to eight games.
- Brandon Knight poured in 30 points in the victory, the most by a UK freshman in program history in NCAA Tournament action. Terrence Jones notched his 12th double-double this season, tying him with Chris Mills for second on UK's freshman double-double list.
- Josh Harrellson is averaging 15.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game in the NCAA Tournament.
- The Wildcats have four players averaging double figures in the tournament, including Brandon Knight (16.0), Josh Harrellson (15.0), Terrence Jones (11.0) and Darius Miller (10.0).

Women's basketball
- The Cats are making their eighth NCAA Tournament appearance and now own an 8-7 record in the tournament following a win over Hampton in the opening round.
- UK is now 4-1 all-time as a No. 4 seed.
- Junior guard Keyla Snowden scored a team-high 19 points in a career-high 37 minutes of play. Snowden's 16 points in the first half marked the most points in an opening frame since Dunlap scored 16 vs. Tennessee on Feb. 7.
- Dunlap recorded her 31st career and ninth doubledouble of the season with 13 points (11 coming in the second half ) and a game-high-tying 12 rebounds.

Swimming and diving
- The Kentucky women's swimming and diving team concluded its season Saturday with a 28th-place finish at the 2011 women's NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships held at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin, Texas.
- Senior diver Lisa Faulkner led the Wildcats by earning points on each of the three boards with a fifth-place finish on the platform, a 15th-place mark on the three-meter board and a 16th-place finish on the one-meter board.
- Senior backstroke swimmer Chatham Penrod earned All-America honorable mention honors in the 100 backstroke with a 16th-place finish.
- Mandy Myers swam a career-best time in the 100 butterfly on Friday, tapping in at 54.31. Myers topped her previous best time by .02.

Softball
- Head coach Rachel Lawson earned her 100th career victory as the head coach of Kentucky with the first of two wins at Arkansas. She attained 100 wins in the Blue and White faster than any other coach in school history.
- Senior Meagan Aull is enjoying a career-long hitting streak at nine games. Aull has a hit in every SEC game this season.
- Freshman pitcher Ellen Weaver earned the win on the mound in the opening game of the LSU series. It marked just the third win in program history over the Tigers, and Weaver is the second consecutive freshman pitcher to earn a win in Baton Rouge, La.

Baseball
- Kentucky has won eight of its last nine contests.
- In the rubber match on Sunday with Tennessee, UK rode a four-hit game from senior closer/outfielder Mike Kaczmarek and a three-RBI outing from freshman J.T. Riddle to a 7-3 series-clinching win.
- Riddle had a monster week, batting .538 during the four games with a homer and eight RBI. Riddle's breakout game on Sunday included a three-run homer in the first inning, his first career homer, and a spectacular diving catch in right field to save extra bases.

Gymnastics
- The gymnastics team earned a team score of 193.95 en route to a seventh-place finish at the SEC Championships.
- Kentucky's best event score came on vault where the Wildcats scored a 48.715. The Wildcats were led on the event by seniors Jasmine Minion and Phylicia Reshard, who each scored a 9.8. Fellow senior Andrea Mitchell earned a 9.775, while senior Colleen Williams scored a 9.7 and freshman Audrey Harrison posted a 9.65.
- Kentucky concluded the meet on floor exercise with a team score of 48.675. Mitchell led UK on the event with a 9.85, while Minion and Reshard each earned a 9.8.

Men's tennis
- The Kentucky men's tennis team continued its dominance this season, posting three wins on the week over No. 21 Notre Dame, No. 37 Alabama and Butler.
- UK has now defeated 10 top-50 ranked teams this season, including a 5-2 record at home. The Wildcats are now 11-2 at home this season overall and 39-8 at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Center since the start of the 2009 season.
- With the wins over Notre Dame and Butler, Kentucky continued to be unbeatable at home in non-conference play, earning a 23-0 record the past two seasons, including a 10-0 mark this season.
- Kentucky was led throughout the week by its strong play in both singles and doubles, winning at least five singles matches in each victory. No. 4 Eric Quigley, No. 77 Anthony Rossi, No. 117 Alberto Gonzalez, Brad Cox and Tom Jomby each earned two singles wins during the week.

Men's golf
- Kentucky finished the Schenkel Invitational in a tie for 13th with freshman Cody Martin and sophomore Chase Parker finishing in the top 40 on the individual leaderboard.
- Martin scored the lowest round of the tournament for UK with his 1-under-par 71 in the second round. The native of Union, Ky., earned a team-high 10 birdies on the weekend en route to finishing tied for 32nd. Parker scored only three birdies at the event but earned
an impressive two eagles to finish tied for 50th.

Women's tennis
- The UK women's tennis team concluded its three-match Texas road swing on Saturday, but could not pick up a victory.
- Senior Megan Broderick and sophomore Jessica Stiles each picked up their co-team-leading seventh singles victories of the season. Broderick defeated Elizabeth Ullathorne of Texas Tech 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) and Stiles got a win over TCU's Olivia Smith 6-0, 6-3.
- Freshman Khristina Blajkevitch earned her fifth victory in singles play by topping Texas Tech's Haley Fournier 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3).

UK Sports Report (week of March 15)

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Rifle
- Behind gritty performances from veterans Heather Greathouse and Ethan Settlemires, the Kentucky rifle team won the overall national title at the 2010-11 NCAA Championships. After UK won the smallbore NCAA Title on Friday in the first day of competition, the Wildcats held off West Virginia's charge in air rifle on Saturday to secure the first national championship in
program history, finishing with a 4700 team total score.
-  Kentucky entered the final day of competition on Saturday owning a seven-point lead. UK claimed its first-ever NCAA Championship in smallbore on Friday, totaling a 2336 team score, led by Settlemires and Greathouse. Settlemires won the NCAA individual championship on Friday with a 590 in smallbore, becoming the first individual NCAA Champion in smallbore in program history.

Men's basketball
- Kentucky won its league-leading 27th SEC Tournament championship, defeating Florida 70-54 in the championship game. Darius Miller was named the tournament MVP and the Wildcats placed Miller, Josh Harrellson and Brandon Knight on the SEC All-Tournament team.
- UK will be making its NCAA record 51st appearance in the NCAA Tournament, taking on Princeton in the second round of the tournament in Tampa, Fla.

Women's basketball
- The No. 17/16 Kentucky women's basketball team earned its eighth bid to the NCAA Tournament with a No. 4 seed in the Spokane Regional. UK will play 13th-seeded Hampton on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in Albuquerque, N.M.
- It is the eighth overall NCAA Tournament berth for the Cats and their first back-to-back appearances since the 1982-83 seasons. UK is 7-7 all-time in the Big Dance, including a 3-1 mark under Matthew Mitchell.

Softball
- Behind a pair of comeback victories, the 23rd-ranked softball team defeated No. 7 Tennessee in two out of three games to capture the series to begin SEC play. It marked the first time since 2000 UK had won the series with its border-state rival.
- Senior Megan Yocke batted .556 on the weekend, which included a three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings in the rubber match between the two teams. She was then intentionally walked in the bottom of the 10th to set the stage for Kara Dill's walk-off RBI-single.

Baseball
- The Wildcats posted four wins on the week, totaling a staggering 1.40 ERA as a team in 45 innings pitched, walking just 13 and striking out 45. UK got stellar starting pitching during the week, including quality starts from four of five starters a complete-game shutout from junior Alex Meyer on Saturday.
- Kentucky has been a well-rounded team, totaling a .295 batting average and a 3.51 team ERA, fielding at a .978 clip. The Wildcats have been led by center fielder Brian Adams, who has hit .368 with five doubles and five RBI.

Gymnastics
- The gymnastics team scored three wins over the weekend, defeating William and Mary on Friday and North Carolina and George Washington on Sunday. Kentucky was led in both meets by senior Phylicia Reshard, who won the all-around against William and Mary and finished second in the all-around in Sunday's quad-meet.
- The Wildcats defeated William and Mary on each event, with junior Storey Morris winning the uneven bars title, Reshard winning the vault title, seniors Jasmine Minion, Andrea Mitchell and Reshard winning on floor, and Mitchell grabbing event honors on beam.

Men's tennis
- The Wildcats were led by impressive play in doubles, taking the doubles point from both Tennessee and Georgia. Against Tennessee, Kentucky got upset wins at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles with senior Alberto Gonzalez and freshman Tom Jomby taking down the 55th-ranked doubles tandem in the nation, while junior Alex Musialek and sophomore Anthony Rossi
defeated the 52nd-ranked team. UK was equally impressive against Georgia in doubles with junior Eric Quigley and senior Brad Cox knocking off the sixth-ranked doubles team in the nation and Gonzalez and Jomby posting a win over the 36th-ranked doubles team. UK dropped the overall matches to nationally ranked Tennessee and Georgia.
- In singles, Musialek led the UK charge with a convincing win over No. 24 Javier Garrapiz, while Rossi and Jomby also posted singles wins.

Swimming and diving
- Freshman diver Greg Ferrucci and senior diver Lisa Faulkner earned spots in the men's and women's NCAA swimming and diving championships, respectively, thanks to their performances in the Zone C Diving Championships.
- Ferrucci recorded a score of 339.60 in the preliminaries and finished with a mark of 716.35 in the finals to finish in second place on the men's one-meter and earn his spot in the NCAAs. Faulkner earned a score of 296.35 in the women's one-meter preliminaries and finished with a score of 581.15 in the finals to finish in fifth place and earn a spot in the NCAA championships.

Track and field
- Kentucky track and field junior Keith Hayes capped off an incredible three-week run leading up to the 2011 NCAA Indoor Championships with a seventh-place finish in the finals of the 60-meter hurdles, grabbing two points for the Wildcats.
- Hayes earned his first All-America honor for his top-eight performance in the finals Saturday.

Men's golf
- Behind impressive final rounds from sophomore Chase Parker and freshman Cody Martin, the UK men's golf team moved up four spots on the leaderboard to finish 13th in the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate. Martin (80-70-69-219) and Parker (78-72-70-220) led the Wildcats, posting solid scores on the final day to earn a top-25 finish.
- Martin carded the lowest UK round of the day Tuesday, earning a 1-under-par 69 to move 36 spots up the leaderboard. He finished the tournament in a tie for 21st, totaling a 9-over-par 219 after a 10-ove-par 80 in the opening round and an even-par 70 in the second round.

Women's golf
- The Cats competed in the LSU Tiger Golf Classic and finished in 18th place with a final score of 95-over-par 959.
- Sophomore Heather Lott led the Wildcats with a final score of 12-over par to finish the tournament in a tie for 31st among the 111 competing golfers.

Women's tennis
- The Cats dropped a pair of SEC road matches over the weekend to Tennessee and Georgia. The Wildcats fell 6-1 in each match.
- Freshman Khristina Blajkevitch won a thrilling victory over UT's Kata Szekely 7-5, 4-6, 1-0 (12-10). Senior Megan Broderick topped Chelsey Gullickson of Georgia after the 48th-ranked player had to retire.


Upcoming schedule

Tuesday, March 15
Baseball hosts Murray State - 4 p.m.

Wednesday, March 16
Softball at Arkansas (DH) - 5 p.m.
Women's tennis at Baylor • 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 17
Men's tennis hosts Notre Dame - 1 p.m.
Women's tennis at TCU - 2 p.m.
Men's basketball vs. Princeton - 2:45 p.m. (Tampa, Fla.)
Men's tennis hosts Butler - 7 p.m.
Women's swimming and diving at NCAA Championships (Austin, Texas)

Friday, March 18
Baseball hosts Tennessee - 6:30 p.m.
Softball at LSU - 7 p.m.
Women's swimming and diving at NCAA Championships (Austin, Texas)
Men's golf at Schenkel Invitational (Statesboro, Ga.)

Saturday, March 19
Women's tennis at Texas Tech - 10 a.m.
Baseball hosts Tennessee - 1 p.m.
Men's tennis hosts Alabama - 1 p.m.
Softball at LSU - 4 p.m.
Women's basketball vs. Hampton - 6:30 p.m. (Albuquerque, N.M.)
Men's basketball vs. West Virginia/Clemson/UAB - TBA (Tampa, Fla.)
Gymnastics at SEC Championships (Birmingham, Ala.)
Women's swimming and diving at NCAA Championships (Austin, Texas)
Men's golf at Schenkel Invitational (Statesboro, Ga.)

Sunday, March 20
Baseball hosts Tennessee - 1 p.m.
Softball at LSU - 2 p.m.
Men's golf at Schenkel Invitational (Statesboro, Ga.)

UK Sports Report (week of Feb. 28)

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Men's basketball
- UK extended its home winning streak to 33 games, which is the second-longest streak in the country. The 33-game winning streak is tied for the longest streak in Rupp Arena history and the third-longest streak in program history. John Calipari is 32-0 at Rupp Arena as Kentucky's head coach.
- Over the last four games Darius Miller is averaging 18 points and 5.5 rebounds. He's made 25-of-47 shots for 53.2 percent, including 12-of-24 3-pointers. He's also blocked 10 shots.
- Kentucky will celebrate Senior Night on Tuesday, hosting Vanderbilt. The Wildcats are 84-6 all-time on Senior Night.

Women's basketball
- Senior Victoria Dunlap recorded a team-high 19 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two blocks in a 76-62 win over Auburn in the final game of the regular season. UK improved to 22-7 overall, 11-5 in league play, which tied the school record for SEC wins set last season and tied the school mark for SEC road wins (five) set in 2005-06.
- UK has earned a No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the SEC Tournament for the second consecutive season and is preparing to square off with the winner of LSU (No. 7 seed) and Alabama (No. 10 seed) in the quarterfinals.

Softball
- Kentucky went 3-1 at the Stanford Nike Invitational behind the play of Megan Yocke. Yocke batted .615 in front of her hometown and charted two hits in every game.
- Junior pitcher Chanda Bell tossed the second no-hitter of her career in a 7-0 win over Colorado State. The history didn't stop there as Bell also topped her own single-game record with 16 strikeouts, besting her previous high of 15. Additionally, she became the school's
all-time career leader in strikeouts thrown, passing Keary Camunas for first on the list.
- Kentucky has matched its best start in program history winning 11 of its first 14 games.

Baseball
- Kentucky rebounded from three losses during the season-opening weekend by winning four of five games last week, including picking up a series win over the University of Illinois Chicago over the weekend.
- UK has posted a .307 team batting average through its eight games in 2011 totaling five homers and 45 RBI. On the mound as a team, UK owns a 3.99 ERA with a pair of saves and 65 strikeouts in 70 innings.
- Individually, catcher Luke Maile leads UK at the plate with a .419 average with four doubles and five RBI. Shortstop Taylor Black, named this week's SEC Player of the Week, is coming off a monster week that saw him total nine RBI and a .529 batting average. On the mound, UK junior Alex Meyer has posted a 1-1 record with a 3.00 ERA through his first two starts in 2011. Meyer has struck out 20 in 12 innings, allowing only six hits and a .158 opposing batting average.

Gymnastics
- UK defeated LSU on Friday with a season-high score of 195.575. UK has now defeated the Tigers for the second consecutive season after posting its first win over LSU in 31 tries last year in the Lady Luck Invitational in Las Vegas. Kentucky has now posted back-to-back wins over an SEC opponent for the first time since defeating Auburn in 2005 and 2006. The victory in a SEC dual meet is the first for the Kentucky program since it took down Auburn on
Jan. 12, 2008.
- Kentucky finished third at the event, defeating Bowling Green 194.65-189.45, while No. 7 Nebraska won the four-team meet with a 196.5 and No. 15 Iowa finished second with a 195.5. Seniors Andrea Mitchell and Phylicia Reshard finished second and third in the all-around competition, respectively, with Mitchell earning a 39.25 and Reshard a 39.075.
- The meet wraps up a stretch of four meets in 10 days for UK, with Kentucky showing major improvements during the difficult stretch. The Wildcats faced five top-25 teams the last two weeks, defeating No. 20 LSU with its season-best score of 195.575. Kentucky also scored a 195.05 at then-No. 14 Ohio State and finished off the 10-day stretch with a solid-road score
of 194.65 Sunday at the Masters Classic. UK's best improvement throughout the last two weeks came on beam, where Kentucky improved its season-high mark from 48.375 to 48.7.

Rifle
- Despite getting strong performances on Sunday from newcomers Emily Holsopple and Henri Junghänel in air rifle, the Kentucky rifle team posted a 4672 total team score to finish second at the 2010-11 Great American Rifle Conference Championships.
- Holsopple and Junghänel led UK in air rifle, with both newcomers totaling a 591. Ethan Settlemires finished with a 588, while Megan English had a 590 and Heather Greathouse - who led UK in smallbore on Saturday - totaled a 578.
- The Wildcats, who won the regular-season title with an unbeaten slate, finished with a 4672 total team score, with No. 1 West Virginia winning the GARC Championships with a 4704 team score.

Track and field
- Junior Precious Nwokey launched herself to the 2011 SEC pentathlon championship with the third-highest point total in the NCAA this season, Friday in Fayetteville, Ark. With her performance the junior also broke her own school record with 4,185 points.
- Junior Keith Hayes took home the silver medal in the men's 60-meter hurdles with a career-best time of 7.78. Hayes' time ranks second on UK's all-time 60m hurdles list, only trailing former Wildcat star Mikel Thomas at 7.74.
- The women's team equaled their 2010 point total of 38 points but finished one spot higher in eighth place at the conclusion of the 2011 SEC Championships on Sunday.
- The men's team finished ninth with 20 points and had contributions from Keith Hayes (eight points), Josh Nadzam (three points), Colin Boevers (two points), the 4x400m relay (four points) and the distance medley relay (three points).

Men's golf
- The men's golf team scored the lowest team round of the tournament to finish in second, while sophomore Chase Parker finish tied for second at the final day of the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate.
- Kentucky (293-302-279-874) was extremely impressive in the final round, posting a 9-under-par for the lowest 18-hole round of the season en route to the lowest 54-hole tournament score of the year of 874. The final round of 279 was the eighth-lowest mark during the
Brian Craig Era.
- UK was led in the event by Parker (73-69-70-212), who finished in a tie for second place for his best collegiate finish.

Women's golf
- The Cats began play in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Golf Championship in New Orleans on Sunday. Kentucky was led by sophomore Ashleigh Albrecht who shot a 3-over par, 75. Kentucky, competing in one of the most competitive tournaments of the spring season, finished the first round with a 17-over par, 305.

Women's tennis
- The women's tennis team got wins at Nos. 1-3 singles, but fell to No. 37 Indiana at home on Saturday. Senior Megan Broderick, sophomore Jessica Stiles and freshman Caitlin McGraw each earned their fifth wins of the season in singles play.

Swimming and diving
- The men's and women's swimming units competed in a last chance meet in Knoxville, Tenn., on Friday and Saturday. The Kentucky men and women had 200-free relay teams earn NCAA (B) provisional times.

Upcoming schedule

Monday, Feb. 28
Women's golf at Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate (New Orleans)

Tuesday, March 1
Men's basketball hosts Vanderbilt - 9 p.m.
Women's golf at Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate (New Orleans)

Wednesday, March 2
Men's tennis hosts Murray State - 1 p.m.

Friday, March 4
Men's tennis at Ole Miss - 3 p.m.
Women's basketball vs. Alabama/LSU • 3:30 p.m. (Nashville)
Women's tennis hosts Ole Miss - 4 p.m.
Gymnastics hosts George Washington and Bowling Green - 7 p.m.
Baseball vs. Rice - 8 p.m. (Houston)
Track and field at Iowa State Qualifier

Saturday, March 5
Softball at Southern Illinois • 1 p.m. (Carbondale, Ill.)
Baseball vs. Houston • 4:30 p.m. (Houston)
Women's basketball SEC semifinal game - 4/6:30 p.m. (Nashville)
Softball vs. SIUE - 7 p.m. (Carbondale, Ill.)
Track and field at Iowa State Qualifier
Swimming and diving at Last Chance Meet (Columbus, Ohio)

Sunday, March 6
Softball vs. Wright State - 10 a.m. (Carbondale, Ill.)
Women's tennis hosts Mississippi State - 11 a.m.
Baseball vs. Utah - noon (Houston)
Men's basketball at Tennessee - noon
Men's tennis at Mississippi State - 1 p.m.
Softball vs. Purdue - 2 p.m. (Carbondale, Ill.)
Women's basketball SEC championship game - 5:30 p.m. (Nashville)

Winding road leads star diver Ferrucci to UK

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Ferrucci.jpegThis time a year ago, Greg Ferrucci was in a situation familiar to many young adults struggling to find their way. He had tried his hand at one line of work but had decided to make a career change and was trying find a job in that field. In short, he was trying to figure out which direction to take his life.

What happened next was completely unforeseen.

Ferrucci placed a call to Kentucky head diving coach Ted Hautau to ask for a reference for a job application. Hautau was willing to provide the reference, but he offered him something more: a chance to come to the University of Kentucky on a diving scholarship.

As a result of that unexpected phone call, Ferrucci is now a standout diver at UK. He is coming to the end of a historic season that has seen him become the first Southeastern Conference Male Freshman Diver of the Year in school history. He is also on scholarship with a chance to earn a degree from a top university.

"I think it really gave him a great opportunity," Hautau said. "It kind of gave him a direction. It's been a blessing for him because he has a chance to get a college education. I'm excited as much for that as I am for our program."

It may not sound like it, but Hautau's offer was more than just a shot in the dark. Before rising to the college coaching ranks, Hautau was Ferrucci's youth diving coach in Huntersville, N.C., beginning when Ferrucci was 11. Hautau saw immediately that Ferrucci had a chance to be very good.

"I realized he had real potential," Hautau said. "I had taken him very slowly when I coached him in club because of that. We spent a great deal of time on the basics to make sure he had a good foundation."

However, Ferrucci had an accident in competition at the 2006 US Open when he hit the board, a nightmare scenario for any diver. After that, Ferrucci was out of diving for a year to recuperate. Right around the time that Ferrucci was returning, Hautau accepted a position with North Carolina State. Ferrucci made the decision to give up diving shortly thereafter.

His diving career seemingly behind him, Ferrucci graduated from high school in 2008 and attended cosmetology school. He completed the one-year program, but diving was something he just couldn't toss aside.

"Throughout the year I was in cosmetology school, I would go in and dive just to play around and see my old teammates and coaches," Ferrucci said. "They were always a big part of my life and good friends of mine."

Ferrucci worked in a salon for approximately six months after finishing his training, but it just wasn't for him. He heard from friends about an interesting opportunity that would allow him to dive again.

"I knew some people who were in the performing business and worked with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines," Ferrucci said. "They told me about their newest ship, the Oasis, having a diving show on it."

Ferrucci made an audition tape and received notice that Royal Caribbean was interested. Eventually, they called back in March of 2010 and requested a resume and references. When it came time to decide whom to list as a reference, Hautau was the perfect choice. The conversation went in a direction that neither expected.

"Mid-conversation while we were talking about some of my old experiences with diving, he was like, 'Do you want to come to Kentucky on a scholarship?' " Ferrucci recounted. "That completely shifted my life and I decided to go for it."

Hautau's recruiting pitch was a bit different than the one he was accustomed to delivering.

"I jokingly said, 'Why don't you come get some school paid for and get a college degree and you don't have to get sea sick when you're diving?' " Hautau said.

During that same recruiting season, UK had been involved with a number of the top divers in the nation but was unable to sign any of those top prospects.

"We were excited that we got some of the best recruits to come in and look," Hautau said. "The team was still in the rebuilding phase and we just didn't end up landing those top kids. That all worked out perfectly. I'm glad because I think I got the best one of the bunch."

To some, the way things ended up may seem lucky. Others may chalk it up to innovative recruiting and scouting by Hautau. Hautau, though, looks at it a different way.

"To be honest with you, I give credit to God," Hautau said. "It's providential. It's God's hand moving."

As talented as Ferrucci was, there were no guarantees things would end up working out as they did. Even though Ferrucci almost instantly leaped at the chance to go on scholarship, he did have a period during which he got "cold feet" because of how quickly things came together. Eventually, though, a trusting relationship with Hautau reassured him.

"He's always kind of been an inspiration in my life," Ferrucci said of Hautau. "He's a great guy. We didn't stay very close when I quit diving but we would catch up every once in a while. He's definitely like a father figure. I could talk to him about anything, not just diving."

Particularly with the way Ferrucci was coming to UK, Hautau recognized special attention would need to be paid to ensuring a smooth transition to college life. For that reason, Ferrucci came to UK for summer school to ease him into a new routine.

"I told (head swimming coach) Gary (Connelly) this kid is really talented, but what you didn't know was how he was going to adapt to school," Hautau said. "That first year is pretty challenging. We decided to bring him in for summer school and I think that was a really good move as far as him getting used to going to school. It got him familiar with our academic support program and got him in the habits of the team."

Another benefit of his early arrival was that Ferrucci hit the weight room seriously for the first time since giving up diving in high school.

"(The weight room) really significantly changed his body," Hautau said. "If you look at him from when he came in to where he is now, it's unbelievable. He really has bought in and worked hard and that's a credit to him."

Once he set foot on campus, Ferrucci was 100 percent devoted to capitalizing on the opportunity afforded him, which is evidenced by all of his hard work. Ferrucci is more mature than a typical freshman and also has real world experience that most college athletes lack. Hautau says that experience has honed his focus.

"He comes in as a pretty mature freshman," Hautau said. "He was out in the real world and it has really made him appreciate being in a university, so he's going to take advantage of it. He has more of a purpose about him."

Picking back up a complex and dangerous sport like diving as readily as Ferrucci has is really quite amazing, but Ferrucci talks about it as if it is as simple as riding a bicycle.

"Part of me will always be a diver no matter how much I try to push it away," Ferrucci said. "It's always there in the back of my mind. I guess just working on it for a while it all comes back."

At his first meet against Indiana, Ferrucci won the three-meter event. His initial success only served to motivate him further.

"It kind of sparked something in me," Ferrucci said. "I thought, 'I really am getting back into this pretty well,' so I kept working hard."

Hautau lauds Ferrucci's mental fortitude as the biggest reason why Ferrucci has been so consistent in his freshman season.

"The most impressive thing has been his head," Hautau said. "He has competed very well and I've been really impressed. Being off that long, you're going to have some practices where things are just not clicking. When things aren't clicking in diving, you're not able to make certain skills and you're crashing. He has a real ability to not panic and not worry. He's been faithful and confident that everything would fall into place."

Things have indeed fallen into place for Ferrucci. The freshman finished in third place on the platform at the SEC Diving Championships a couple of weeks ago, the second-best finish in the event in school history. He also finished in fifth in the one-meter dive and seventh in the three-meter.

His ultimate goal of qualifying for the NCAAs March 24-26 in Minneapolis, Minn., is still ahead of him, but already Ferrucci ranks in the top three all-time scores in the platform (second), three-meter (second) and one-meter (third) in school history.

Hautau said that Ferrucci will face some of the best diving competition the NCAA has even seen, but that he has the ability to rewrite the record book at UK.

"He's on pace to set some records here at UK as far as scores," Hautau said. "Making NCAAs is going to be tough, much less scoring there, but if he stays on pace and stays steady, we'll see what happens. I won't make any predictions but he's going to try to be the best diver that has even been here."

He certainly makes the case for the most unique path.

UK Sports Report (week of Feb. 21)

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Men's basketball
- The Wildcats went 2-0 on the week, earning wins over Mississippi State and South Carolina as Terrence Jones recorded back-to-back double-doubles in the wins.
- Brandon Knight recorded his 11th 20-point game of the season against Mississippi State, a UK freshman record. Knight scored in double figures for the 21st straight game against
South Carolina, marking the longest streak since Jodie Meeks had 32 straight in the 2008-09 season.
- The Wildcats extended their home-winning streak to 32, the second-longest streak in the country. UK is 31-0 at Rupp Arena under John Calipari. It's the second-longest streak for a UK coach in Rupp Arena behind Rick Pitino's 33 straight home wins in 1992-94.

Women's basketball
- Kentucky went 1-1 in its two SEC road games last week, rebounding from a tough loss at Georgia on Thursday to chart a monumental win at Vanderbilt on Sunday afternoon. UK defeated the Commodores 80-71, marking its first win in Memorial Gym since 1986.
- Five Wildcats scored in double figures sparked by 22 points from Keyla Snowden. The sharp-shooting junior nailed four 3-pointers while dishing out a team-high three assists in her first start since Jan. 19. Snowden has hit 52 three-pointers this season which moves her to eighth on UK's single-season list.

Softball
- UK captured the Garnet and Gold tournament at Florida State to improve to 8-2 overall on the season, which matches the best start to a season in school allure.
- Junior Brittany Cervantes made history for UK with home runs in three consecutive at-bats. Cervantes led the offense with a .625 batting average, which included a 4-for-4 day in the championship win over FSU.
- Junior pitcher Chanda Bell matched her own single-game record with 15 strikeouts in a win over Georgia Southern. She now has 25 games in her career with 10 or more fanned batters.

Baseball
- The baseball team opened its 2011 season as part of a three-game weekend in Charleston, S.C., falling to No. 20 College of Charleston, Marshall and Miami (Ohio).
- Kentucky got a sterling starting pitching performance on Sunday vs. Miami (Ohio) from junior Alex Meyer, who tossed a career-high seven innings, allowing only three hits and one earned run, while striking out a career-best 13. Meyer was the hard-luck loser in the 3-
1 loss to the RedHawks, with the go-ahead run scoring on an error.
- The Wildcats were held to a .181 batting average on the weekend, playing a host of newcomers and first-year starters. Sophomore catcher Luke Maile led the Wildcats at the plate, batting .364 (4-for-11) with a double and two RBI. Kapteyn batted .250 (3-for-12)
with a double, a homer and three RBI. Senior shortstop Taylor Black belted his first career triple to spark a run-scoring opportunity for the Wildcats in Sunday's game.

Gymnastics
- The gymnastics team posted a 49.4 on vault against the No. 14 Ohio State Buckeyes for the highest vault score in school history. UK was led on the event by senior Phylicia Reshard, who posted a career-high 9.95, becoming only the sixth gymnast in school annuals to post a 9.95 or higher on the event. Every Wildcat scored above a 9.85 on vault as UK had the top five scores on the event. Senior Andrea Mitchell notched a season-best 9.85, while Colleen Williams earned a career-best 9.85.
- UK also earned its highest overall team score of the year when it scored a 195.05 against the Buckeyes. Kentucky defeated Ohio State on vault and uneven bars to post the high score.
- Junior Storey Morris posted a 9.825 on bars for her highest mark of the season, earning her event honors. Freshman Audrey Harrison also had a great meet for Kentucky, scoring a career-high 9.775 on floor and a 9.65 on balance beam.

Men's tennis
- The men's tennis team wasted no time getting back on the winning track after falling to No. 5 Texas, posting a dominating 4-1 victory over No. 14 Texas Tech. Kentucky was flawless in doubles action to grab the doubles point and then continued its strong play into singles, scoring wins from senior Alberto Gonzalez, junior Eric Quigley and freshman Tom Jomby. Kentucky is now 5-0 this season when it wins the doubles point.
- UK followed its win over Texas Tech with a 4-2 victory over No. 29 Washington. The victory over No. 29 Washington was the sixth win this season for the Wildcats over a top-50 ranked team.
- No. 79 Anthoyn Rossi was the clinching point for the Wildcats against Washington when he scored a 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 win over Tobi Obenaus at No. 5 singles. The native of France has been impressive for UK this season with a 6-2 dual-match record.

Swimming and diving
- The swimming teams wrapped up the SEC Swimming Championships on Saturday in style with six swimmers turning in times that rank in the top 10 all-time in program history. Senior Chatham Penrod now owns the top three 100 backstroke times and the top time in the 200 backstroke.
- Combined with the diving unit, the Kentucky women finished in seventh place with 236 points and the Kentucky men finished in eighth with 199 points.

Women's golf
- Senior Ashleigh Albrecht closed out the UCF Challenge with an even-par 72 and earned co-tournament champion honors. As a team, the Cats turned in their lowest 54-hole total of the year last Tuesday with a 17-over par 881. The score put the Cats in fourth place in the 17-team field.
- Albrecht's first-round 6-under par 66 is the second-lowest individual score in program history and the Cats' first-round score of, one-under par, 287 is the second-lowest team score in program history since records began being kept in 1987-88.

Women's tennis
- The women's tennis team picked up its first two wins of the season with a doubleheader sweep of Miami (Ohio) and Eastern Kentucky on Saturday.
- After dropping the doubles point, the Cats took down the RedHawks 4-3 to get the doubleheader off on the right foot. In the second billing UK defeated Eastern Kentucky without dropping a single match or set, winning 7-0.

Upcoming schedule

Monday, Feb. 21

Men's golf at Mobile Bay Intercollegiate (Mobile, Ala.)

Tuesday, Feb. 22
Baseball at Morehead State - 2 p.m.
Men's golf at Mobile Bay Intercollegiate (Mobile, Ala.)

Wednesday, Feb. 23
Baseball hosts Eastern Michigan - 4 p.m.
Men's basketball at Arkansas - 8 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 24
Women's basketball hosts Arkansas - 6:00 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 25
Softball vs. Memphis • Noon (Stanford, Calif.)
Softball vs. Colorado St. - 2:10 p.m. (Stanford, Calif.)
Baseball hosts Illinois-Chicago - 4 p.m.
Gymnastics hosts LSU - 7 p.m.
Track and field at SEC Championships (Fayetteville, Ark.)

Saturday, Feb. 26
Women's tennis hosts Indiana - 10:30 a.m.
Baseball hosts Illinois-Chicago - 1 p.m.
Men's basketball hosts Florida - 4 p.m.
Softball at Stanford - 4:30 p.m. (Stanford, Calif.)
Softball vs. UC Davis - 9 p.m. (Stanford, Calif.)
Rifle at GARC Championships (Oxford, Miss.)
Track and field at SEC Championships (Fayetteville, Ark.)
Swimming and diving at Last Chance Meet (Knoxville, Tenn.)

Sunday, Feb. 27
Softball vs. North Dakota State - noon (Stanford, Calif.)
Baseball hosts Illinois-Chicago - 1 p.m.
Women's basketball at Auburn - 2 p.m.
Gymnastics vs. Nebraska/Iowa/Bowling Green - 3 p.m. (Lincoln, Neb.)
Women's golf at Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate (New Orleans)
Track and field at SEC Championships (Fayetteville, Ark.)

Sunday links: USC roundup, Wall's All-Star weekend

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Men's basketball: Kentucky overwhelms South Carolina (Jerry Tipton, Lexington Herald-Leader)

If Kentucky wanted to solve the recurring problem of poor play in the final minutes of close games, this was the way to do it. UK never let it get close, scoring the game's first 15 points, leading by double digits the final 35:34 and by 20 or much more the final 28:21 en route to the 90-59 victory over South Carolina on Saturday.

Men's basketball: Liggins gives UK a boost off bench (Tipton, Herald-Leader)

For the game against South Carolina on Saturday, DeAndre Liggins took his turn coming off the Kentucky bench. It agreed with him. Liggins, who had made five of 17 shots (one of eight from three-point range) the previous two games, contributed 11 points to UK's 90-59 victory.

Men's basketball: UK gains momentum for late push (John Clay, Herald-Leader)

We're down to the final four now, the final four games of the regular season when a team wants to make its final push, to get things right on the freeway to the post-season. And for the first 20 minutes Saturday, and for much of 40, the Cats played some of their best basketball of the entire campaign.

Men's basketball: Miller's surprising week (James Pennington, The Cats' Pause)

To hopefully continue on his hot streak, Miller said he and his teammates just have to bear down and focus as best as they can. It's been a long season, he said, but the hard part begins as soon as the regular season ends.

Men's basketball: Liggins plays like Liggins on day he's honored for character (Larry Vaught, Danville Advocate-Messenger)

This time DeAndre Liggins played the way that Kentucky needs the junior to play to make the team the best it can be.

Women's basketball: Mitchell seeks consistency from UK women (Jennifer Smith, Herald-Leader)

There are some things that coaches just don't know. Most don't like to admit that, especially when it comes to discussing their own team, but Kentucky's Matthew Mitchell knows what he doesn't know.

Women's basketball: Video of Mitchell talking about UK's shooting slump

Women's basketball: Dunlap's family never far away on game days (Mark Story, Herald Leader)

OK, parents. How far would you go to support the endeavors of your kids? For Robin and King Dunlap IV -- whose daughter, Victoria, will soon depart the University of Kentucky as the best women's basketball player not named Valerie Still ever to play at the school -- that answer is literally thousands upon thousands of miles.

Men's basketball: John Wall learning to become a leader for Washington Wizards while learning the NBA (Michael Lee, Washington Post)

Rod Strickland noticed it the moment John Wall stepped on the basketball court for his first practice at the University of Kentucky. Coaches, players and fans were well aware that Wall had arrived in Lexington as the top high school recruit, but Strickland could tell through the first set of drills that although Wall possessed a lot of swagger he wasn't content to rest on his reputation. Even before he was told to take the reins, it was clear Wall was a leader.

Men's basketball: Wall gets his first taste of all-star festivities (Michael Lee, Washington Post)

On the night he arrived in the city where he trained before the Washington Wizards drafted him No. 1 overall, Wall was presented a challenge by Orlando Magic all-star center Dwight Howard at the celebrity pool tournament hosted by Magic Johnson and Alonzo Mourning. Howard dared anyone to get on the stage and show who could do the best rendition of the popular dance, the Dougie. Boston Celtics reserve Glen "Big Baby" Davis joined Wall and several others in a Dougie dance-off, and Wall was fairly confident about who came away the winner.

Football: Behind-the-scenes look at the SEC coaches meeting (secdigitalnetwork.com)

Football: The SEC's impact redshirt freshmen (Chris Low, ESPN.com)

Brandon Gainer, TB, Kentucky: The weight room has been good to Gainer, who's bulked up to more than 215 pounds. He was pushing to play last season, but was slowed by injury. With Derrick Locke gone, the Wildcats need Gainer to make a move next season.

Swimming and diving: ESPN bio blast of Greg Ferrucci, SEC Freshman Male Diver of the Year

Swimming and diving: Six swimmers place in top 10 in UK record books (UKathletics.com) 

Seniors Kayla Sergesketter, Chatham Penrod, and Chip Aplin, juniors Claire Archibald and Matt Russell and sophomore Ramon Walton each swam times that put them in the top-10 all-time in UK history in their respective events on Saturday, day three of the Southeastern Conference Swimming Championships in Gainesville, Fla.

Softball: Cats off to a 7-2 start (UKathletics.com)

Kentucky improves to 7-2 overall on the year, while Georgia Southern drops to 4-6 overall. UK will now move onto the Championship game of the tournament will face Florida State for the second time in as many days.

Feb. 13 Performances of the Week

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albrecht ashleigh_2010-11.JPGEvery Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, Feb. 13:

Women's golf: Ashleigh Albrecht

  • Led Kentucky at the UCF Challenge to its second-lowest team round in program history since records began being kept in 1987-88.
  • Shot an opening-round, bogey-free, 6-under-par, 66, the second-lowest individual round in program history.
  • Eagled the par 5 seventh hole from 59 yards out.

Women's tennis: Megan Broderick

  • Went 2-1 in singles play over the week and is tied for the team lead with three wins in singles play during the spring season.
  • Went 2-1 in doubles play over the week, including a win while paired with freshman Khristina Blajkevitch over the No. 13 doubles tandem in the country.

Swimming and diving: Lisa Faulkner

  • Earned a career-best score on the three-meter board (347.60).
  • Holds the second-best score on the three-meter board in UK history (347.60).
  • Finished in fourth place on the three-meter board.
  • Finished in the top nine on all three boards at the SEC Diving Championships.

Swimming and diving: Greg Ferrucci

  • Named SEC Male Freshman Diver of the Year.
  • Earned career-best marks on the one-meter, three-meter and platform.
  • Holds the second-best score on the three-meter board in UK history (400.55).
  • Holds the second-best score on the platform in UK history (336.00).
  • Holds the third best score on the one-meter in UK history (378.50).
  • Finished in the top-seven on all three boards at the SEC Diving Championships.

Men's basketball: Terrence Jones

  • Averaged a double-double on the week.  
  • Recorded his league-leading eighth double-double of the season against Tennesssee.
  • Tied season high with four blocks against the Vols.
  • Tallied team-high 25 points at Vanderbilt.
  • Has scored in double-figures in four straight games and 16 of his last 17 games.

Softball: Emily Jolly

  • Freshman Emily Jolly was the lone true freshman to start all five opening weekend games for the Blue and White when she made five starts at second base.
  • In her first career game, she had a two-run single to help upset No. 22/24 Ohio State.
  • Matched a single-game UK record with three doubles in UK's victory over DePaul, a feat only achieved by one other player in school history.
  • She also plated a pair of scores in that outing, including driving in the game's final two runs in the eighth inning to help UK secure a comeback from three down to defeat the Blue Demons by a 6-3 final margin.
  • For the week, she batted .308 with four RBI, three extra-base hits and a perfect fielding percentage, which included eight putouts and eight assists.

Men's basketball: DeAndre Liggins

  • Scored in double-figures in back-to-back games for the second time this season.
  • Tied career high with 19 points against Tennessee while recording career-high five steals.
  • Had an efficient shooting night by making 5-of-6 field goals and 7 of 8 at the foul line.
  • Posted ninth double-digit scoring effort against Vanderbilt.
  • The Wildcats are 8-1 when Liggins scores in double-figures.

DeMartine.jpegSoftball: Sam DeMartine

  • Sam DeMartine helped UK go 4-1 to start the season, which included a run-rule five-inning upset of No. 22/24 Ohio State in the opener.
  • UK has now defeated a top-25 ranked team in the season opener in two straight seasons.
  • DeMartine's RBI single in the top of the third proved to be the only offense UK would need to defeat the Buckeyes.
  • For the week, DeMartine led the team with a .462 batting average and a team-best two home runs.
  • One of her bombs led a three-run comeback effort to down DePaul in extra innings when she hit a solo shot in the top of the seventh to begin the rally from three back.
  • Her two runs scored against the Blue Demons is a career high.
  • She led the team for the weekend with two multi-hit games.
  • Teamed with Erika Silence for the first back-to-back home runs of the season in the win over Ohio State.
  • The three home runs against the Buckeyes matched a school record for home runs in a single game.

Women's basketball: A'dia Mathies

  • Averaged a team-high 16.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in UK's two games last week.
  • Hit 48 percent from the field and 87.5 percent from the free-throw line in two games.
  • Scored a game-high 16 points in UK's first win over LSU in Lexington since 1994.
  • Also charted a game-high four steals and two assists in the win. Her second assist fed Brittany Henderson who scored the game-winning field goal with 1.1 seconds remaining.
  • Scored 11 of her game-high 16 points in the decisive second half and at one point strung together seven straight points from the 8:38 mark to 6:01 remaining in the game, putting the Wildcats up 40-37.
  • Scored a team-high 16 points while recording seven rebounds and a game-high four assists against South Carolina.
  • Only Wildcat to score at least one point in all 25 games.
  • Has now scored in double figures 46 times in her career.

Track and field: Sharif Webb

  • Senior Sharif Webb grabbed a fifth-place finish in the men's 800-meter run with a time of 1:47.91 at the Husky Classic to capture his spot at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
  • Webb's time locked in the Wildcats first NCAA automatic qualifying time of the season.
  • The senior narrowly missed out on surpassing his career-best time of 1:47.86, set last season at Notre Dame. His personal-best time currently ranks second on UK's all-time 800m list, only trailing David Freeman who ran 1:47.40 in 2003.
  • Webb returned to Kentucky this season as the Wildcats' only men's indoor All-America honoree a year ago and with his performance Saturday will have an opportunity to duplicate that run.

UK Sports Report (week of Feb. 14)

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Men's basketball
- Terrence Jones averaged a double-double on the week with 17.5 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.5 blocks en route to being named SEC Freshman of the Week.
-  Brandon Knight went for 20 points against Vanderbilt, his 10th 20-point game this season. It is the most 20-point games by any UK freshman in school history.
- Terrence Jones tallied his eighth 20-point game this season, tied for fourth among UK freshmen in program history.

Women's basketball
- Kentucky snapped a two-game losing streak Sunday with a thrilling last-second win over LSU in front of a season-high 7,646 fans in Memorial Coliseum. A'dia Mathies found Brittany Henderson open in the paint with 1.1 seconds remaining, giving UK a 49-47 win over the visiting Lady Tigers. It marked UK's first win in Lexington over LSU since 1994.
- Mathies recorded a game-high 16 points and four steals in the win, her third-straight game with 16 or more points.
- All-America candidate Victoria Dunlap added 15 points, a team-high four rebounds and a game-high three blocks. She also had three steals, which moved her to eighth on UK's single-season list.

Softball
- UK began its 2011 season with a 4-1 mark at the FIU Combat Classic which included an upset of No. 22/24 Ohio State on opening night. It marks the second straight season UK has began the year with an upset of a ranked opponent.
- Freshman Emily Jolly set a UK single-game record with three doubles in a win over DePaul.

Men's tennis
- The men's tennis team swept all three doubles matches to claim the doubles point and then continued its momentum into singles by claiming all six singles matches to take down No. 38 Miami (Fla.) 7-0. Kentucky also defeated Cleveland State 6-1 to complete
the doubleheader sweep.
- Kentucky was impressive in both matches, winning 11 of the 12 singles matches and all five doubles matches that were played Sunday. The Miami match marked the sixth time this year that UK has faced a top-50 team, with UK holding a 4-2 mark in those matches.
- UK claimed the doubles point against both Miami and Cleveland State. The Wildcats are now 4-0 this season when they win the doubles point.
- Junior Eric Quigley paced the Wildcats all week, winning three matches, including one over the 11th-ranked player in the country.

Track and field
- Sharif Webb locked in UK's first NCAA automatic qualifying mark of the year, running the 800-meters in 1:47.91, Saturday at the Husky Classic in Seattle.
- Webb was one of 10 Wildcats who claimed personal-best marks with at least one occurring at each of the three meets UK attended. In preparation for the conference championships that begin in two weeks, schools send split squads across the nation in search of the best competitions in each event area. Kentucky sent sprinters, jumpers and vaulters to the Tyson
Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., distance runners to the Husky Classic and mostly throwers to the Akron Invitational.
- Shelby Kennard won the women's pole vault at the Tyson Invitational as the only athlete to clear 12-09.50/3.90 meters. The win marked Kennard's first during her young career and moved her up to second on UK's all-time indoor pole vault list.
- Precious Nwokey came away with personal-best marks in two crucial events, the 60-meter hurdles and long jump, that will help her make a championship run in the pentathlon at the SEC Championships. Nwokey won the women's long jump on her first jump of 20-02.50/6/16 meters and moved up to fifth on UK's all-time indoor long jump list. The junior also set a personal-best time in the women's 200 meter with a time of 24.50.

Rifle
- Newcomers Emily Holsopple and Henri Junghänel had standout performances in air rifle, leading the Kentucky rifle team to a 4675 total team score in the NCAA Qualifying Round, held on Saturday at UK's Barker Hall.
- Kentucky shot the qualifying round on Saturday, along with in-state foe Morehead State. UK's 4675 total team score clinches a berth in the NCAA Championships.
- Junghänel led the way in air rifle with a 595, while Holsopple contributed at 593 in air rifle. Heather Greathouse added a 582 in air rifle, with Ethan Settlemires and Logan Fox each tallying a 582 in air rifle. In smallbore, Junghänel led the team with a 584, with Greathouse totaling the second-best score on the club, a 582. Holsopple added a 579, with Fox contributing a 578 and Settlemires a 574.

Swimming and diving
- Kentucky concluded a strong start to the SEC Swimming and Diving Championships with three to-seven finishes by freshman diver Greg Ferrucci and three top-nine finishes by senior diver Lisa Faulkner. Ferrucci was named the SEC Male Freshman Diver of the Year after the SEC Diving Championships finished Sunday evening.
- Ferrucci now ranks in the top three all-time in UK history on every board, including the second-best mark on the three-meter board and the second-best score on the platform.
- Faulkner's score of 347.60 on the three-meter board is the second-best score in school history.

Women's golf
- The Kentucky women's golf team opened its spring season Sunday in Sorrento, Fla., at the UCF Challenge with the second-lowest team score in program history since records began being kept in 1987-88. Sophomore Ashleigh Albrecht led the way for UK with an opening-round, bogey-free 6-under-par 66. Albrecht's 66 is the second-lowest individual round in
program history and put her in a tie for first after day one.

Women's tennis
- The women's tennis team finished its opening road trip, which included five of its first six matches away from the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex, with a 4-3
loss to No. 31 Ohio State, 7-0 loss at No. 19 Northwestern and 5-2 loss at No. 53 Purdue.
- Senior Megan Broderick and sophomore Jessica Stiles went 2-1 in singles play for the week, and Broderick was a part of two wins in doubles play as well.

 

Upcoming schedule

Monday, Feb. 14
Women's golf at UCF Challenge (Sorrento, Fla.)

Tuesday, Feb. 15
Men's basketball hosts Mississippi St. - 7 p.m.
Women's golf at UCF Challenge (Sorrento, Fla.)

Wednesday, Feb. 16
Swimming at SEC Championships (Gainesville, Fla.)

Thursday, Feb. 17
Women's basketball at Georgia - 7 p.m.
Swimming at SEC Championships (Gainesville, Fla.)
Men's tennis at National Indoors (Seattle)

Friday, Feb. 18
Softball vs. Georgia Southern - 10 a.m. (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Softball vs. Middle Tennessee St. - 12:30 p.m. (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Baseball at College of Charleston - 5 p.m.
Gymnastics at Alabama - 8:30 p.m.
Swimming at SEC Championships (Gainesville, Fla.)
Men's tennis at National Indoors (Seattle)

Saturday, Feb. 19
Women's tennis hosts Miami (Ohio) - noon
Softball at Florida State - 12:30 p.m.
Men's basketball hosts South Carolina - 4 p.m.
Baseball vs. Marshall - 5 p.m. (Charleston, S.C.)
Women's tennis hosts Eastern Kentucky - 6 p.m.
Swimming at SEC Championships (Gainesville, Fla.)
Men's tennis at National Indoors (Seattle)

Sunday, Feb. 20
Baseball vs. Miami (Ohio) - 11 a.m. (Charleston, S.C.)
Women's basketball at Vanderbilt - 2 p.m.
Gymnastics at Ohio State - 3:30 p.m.
Men's tennis at National Indoors (Seattle)

Sunday links: Vandy roundup, baseball previews

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Men's basketball: Kentucky hits another roadblock, loses 81-77 at Vanderbilt (Jerry Tipton of the Lexington Herald-Leader)

"It was magical," Jenkins said of a performance in which he equaled a career-high of six three-pointers. For Kentucky, it was magical only in the sense of yet another possible victory that -- poof! -- disappeared in the final minutes of a possession-by-possession game.

Men's basketball: Miller injury puts Cats in bad spot (Darrell Bird from The Cats' Pause)

With a meager six-man rotation for the most part, Kentucky had been betting against long odds they would be able to avoid injury all season. But in Saturday's 81-77 loss at Vanderbilt, in the 24th game, luck finally ran out.

Men's basketball: Our postgame video interviews

General: Ranking the 25 coolest athletes of all time (Mark Story of the Lexington Herald-Leader)

19. Dicky Lyons Jr. Remember when Lyons Jr. infuriated Rich Brooks by guaranteeing a road victory over Mississippi State in 2006? All Lyons Jr. did was go to Starkville, roll up 117 yards receiving and make a circus TD catch to spark the Kentucky victory that launched the turnaround of the Brooks era. Walking the talk is as righteous as sports gets.

Football: Former UK punt Masthay enjoying spoils of Super Bowl victory (Chip Cosby from the Lexington Herald-Leader) 

The celebrity treatment is operating in full force for Tim Masthay. Masthay and his wife, Amanda, had just finished lunch at a Green Bay restaurant and were ready to settle up when they received a message from the restaurant's manager. "They told us lunch was on the house," Masthay said. "That was a nice little surprise."

UK Hoops: Turnovers fuel UK women's attack (Jennifer Smith of the Lexington Herald-Leader)

Turnovers mean extra possessions. They mean extra chances to score, especially in transition. UK is averaging 25.5 points (23.3 points in SEC play) off opponent mistakes this season, which is a huge chunk of its offense.

UK Hoops: Our pre-LSU video interview with Matthew Mitchell

Gymnastics: Two coaches are greater than one (Matt Levine of the Kentucky Kernel)

The UK gymnastics team is asking the question; why have one head coach when we can have two? Technically, Heather Hite and Chuck Dickerson, the team's two coaches, are assistants, but they are the two who manage the team.

Baseball: Destination: postseason (Matt May from The Cats' Pause)

The Kentucky baseball team is tired of coming close. After back-to-back seasons where they finished a half-game out of the postseason the Cats are determined to make a return. "The past two years our goal was to make it to postseason and we came up a half-game short both times so this year we're hungry to get back," junior outfielder Chad Wright said. "I feel like if we play like we should we could win (the SEC) because we have a lot of experience back in our pitching staff."

Baseball/softball: My story on the year of the pitcher 

There used to be a time when chicks didn't dig the long ball, ground-ball putouts were the norm and a 2-1 score was just another day at the park. Those times are resurfacing at Kentucky's baseball diamonds. For the Kentucky baseball and softball teams to succeed this season, it's going to come down to pitching.

Baseball: Our video interviews with Gary Henderson and Alex Meyer from media day

Men's tennis: Cats are doing their first live blog Sunday

Track and field: Webb leads Cats, punches ticket to NCAAs (UKathletics.com)

On a day where a number of Kentucky track and field student-athletes excelled under the pressure of championship like fields and conditions, senior Sharif Webb rose to the top as he locked in UK's first NCAA automatic qualifying mark of the year, Saturday at the Husky Classic in Seattle.

Swimming and diving: Ferrucci, Faulkner finish in top 10 on day two of SEC Championships (UKathletics.com)

Freshman Greg Ferrucci and senior Lisa Faulkner turned in another great performance Saturday on day two of the Southeastern Conference Diving Championships. Ferrucci earned a career-high score of 400.55 in the men's three-meter board prelims, the second best score in school history. Ferrucci's score of 400.55 broke his previous career high by nearly 15 points.

Softball: UK rallies for extra-inning comeback over DePaul (UKathletics.com)

The Kentucky offense found its rhythm for five runs over the final two innings in a dramatic comeback 6-3 victory over DePaul in extra innings to preserve its perfect record at the FIU Combat Classic in Miami late Saturday night. Trailing 3-1 going into the top of the seventh, UK rallied for a pair of scores to force extra innings before plating three runs in the top of the eighth to secure its third consecutive victory to begin the 2011 season.

UK Sports Report (week of Feb. 7)

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Rifle
- The rifle team rode a school-record team score to a 4696-4680 win over No. 1 West Virginia, clinching the 2010-11 Great American Rifle Conference regular-season championship on Saturday at UK's Barker Hall.
- Kentucky completed an undefeated season in conference action with the win, besting the 2008-09 NCAA Champion Mountaineers, who also entered the match undefeated in league play and needing a win over UK to clinch the title.
- With the win, UK has clinched its fourth all-time regular-season GARC Championship and its first since the 2008-09 season.
- Kentucky's 4696 total team score eclipsed the school record set earlier in the year when the Wildcats totaled a 4691 win over Memphis in Oxford, Miss., on Jan. 21.

Men's basketball
- The Wildcats dropped a 70-68 heartbreaker at Florida over the weekend. After falling behind by 13, the Cats battled back to take a one-point lead late in the game, but a last-second 3-pointer by Brandon Knight fell short.
- UK hosts Tennessee on Tuesday. The Wildcats have posted a 160-51 (.758) record against SEC East teams since the league split into divisions in 1991-92. Kentucky is 5-1 in games following a loss this season.
- John Calipari is 28-0 at Rupp Arena as the UK head coach. The Wildcats have the second longest home winning streak in the country at 29.

Women's basketball
- Kentucky put together an impressive win over Auburn on Thursday for its seventh consecutive victory. The Cats defeated the Tigers 69-38 in Memorial Coliseum, marking the largest margin of victory in SEC play in school history. It also marked the first time UK has
held an SEC opponent under 40 points in school history.
- Sophomore Brittany Henderson led the winning effort with a career-high 13 points while also grabbing seven rebounds.
- Senior Victoria Dunlap collected her second consecutive and sixth double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds. She has now eclipsed the 1,000-rebound mark (1,007), becoming just the second player in school history to chart more than 1,000 points
and 1,000 rebounds in her career.

Gymnastics
- Senior Andrea Mitchell took home the all-around title with a career-high score of 39.275 and the University of Kentucky gymnastics team posted season-high marks on balance beam and vault, but fell short in an upset bid at No. 22 Auburn 194.625-194.450.
- Mitchell was spectacular for the Wildcats, scoring season highs on vault, uneven bars and beam to post a career-high score in the all-around. The all-around win for Mitchell was the first individual all-around title for UK on the road in the SEC since 2006.
- Kentucky defeated Auburn on vault with a season-high post of 49.2 while also scoring a season-high mark on beam with a 48.375. UK took home event honors at three events with Jasmine Minion winning event honors on vault and Mitchell claiming honors on bars and beam.

Men's tennis
- The men's tennis team could not repeat its historic upset last season against Virginia, losing to the top-ranked Cavaliers 7-0 in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday.
- Virginia, which boasts two top-10 ranked doubles teams and six top-105 ranked singles players, took control of the match from the beginning, winning the doubles point and all six singles matches.
- Kentucky took two first sets in singles against the Cavaliers.

Track and field
- The track and field team wrapped up competition at the Virginia Tech Elite Meet with a win by junior Walter Luttrell in the men's 5,000-meter run and placed six other student-athletes in the top six of their respective events on Saturday in Blacksburg, Va.
- Luttrell secured his victory with a personal-best and SEC-leading time of 14:29.50 in the men's 5,000-meter run, claiming the Wildcats lone win of the day. The junior is now the two-time defending champion and record holder in the event at the VT Elite Meet, previously
winning with a time of 14:41.65, Feb. 5, 2010.
- Senior Mary Angell recorded her third consecutive top-six finish in the women's shot put with a throw of 50-07.25/15.42 meters. The senior's season-best mark of 51-01.75 currently sits second in the conference.
- Junior Keith Hayes ran his second-fastest 60-meter hurdle race this season, in 7.82, approaching his season-best time of 7.80, which currently ranks ninth in the NCAA.
- Freshman Kyron Joseph recorded two top-five finishes Friday, claiming fifth in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.82 and third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.58. Joseph was followed closely in the 200-meter by fellow freshman Kadeem Kushimo who grabbed fifth in 21.79.

Women's tennis
- The Kentucky women's tennis team fell to No. 7 Michigan 7-0 on Saturday at the Varsity Tennis Center in Ann Arbor, Mich.
- Kentucky will host Ohio State on Wednesday at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Center for its first home match of the season. Matches will begin at 1 p.m.

Upcoming schedule

Monday, Feb. 7
Women's basketball hosts Tennessee - 9 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 8
Men's basketball hosts Tennessee - 9 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 9
Women's tennis hosts Ohio State - 1 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 10
Women's basketball at South Carolina - 7 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 11
Softball vs. Ohio State - 4 p.m. (Miami)
Men's tennis at Illinois - 6 p.m.
Women's tennis at Northwestern - 7 p.m.
Softball at Florida International - 8 p.m. (Miami)
Diving at SEC Diving Championships (Gainesville, Fla.)
Track and Field at Tyson Invitational (Fayetteville, Ark.)/Husky Classic (Seattle)/Akron Invitational (Akron, Ohio)

Saturday, Feb. 12
Men's basketball at Vanderbilt - 1 p.m.
Softball vs. DePaul - 6 p.m. (Miami)
Softball vs. North Florida - 8 p.m. (Miami)
Rifle hosts NCAA Qualifier
Diving at SEC Diving Championships (Gainesville, Fla.)
Track and Field at Tyson Invitational (Fayetteville, Ark.)/Husky Classic (Seattle, Wash.)/Akron Invitational (Akron, Ohio)

Sunday, Feb. 13
Softball vs. Memphis - 11 a.m. (Miami)
Women's tennis at Purdue - noon
Men's tennis hosts Miami - 1 p.m.
Women's basketball hosts LSU - 2:30 p.m.
Men's tennis hosts Wright State - 6 p.m.
Diving at SEC Diving Championships (Gainesville, Fla.)
Women's golf at UCF Challenge (Sorrento, Fla.)

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