Hartmann Named SEC Player of the Week

Oct. 24, 2011

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Kentucky junior setter Christine Hartmann has been named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week after leading the 24th-ranked Wildcats to a pair of tough road victories this weekend. The honor is the first weekly award of the St. Charles, Ill., native's career.

Hartmann had a weekend to remember in leading UK to wins at Georgia on Friday and a five-set thriller at Auburn on Sunday.

The junior setter notched a double-double effort with 39 assists and 10 digs in a win at Georgia. She helped the Wildcats set a new school record with 20.5 blocks in the win, as she turned back six Bulldog attacks. Hartmann guided four UK players to .300 hitting clips or better in the victory. Furthering UK's attack, Hartmann posted a career-best four aces in the win.

In the five-set thriller, Hartmann set two career-highs. She passed out a career-best 54 assists and found four different attackers for 13 or more kills. She also notched a career-best eight blocks against the Tigers. She missed out on a near triple-double effort with the 54 dimes, nine digs and the eight rejections. Hartmann's dispersal of the ball continues to be impressive with five different Wildcat attackers receiving between 21-and-33 swings in the win.

This marks the first such weekly honor of Hartmann's career and the first Player of the Week award for the Wildcats this season. She becomes the fourth different Wildcat to earn a weekly conference honor this season joining teammates Whitney Billings, Stephanie Klefot and Jackie Napper as other honorees.

Kentucky resumes action with a pair of home matches this weekend. The Wildcats will first open up with South Carolina at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, Oct. 28.

Kentucky's Memorial Coliseum will play host to the NCAA Regionals Dec. 9-10. UK is one of four sites selected for Sweet 16 and Elite Eight matchups with one team advancing to the Final Four in San Antonio, Texas, from the Lexington Region. Opening night matches are scheduled for 5 and 7 p.m. ET. Saturday's final is set for a 4:30 p.m. ET first serve.

Tickets are now on sale through the UK Ticket Office. All-Session Tickets are reserved for all ages at $14. General Admission tickets for adults are priced at $12 and students or seniors' general admission is slated for $8.

Single session tickets are priced at $8 for reserved for all ages. General admission for adults is priced at $7, with students and seniors priced at $5. Youth single session tickets are $4.

For tickets or more information feel free to call, 1-800-928-CATS.

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