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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.

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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.