Lilley wins two SEC volleyball awards, Edmond takes one

Madison Lilley

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Freshman Madison Lilley and sophomore Leah Edmond took home three Southeastern Conference awards after the first week of conference play, the league announced Monday afternoon. Lilley won SEC Player and Setter of the Week honors, while Edmond earned Offensive Player of the Week.

Lilley garnered Setter and Player of the Week for the second time in this season. She also won both awards after her performance against Loyola (Chicago) and Marquette earlier this season. Edmond brought in her first award of the year. Edmond is no stranger to weekly league honors as she won eight Freshman of the Week awards a season ago.

Mark Stoops on breakdowns against Florida: “There is no excuse for it. That starts with me.”

Kentucky’s defense had a lot to like Saturday except for two blown calls that coach Mark Stoops said Monday were his fault. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Here are a few things Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said today where he took the blame for defensive lapses that cost UK in its 28-27 loss to Florida Saturday.

Teacher Appreciation Day at Kentucky Football on Saturday

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky football will participate in Extra Yard for Teachers Week by holding Teacher Appreciation Day at the Wildcats’ game vs. Eastern Michigan on Saturday.

As part of the event, teachers are invited to purchase $25 tickets to the game by visiting UKathletics.com/eyft. Teachers who purchase will receive a unique referral link they can share with friends, family and coworkers. Groups using the same referral link will automatically be seated together. This offer is valid online only prior to the game.

Troy Gentry had impact on Aly’An

Alyson Burke, left, and Andrea Gross of Aly’An. (Larry Vaught Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Alyston Rogers and Andrea Gross of Aly’An entertained Kentucky fans with a pregame concert Saturday before the Cats lost the heartbreaker to Florida. But the two UK fans from Burgin also had some special thoughts about Troy Gentry.

He was Eddie Montgomery’s partner with Montgomery Gentry and was killed about two weeks ago in a helicopter crash. That was the same weekend Rogers got married.

Jacob Tamme: Cats can still have “fantastic” season

Jacob Tamme (Keyli Chisesi/Gobigbluecountry.com)

By LARRY VAUGHT

No former Kentucky player loves the Wildcats more than Jacob Tamme. He was an All-SEC tight end at Kentucky and played nine years in the NFL with three teams — and all three made the Super Bowl with him on the roster.

His career apparently is over since Atlanta did not renew his contract this season and so far no other team has picked him up. However, that has given him time to watch Kentucky play more — even though watching Saturday night’s loss to Florida was painful for him, too.

Epps trying her first business venture

Makayla Epps was selling her new T-shirts at Ham Days in Lebanon. (

By LARRY VAUGHT

Former Kentucky basketball star Makayla Epps is taking a short break after her first WNBA season before heading to Europe to play in January. This semester she’s taking classes at UK to complete her degree.

But she’s also involved in a new venture. She has her own line of T-shirts and was selling them at Marion County Ham Days in Lebanon. That’s her hometown.

Serving Leads No. 10 Kentucky to 3-0 Sweep of LSU

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Behind one of the best serving performances of the season the No. 10 Kentucky volleyball program rolled to a 3-0 (25-22, 25-16, 25-13) sweep of visiting LSU on Sunday. UK racked up nine aces which led to a balanced offensive attack in the win.

Kentucky improves to 11-2 on the year and 2-0 in Southeastern Conference action. LSU falls to 10-3 on the season and 1-1 in league play. Kentucky will have a week off before traveling to Mississippi State on Oct. 1 at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Kentucky vs Florida Photo Gallery

Photos by Vicky Graff

Guest post: Lucy pulled the ball away again and Kentucky got its butt beat again

Jeff Houchin Photo

Vaught’s note: David White is a long-time — and logical — UK fan who is frustrated and heartbroken today. Enjoy his vent — because he knew Mark Buerger would not give him enough time on WLAP (630 AM) this morning to share it all.

By DAVID WHITE

Listening to you guys on WLAP this morning. ..it’s still frustrating this morning…
I’ve said it before, Kentucky fans are like Charlie Brown trying to kick the football. We’re gullible enough to believe we are going to reach our goal this time, but once again, Lucy (UF, fill in your favorite heartbreak) pulls the ball away and we end up on our butts  again!
Despite the unforgivable gaffs with leaving guys completely uncovered TWICE (both times after time outs!!), I think this game was lost when we went 3 and out after an interception.  That was a huge momentum swing in our favor.  We had the chance to bury UF, and maintain 60,000 fans in a frenzy.  Instead, we spinelessly hand the ball off and have a gutless three plays.  Throw it deep there for goodness sakes! 
Instead we settle for a field goal.  I noted the score at that point 27-14, did the math, and realized then we would lose 28-27.
Left too many points unscored.  How many bad snaps do we need to have to replace a center with the yips?  In his defense, the snaps were better, but it took, what – 5 or 6 before it got corrected.  
Game seemed to be too intense for our coaches. ..it’s not like there’s a genius on the other sideline.  Sad — what a lost opportunity.
Guessing tickets will be a lot easier to find next week. 
How long before we find ourselves running toward Lucy holding the ball again?  It’s gonna be a long time for me.
Thanks for letting me vent..

Conrad, others have Haynes’ back

Nick Haynes after Saturday’s loss. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

He might have been called for a holding penalty that likely cost UK a makeable game-winning field goal attempt by Austin MacGinnis Saturday, but teammates are not blaming offensive guard Nick Haynes for the 28-27 loss to Florida.

It was Florida’s 31st straight win over UK and 37 in the last 38 games.

““It was tough. It wasn’t good. We obviously weren’t going to give up but we knew. That’s one thing that probably couldn’t have happened during that play, but it did and it was unfortunate,” tight end C.J. Conrad said.

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