UK sports notes: Oct. 22

October 22, 2009 

UK volleyball loses in SEC for first time

Senior libero BriAnne Sauer's career-best 35-dig performance was not enough to help the seventh-ranked Kentucky volleyball team overcome Tennessee in a 3-1 (25-23, 23-25, 25-23, 25-22) loss on Wednesday night.

Kentucky (19-2, 9-1) dropped its first match in league play this season in front of 2,291 fans at Memorial Coliseum. It was UK's first-ever home match aired on ESPNU.

"It's about executing, and we did not do that tonight," UK Coach Craig Skinner said. "I thought Tennessee did that better than us, which was the difference in the match."

The UK offense was held under a .200 hitting rate for just the second time this season. Tennessee limited the Southeastern Conference's best offensive team to just a .184 hitting percentage for the match and forced 29 UK hitting errors.

Sauer's defensive play enabled the Wildcats to stay in every set. She became the first UK player to amass more than 30 digs in a match since Jenni Casper had 36 in 2006 against LSU.

UK women's soccer team prepares for Senior Night

Thursday night will mark the end of an era for the UK women's soccer team.

Seniors Katie Fahey, Julie Hull, Stefani Kildare and Ashley Stack will be playing their final home game for the Cats, a 7 p.m. matchup with Mississippi. Together they combined to win the 2006 SEC Tournament Championship, appearing in the league's post-season tournament in two of the last three years, while also making an appearance in the 2006 NCAA Tournament.

"It's a special night for us, because it's a chance for the university, athletics department and fans to honor four players that have worked so hard and given so much of themselves for this program," said UK Coach Jon Lipsitz.

The Rebels (10-3-2, 4-1-2) are ranked No. 17 in the Soccer America poll. The team's roster includes Kelsey and Katie Breathitt, twin sisters who graduated from Lexington Catholic.

UK (5-7-4, 2-5-1) enters the match off a crucial victory at Auburn on Sunday, which kept the Wildcats in the race for the SEC Tournament. UK enters the final stretch of conference play in 10th place, only one point from eighth and two points from seventh. Kentucky closes out the season with road matches at Mississippi State and Vanderbilt.

USTA picks Quigley

The United States Tennis Association has selected UK sophomore Eric Quigley as one of three college players to represent the United States in the fourth annual Master'U BNP Paribas, an international collegiate competition held Dec. 9-14 in Poitiers, France.

The U.S. team will be competing for the second consecutive year against an international field that includes teams from Belgium, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland and Mexico.

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