Team-by-Team: A Look at UK's Athletic Program

Men's Soccer wins MAC for fourth time in five years; Volleyball continues to disappoint; Football struggling; Rifle off to a fast start; Swimming and Diving set for big year; Women's Soccer knocked out of contention

VOLLEYBALL: The Wildcats dropped a pair of SEC road matches to Arkansas and LSU. UK fell to the LadyBacks, 3-2, Friday night, dropping the fifth game, 15-11. LSU took a 3-1 victory on Sunday. Amy Kaplan led UK in both matches, totaling 19 kills against the Razorbacks and 15 kills to go with eight blocks against LSU. UK returns to action on Oct. 29 when it hosts No. 17 Tennessee. South Carolina visits Lexington Sunday, Oct. 31 for Senior Day. UK will honor Sarah Spinner and Katie Bright.

MEN'S SOCCER -- MAC CHAMPIONS: Kentucky won its fourth Mid-America Conference championship in five years over the weekend. The Wildcats fought to a 1-1 draw at No. 26 Akron and Northern Illinois lost to the Zips, clinching the crown for UK. Jamal Shteiwi broke the school career assist record with his assist against Akron. He is four points shy of the school point record. Kentucky has not allowed more than one goal in a game its last 14 outings.

WOMEN'S SOCCER: Losses to Ole Miss and Mississippi State have put UK in a must-win situation against Vanderbilt on Friday or it will have to rely on help from others to reach the SEC Tournament. A UK win would clinch the eighth seed. With a loss, the Cats would need a Georgia loss coupled with ties or losses from Arkansas and South Carolina. Kentucky Friday on a four-match losing streak. Kentucky is the only SEC school to qualify for all 11 conference tournaments.

SWIMMING & DIVING: The Kentucky men's and women's squads opened the season with resounding victories over Michigan State Saturday. UK won every event, with 14 different competitors claiming individualevent victories. The Cats return to the pool this Friday at Tennessee.

WOMEN'S TENNIS: The ITA Southeast Regional Championships doubles final will feature two Wildcat pairs squaring off. Top-seeded Aibika Kalsarieva and Sarah Foster will meet unseeded Kim Coventry and Joelle Schwenk in today's final after the latter tandem stunned the nation's third-ranked duo from North Carolina. Kalsarieva will also play for the singles title today against Wake Forest's Karin Coetzee.

CROSS COUNTRY: UK faired well in the cold, wet and windy conditions at the Penn State National meet as the women finished 16th and the men 13th. The women were led on the 6k course by junior Allison Grace and freshman Andre Silva led the men on the 5.2 mile course. Grace finished 15th with a time of 21:14 with Silva finishing 37th in 26:31. The women competed against over 350 women from 41 teams while the men competed against 38 teams with over 325 runners.

RIFLE: UK picked up wins over GARC opponents Ole Miss and Memphis over the weekend. The Wildcats fired better than 4600 in both matches

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