October 2018 archive

Wildcats Cruise to Sweep of No. 11 Florida, Take Control of SEC Race

Kentucky players celebrate their sweep of Florida Wednesday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The 12th-ranked Kentucky volleyball team led from start to finish and cruised to a 3-0 (25-15, 25-18, 25-20) sweep of No. 11 Florida in front of 2,717 raucous fans inside of Memorial Coliseum on Wednesday night. The win marked No. 14 in a row for the Wildcats, matching the longest winning streak under head coach Craig Skinner.

Kentucky-Florida Volleyball (Larry Vaught/Verizon Video); Cats sweep, lead SEC

Kentucky Football’s Salute to Veterans Set for Saturday

Amanda, right, and Matt Bradford before the Iron Horse Half Marathon in 2017.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky football will host its annual Salute to Veterans on Saturday as the Wildcats take on Georgia at 3:30 p.m.

Remembering Our Fallen – a photographic war memorial that honors America’s military Fallen from The War on Terror (Sept. 11, 2001-present) – will be set up outside Kroger Field between gates 1 and 2 on Friday. It will remain in place until Sunday at 4 p.m. so fans in attendance at Saturday’s game can pay tribute. This was made possible by Coca-Cola, the sponsor for the Georgia game.

Ashton Hagans having to learn to talk on defense

John Calipari wants Ashton Hagans to talk more on defense. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Freshman point guard Ashton Hagans doesn’t worry about whether Kentucky is playing an exhibition or going against Duke like it will next week.

“Go out there with the same mindset of play my game. Go out there and play, leave everything on the court and just play with my teammates,” Hagains said.

Hagans has appreciated what strength coach Rob Harris has done for him the last few months since he arrived in Lexington for his freshman season.

UK official apologizes for any issues participants encountered at Calipari Women’s Clinic

Next year the Calipari Women’s Clinic will move back to Rupp Arena. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Four women who attended the John Calipari Women’s Clinic Sunday night in Lexington shared their thoughts in special posts here. Three of them had more complaints than compliments this year about everything from lack of player interaction to no food to things running late to the price and availability of autographed basketballs  and more.

Guy Ramsey, director of strategic communication for UK Athletics, noted the complaints and offered this response:

UK hosts Florida tonight in top 15 showdown but does Craig Skinner ever tell All-American Madison Lilley she had a great match? (Larry Vaught/Verizon Video)

Kentucky’s senior experience, physical play have Georgia’s attention

Safety Mike Edwards is one of Kentucky’s senior starters. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

I’m not sure anybody could have predicted that Kentucky would be ninth in the first college football rankings released Tuesday night and in position with a win over Georgia Saturday not only to claim the top spot in the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division but also a potential spot in the college football playoffs.

But I’m also not sure why so many people were wondering going into the season if Kentucky could even win six games. The Cats returned 17 starters off a team that won seven games and had another solid recruiting class. It was like many thought UK couldn’t get better.

Georgia coach knows how to celebrate after a game, too

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops got a lot of national exposure for his crowd surfing after UK’s walk-off win at Missouri last week.

But apparently Georgia coach Kirby Smart did a little dancing on his own in the Georgia locker room after his team’s win over Florida in Jacksonville.

Stoops admitted he had not done anything like that before. Smith said it was not “unique” for him.

“That was just your first time getting to see the inside. That’s not unique to me in the locker room with the players,” Smart told Georgia media members. “I certainly enjoy and treasure the opportunity to celebrate with our guys, and they needed that, and I need it.

Guest post: “We are going to love this team”

Vicky Graff Photo

Vaught’s note: This is the final of a series of stories by women who attended the John Calipari Women’s Clinic Sunday. They have each shared their views on the good and bad of the clinic. On Wednesday, UK’s Guy Ramsey will respond to some of the criticisms.

By SARAH WHITE, Contributing Writer

The Good: Clinic number 10 in the record book. It was filled with all levels of fun, excitement, and down time. Thank you, Coach Cal for making sure this clinic is held each and every year and we are able to celebrate the players and the coaches.

Kentucky volleyball ready for SEC showdown with Florida

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The No. 12 Kentucky volleyball team is ready for a Southeastern Conference showdown on Halloween when it hosts the 11th-ranked Florida Gators inside Memorial Coliseum on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. ET in a battle of the top two teams in the league.

The match is set to be broadcast live on ESPNU with Karch Kiraly and Paul Sunderland on the call.

UK has won 13 matches in a row and is coming off sweeps against Georgia and South Carolina. Kentucky is the only remaining undefeated team in the SEC, in large part thanks to its defense and limiting all its conference foes to hitting percentages of .199 or lower to date. The Wildcats have totaled double-digit blocks in the last three matches.