Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, Sept. 30:
Volleyball: Whitney Billings
Junior Whitney Billings has guided the Wildcats to a season-long winning streak of three matches including an upset of No. 25 Tennessee this week and a four-set win over Auburn on Sunday. With the win over the Lady Vols, UK has now won just two of the last nine meetings while stretching its winning-streak over the Tigers to four matches. Billings simply has been superb leading UK in kills (4.14) and digs (4.43) this week with a pair of double-double efforts. She had 10 kills and 16 digs vs. Tennessee, and then totaled 19 kills and 15 digs in the win over Auburn. She has now charted three-straight double-double efforts for just the second time in her career (and second this season). The 19-kills vs. Auburn was a career-high for a four-set match, as well as a season-high. The 16 scoops vs. the Lady Vols matched a season-high. The 10-kill performance with zero errors marked the first double-figure kill effort without committing an error in her career. For the week, she ranked in UK's top-two performances in every statistical category including kills (first), assists (second), aces (second), digs (first), blocks (second) and points (first). During conference action she is the only player who leads her team in scoring to rank in the top-20 statistically of conference leaders in four or more categories: kills (17th), aces (1st), blocks (15th) and digs (20th).
Women's soccer: Kelli Hubly
Freshman Kelli Hubly scored both of UK's goals in the 2-2 draw with No. 6 Texas A&M Friday night in Lexington. The Elk Grove, Ill., native struck for the game-opening goal in the 52nd minute and then again with under 10 minutes remaining in the game. The 5-9 forward has already tallied 10 points on her freshman campaign, which is tied for second on the team.
Men's soccer: Tyler Riggs
Junior forward Tyler Riggs had a prolific two-game week in leading the Wildcats to a win and draw ... During the 5-1 win at IPFW, Riggs totaled two goals, his second career multi-goal game ... In the Conference USA opener against Memphis on Sunday, Riggs contributed sixth goal of the year, also adding his fourth assist ... The Louisville, Ky., native fired a total of six shots during the week, with three going for goals ... On the year, Riggs has a team-high six goals and four assists and in his career, Riggs has 22 goals, nine assists and 53 points ... With 22 goals, Riggs ranks tied with Matt Lodge for sixth-best in UK career history and his 53 points rank seventh-best.
Football - UK put together arguably the best half of football of its season against USC, blocking a Gamecock punt, recovering a fumble and stopping the South Carolina offense at the goal line. UK limited USC to 26 rushing yards in the first half and only allowed two third-down conversions. - True freshman Jalen Whitlow came off the bench to fill in nicely for UK, leading the Wildcats to 17 first-half points, including his first career touchdown. Whitlow finished the game 12-of-23 for 114 yards. - UK held South Carolina - who entered the game averaging 424.2 yards of offense per game - to 348 yards of total offense, the second-lowest offensive output for the Gamecocks this year, behind a 272-yard offensive game in a USC win at Vanderbilt during the opening weekend of action. Volleyball - Junior Whitney Billings led the charge with a pair of double-double efforts including a career-high 19 kills in a four-set match vs. Auburn. Her 10-kill performance vs. Tennessee marked the first double-figure kill effort without committing an error in her career. She has logged three-consecutive double-doubles which has coincided with UK's winning streak. In addition to her point scoring, she was masterful defensively as well pacing UK in digs (4.43) and blocks (1.14). - Senior setter Christine Hartmann led the offense to 14.5 kills per set on an impressive .239 hitting clip in the two wins. Hartmann had a double-double effort vs. Auburn with 45 assists and 12 digs. She also led the team with six blocks in the contest as she nearly came away with a triple-double.
Women's soccer - Kentucky took on No. 6 Texas A&M Friday night, playing the highest-ranked team ever to play in Lexington to a 2-2 draw, earning its 10th SEC point of the season. - All three goals for UK on the weekend were off the boot of a freshman as Kelli Hubly scored both goals in Friday's tie and fellow newcomer Cara Ledman struck for UK on Sunday afternoon against Alabama. - Courtney Raetzman continues to play well as the Elk Grove, Ill., native has tallied at least a point in every SEC game of the season, striking for two assists this weekend. - The Wildcats have now played in three consecutive overtime games dating back to Sept. 23 at LSU where the Cats picked up a 2-1 win. It is the first time since the 1999 season that UK has played three-straight OT games.
Men's soccer - Kentucky posted a 7-3 goal margin in its two games during the week, as the Wildcats got the first career multi-goal game from veteran Gabriel Conelian against IPFW, as well as multi-goal game from Tyler Riggs. A pair of three-point performances were registered in the game against the Memphis Tigers, with Charley Pettys and Tyler Riggs both accounting for a goal and an assist on the day. - UK is currently riding a stellar five-match unbeaten streak (4-0-1), its longest since the 2009 season. UK owns a 13-4 total goal differential in the five-game span, which started with a thrilling 1-0 win at No. 18 Louisville on Sept. 14.
Cross country - The Kentucky women's cross country teams earned an eighth-place finish overall, and the men's team posted a 12th-place performance at the Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic on Saturday. - The women's team placed two runners inside the top 10. - Cally Macumber was the second runner to cross the finish line in 16:55.14 to back up her individual win a week ago. - Macumber has now finished inside the top two at all three meets the Wildcats have competed in this season. - Chelsea Oswald was the seventh runner to complete the 5,000 meter race with a time of 16:59.32. - Luis Orta led the way for the Wildcat men with a 12th-place time of 24:06.96 over 8K.
Men's golf - The UK men's golf team placed second at the Saint Mary's Invitational last week with a team score of 3-over-par 867. - After sitting in 10th following the opening session, the squad responded by carding the lowest scores of the tournament in the final two rounds. - Stephen Powers led the Wildcats and was tied for sixth individually with a 1-under-par invitational. - Sophomore David Snyder also placed in the top-10, finishing with a score of even par for the tournament.
Monday, Oct. 1 Men's tennis at ITA All-American Championships (Tulsa, Okla.) Tuesday, Oct. 2 Men's tennis at ITA All-American Championships (Tulsa, Okla.)
Wednesday, Oct. 3 Men's tennis at ITA All-American Championships (Tulsa, Okla.) Men's soccer hosts Indiana - 7:00 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4 Men's tennis at ITA All-American Championships (Tulsa, Okla.)
Friday, Oct. 5 Women's soccer at Missouri - 7:30 p.m. Men's tennis at ITA All-American Championships (Tulsa, Okla.) Volleyball at Ole Miss - 8:00 p.m. Women's tennis at Roberta Allison (Tuscaloosa, Ala.)
Saturday, Oct. 6 Football hosts Mississippi State - 12:21 p.m. Men's soccer at SMU - 8:00 p.m. Men's tennis at ITA All-American Championships (Tulsa, Okla.) Women's tennis at Roberta Allison (Tuscaloosa, Ala.)
Sunday, Oct. 7 Women's soccer at Ole Miss - 2:00 p.m. Volleyball at Florida - 3:00 p.m. Men's tennis at ITA All-American Championships (Tulsa, Okla.) Women's tennis at Roberta Allison (Tuscaloosa, Ala.)
Jon Lipsitz predicted Friday night's match against Texas A&M would be interesting. The sixth-ranked Aggies were coming to Lexington for their first-ever matchup with Kentucky as members of the Southeastern Conference. With its high-pressure style, Lipsitz called A&M the "exact foil" for the Wildcats' possession-based approach.
The contrast made for a thrilling match that ended in a 2-2 tie after a pair of 10-minute overtime periods, proving Lipsitz right.
"I just thought it was a fantastic game and Texas A&M is just pure class," Lipsitz said. "Getting to play them and knowing we're going to get to play them year after year is only going to make our program better."
UK (8-2-1, 4-0-1 SEC) twice took second-half leads after a scoreless first. True freshman Kelli Hubly scored both goals - bringing her season total to four - but A&M (10-1-1, 4-0-1 SEC) answered with the equalizer within 15 minutes each time. The game would end in a draw, but not before the Wildcats dodged a Texas-sized bullet when Shea Groom's shot went inches wide as the final seconds ticked down on regulation.
"That's what I want from a big-time matchup," Lipsitz said. "I want to play the number (six) team in the country. I want it to be a great game without bad fouls. I want it to be exciting for the fans."
Hubly's goals were certainly the highlight for the 1,006 fans in attendance at the UK Soccer Complex. The young forward is coming on strong in her first season, having scored 10 points in her last seven matches and five in her last two.
"Kelli is a very talented player and what Kelli's learning, like most young players, is you can't fade in and out of training," Lipsitz said. "You can't fade in and out of games. We see what her talent is and we expect it all the time."
It was the first tie of the season for both teams, and it left the Cats with a curious feeling. On one hand, they couldn't help but be happy to be the first SEC team to register a point against the Aggies, one of the best teams in the nation. On the other, UK wanted more.
"I want the players to be disappointed when we tie," Lipsitz said. "I think that says a lot about our attitude and where we're coming. If Texas A&M is the benchmark in our conference right now, we're doing pretty well."
Both teams in this back-and-forth battle were visibly tired by the time it ended, but they have to turn around and play again on Sunday. Kentucky host Alabama on Sunday at noon with little time to rest, but that's why the Cats worked so hard this offseason.
"We came in fit to preseason," Lipsitz said. "We came in over-the-top fit. That is because last year we were really bad on Sundays. We took it as a personal challenge to come in fit, to take care of our bodies, do a better job and be ready on Sunday."
Jon Lipsitz has led UK to a 8-2-0 start to the 2012 season. (Chet White, UK Athletics)
Following Jon Lipsitz on Twitter, there's no way of knowing what you're going to get. He interacts with his players. He recounts beating one of his two young sons in a video game. He gives his opinions on sports other than his own, Kentucky or otherwise.
Sometimes, Lipsitz can make his followers forget he's a women's soccer coach, at least until the day or two following his team's weekend matches. He's always made a habit of sharing his thoughts on how the Wildcats played, but this season, his public evaluations have taken a statistical turn.
"Interesting stats from this weekend," Lipsitz tweeted on Tuesday. "Friday (in a 3-2 loss at Arkansas) completed 349 passes to 149 for opponent, yet lost and deserved to because (UK) did not win the box.
"Sunday (in a 2-1 overtime win at LSU) set all-time records for passes and completion rates: 451 passes at 83.1 (percent). Both are new records."
Lipsitz 140-character-or-less postgame debriefs certainly reflect UK's increased emphasis on possession this season, but where do those numbers come from? Do he and his assistants pore over game tape for hours on end, meticulously noting every detail?
Clearly not, because it's hard to imagine Lipsitz having time to talk UK basketball otherwise.
The statistics come from software developed by Prozone, a United Kingdom-based company that pioneered performance analysis in soccer and has clients like Manchester United and Real Madrid. Using cameras placed around the pitch, the software tracks the movement of players from both teams and the ball, generating statistical, graphical and video representations of the action.
UK, along with every other team in the Southeastern Conference, had used the software before this season, but just a less robust version. Recognizing its impact, Lipsitz and first-year men's soccer coach Johan Cedergren approached athletic department administration about making an investment in Prozone 3, the highest level of the software. According to Lipsitz, UK is the only school in nation make Prozone 3 available to both its men's and women's soccer teams.
"It's just great support by our administration when we went to them and Johan and I said this is really important," Lipsitz said. "It has changed the way we analyze both our play and our opponents' play."
Throughout his time as a collegiate coach, Lipsitz has relied on instincts and limited tools to evaluate the way his team plays. The new software is allowing him and his staff to go far beyond that.
"I think having a balance between us subjectively telling them what is important and showing them objectively this is who we are and who you are is nice," Lipsitz said. "I think you need both."
That doesn't mean he throws a mountain of video and statistics at his players. After taking a look at his own team's play and the opponents, Lipsitz and his coaches distill the information down to what they believe to be its essence.
"I want to decide what the team needs to see," Lipsitz said. "We all interpret things differently, on paper or visually. So we break down the film, we break down the stats and then we decide what we want our team to see. This paints a picture of who this team is and this paints a picture of how we're playing."
In no way has the software been more valuable than the way it has helped the Cats as they've evolved into a possession team. Over his first three years in Lexington, UK was primarily a team that relied on counterattack and the long ball, culminating in an NCAA Tournament berth in 2011.
But all along, Lipsitz knew he wanted to mold Kentucky into a more technical team that won matches with sound passing and consistent possession. With a talented class of newcomers arriving this season, the Cats have undergone exactly that kind of transformation.
During the preseason, Lipsitz knew his team would take steps in that direction, but even he has been surprised by the progress. And with his new favorite toy, he can quantify just how big the strides have been.
"I'm supposed do coach speak right now and say, 'Oh no, I absolutely knew it,' " Lipsitz said. "It has not surprised me that we're better than we were before. We are more technical. We are emphasizing that our players have to be more skillful to get on the field, so it doesn't surprise me that we're better. But when we're making over 400 passes a game at over an 80-percent clip, that's another level."
The play of freshmen like midfielder Courtney Raetzman, Kelli Hubly and Cara Ledman has been instrumental in that, but Lipsitz believes two veterans are truly at the heart of UK's evolution. Seniors Natalie Horner and Alyssa Telang have been Kentucky's defensive anchors all season, but with the new approach, they've started the attack too.
"I really think that the key to it has been that we put two such technical soccer players at center back," Lipsitz said. "It's not right or wrong, but I think most teams' style is to have their center backs smash the ball because they're in trouble. We have our center backs and our defensive center mids set the most play for us."
UK's new style of play will get its sternest test yet on Friday night. At 7 p.m., the Cats (8-2-0, 3-1-0 SEC) will play host to No. 6/8 Texas A&M (10-1-0, 4-0-0 SEC). Lipsitz doesn't need a computer to tell him the Aggies are really good, but Prozone does prove to him just how interesting the matchup could be.
"(Texas A&M) is the exact foil for who we are in that they are going to apply so much pressure to our backline, to our midfield that they're going to disrupt our ability to play soccer the way we like to play," Lipsitz said. "I think these games are great because it's two very different styles that both are incredibly effective."
Lipsitz watches the Aggies play and thinks back to his days at Charlotte, when the 49ers would use superior athleticism to overwhelm Atlantic 10 opponents. On the season, Texas A&M has outscored its opponents 19-3 with its high-pressure style, but the Wildcats aren't going to blink.
"We're going to have the courage that we're going to knock the ball around and we're going to play and it's going to be hard," Lipsitz said. "It's going to be harder to be us than against any other team that we've played because Texas A&M makes it hard to do anything."
Win or lose, Lipsitz will be going right back to the computer next week.
"If we're successful against A&M, that's going to tell us something and we're going to look at the film and say, 'This is what we did that made us successful,' " Lipsitz said. "If we're unsuccessful, we're going to say, 'Here's what they did to us and we've got to get better.' Either way, we're going to work on getting better."
Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, Sept. 23:
Volleyball: Whitney Billings
Junior Whitney Billings guided the Wildcats to a big-time road victory at Texas A&M to help UK snap the Aggies' nine-match winning streak. Billings notched her 18th career double-double effort with season-high totals of 16 kills, 16 digs and six blocks. She also had a career-best five service aces in the win. Against LSU, she totaled 14 kills and added seven digs. For the week, she had team-highs in points (4.10), blocks (1.0) and aces (0.50).
Volleyball: Stephanie Klefot
For just the sixth time in her career, senior libero Stephanie Klefot posted back-to-back 20-dig matches this weekend in helping lead UK to a 1-1 weekend on the road. Klefot matched a career-high of 29 digs at LSU, and then charted 20 in a five-set win at Texas A&M to help snap the Aggies' nine-match winning streak. Klefot for the week, averaged 4.90 digs per set - well above her 3.96 season average. She topped 20 scoops in a match for the 25th and 26th times in her career. Furthermore, with the 49 digs, Klefot (1,641) officially moved into second place on the UK all-time career digs list passing BriAnne Sauer (1,634). That total also ranks 10th all-time in the SEC record books.
Women's soccer: Courtney Raetzman
Freshman Courtney Raetzman has been on fire for the Wildcats as of late, tallying 10 points in the last four games. The freshman charted a goal on Friday night on the road vs. Arkansas, and also scored two goals in UK's win over LSU. Raetzman scored all four of UK's points Sunday, scoring the go-ahead goal in the opening half as well as the golden goal in the 106th minute to give UK the 2-1 OT win. The freshman has scored four goals in four games, while also charting two assists in that time frame.
Men's soccer: Tyler Riggs
Junior forward Tyler Riggs had a prolific week in leading the Wildcats to a pair of wins ... During the two wins, Riggs totaled a goal and two assists ... In a win over East Tennessee State, Riggs contributed his second assist of the year ... On Saturday night at Evansville, Riggs netted the game-winning goal and later dished out an assist ... The Louisville, Ky., native played the full 180 minutes on the week, firing a total of nine shots ... His seven-shot outing at UE on Saturday marked a new career high and a season individual high for the Wildcats ... On the year, Riggs has three goals and three assists and in his career, Riggs has 19 goals, eight assists and 46 points.
Men's soccer: Jack Van Arsdale
Junior Jack Van Arsdale had another dominating week in between the pipes, leading the Wildcats to a pair of wins ... A native of Richmond, Va., Van Arsdale paced a stellar UK defensive attack in a 3-1 win over East Tennessee State on Wednesday, with the Bucs getting their goal on a penalty kick ... On Saturday, Van Arsdale notched his second shutout of the year in a 2-0 winning effort ... On the year, Van Arsdale has a 0.90 goals-against average in six games and 500 minutes, saving 18 shots ... Over the last three games - all UK wins - Van Arsdale has allowed only one goal in 270 minutes.
Football - The football team dropped its Southeastern Conference opener Saturday to No. 14 Florida 38-0 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. - Junior tailback Jonathan George led the team in rushing for the second-consecutive game, posting 52 yards on 13 carries. Overall, UK had 159 rushing yards against the Gators, which was the most a UK team has posted vs. UF since gaining 175 in 2003. - Sophomore linebacker Bud Dupree paced the UK defense with eight tackles and a sack. Junior Avery Williamson also gathered eight tackles in the game, while senior Martavius Neloms had an interception and Collins Ukwu blocked a field goal. Volleyball - UK dropped a heartbreaking five-set loss at LSU, before rallying for a five-set win that snapped a nine-match winning streak at Texas A&M. UK was led by senior Stephanie Klefot who put together back-to-back 20-dig matches for just the sixth time in her career. The 49 digs allowed her to chart 1,641 for her career and officially moved her into second place on the UK all-time career digs list passing BriAnne Sauer (1,634). That mark also ranks 10th all-time in the SEC. - Junior Whitney Billings also provided a spark for UK in the win in College Station. She had season-high numbers in kills (16), digs (16) and blocks (6), while also charting a career-high five aces. It marked the 18th double-double effort of her career. Senior Ashley Frazier launched 17 kills at LSU and followed that with 16 at A&M to lead the way offensively for UK.
Women's soccer - The UK women's soccer team split its first SEC weekend series, winning the Sunday game in overtime with LSU 2-1. - Freshman Courtney Raetzman scored one goal Friday night and two goals Sunday, including the golden goal in the 106th minute of the game to top LSU 2-1. The Elk Grove, Ill., native has tallied 10 points in the last four games. - The one goal allowed Sunday in the win over LSU was the eighth time in 10 games that the UK back line has allowed one or fewer goals in a game. Men's soccer - Kentucky won its third consecutive game with a victory at Evansville on Saturday to pull up to a .500 record after starting the campaign 1-4-0. The Wildcats used an explosive offensive attack and sterling defense during their three-game winning streak. - The Wildcats have been led offensively by Tyler Riggs in 2012, who has three goals and three assists in UK's first eight games of the year. - A native of Richmond, Ky., Jack Van Arsdale has allowed only one goal in his last three games, coming on a penalty attempt. He now owns a 0.90 goals-against average in six games and 500 minutes, saving 18 shots with two shutouts. UK freshman goalkeeper Callum Irving has also started three games, with seven saves and a 2.00 goals against average. - As a team, UK has averaged 1.62 goals a game and 11.8 shots a contest and a 53-43 advantage in corner kicks. Defensively, UK owns a 1.24 goals-against average.
Cross country - The women's cross country team finished second with 47 points at the Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational, its second runner-up finish of the year. The men's team finished seventh with 200 points. - Junior Cally Macumber led the women's cross country team at the Virginia/Panorma Farms Invitational, winning the 5K event with a time of 17:29.13. - Senior Chelsea Oswald and junior Allison Peare earned their second top-10 finishes of the year, with Oswald finishing sixth with a time of 17:53.34 and Peare finishing ninth with a time of 18:28.84. - Senior Luis Orta led the men's team in the 8K event, finishing 16th after completing the event in 24:37.73.
Women's golf - The UK women's golf team placed eighth at the Mason Rudolph Invitational. Ashleigh Albrecht finished with the lowest score for the Wildcats at 12-over par and was tied for 23rd individually. - Next up for the Wildcats is the Tar Heel Invitational, Oct. 12-14 in Chapel Hill, N.C. Men's tennis - The UK men's tennis team competed in its third tournament of the fall, as the Cats traveled to Louisville to take part in the Louisville Invitational. - Brett Johnson, Maks Gold, Beck Pennington and Michael Binder made the trip to Louisville for UK as both Johnson and Gold recorded wins in the singles draw. Upcoming schedule
Monday, Sept. 24 Men's golf at Saint Mary's College Invitational (Monterey, Calif.)
Tuesday, Sept. 25 Men's soccer at IPFW - 7:00 p.m. Men's golf at Saint Mary's College Invitational (Monterey, Calif.) Wednesday, Sept. 26 Volleyball hosts Tennessee - 8:00 p.m.
Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, Sept. 16:
Women's soccer: Kayla King
Junior Kayla King helped anchor the UK defense in two SEC games as UK upset No. 13 Florida (2-1) and knocked off undefeated Mississippi State (3-0). King made nine saves on the weekend, while only allowing one goal, which was a PK on Friday. The Louisville, Ky., native also tallied her first individual shutout of her career Sunday, as UK notched its fifth shutout as a team in just eight games.
Men's soccer: Matt Lodge
Senior midfielder Matt Lodge netted one of the biggest goals of his decorated career in leading UK to a monumental 1-0 win at No. 18 Louisville on Friday night ... Lodge's third goal of the year came in the 38th minute at UofL, in front of the largest crowd to ever watch a UK men's soccer game, 5,583 fans at Cardinal Park ... His tally was a gorgeous strike on a free-kick opportunity from just outside of the 18-yard box, bending it around the wall and past the diving keeper at the far post ... The goal was Lodge's 20th career, ranking his sixth-best in UK annals ... He also ranks sixth in UK career history with his 55 points, adding 15 assists in his 59 career games.
Women's soccer: Courtney Raetzman
Freshman Courtney Raetzman scored the game-winning goal Friday night against No. 13 Florida in the SEC season opener off a corner kick in the 47th minute. The goal was the first-career goal for Raetzman. The freshman from Elk Grove, Ill., also notched two assists in the 3-0 win Sunday afternoon over undefeated Mississippi State, giving her four points on the weekend.
Men's soccer: Jack Van Arsdale
Junior keeper Jack Van Arsdale turned in the best game of his career in leading the Wildcats to a thrilling 1-0 win at No. 18 Louisville on Friday night in front of 5,583 at Cardinal Park - the most fans to ever witness a UK men's soccer game ... A native of Richmond, Va., Van Arsdale saved a career-high six shots in his first career clean sheet ... Among his remarkable saves in an electric atmosphere, Van Arsdale thwarted a breakaway with a kick save, extending his right leg out to narrowly stop a scoring chance ... His performance helped UK post its first win at Louisville since 2004 ... The transfer from Virginia Commonwealth saved shots in the ninth, 22nd, 36th, 47th, 72nd and 83rd minutes ... On the year, Van Arsdale has started in three games and played in four, owning a 1.12 goals-against average in 320 minutes with 15 saves ... In his two-year UK career, Van Arsdale has a 1.47 goals-against average in seven games, with 21 saves. "Jack you could see in him today that he made up his mind he was going to keep a clean sheet," UK head coach Johan Cedergren said of Van Arsdale's outing. "To come in here at Louisville to keep a clean sheet is a fantastic feeling." ... "Jack kept us in the game," UK senior co-captain Matt Lodge said. "He must have made about 10 saves in the second half. Credit the back four as well, Stevie (Perinovic), Dylan, Speed and Kemper they all played really good tonight."
An inadvertent elbow to her right eye in practice that clocked Raetzman never got the rookie down. In fact, her only disappointment was that she couldn't jump back in the game.
"I've never seen a blackout like it and to get it in practice tells you something," Kentucky head coach Jon Lipsitz said. "She never showed a negative emotion until I told her she couldn't play. She literally cried. Here's a kid who is only a few games into her freshman season and she is so passionate. It wasn't the fact that she had gotten hurt, it was the fact that she couldn't play that was so upsetting."
When Raetzman returned to action, she came up swinging.
The Elk Grove, Ill., native was named the Southeastern Conference's Freshman of the Week after scoring the match-winning goal in the team's upset of then-No. 13 Florida and then provided two assists in a 3-0 victory against Mississippi State.
"I definitely wanted to get back on the field playing and help our team," Raetzman said. "No one wants to sit out and just watch games, everyone wants to be playing."
SEC Digital Network: You're in your fourth season at Kentucky; how does the program's progress compare to where you wanted it to be when you first started?
Jon Lipsitz: "I am very happy with where we are, but we're not there yet. I am proud of the work that all of us together have done and that goes from the administration to the coaches to the support staff and mostly to the players and their families. That doesn't mean that we're satisfied or we're finished. We want so much more - how do we get there? We get better tomorrow. I always bring it back to that - to be your best tomorrow and move on from there. Obviously, I'm very proud of what we've done and I'm very proud of the players, but that's only good enough for today."
UK will take its show on the road this weekend for games at Arkansas and LSU.