UK News and Notes

With their preseasons concluded, Kentucky Volleyball, Men's & Women's Soccer begin season play


The Kentucky volleyball team opens its 29th season with a trip to the Big Orange Bash at Clemson, S.C., Sept. 2-3. The Wildcats, under the direction of first-year head coach Craig Skinner, open the 2005 slate against Western Carolina Friday before taking on UConn and host Clemson Saturday. Kentucky returns eight letterwinners from last season and its starting lineup boasts three seniors. Amy Kaplan heads the middle-blocking unit, while Danielle Wallace plays the outside and Leigh Marcum returns at setter. UK also adds five new faces this season, including redshirt freshman middle Queen Nzenwa and Canadian setter Tess Edwards. Two Wildcats hail from Louisville, in defensive players Jenni Casper, a junior from Mercy Academy, and Alisa Pierce, a freshman from Pleasure Ridge Park. Kentucky opens the home schedule on Friday, Sept. 9

Men's Soccer Kentucky wrapped up the preseason with a scoreless tie in exhibition action against Oakland on Saturday, Aug. 27. The Wildcat defense held the Golden Grizzlies scoreless while giving up just four total shots, two on goal. The regular season begins this weekend as Kentucky hosts the UK Invitational. The Wildcats open the tournament with Louisville on Friday at 7:30 p.m. before facing Alabama A&M on Saturday. Kentucky has won three straight against the Cardinals and has lost to them just twice in 13 previous meetings. Andy Gruenebaum is a preseason first-team All-America selection and the preseason Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year.

Women's Soccer

Freshman midfielder Kate Hughes scored the first goal of her collegiate career Friday night en route to a 1-1 tie with Michigan State in the Wildcats' season opener. UK controlled the game from the opening kick, outshooting the Spartans 8-1 in the first half en route to a 21-11 overall shot advantage. Even more impressive was the nine shots UK put on goal, five coming in the first 45 minutes. The Wildcats will host Eastern Kentucky on Wednesday night, Aug. 31, at the UK Soccer Complex. The match is set to begin at 7:30 p.m.

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