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I'm going to try firing up the blog again for 2016, especially the nature/landscape side of things. It is in desperate need of a redesign so I will be working on that while shooting for KSTV.

Unfortunately slideshows on older posts have been disabled by flickr. You can find all of my work in my gallery.


Saturday, December 1, 2012

How Sweet It Is


They did it!! UKVB took down the Ohio State Buckeyes in Round 2 of the NCAA Tournament in front of an enthusiastic crowd at Memorial Coliseum. The Cats advance to the Sweet Sixteen to face the number one team in the nation, Penn St. Congratulations ladies!



UKVB Sweeps ETSU in Tourney Opener


Kentucky Volleyball opened the NCAA Tournament with a 3-0 sweep of ETSU. Ashley Frazier led the Cats with a match-high 12 kills on .500 hitting. The Cats recorded 39 kills in the match.



Thursday, November 29, 2012

UKVB-The Journey Starts Now

*Photo: UK Athletics

Kentucky Volleyball hosts the First and Second Rounds of the NCAA Tournament this weekend. Coach Skinner was on hand at the UK Hoops vs. Miami game in Memorial yesterday to promote the event. Wildcats Jackie Napper, Shelby Workman and Kelsey Wolf participated in a contest with some special partners during halftime. 



This kid was a ringer!



Come out and support UKVB on Friday. You won't find a better entertainment value this weekend! 

Stallworth, Pinkett Shine in UK Hoops Victory

Check out this swat by Wildcat DeNesha Stallworth. Stallworth recorded 4 blocks during Kentucky's 92-53 victory over Miami on Wednesday. In addition to the block party, DeNesha also logged 12 points and 8 rebounds.


Bernisha Pinkett celebrates with teammate Meagan Conwright after recording her first career double-double. She finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds, both career highs. 

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Kentucky Volleyball to host NCAA Tournament


Exciting news for Kentucky Volleyball today as the Wildcats learned they will host the First and Second Rounds of the NCAA Tournament at Memorial Coliseum. Kentucky earned a No. 16 seed in the tournament and will face East Tennessee State in the First Round on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET.

#PackMemorial

Here are some shots from the regular season home finale. The Wildcats put the emotions of Senior Day aside and rolled to a 3-1 win over the Georgia Bulldogs. 



Monday, November 19, 2012

UKVB Senior Day


Seniors Ashley Frazier, Christine Hartmann and Stephanie Klefot were honored in a special Senior Day ceremony before the Kentucky vs. Georgia volleyball match on Sunday in Memorial Coliseum. Be blessed ladies. We will miss you, but we know you have bright futures ahead!



Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Kentucky Baseball Fall Practice Season


The Blue squad took game 3 by a score of 7-6 to win Kentucky's Fall Baseball World Series and conclude a competitive fall practice season. Go Cats!

Read a full recap at UKAthletics.com

 I was working with a brand new camera as well as a new lens, but managed to get a few keepers. Hopefully I'll get adjusted and have it all figured out by spring! The shot above is what some photographers like to call a "happy accident." Thanks to the Wildcat who helped make this my favorite unintentional shot ever. :)


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Kentucky Volleyball Sweeps LSU!


After a disappointing loss to Arkansas on Friday, UKVB bounced back to sweep the LSU Tigers in dramatic fashion. Consistency has been an issue at times, but when the Cats are firing on all cylinders as a team, they are a force to be reckoned with!

From UK Athletics: "Spearheaded by a 16-6 run to close out the third set the Kentucky volleyball team secured a 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-22) sweep of visiting LSU on Sunday afternoon in Memorial Coliseum. Junior Whitney Billings tallied her 23rd career double-double effort with team highs in kills (16) and digs (14) to lead the way for the Blue and White." 

"Senior setter Christine Hartmann had a double-double of her own with 40 assists and 13 digs."

Read a full recap at UKAthletics.com


UKVB vs. Arkansas


It was a tough night for Kentucky Volleyball, as they fell in three straight sets to visiting Arkansas. The match included a Memorial homecoming for former Wildcat Blaire Hiler. Blaire is as an assistant coach for Arkansas. Coach Skinner presented senior Ashley Frazier with a ball commemorating her 1000th career kill. Ashley is also a finalist for the Lowe's Senior Class Award. Please help out by voting once a day!

Zan Morgan recorded 11 kills in the match. It was her sixth match beating the 10 kill mark. 


Monday, October 15, 2012

Big Blue Madness 2012


As expected, Big Blue Madness was sensory overload at its highest level. The booming music, billowing smoke and elaborate light show helped to create the festive atmosphere. The conversion of the Rupp floor to a huge projection screen set the arena buzzing and held everyone captivated. 

The evening began with a dominating performance by the women's volleyball team. While the Cats fell short of setting an attendance record, the 5,261 fans present made up the largest crowd of the Craig Skinner era. 

The volleyball match was followed by the introduction of UK Hoops. The much anticipated entrance of Coach Matthew Mitchell brought the house down as Mitchell danced to MC Hammer hits including U Can't Touch This and 2 Legit 2 Quit. 

Of the many highlights, the most unexpected and meaningful moment came when Coach John Calipari introduced representatives from Kentucky's National Championship teams. The former players collectively pulled a rope and hoisted 8 National Championship banners back to the Rupp rafters. The ceremony brought tears to the eyes of many fans and was a vivid reminder of Kentucky's pride, tradition and dominance.

The current Cats put on an entertaining display for the capacity crowd during the scrimmage, including some electrifying dunks. If Kentucky's many special guest recruits were as impressed with the festivities as the rest of us, we can expect another spine-tingling spectacle this time next year. 

I was with the family in upper arena, but I thought I would share a few snapshots anyway.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Rocky Flop


Kentucky Volleyball toppled the Lady Vols in three straight sets, earning the first sweep of Tennessee since 1995. The Cats were led by Whitney Billings and Alexandra Morgan. The juniors combined for 19 kills and did not commit an error. Billings also recorded team highs in digs (16) and blocks (4). The sweep marked UK's 4th of the season.

The Cats move to 8-6 overall, 2-2 in SEC play. UK takes on Auburn on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ET at Memorial.

Almost as amazing as the match... the celebrations! =)


Monday, September 24, 2012

Kentucky vs. Kent State


Kentucky beat Kent State 47-14 to win its seventh straight home opener.  Aaron Boyd caught 11 passes for 100 yards for the Wildcats. Maxwell Smith threw for the most yards (354) for a UK quarterback since 2007. The game was also "Heroes' Day" and included a football-field sized American flag presented by the UK Air Force ROTC and UK Army ROTC, a pregame flyover, and recognition of personnel throughout the game and military VIPs in attendance.



Tuesday, September 18, 2012

John Calipari Fantasy Experience - Day 1


The John Calipari Fantasy Experience: three days, thirty+ hours of work and a lifetime of amazing memories. I'm going to try to describe a little what it was like to cover such a unique event as a UK fan and member of the media. For complete coverage of camp, please visit Kentucky Sports Radio and KSR College.
 Day 1:

It all began mundanely enough. Campers hoping to live out their wildest basketball fantasy and rub elbows with Kentucky royalty began arriving from all over the country. I was instructed to shoot some quick headshots of each participant as they arrived. Taking photos and getting a chance to talk for a moment with each camper was interesting. I couldn't help but notice these weren't a bunch of rich old fat cats. The majority of these guys appeared strong, confident and I got a sense this was not their first rodeo. Many of them greeted one another as friends and made jokes about past shared experiences. I later learned some of these guys travel the country attending various fantasy camps and their games get quite competitive. I only recognized two names and faces on the roster: Matt Jones of KSR fame and Tucker Max of well...Tucker Max fame. And to answer the question I know you must be asking, no he didn't do or say anything obnoxious. He was friendly and polite and seemed a little nervous, or anxious, or probably a combination of both.

After nearly four tedious hours of door duty, I was relieved when the last camper arrived and had been checked in. Even the mundane is extraordinary though where Kentucky basketball is concerned. While waiting around in the lobby, I was able to watch last year's Big Blue Madness highlights video on loop while standing just feet from a window of championship trophies with beautiful graphics from UK's historic past lining the walls. If you have never toured the Joe Craft Center, it is a stunning facility and an experience in itself. As I found myself repeating many times throughout the weekend, only a UK!

The campers were escorted to the actual Kentucky locker rooms where everything was set up as if they were real players. They were each given an itinerary and even a scouting report on all of the attendees. Yes, a scouting report. This is serious business.

*Photo by Tucker Max via twitter



Next campers grabbed lunch and were given a tour of the Wildcat Coal Lodge. Tryout teams were announced and the players began to stretch with the UK strength and conditioning coach just as the Wildcats would.


This was followed by a player evaluation period in which coaches and past and present Cats helped assess player skills for the upcoming Draft. It must have been part thrill and part terror for the campers with so many amazing pros on the floor doing the evaluations. lol

While the top-secret Draft was being held behind closed doors, we were treated to a  presentation by shooting instructor Dave Hopla. Mr Hopla is considered to be the top shooter in the world. I believe he made 265 of 266 shots, while he walked around and talked during his demonstration! 

In August Mr. Hopla set a World Record in Portugal:



Here he jokes with UK's Kyle Wiltjer and shares excerpts from his shooting journal.

 

After the Shooting Challenge, a tv screen was rolled out. Even though it lacked some of the pomp and circumstance of the NBA Draft, it was an exciting moment for the campers. Coaches and players watched intently as the six teams were announced and player names were called out one by one. 


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The Draft gave us our first glimpse of what would become one of the most enduring themes of Cal Camp. Seeing the younger players interact with former players, especially from the '96 Championship team was about as good as it gets for a Kentucky fan. Watching these beloved former Cats welcomed back into the family and sharing their wisdom with the new generation of players was incredible and you couldn't help but get a deep sense of appreciation for what you were witnessing. This is part of the genius of John Calipari. I will have more thoughts on that in a later post.

A short thirty minute practice and we would be ready for the first games to begin. I entered the balmy Memorial gym to find the media surrounding Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. This produced one of the more comical moments of the day as Archie Goodwin stood mugging behind the crowd of cameras trying to distract MKG. Once he saw Goodwin, MKG broke out in laughter and apologized for losing his composure during the interview. Watching them interact throughout the day, it is a shame we won't get to see them together this season.




A little sidenote: I was shooting on a corner of the floor when I see Archie dribbling toward me. Without missing a beat, he dribbles the ball to my left, cuts to my right and and continues dribbling on the other side. Never said a word, just went around me like I was a drill. If he pulls this move in a game, I'm taking full credit.

Matt Jones receives hands-on instruction from Team Texas Coach and former UK big man Antoine Walker. 

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You can find complete recaps of the games submitted by the KSR College writers and featuring some of my photos as well as the other photographers on Cats Center. These were also available in the hospitality and locker rooms for players to see.

The highlight of this first session was Paul Buxton's buzzer-beating three to give Team Texas the win over Kentucky 64-62. The team was led by the spirited coaching of Antoine Walker and John Lucas. The postgame celebration that followed is one of my favorite memories from camp.


Participants wound down with a catered dinner at WinStar Farm. I was back at Craft wrapping up the day and dumping images, but I hear it was amazing. The first day came to a close after an exhausting 12 hours, but for big blue faithful like myself, it was all worth it to witness moments like this:

While getting a first look at some of the new Cats, I couldn't help but think ahead to the season and wonder if they will be the ones to hang banner #9. Seeing a former champion everywhere you looked, the thought had to have crossed their minds, too.


Check out a gallery from camp here: John Calipari Fantasy Experience

ProCamps galleries -unedited albums from Camp. The good, bad and the ugly. ;) Most shot by myself, Eric Chamberlin and Eric O. (GreekRowPhoto.com) for ProCamps. Fired off almost as many shots as MKG. Camp Cal total just on my cards: 1695


A huge thank you to Kentucky Sports Radio for the opportunity to cover the Fantasy Experience, to everyone at ProCamps, and to Coach John Calipari for his inspiration, warmth and hospitality.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Kentucky Classic


Kentucky defeated Long Beach in 4 sets to win the team's third match of the weekend and capture the Kentucky Classic title. The Cats move to 3-0 on the season. Zan Morgan and Christine Hartman were named to the All-Tournament Team. Sophomore Lauren O'Connor earned MVP honors. O'Conner led all scorers with 16 kills in the final match.

Kentucky battles rival Louisville on Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET at the KFC YUM! Center.


Thursday, August 23, 2012

UK Hoops Photo Day


I had the opportunity to cover Photo Day for the UK women's basketball team on Monday. Herald-Leader photographer Charles Bertram has been one of my photography idols for awhile now. It was a thrill to observe and work next to him. UK photographer Chet White is also fantastic. I was very impressed with how he moved everyone through the morning like the pro he is. You can see his Photo Day gallery here: UK Hoops. UK Athletics has a top-notch staff and everything ran like a well-oiled machine. As always, UK Hoops Head Coach Matthew Mitchell added the comedy. 

Check out my photo gallery from the event on Kentucky Sports Radio. Here's a little more behind-the-scenes fun:





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Kentucky opens league play at home vs. Florida on Jan. 3.

Turn Up! Turn Up! Turn Up!


Kentucky Volleyball officially opens its 2012 season hosting the Kentucky Classic on Friday. The Wildcats will face North Carolina at 7 p.m., Aug. 24 at Memorial Coliseum. Fans got their first look at the team during the annual Blue/White scrimmage on Sunday. It was clear the Cats have great depth and a tremendous amount of talent. 


Players from the 15th ranked recruiting class didn't disappoint. Morgan Bergren recorded 34 assists. Freshman Shelby Workman posted 10 kills in the scrimmage.



Only on campus for a few short hours and UK Men's Basketball player Nerlens Noel stopped in to support UKVB!


Senior libero Stephanie Klefot totaled 10 digs for the Blue Team. 

 



Photo: Kentucky Volleyball via facebook
Exciting news for all Big Blue Blockers and UKVB fans!!! UK will have a Big Blue Pep Bus rolling to the UK vs. UofL match on Wednesday August 29th. There will be pizza on the bus ride and special group rate tickets are only $2. Email Kyle Walton at Kylewalton3@aol.com if you are interested in watching UKVB crush the Cards!