The defending National Runner Up, Kentucky was led by Zac Brown in the 2012-2013 season. They started their season play WKU for the first of many times, winning 4-0. After that they went to the OSU Round Robin, where the Cats went undefeated. They beat MSU (4-0), OSU (3-0), and Kent (3-1). Big Blue Nation then went to the UMD Invite with mostly JV players, beating Maryland (4-2) and Towson (3-1), but dropping an extremely controversial game to JMU (2-0). That would be UK’s sole loss of the regular season though, as they would go on a tear the rest of the way. UK then played at WKU, with the Varsity team winning 4-2 and the JV team winning 4-0. Kentucky hosted their first tournament of the season in November, the UK Invite, where they picked up wins over Miami (5-0), WKU (6-0), and Kent State (4-0). Their final matches of the Fall Semester were at the Miami Invite, which wins over Miami (5-0), Kent State (2-1), and OSU (4-2).
In the second semester, Kentucky played a significantly fewer amount of games. They were off until the DePaul University Invite in March, going 2-0 with wins over DePaul (4-1) and Moody Bible (2-1). They also had the Battle of the Bluegrass against WKU, winning 3-0.
At Nationals 2013, the Wildcats were placed with Bowling Green, Michigan State, and Penn State in Pool B. UK welcomed PSU to the NCDA with a 9-0 win on Friday night, then had a tough battle on Saturday morning with MSU in which they won 4-2. They also beat BGSU 4-0 on Saturday afternoon. On Sunday, Kentucky was named the #2 seed, and played #15 Miami in their first game. They were able to win 4-0, moving on to play #10 OSU in what might be the game of the tournament. OSU jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but UK came storming back and forced overtime, and eventually were able to win 3-2. UK then faced GVSU in a battle of titans, two teams that hadn’t played each other all season but were destined for a huge game. Unfortunately for UK, it wasn’t in the cards to go to their second straight title game, as they fell 4-1 to Grand Valley.
Ultimately it was a very good season for UK, as they went 21-2 on the season. They have high hopes for next year, and should be one of the favorites going into the 2013-2014 season.