UK sports weekend roundup



It’s been a busy Labor Day Weekend for UK sports.

Of course, there was that football game.

But there were more athletes playing than just the helmeted ones. Men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball all played in tournaments over the weekend. Here’s a quick rundown of what happened, and the Kernel will have more complete coverage in the paper this week.

Men’s soccer (2-0) won twice over the weekend behind some fine freshman performances. In their season opener Friday, the Cats beat Eastern Illinois 1-0 behind freshman Tyler Riggs’ 31st minute goal. UK’s offense was firing all night, registering a total of 21 shots.

Sunday, UK won the University of Kentucky Invitational Tournament with a 1-0 win over IUPUI (look, it’s a palindrome!). Freshman Jordan Rose netted the only goal of the match in the 55th minute. Freshman goalkeeper Tyler Beadle made two saves to post his second straight shutout.

Women’s soccer (3-1) played twice this weekend in the ACC/SEC Challenge. Friday, UK scored twice in the second half for a come-from-behind upset of No. 15 Virginia Tech. After trailing by a goal at halftime, Jenna Goblirsch scored in the 50th minute off a set piece to tie the game. UK took the lead in the 61st minute on a transition goal by Caitlin Landis.

Sunday, UK lost 2-0 against No. 14 Wake Forest. The Deamon Deacons scored two first-half goals, and the Cats were stagnant on offense, as their first shot didn’t come until the 71st minute. For the game, UK was outshot 21-3.

Women’s volleyball (4-2) won the Kentucky Classic with three victories over the weekend. Ranked No. 16 in the nation, UK rolled through Miami (OH) in three sets Friday behind libero Stephanie Klefot’s career-high 21 digs. The team posted a total of 13 blocks in a strong defensive effort.

Saturday, UK prevailed in five sets over South Florida, 25-20, 25-22, 23-25, 21-25, 15-10. UK posted 62 kills, and three players — freshman Whitney Billings, junior Ann Armes and senior Lauren Rapp — posted at least 12.

Sunday, UK won 3-1 over Ohio State. Rapp had 12 kills and 12 scoops, and she was named the Tournament MVP for her performances. Blair Hiler and Stephanie Klefot joined Rapp on the All-Tournament team.

Overall, UK went 7-1 between football, volleyball, and the two soccer team during the weekend.