UK Volleyball Senior Day included recognition of Ole Miss seniors

Senior Darian Mack with her family. (Vicky Graff Photo)


Considering the success the Kentucky volleyball team has had the last four years, I expected UK’s five seniors — Kaz Brown, Ashley Dusek, Emily Franklin, Harper Hempel and Darian Mack — to be a bit emotional before Sunday’s match with Mississippi on Senior Day.

It was when the players came out with family members. However, there was also a major surprise — at least for me.

Before the Kentucky players and their families were recognized, Kentucky did something I have not seen before on Senior Day. Mississippi seniors Lexi Thompson and Kate Gibson were both recognized and honored.

UK has no margin for error against elite SEC teams

Stephen Johnson, Benny Snell (Vicky Graff Photo)

By KEITH PEEL, Contributing Writer

The margin of error for Kentucky football is very small. Against the elite teams in the SEC it is non-existent. UK found that out Saturday afternoon against the University of Georgia Bulldogs. In what has been an all too common occurrence against the blue blood programs of the SEC Kentucky fell to the Bulldogs by more than four scores. Touchdowns that is.

13 will enter KHSAA Hall of Fame

Brian Brohm

LEXINGTON – The Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame Class of 2018 was announced Sunday in a press conference at the KHSAA Offices. The 13 members in this year’s class will be the 31st inducted into the Dawahares/KHSAA Hall of Fame, and consists of former high school coaches, athletes, officials, administrators, and contributors. The Class of 2018 will be inducted in ceremonies scheduled for Saturday, April 21, 2018, at the Hilton. The Class of 2018 will also be recognized during the semifinals of the 2018 Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet 16®. The induction of the 13-member Class of 2018 will bring the total number of honorees in the Hall of Fame to 469.

20-3 run, late free throws let No. 25 UK win at Washington State

PULLMAN, Wash. – The 25th-ranked Kentucky women’s basketball team used a 20-3 run to turn a 10-point deficit into a seven-point lead, as the Wildcats won 73-68 at Washington State on Sunday.

Junior Maci Morris led Kentucky (4-0) with a season-high 20 points, marking her fourth straight double-figure scoring effort to begin the season. Senior Makenzie Cann had 15 points and a career-high 10 rebounds in the game, while junior Taylor Murray had 13 points, eight assists and seven rebounds for the Cats.

Records Fall as Wildcats Roll to 3-0 Sweep on Senior Day

Harper Hempel was one of five UK seniors honored Sunday. (Larry Vaught Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Every special season needs a special performance along the way and during the home regular-season finale, the No. 6 Kentucky volleyball team did just that. A number of records fell as UK cruised to a 3-0 (25-16, 25-10, 26-24) sweep of visiting Ole Miss on Senior Day inside Memorial Coliseum on Sunday afternoon.

Kentucky-Georgia Photo Gallery

Photos by Vicky Graff

Cats face tough realities against Troy, numbers project 17-point win

Sacha Killeya-Jones, Hamidou Diallo (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By RICHARD CHEEKS, Contributing Writer

Regardless of the reason, i.e. the Cats gave an usually strong effort or Kansas’ game was lacking, it is clear that the closeness of the Cats’ loss to the Jayhawks is an anomalous outcome for the Cats when compared to how these same Cats competed in the other three games of this young season. On Friday night, the Cats’ effort against a much weaker ETSU Buccaneer squad was more akin to the lackluster wins over Utah Valley and Vermont than the close loss to #4 Kansas. This roller coaster team took another sharp drop in game 4 after the thrilling rise the team gave the Big Blue Nation in game 3.

Quade Green on having the hot hand, which shoes to wear


Quade Green has not been quite as consistent as what coach John Calipari wants.

He’s still learning what to do and when to do it while directing Kentucky’s offense. He’ll get another chance to show what he can do — and what he has learned — when Kentucky hosts Troy on Monday night.

But he’s been consistent about one thing — he comes out with a different pair of tennis shoes every game. You just never know what color his sneakers might be until you see him on the court.

Don’t rule Cats out of Music City Bowl just yet

Mike Edwards celebrated early against Georgia but that changed. Now UK would like to celebrate a win over Louisville to end the season. (Vicky Graff Photo)


No one has to tell Mark Stoops about the significance to this Saturday’s game against Louisville after the Cats lost 42-13 at Georgia.

Both Kentucky and Louisville will bring 7-4 records into Saturday’s game that is schedule to kick off at noon.

“It’s very important. Just to get another victory and to get our eighth win is big. We haven’t done that in awhile and it’s important for us to play against Louisville — our rival — and play at home and to finish the season,” Stoops said after the Georgia loss.

UK-Georgia postgame notes, numbers

Stephen Johnson (Vicky Graff Photo)


Kentucky at Georgia

Sanford Stadium, Athens, Ga.

Nov. 18, 2017

FINAL SCORE: Georgia 42, Kentucky 13

Team Notes

  • Kentucky is 7-4 overall, 4-4 in the Southeastern Conference. 
    • UK finished at least .500 in the league in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1998-99.
    • UK finished in third place in the SEC Eastern Division. Placing second last season, it is UK’s best back-to-back finishes since the league split into divisions in 1992.
  • Georgia, the SEC Eastern Division champion, is 10-1 overall, 7-1 in the league.