Volleyball Cats in Dayton: Road Journal
DAYTON, Ohio - The Kentucky volleyball team is in Dayton, Ohio, for the NCAA Tournament First and Second Rounds. Follow the Cats’ weekend journey both on and off the court through this site, which will feature journal entries from the road, full results and recaps, pictures, quotes and much more.
The Wildcats (22-9) are making their school-record third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance this season.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007 – 10:35 p.m. - The Wildcats arrived in Dayton after an easy two-hour bus ride North. Kentucky left the Joe Craft Center around 8:10 p.m. EST this evening and will rest this evening before beginning practice tomorrow morning in preparation for Friday’s match vs. Michigan State.
Thursday, November 29, 2007 – 9:30 p.m. - The team awoke from a good night’s rest and headed down to the lobby for a breakfast buffet. The Cats are in good spirits and ready to begin practicing in the Frericks Center, the site of the First and Second Rounds.
Thursday, November 29, 2007 – 12:15 p.m. - The team has arrived and is practicing at the Frericks Center on the campus of the University of Dayton. According to the University, the center is the third-largest volleyball-only facility in the country. Its 5,000-seat capacity is only behind Arkansas’ Barnhill Arena (9,000) and Murray State’s Cutchin Fieldhouse (5,500). The venue has served as host of three Atlantic 10 volleyball championships in its history. The team, especially the freshmen, got their first taste of NCAA volleyball this season. Practices are time-monitored to ensure each team get equal opportunity for practice and the site has been altered so that only those advertisements that represent NCAA sponsorships are visible. Tomorrow’s foe Michigan State practices right after the Cats, followed by No. 15 Dayton and Lipscomb.
Thursday, November 29, 2007 – 1:30 p.m. - A little history about the city of Dayton. It was founded in 1796 and incorporated in 1805. The town was named after Jonathan Dayton, a captain in the Revolutionary War and a signer of the U.S. Constitution. It is located in the Miami River Valley and the Cats cross the Miami river on their way from the hotel to the Frericks Center. The University of Dayton is a private Catholic school that was founded in 1850 by the Marianist order. Notable people from the Dayton area include talk-show host Phil Donahue, actor Rob Lowe and baseball player Roger Clemens.
Thursday, November 29, 2007 – 2:19 p.m. - The Wildcats have returned to the hotel after practice and are enjoying a bite of lunch before catching a shower and heading out to a movie.
Thursday, November 29, 2007 – 3:47 p.m. - The players have showered and eaten lunch and are now headed to the movie theatre to see Fred Claus.
Thursday, November 29, 2007 – 6:32 p.m. - The team is eating dinner at Bravo! Italian Grill. Michigan State, tomorrow evening's opponent, is also dining at the same restaurant. It has been a small world for this pod's NCAA participants as all three visiting teams are staying at the same hotel near the University of Dayton campus.
Friday, November 30, 2007 – 9:21 a.m.. - Kentucky arose early for a team breakfast in the hotel restaurant before preparing to participate in the early practice session at 11 a.m. Coach Craig Skinner just finished an interview with Michigan State radio. Fans can listen to the match through a link on the Spartans' Web site at msuspartans.com. A link to live statistics and live streaming video also will be available at ukathletics.com.
Friday, November 30, 2007 – 12:27 p.m.. - The team returned to the hotel just a little while ago following its one-hour closed practice session at the Frericks Center. A photo gallery of that practice and the arena is available by cliciking on the photo galleries link on the right side of the volleyball home page. The team is showering and resting before its catered pre-game meal that will take place in the hotel dining area at 1 p.m. EST.
Friday, November 30, 2007 – 4:44 p.m. - The Wildcats are completing their final warm-ups at the Frericks Center prior to tonight's 5 p.m. EST match with Michigan State. The Cats have a large contingent of fans who have travelled to Dayton for the match. The way the arena is designed, a number of those fans are seated in a small bleacher section directly across from the bench on which Kentucky begins the match. UK has also brought its cheerleading squad and mascot to Dayton. Opening serve is about 16 minutes away.