At just about anytime, you can go on the internet and look on any Kentucky sports related site and get any information you want on the University of Kentucky’s “BIG” sports. Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball, Football and Baseball. But what if you are a volleyball person? Track and field?
Today, I’m going to catch you up on some of the other, less followed sports at UK. Sports that are loved by some but less followed by many. Sports that are important to the athletes that play them. Athletes that live and breath their sports and are just like the one’s that play football, basketball or baseball. They are just less recognized for their achievements. So, lets take a look at these “other” sports.
The University of Kentucky men’s tennis team started the season ranked No. 9 in the country and finished the year at No. 8. They have earned the No.8 overall seed in the SEC tournament and will play Thursday night at 6:00 pm CT against No. 9 seeded Mississippi State. Kentucky has made it to the SEC Championship match each of the last two seasons.
The University of Kentucky and The University of Louisville track and field teamed-up this past weekend to compete for border state bragging rights against Indiana and Notre Dame. Kentucky and Louisville defeated the two in the first ever border battle “Kentuckiana” in 2010 but the Indiana side had won the past two meetings. Saturday, April 13th the “Commonwealth” teams defeated the Hoosiers with the women’s combined score being 101- 99 and the men’s being 103-97. Go Cats! Uhhhh…Go Cards?!
On Saturday, March 9th, the No. 3 ranked Kentucky Rifle Team moved up two spots to finish 2nd in the 2013 NCAA Rifle Championships, held in Columbus, OH. Senior Heather Greathouse and Juniors Emily Holsopple and Aaron Holsopple (brother and sister) led off the first relay with Greathouse shooting a 586, Emily shooting a 587 and Aaron shooting a 581. The second relay was led by freshman Conner Davis shooting a 592 and German born Henri Junghanel (who has led the team all year and is an All-American) shooting a 590.
On April 6th, Junghanel won a gold metal at the 2013 International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup in Changwon, Korea for the 50m Rifle Prone in the men’s event and he followed that up by winning another gold on the following Tuesday by winning the 50m Rifle 3 position.
The Women’s Volleyball team is off to a strong start as they have a spotless record at 4-0 in their first two weekends of competition. They got a victory at home to begin the season against Illinois and followed that up with a 3-0 weekend at the KIVA Collegiate Tournament hosted in Louisville, Ky. They beat Louisville, Illinois State and UT Martin.
Stay tuned to Wildcat Blue Nation and I will try to update you on more of the “other” sports at the University Of Kentucky. Want to discuss or have questions about this topic? Then come on over to the WBN forums. Follow the link below.
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