SEC Coaches Pick UK Hoops to Finish Fourth

Jennifer O’Neill and Bria Goss named preseason All-SEC

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Southeastern Conference’s head coaches have selected the Kentucky women’s basketball team to finish fourth in the preseason poll released today. Senior guard Jennifer O’Neill (Bronx, N.Y.) also was selected to the All-SEC First Team, while senior guard Bria Goss (Indianapolis) was named to the All-SEC Second Team.

 

O’Neill, a 5-foot-6 senior guard, was named the SEC Co-6th Woman of the Year last year after averaging a team-high 12.6 points per game off the bench. O’Neill scored in double figures in 23 games, including netting a school-record 43 points in UK’s thrilling four-overtime win vs. No. 9 Baylor. Goss, a 5-10 senior guard, was the team’s third-leading scorer with 10.2 points per game last season and she set a new UK single-season record when she hit 90.1 percent from the free throw line (127-of-141).

 

Like the preseason SEC media poll released in October, South Carolina was the favorite to win the title, followed by Tennessee (169), Texas A&M (144), Kentucky (135), Georgia (108), Vanderbilt (107), and LSU (94) rounding out the top half of the league. Mississippi State (87), Florida (86), Auburn (53), Missouri (48), Arkansas (40), Alabama (25) and Ole Miss (23) round out the bottom half.

 

The Wildcats open the 2014-15 campaign with an exhibition game against Pikeville on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. ET in Memorial Coliseum. Admission is free and the game will be streamed live on SEC Network +. Events on SEC Network + are exclusively available on SECNetwork.com  and on WatchESPN via computers, smartphones and tablets.

 

Season tickets for UK’s entire 15-game regular-season home schedule are on sale now for $65 at www.ukhoopstix.com although lower-level chair backs ($80) are sold out. Single-game tickets are also on sale through the UK Ticket Office or www.Ticketmaster.com. Single-game reserved tickets are $9 for all ages. General admission tickets for adults are $8 while single-game general admission tickets for seniors and children (ages 6-18, 65 and over) are only $5. Children ages five and under are admitted free in the general admission seating area and UK students, faculty and staff are admitted free for all games with valid identification.

Single-game Baylor tickets in Rupp Arena are $9 for lower level reserved and $8 for upper level general admission. Youth (ages 6-18) and senior citizens (ages 65 and up) are only $5. Baylor tickets may be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com or by visiting the Joe Craft Ticket Office. Office hours are 9 a.m. ET – 4:30 p.m. ET. Groups of 10 or more are $2 each in reserved and general admission areas and can ONLY be purchased by calling the UK ticket office directly.

Order of Finish

  1. South Carolina           169
  2. Tennessee                155
  3. Texas A&M               144
  4. Kentucky                  135
  5. Georgia                     108
  6. Vanderbilt                  107
  7. LSU                          94
  8. Mississippi State       87
  9. Florida                       86
  10. Auburn                    53
  11. Missouri                  48
  12. Arkansas                 40
  13. Alabama                  25
  14. Ole Miss                  23

 

Player of the Year

Tiffany Mitchell, South Carolina

 

First Team All-SEC

Jessica Jackson, Arkansas

Jennifer O’Neill, Kentucky

Danielle Ballard, LSU

Martha Alwal, Mississippi State

Alaina Coates, South Carolina

Tiffany Mitchell, South Carolina

Aleighsa Welch, South Carolina

Bashaara Graves, Tennessee

Isabelle Harrison, Tennessee

Courtney Walker, Texas A&M

 

Second Team All-SEC

Kayla Lewis, Florida

Shacobie Barbee, Georgia

Bria Goss, Kentucky

Tia Faleru, Ole Miss

Morgan Eye, Missouri

Jordan Jones, Texas A&M

Courtney Williams, Texas A&M

Rebekah Dahlman, Vanderbilt

Final Bluegrass Preps Rankings

Final BluegrassPreps.com Football Rankings for 2014
Bluegrass Preps
Class 1A
1. Mayfield vs. Caverna
2. Beechwood vs. Bracken County
3. Pikeville vs. Nicholas County
4. Williamsburg vs. Jenkins
5. Frankfort vs. Dayton
6. Raceland vs. Phelps
7. Russellville vs. Kentucky Country Day
8. Hazard vs. Lynn Camp
9. Paintsville vs. Allen Central
10. Fairview at South Floyd

Class 2A
1. Christian Academy-Louisville — BYE
2. DeSales vs. Green County
3. Caldwell County vs. Hancock County
4. Owensboro Catholic vs. Crittenden County
5. Bardstown at Metcalfe County
6. Danville vs. Betsy Layne
7. Prestonsburg vs. Middlesboro
8. Murray vs. Union County
9. Newport Central Catholic vs. Trimble County
10. Walton Verona vs. Holy Cross (Covington)

Class 3A
1. South Warren vs. Webster County
2. Corbin vs. Larue County
3. Belfry vs. Jackson County
4. Central vs. Casey County
5. Bell County vs. Henry County
6. Paducah Tilghman vs. Monroe County
7. Estill County vs. Mason County
8. Garrard County vs. West Carter
9. Russell vs. Western Hills
10. Elizabethtown vs. Wayne County

Class 4A
1. Highlands vs. Boyd County
2. Johnson Central vs. Harrison County
3. Owensboro vs. Breckinridge County
4. Madisonville-North Hopkins vs. Allen County-Scottsville
5. Boyle County vs. Russell County
6. Lexington Catholic vs. Clay County
7. Franklin-Simpson vs. Hopkins County Central
8. Covington Catholic vs. Greenup County (11/8)
9. Knox Central vs. Taylor County
10. North Oldham vs. Nelson County

Class 5A
1. Bowling Green vs. Apollo
2. Southwestern vs. Perry County Central
3. Bullitt East vs. John Hardin
4. Pulaski County vs. Harlan County
5. Warren Central vs. Christian County
6. North Laurel at Whitley County
7. South Oldham vs. East Jessamine
8. Bullitt Central vs. Jeffersontown
9. Iroquois vs. Shelby County
10. Anderson County vs. Scott

Class 6A
1. Male vs. Marshall County
2. St. Xavier vs. Daviess County
3. Trinity at Henderson County
4. Scott County vs. Boone County
5. Manual at #7 McCracken County
6. Central Hardin vs. Paul Dunbar
7. McCracken County vs. #5 Manual
8. Dixie Heights vs. Tates Creek
9. Simon Kenton vs. Madison Central
10. Henry Clay at Meade County

Nineteen Former Wildcats on NBA Opening Day Rosters

UK players comprise 4.2 percent of the league

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Nineteen former Kentucky Wildcats were on opening day NBA rosters, which were released league-wide Tuesday. Kentucky’s total former players in the league trump any other school in the country.

UK’s longest tenured member in the NBA is Nazr Mohammed who enters his 17th season in 2014-15, and the third with the Chicago Bulls. Kentucky’s newest members to the league are Julius Randle and James Young who enter their rookie seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics, respectively.

Four different franchises have two former Cats: Boston (Rajon Rondo, James Young), New Orleans (Anthony Davis, Darius Miller), Phoenix (Eric Bledsoe, Archie Goodwin) and Toronto (Chuck Hayes, Patrick Patterson).

Coach John Calipari has coached 19 players who have been drafted over the last five seasons. Fifteen players were selected in the first round with eight going in the opening 10 selections. All three of those totals are the best marks of any school in the country in the five-year span.

Furthermore, Coach Calipari has had at least one player selected in the top 10 of the draft in each of the last seven seasons dating back to his time at Memphis. No other school in the country has had a first-round selection in each of the last seven seasons. Calipari is the only coach in the history of the sport to have three of his players drafted No. 1 overall (Derrick Rose – 2008, John Wall – 2010, Anthony Davis – 2012).

Entering the 2014-15 NBA season, Kentucky players comprise 4.2 percent of all players in the league.

The NBA season officially tips off on Tuesday. Four former Wildcats will take the court tonight on the league’s opening night. Davis and Miller with the Pelicans host the Orlando Magic at 8 p.m. ET, while Terrence Jones’ Rockets visit Randle and the Lakers at 10:30 p.m. ET.

Former Wildcats on NBA Rosters: Rajon Rondo, Boston James Young, Boston Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Charlotte Nazr Mohammed, Chicago Jodie Meeks, Detroit Terrence Jones, Houston Julius Randle, LA Lakers Tayshaun Prince, Memphis Brandon Knight, Milwaukee Anthony Davis, New Orleans Darius Miller, New Orleans Nerlens Noel, Philadelphia Eric Bledsoe, Phoenix Archie Goodwin, Phoenix DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Patrick Patterson, Toronto Chuck Hayes, Toronto Enes Kanter, Utah John Wall, Washington

Wildcats Slam Pikeville 116-68 in Exhibition Play

Game notes & Quotes provided by UK Athletics:

Pikeville at Kentucky (exhibition) – Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky. – Nov. 2, 2014

FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 116, Pikeville 68

Pre-Game Celebration - Photo by Tammie Brown - Camen Media
Pre-Game Celebration – Photo by Tammie Brown – Camen Media

Team Records, Notes

• This was Kentucky’s first exhibition game of the season.

• Kentucky is 52-4 all-time in preseason exhibition games and has won 23 in a row.

• Pikeville has played one official game already, a 100-63 win over Grace Bible College. The Bears are picked as the preseason No. 2 team in NAIA Division I.

• Kentucky’s next exhibition game is Sunday Nov. 9 vs. Georgetown College at 7 p.m. at Rupp Arena. The Wildcats officially open the season Nov. 14 at home vs. Grand Canyon.

First-Half Facts

• Kentucky started with the lineup of Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, Alex Poythress, Karl-Anthony Towns and Willie Cauley-Stein.

• Kentucky jumped out to a 7-0 lead and never trailed.

• Pikeville kept it close and trailed only 35-28 midway through the half when UK went on a 21-0 run to make it 56-28.

• UK went to halftime ahead 67-40 as all 10 Wildcats who played in the first half also scored.

UK had an easy night of it. Photo by Tammie Brown - Camen Media
UK had an easy night of it. Photo by Tammie Brown – Camen Media

Second-Half Story

• UK eclipsed the century mark, 101-60, on a layup by Dakari Johnson with 8:22 to play.

• UK’s largest lead was 49 points at 114-65.

• UK finished with a 116-68 victory.

Team Notes

• Kentucky shot 65.3 percent from the field.

• The Wildcats won the rebounding 49-28.

• UK piled up 29 assists, led by nine from Andrew Harrison.

• Six Wildcats scored in double figures although no player saw more than 20 minutes of action.

• Kentucky’s “second platoon” was comprised of Tyler Ulis, Devin Booker, Trey Lyles, Marcus Lee and Dakari Johnson.

Individual Notes

• Karl-Anthony Towns led the Wildcats with 22 points, including 10 of 11 from the field.

• Also tallying double figures were Devin Booker (16 points), Dakari Johnson (13), Alex Poythress (12), Trey Lyles (11) and Willie Cauley-Stein (10).

• K.K. Simmons of Pikeville led all scorers with 28 points, including 6 of 9 from 3-point range.

Pike fell behind early 7-0 and was never in it. Photo by Tammie Brown - Camen Media
Pikeville fell behind early 7-0 and was never in it. Photo by Tammie Brown – Camen Media

November 2, 2014

AN INTERVIEW WITH: JOHN CALIPARI

Q. What did you like the most?

JOHN CALIPARI: 29 assists – and in a game where guys could have tried to get their own, it’s the only way this will work if they really want to share for each 25 what we would call one ‘mores’. I have a shot, but he has a better shot, we need to let that one go. You know, we did not settle for 3’s in the first half, we just did what we had to do. I’ll tell you what, I’ve got to give it to them. They came out of the gate making shots and playing and they weren’t afraid. We were just too big. What I’m happy with is that because we were too big, we threw the ball where we should have, in the post.

Q. How do you settle on the two groups and what did you think of that tonight?

JOHN CALIPARI: I didn’t think Alex (Poythress) played as well as I thought he should have played in the Blue/ White. And as much as I didn’t want to put two young kids on one group, I thought it was better for Alex and Trey (Lyles), I thought it would be better for him, too. Trey is still behind. Trey wasn’t doing it for the summer he didn’t do the Bahamas. He is just starting. So, he’s still a little bit behind and you see he’s still pretty good. But he stepped in the hole a few times because he ran up‐and‐down, got tired and went to jump and just stepped in a hole. He didn’t jump very high. So, then he dunked that last one. I left him in because I just wanted him to make some plays and shots. I thought Andrew (Harrison) was ridiculous. Andrew wanted Dominique (Hawkins) to shoot that. He wanted 10 assists. He threw that ball crosscourt and Dom was wide open. “Shoot it.” And he passed it to Alex, who made the shot. And he had nine assists, and I’m guessing four hockey assists. In other words, he threw it ahead quick enough for that I could throw it for a pass. So he was outstanding today.

Q. Speaking of communication in the first half, there was one time when Tyler threw the ball into Dakari (Johnson). He went over a double team, and I heard Tyler shout out, coming from behind. I don’t remember ever hearing that kind of communication on the court last year, is that what you’ve been striving for?

JOHN CALIPARI: A friend of mine came in, the coach up in Western Pennsylvania and watched us practice yesterday. And he said, last year at this time, you were coaching effort intensity, and passion, if you remember. And he said now you’re just coaching basketball. It’s a big difference. So, while I enjoy it a lot more, I’ll do the other if I have to. But that’s what happens when you have veterans back that get it and understand and have young kids that are hungry and are listening and watching. They’re learning from each other. Dakari (Johnson) made a free throw. How about that, too?

Q. Was there any part of the game that was exposed that would give you concern that is something you might need to work on?

JOHN CALIPARI: Probably should have one more platoon. I would probably feel better with three platoons, rather than two.

Q. What can we make of what Karl (Anthony-Towns) ended up doing, just because he was kind of towering overeveryone or is that ‐‐

JOHN CALIPARI: You can say what you want, but, you know, Dakari (Johnson) didn’t get that many baskets, and part of it was Andrew was spoonfeeding him. But, the other part was he was running the floor, he was active, he was getting to where he was open. He made his free throw. I mean, Karl can play. Now he broke down definitely a couple times, and I told him and Devin (Booker), if you guys want to score the ball, you will defend or you’ll be out. You’re not taking all the ball shots, and then go back and let a guy run by you and dunk on you. It’s not happening here. But they’re young. I thought Devin played well. I love his speed up‐and‐down the court. See, Devin ‐‐ if Devin thinks he’s going to get two points, you can’t believe how fast he is. He will run ‐‐ he will outrun world-class sprinters to go get that ball.

Q. Speaking of which, how well do you think your guys kept the pace, kept attacking?

JOHN CALIPARI: There was one segment where we backed up a little bit and we’ll show them on the tape. But short of that, I thought they were really good. We didn’t press and trap the whole game, but we pressured the whole game. And there are games we’ll press more. I like the rotation the way I did it, because if that veteran group comes in the eight-minute mark or 7:45 mark, I can finish a game with that group with one or two subs if I choose to or I can go back with that other group. And again, I’ve got to figure out how we finish games, it looks as though the best five free throw shooters should be on there, Karl being one. Maybe Trey being another. And probably the twins and Tyler. That will probably be a finishing team. I would imagine. We haven’t tried it yet, but that’s what I would imagine.

Q. How much do you feel like they have progressed from the exhibition games in the Bahamas?

JOHN CALIPARI: Physically you’re looking at a body and you’re saying, my gosh ‐‐ his dad said, I can’t believe this is my son. Karl Towns’s dad saying the same thing about him. The twins dad looking at their sons like, whoa. Dakari, you look at him running up‐and‐down the court, he’s as fast as anybody. This kid is flying up‐and‐down the court. Now the question is can we sustain it. And by doing it this way, we can sustain stuff. Now we’ll look at the stats, guys played all of about 20 minutes and we’ll equate these into 34 minute stats. If they had played 34 minutes, if it was a normal college starter playing a lot of minutes, what would their numbers have looked like. That’s efficiency. We’ll look at some rebounding efficiency. Which is how many offensive rebound attempts were there, how many did you get. Defensively the same thing. And I think when you start looking at those efficiencies, you’re going to see a different look at these guys. And I thought that, again, I loved Andrew’s aggressiveness on defense and how he passed the ball and got guys  involved. One team can switch pick and rolls, the other team doesn’t have to. We can fight and force down and it’s kind of like playing two different styles of games when you play these guys.

BluegrassPreps.com Football Rankings for 10-27

BluegrassPreps.com Football Rankings for 10-27.

Class 1A
1. Mayfield vs. 2A #2 Caldwell County
2. Beechwood at 2A #9 Newport Central Catholic
3. Pikeville vs. 3A #7 Russell
4. Williamsburg vs. Pineville
5. Frankfort at 2A #6 Danville
6. Raceland at Ironton (OH)
7. Russellville at 3A #1 South Warren
8. Hazard at 3A Sheldon Clark
9. Paintsville at 3A West Carter
10. Fairview vs. James Gamble Montessori (OH)

Class 2A
1. Christian Academy-Louisville vs. 6A #1 Male
2. Caldwell County at 1A #1 Mayfield
3. DeSales at 6A Southern
4. Owensboro Catholic — OPEN
5. Bardstown at 1A Holy Cross (Louisville)
6. Danville at 1A #5 Frankfort
7. Murray vs. 1A Fulton County
8. Prestonsburg at 3A Lawrence County
9. Newport Central Catholic vs. 1A #2 Beechwood
10. Walton Verona at Lexington Christian

Class 3A
1. South Warren vs. 1A #7 Russellville (10/30)
2. Belfry at 4A #3 Johnson Central
3. Central at 6A Pleasure Ridge Park
4. Corbin at 4A #7 Knox Central
5. Bell County at 5A Harlan County (10/30)
6. Paducah Tilghman — OPEN
7. Russell at 1A #3 Pikeville
8. Estill County vs. McCreary Central
9. Garrard County vs. 4A West Jessamine
10. Bourbon County at 6A George Rogers Clark

Class 4A
1. Highlands at 5A #2 Warren Central
2. Owensboro at 6A Henderson County
3. Johnson Central vs. 3A #2 Belfry
4. Madisonville-North Hopkins vs. 5A Apollo
5. Boyle County at 5A Madison Southern
6. Lexington Catholic at 6A Boone County
7. Knox Central vs. 3A #4 Corbin
8. Franklin-Simpson at 5A Hopkinsville
9. Covington Catholic at 5A Conner
10. North Oldham vs. 5A East Jessamine

Class 5A
1. Bowling Green at #4 Pulaski County
2. Warren Central vs. 4A #1 Highlands
3. Southwestern — OPEN
4. Pulaski County vs. #1 Bowling Green
5. Bullitt East vs. 4A Fairdale (10/30)
6. Bullitt Central vs. #8 South Oldham
7. North Laurel vs. Grant County (10/30)
8. South Oldham at #6 Bullitt Central
9. Cooper at 6A #8 Dixie Heights
(10/30)
10. Iroquois at 4A Atherton

Class 6A
1. Male at 2A #1 Christian Academy Louisville
2. St. Xavier at St. Xavier (OH)
3. Trinity at Moeller (OH)
4. Scott County vs. Seneca
5. Manual vs. Eastern
6. Central Hardin vs. 5A Greenwood
7. McCracken County at 5A Christian County
(10/30)
8. Dixie Heights vs. 5A #9 Cooper (10/30)
9. Simon Kenton –- OPEN
10. Henry Clay –- OPEN

Towles Named to Paul Hornung Award Weekly Honor Roll

Sophomore quarterback honored after career day rushing and passing against No. 1 Bulldogs

UK QB Patrick Towles - Photo by Tammie Brown - Camen Media
UK QB Patrick Towles – Photo by Tammie Brown – Camen Media

LEXINGTON, Ky. – After rushing for a career-high 76 yards and two rushing touchdowns and passing for a career-best 390 yards with two touchdowns through the air, University of Kentucky sophomore quarterback Patrick Towles has been named to the Paul Hornung Award Week Nine Honor Roll, it was announced Monday morning by the Louisville Sports Commission.

This is the first time Towles has been named to the honor roll, which honors student-athletes each week before giving out a season-end award to the most versatile player in major college football. Towles was named to the list along with Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah and Utah State running back/linebacker Nick Vigil.

Towles had a career outing with 477 total yards in Kentucky’s loss to top-ranked Mississippi State. Towles was 24-of-43 passing for 390 yards with two touchdowns and connected with nine different receivers. He logged 76 yards on 23 attempts and a pair of scores on the ground, which included a career-long rush of 48 yards in the third quarter. He also caught one pass for 11 yards. Towles accounted for four plays of more than 40 yards, including a pair of touchdown tosses that went for 58 yards or longer.

The sophomore’s big game placed him in elite company as he became only the third quarterback in program history to pass for 365 yards or more three different times in the same season. The other two quarterbacks to claim that honor were Jared Lorenzen and All-American Tim Couch.

For the season, Towles is 163-for-271 for 2,077 yards and 12 touchdowns. Those numbers are the best for a UK quarterback since Mike Hartline in 2010. Led by Towles, Kentucky has posted 440+ yards of total offense in three games vs. Southeastern Conference foes this season for the first time since 2001. UK’s 253 points scored this season in just eight games is also more than it posted each of the last three seasons.

The season-end award is voted on by fans, who can vote as often as once every 24 hours atwww.paulhornungaward.com for players who were on the preseason watch list or who have been named to a weekly honor roll. A finalist will be chosen in mid-November with fans then getting a chance to vote from a group of finalists.

For the latest on the Kentucky football team, follow @UKFootball on Twitter or University of Kentucky Football on Facebook.

UK Football Launches Interactive iPhone App

UK football releases interactive new app featuring interactive content, social media, etc.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Fans of the University of Kentucky football program can now follow the Wildcats right at their fingertips as UK has released an iPhone application featuring interactive content, social media and more.

The app, which can be downloaded by visiting www.ukfbapp.com, features a social media wall, organizing all Kentucky football social media platforms in one place, including @UKStoopsTroops on Twitter and Instagram, Kentucky Football on Facebook and KYWildcatsTV on YouTube. The app also gives fans a look inside Kentucky football with easy access to tickets, schedules and more.

An exciting feature of the app is the UK Power Optix, which works similar to a QR code reader. The UK Power Optix scans images using the iPhone camera and directs fans to videos associated with that image (images attached can be scanned for videos.)

The app was developed by JumpForward in conjunction with UK football’s social media hub at www.ukstoopstroops.com. JumpForward provides custom software and fanatical customer support to help college athletics departments reach the goals of their strategic plan.  JumpForward’s Unified Athletics™ Department provides a single platform for coaches, student-athletes, and the entire athletics department staff to share access-based information, create paperless forms workflows, and communicate with the rest of the department.

Last month, UK Athletics announced a new social-centric mobile app that enhances the game day experience. The Kentucky Gameday App is packed with robust social, on-campus and stadium features that enhance the game-day experience by delivering free live game audio; real-time Instagram and Twitter feeds from the team; the official game-day guide with key times, events and need-to-know information including stadium maps and parking to plan the day; enhanced location-aware maps for fans attending both home and away games; live conference and top 25 scores, real-time stats; opt-in alerts for weather updates, pre-game events, play-by-play information and more.

For the latest on the Kentucky football team, follow @UKFootball on Twitter or University of Kentucky Football on Facebook.

VOLLEYBALL – Wildcats Fall in Top-25 Road Battle, 3-1 at Texas A&M

After 1-1 roadtrip, UK returns home to host Tennessee Wednesday

COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS – The No. 16 Kentucky volleyball team dropped a top-25 matchup on the road to No. 24 Texas A&M, 3-1 (22-25, 24-26, 25-17, 16-25), Sunday afternoon at Reed Arena.

The Wildcats fall to 18-4 and 8-2 in Southeastern Conference play, while Texas A&M extends its winning streak to three and improves to 14-6, 6-3 in SEC competition.

“I’m disappointed that we didn’t respond the way that we needed to,” UK head coach Craig Skinner said. “In a match on the road, against a team that was executing at a high level, we needed to make some stops defensively. Give credit to A&M for executing at the level that they were. We need to do a better job of creating breaks for ourselves and creating opportunities to score, both offensively and defensively.”

Sophomore Anni Thomasson posted her 11th double-double of the season and third in the last three matches with 12 kills and 10 digs. Senior Lauren O’Conner led UK with 19 kills on .421 hitting while senior Jackie Napper led the defensive effort with 20 digs.

Kentucky returns home to host rival Tennessee on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET. Broadcast on ESPNU, the match between the two SEC rivals is the annual DanceBlue Match. To support the on-campus organization DanceBlue, the team will raise awareness and money to benefit children with pediatric cancer who are treated at UK’s Pediatric Oncology Hematology Clinic.

Freshman Kaz Brown had eight kills and two block assists, while junior Shelby Workman recorded seven kills along with 11 digs. Junior Sara Schwarzwalder added five kills with a team-high-tying four block assists.

Junior setter Morgan Bergren dished out 42 assists and added five kills. Bergren also tied for the team lead with four blocks in addition to having 10 digs.

Also defensively, freshman Ashley Dusek had a career-high nine digs as UK posted 67 in the match. Bergren and Schwarzwalder accounted for four block assists each, helping the Wildcats to six rejections in the match.

The Wildcats jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the third set en route to a 25-17 win. Texas A&M rallied to tie the set at 5-5, and again at seven-all and 8-8, but each time Kentucky responded. Already playing at another level in the third set, UK stepped it up another notch with the set tied at eight. The Wildcats scored 13 of the next 15 points, highlighted by a 7-0 run to break it open at 21-10. Five players had kills in the stretch, including two each by Bergren, Thomasson and O’Conner, while Napper added a service ace. The two teams traded the next four points to make it 23-12, and after A&M cut UK’s lead to seven at 24-17, Workman put the set away with a kill for the 25-17 victory.

Kentucky hit .244 with 17 kills in the set and held A&M to .116 hitting with 11 kills. O’Conner posted five kills while Thomasson had four in the frame. Defensively, Workman and Napper each had six of UK’s 24 digs.

UK fell in a tightly-contested first set, 25-22. Kentucky trailed early, but fought back to tie it at 4-4 and again at 8-8 on a Brown kill. UK evened it up again at 9-9 and 10-10 on an O’Conner kill and took its first lead of the match at 12-11. The Wildcats extended their advantage to two at 14-12 on two Aggie errors. Texas A&M climbed back to tie the set at 16-16 though and regained the lead on the next point. Bergren’s first kill of the match tied the set at 17-17, but the Aggies responded with a 3-0 run. Trailing 21-18, Brown recorded a kill and Dusek a service ace to cut the deficit to one at 21-20, but UK could not get any closer.

UK opened with a 4-2 lead in the second set, with the help of three Aggie errors. Texas A&M answered with a 4-0 run to take a 6-4 lead, but Kentucky rallied with a 3-0 run of their own to regain the lead at 7-6. A&M regained the advantage at 10-8, but down 11-9, UK went on a 3-0 run. The run, led by a kill and two aces, all from Workman, gave UK a 12-11 lead. The Wildcats lost the lead but quickly took it back at 18-15 with the next four points, capped by a Brown kill on a free ball. Texas A&M climbed back to claim a 20-19 advantage, but it would not last. A Thomasson kill and a block by Bergren and Schwarzwalder put the Wildcats ahead 22-21, the first two points of a 4-0 swing. The Aggies though, scored the final five points for the 26-24 win to take a 2-0 lead in the match.

Texas A&M opened with a 6-3 lead in the fourth set, which it extended to six at 9-4. Out of a timeout, the Thomasson recorded a kill to cut the Wildcats’ deficit to five at 9-5, but UK could get no closer. UK hit .167 with 11 kills in the final frame, led by O’Conner’s five and Thomasson’s three. Thomasson added six digs, while Dusek had four. Thomasson and Brown assisted on UK’s one block in the set.

Visit UKathletics.com for the most up-to-date information on the Kentucky volleyball team and all 22 varsity sports. For additional info on the volleyball team like Kentucky Volleyball on Facebook or follow the team on Twitter at @KentuckyVB.

Bluegrass Preps Rankings for week of 10-20-14

BluegrassPreps.com Football Rankings for 10-20.

Class 1A
1. Mayfield at #8 Russellville
2. Beechwood at Ludlow
3. Pikeville at Allen Central
4. Williamsburg vs. Lynn Camp
5. Frankfort vs. Eminence
6. Raceland vs. #10 Paintsville
7. Hazard at Pineville
8. Russellville vs. #1 Mayfield
9. Holy Cross (Louisville) at Bethlehem
10. Paintsville at #6 Raceland

Class 2A
1. Christian Academy-Louisville — OPEN
2. Caldwell County vs. Crittenden County
3. DeSales at Thomas Nelson
4. Owensboro Catholic vs. McClean County
5. Bardstown vs. Shawnee
6. Danville vs. Lexington Christian
7. Murray at 4A #4 Madisonville-North Hopkins
8. Prestonsburg at Leslie County
9. Newport Central Catholic at Holy Cross (Covington) (10/23)
10. Walton Verona — OPEN

Class 3A
1. South Warren — OPEN
2. Belfry vs. Pike County Central
3. Central vs. Larue County
4. Corbin at Casey County
5. Bell County vs. McCreary Central
6. Garrard County vs. Estill County
7. Paducah Tilghman at Webster County
8. Bourbon County vs. Bath County
9. Russell at East Carter
10. Lawrence County — OPEN

Class 4A
1. Highlands vs. Cincinnati Elder (OH)
2. Owensboro vs. Hopkins County Central
3. Johnson Central vs. #10 Ashland
4. Madisonville-North Hopkins vs. 2A #7 Murray
5. Lexington Catholic vs. Marion County
6. Boyle County vs. Mercer County
7. Knox Central vs. Russell County
8. Franklin-Simpson at Allen County-Scottsville
9. Covington Catholic at Holmes
10. Ashland at #3 Johnson Central

Class 5A
1. Bowling Green vs. Greenwood
2. Pulaski County at #6 Southwestern
3. Warren Central at Logan County
4. Bullitt Central at 6A #10 Simon Kenton
5. Bullitt East vs. Shelby County
6. Southwestern vs. #2 Pulaski County
7. North Laurel at South Laurel
8. South Oldham — OPEN
9. Franklin County at Montgomery County
10. Cooper vs. Grant County

Class 6A
1. Male vs. #6 Manual
2. Saint Xavier –- OPEN
3. Trinity –- OPEN
4. Bryan Station at Henry Clay
5. Scott County vs. Dunbar
6. Manual at #1 Male
7. Central Hardin at Muhlenburg County
8. McCracken County at Henderson County
9. Dixie Heights at Ryle
10. Simon Kenton vs. 5A #4 Bullitt Central

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