Wildcats defeat Cardinals in Preseason Exhibition

Dec. 3, 2010

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The University of Kentucky gymnastics team used solid performances on all four events, including a meet-high score on vault to defeat Ball State in a preseason exhibition Friday night in Muncie, Ind.

"I think that we did some good things tonight," said assistant coach Heather Hite. "We had some missteps here and there but overall I think that we learned a lot about ourselves tonight and that is what these exhibitions are for. We look forward to getting back in the gym when we get home and start fine-tuning some things."

Kentucky performed well on all four events, including vault and bars where it topped Ball State's score. Individually, Kentucky junior Caitlyn Ciokajlo took home individual honors on bars followed by junior Whitney Rose and senior Phylicia Reshard, who finished in a tie for second. Reshard finished tied for first on vault with an impressive routine, while Rose finished tied for third.

Senior Phylicia Reshard finished tied for first on vault.

UK continued strong scores on beam with junior Storey Morris and senior Andrea Mitchell leading the Wildcats by finishing tied for first and tied for third respectively. Mitchell and Reshard led Kentucky's charge on floor, finishing second and third respectively.

The Wildcats kick off regular-season competition with Excite Night against Illinois and Northern Illinois, Saturday, Jan. 8 at 6:30 p.m. EST at Memorial Coliseum. This year's event, which is being called "Excite Night...and all that jazz!", will feature Cabaret-themed performances from the hit musical Chicago and is sure to entertain fans of all ages. Numerous UK prizes will be given away throughout the evening and the entire team will sign autographs following the meet.

Season tickets are available for only $15 for five exciting home meets. Season and single meet tickets can be purchased by calling the UK ticket office at 1-800-928-CATS. Tickets are also sold at the Joe Craft Center Ticket Office on the night of the event. Group tickets (20 or more people) are available by calling the ticket office in advance of the event.