UK Soccer’s GK Enrique Facusse Named C-USA Defensive Player of the Week

After anchoring two Kentucky men’s soccer wins last week, freshman goalkeeper Enrique Facusse was named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week on Monday.

Facusse kept a clean sheet at Memphis on Saturday, making two saves in the process.

The Honduran played great in the 2-1 double-overtime win at East Tennessee State University midweek, notably making two high degree of difficulty saves as regulation closed and then in the first overtime to keep UK in with a chance.

His 0.30 goals-against average in 295 minutes in goal through three games this season leads C-USA and ranks 14th nationally.

He’s the first Wildcat to be named C-USA Player of the Week this season.

Kentucky will play at Louisville on Tuesday, before beginning the C-USA regular season against University of Alabama-Birmingham at The Bell on Friday.


For the best coverage of UK men’s soccer follow the team’s social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram in addition to on UKathletics.com.

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No. 13 Kentucky Volleyball Falls at No. 7 Kansas, 3-0

The No. 13 Kentucky volleyball team wrapped up its long-grueling road trip on Monday, falling to No. 7 Kansas, 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-20), inside the Horejsi Family Athletic Center on Monday afternoon. With the loss, the Cats fall to 5-2 on the year while Kansas improves to 7-0.

“I’m just disappoint defensively that we allowed Kansas to hit for such a high percentage,” head coach Craig Skinner said. “Give them credit, they didn’t make a ton of errors and put pressure on us. We have to do a better job with our serve, blocking and defense to neutralize an opponent like that. In saying that, we gave ourselves chances in the first set and had opportunities. It was a great match to help us prepare for the season.”

Kentucky will finish the road trip 2-2 which featured matchups against three ranked opponents, two top-10 foes and all four teams either ranked or receiving votes. It was the longest such streak of highly rated opponents in program history. UK earned wins over Northern Iowa and Southern California in the Bluejay Invitational. Kentucky will compete in its last non-conference tournament next weekend in Milwaukee when it faces Loyola (Chicago) and Marquette in the Marquette Invitational.

Freshman Avery Skinner concluded her impressive weekend with 14 kills on 25 attempts for a .400 attacking percentage. Both the kills and the percentage were team highs and the match was her third straight double-digit kill total. Sophomore Leah Edmond had nine kills for the Cats, while junior Brooke Morgan recorded eight on 15 attempts. Senior Emily Franklin had five terminations to aid the Wildcat cause.

Freshman Madison Lilley posted 33 assists and two digs. Classmate Gabby Curry had eight scoops and two helpers, while juniors Olivia Dailey and Merideth Jewell also recorded helpers. Jewell had her fourth match with five or more digs with seven, while junior McKenzie Watson posted five of her own.

At the net, Franklin recorded two assists. Kaz Brown had a solo stuff, while Lilley and Darian Mack each recorded one block assist.

SET RECAPS

Set 1
Kentucky grabbed the first two points of the set with a Morgan kill and Jewell ace. Both teams traded points until 9-5, until KU rattled off three straight to cut the UK lead to 9-8. Play seesawed once again until Kansas tied the set at 15 all thanks to an attacking error. The Jawhawks grabbed the lead after another attacking error and UK called timeout. Skinner earned a kill out of the timeout to even the score at 16-16. After swapping points, UK was forced to use its second timeout after another 3-0 KU run. Out of the timeout, Morgan earned a termination to stop the run. KU extended the advantage to 24-20 but back-to-back Skinner kills and a Franklin and Lilley stuff forced a Kansas timeout. KU won the set 25-23. Kentucky hit .257 in the first frame while Lilley had 14 assists.

Set 2
Edmond had the first kill of the set and UK jumped out to an early 3-1 lead. KU tied the set, then UK pushed out four straight points with the help of a Brown kill and Edmond ace to give the Cats a 7-3 lead. Kansas went on a six-point run triggered by a service error to go up 9-7 and force a UK timeout. The Jayhawks extended its lead to five at 16-11, causing UK to use another timeout. Each team traded points until UK cut the lead to 22-19 after an Edmond kill, but UK could manage just one more point and Kansas won the set, 25-20. Edmond paced the Cats with five kills in the second set while Morgan and Skinner had four.

Set 3
While Kansas picked up the first point of the set, UK jumped out to a 2-1 lead thanks to a Skinner kill and bad set. Kansas’ three-point run gave them a 6-4 advantage, but was ended with a service error. Kentucky hung around and tied the set at 9-9 after a Curry ace. Kansas edged back out to a 14-11 advantage before a Wildcat timeout. Out of the timeout, UK stopped the Kansas run with a termination from Skinner. Played went back-and-forth with Kansas up three until another three-point run put KU up 20-14. Kentucky was able to cut the lead to 23-20 after a Skinner kill, but Kansas won the set 25-20.

BY THE NUMBERS
.400 – Attacking percentages from Skinner and Morgan, both team highs
3 – Three-straight double-digit kill matches from Avery Skinner

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WKU Volleyball’s Lucas Picks Up C-USA Setter of the Week Honors

After the second week of play during the 2017 volleyball season, WKU’s Jessica Lucas has been named the Conference USA Setter of the Week, the league office announced Monday afternoon. The honor marks the first of the sort during the Seymour, Ind. native’s senior campaign and the 13th of her career on The Hill.

The Lady Toppers are coming off of a weekend up in Louisville where the Red and White participated in the Cardinal Classic along with Illinois, Kent State and the host Cardinals. WKU also played Tennessee State last Tuesday for the 2017 Diddle Arena opener.

Over the last four matches, Lucas registered 10.54 assists per set and 137 assists in total and now resides in fifth place on the program’s all-time assists list with 4,259. WKU Volleyball hit .324 on the week with Lucas as its facilitator. In addition to quarterbacking the offense, Lucas chipped in 19 kills against just five attack errors for a .318 hitting clip herself. The senior also chipped in 22 digs, including 10 at Louisville for her second double-double outing of the year (35A, 10D). Behind the service line, Lucas tallied a pair of aces while adding five block assists at the net.

The recognition from the conference office marks the first weekly award collected by a Lady Topper in 2017 after WKU saw 12 total accolades collected last season.

WKU is off to a 5-2 start after the first two weeks of the 2017 campaign with its two losses coming at the hands of Louisville and Illinois, a pair of Power 5 opponents.

The Lady Toppers are heading for Belmont on Tuesday before hosting the Holiday Inn University Plaza Hotel Invitational this coming weekend.

How to Follow the Lady Toppers: For complete information on WKU Volleyball, follow the team on Twitter at @WKUVolleyball and head coach Travis Hudson at @TravisHudsonWKU.

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Jessica Leifheit
Assistant Director
WKU Athletic Communications/Media Relations

UK MSOC to Play at Louisville on Tuesday

In what’s becoming a day after Labor Day tradition in the Commonwealth, the Kentucky and Louisville men’s soccer teams will face off on Tuesday.

The 2017 edition will be played at Lynn Stadium in Louisville with kickoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.

The match will be streamed live on ACC Network Extra.

The Setup
Both teams enter Tuesday with 2017 records of won 3, lost 0, drew 0. Kentucky has won its first three matches for the first time since 2011.

Kentucky will be playing its third away game in a row.

Louisville’s unblemished record includes a win over No. 25 Butler. The Cardinals are 2-0 at home this season.

The quote
“It’s a big game, it’s a rivalry matchup,” Senior midfielder Noah Hutchins, who scored the winner in a 1-0 result against Louisville at The Bell last year, said. “We’re going to be focused. We have a couple of days to get rested up and get ready to play.

“It’s always a fun game. We’re going to go in there and try to build on our momentum.”

The History
Kentucky will play at Louisville for the 11th time. The Wildcats are 11-8-4 against Louisville all-time, and 6-2-2 in Louisville. Kentucky won last year’s matchup 1-0, ending a two game losing streak to the Cardinals.


For the best coverage of UK men’s soccer follow the team’s social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram in addition to on UKathletics.com.

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Jake Most

Murray State Volleyball’s Giustino Named OVC Offensive Player of the Week

Murray State’s Rachel Giustino took home her first career OVC Offensive Player of the Week honor Monday after her outstanding performance at the Chattanooga Classic. Giustino helped lead MSU to three wins over the weekend and the tournament title.

Giustino, who was named the Most Outstanding Player at the classic, averaged an incredible 6.30 kills per set and hit .321 over the weekend while also averaging 3.40 digs per set and eight service aces. Giustino recorded a career-high 28 kills and added a season-best 19 digs in the win over Chattanooga to close the tournament. She began the classic with 19 kills, a career-best four aces and a .500 hitting percentage in the sweep over UL-Monroe and had a 16-kill, nine-dig outing against SHSU.

Giustino and the rest of the Racers put their five-match winning streak on the line Tuesday as they host Southern Illinois at 7 p.m., in the 2017 home opener at Racer Arena.

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Kevin DeVries
Media Relations Assistant (Baseball, Volleyball and Women’s Basketball)
Murray State University