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Friday, December 2, 2022

Volleyball Tournament Opening Round -- FRIDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Where's Daryl?

(Jared with you this Friday filling in for Daryl, who filled in for me Thursday.  Sufficiently confused? Good! We'll begin! And, don't even start with me on Mondays or minor holiday..or Who's On First.)

Good morning and happy Friday, Cards fans! Or should I say happy NCAA Tournament for Louisville Volleyball?

If you're needing a distraction from the happenings on the basketball court following a pair of days this week with Louisville men's basketball (Tuesday) and Louisville women's basketball (Wednesday) falling at home, then maybe the NCAA Volleyball Tournament can help.

Before we look at volleyball, let's look at a few interesting women's basketball results from last night:


  #5 Indiana hosted #6 North Carolina and the Hoosiers cruised to a 24-point win without star Grace Berger playing.

    #20 Maryland traveled to #7 Notre Dame and won on a buzzer beater. Diamond Miller made sure to hush the Irish faithful when the final two of her 31 points went in as the buzzer went off.

    #12 NC State visited #10 Iowa and won by 13. Despite a 45-point performance by Caitlin Clark, the Hawkeyes suffered their third loss of the season.

Louisville Faces Samford in NCAA Tournament First Round

Now, onto Louisville volleyball and what we hope will be a fun evening at the L&N FCU Arena.

1-seed Louisville hosts Samford in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. Their match is set for 7:00 p.m., but will be at the mercy of 8-seed Purdue vs Tennessee in the event the Boilermakers and Vols run long from their 4:00 p.m. start time. 

The Cards went 26-2 in the regular season and tied with Pitt for the ACC title with a 17-1 record. Louisville has won three-straight ACC Championships and earned their second straight 1-seed, with the formatting switching to a new style this year.

Samford won the Southern Conference (SoCon) Tournament to earn an automatic qualifier bid to the NCAA Tournament. 8-seed Furman was the host site. Furman went on a hot run to advance to the SoCon final against 2-seed Samford. The Bulldogs would win in straight sets for their fifth conference title in the last seven years.

Samford went 19-12 on the season. They went 0-2 against "Power Five" programs with losses to LSU and Clemson. 

The Bulldogs average 13.9 kills per set with a .232 hitting percentage. They had five players break 100 kills on the year. Kenya McQuirter led the team with 439 kills. While Samford was strong offensively, they were average on the defensive end, averaging 1.8 blocks per set and 15.5 digs per set. Kate Morgan was the exception, with the defensive specialist earning SoCon Libero of the Year with 514 digs.

For Louisville, blocking should be the focus of the match. Samford has two players standing at 6'2, but only one played this season- Greer Golden. The freshman saw action in almost every set, but played a limited role. With Samford running with a smaller lineup, one of the nation's best hitting teams has the chance for a field day led by ACC Defensive Player of the Year Amaya Tillman.

To our knowledge, all Louisville players are cleared to play. Raquel Lazaro dealt with a minor injury several weeks back, but she missed minimal time and has looked dominant since then. Anna DeBeer missed extended time with a leg injury and has slowly eased her way back into the rotation, but looked solid to close out the season against Pitt and Notre Dame.

Cardinal Couple will have media at the event, even if it is just Jeff running the stairs leading the crowd in the C-A-R-D-S cheer and Jared taking selfies all over the arena and ignoring the court action.

Happy Friday and Go Cards!

Thursday, December 1, 2022

UofL Names New President -- WBB run out of gas vs Buckeyes -- THURSDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Good Thursday morning readers and Happy first of December !! 

Daryl checking in a day early this week. It worked out for Jared and I to switch since we would both be out at the Yum! Center Wednesday night for the ACC/Big 10 matchup for WBB.

I'm still getting acclimated in my new role with UofL and actually passed Payton Verhulst, Kasa Robinson and Josie Williams on Monday in the SAC (student activities center) and wished them good luck in the contest. It was probably 11 or so in the morning and they had probably fit in a morning workout and or practice as well as attending class.

I'm just thrilled and inspired to be back on campus!  Speaking of campus....

UofL names its new President!

In some OTHER administrative news, the University announced Wednesday that it has found its new leader to serve as President of the University. There was some buzz around campus that it could be coming this week..

Dr. Kim Schatzel has been named the 19th president of the University of Louisville. The current president of Towson University will officially assume the UofL presidency on Feb. 1, 2023. Schatzel, 66, has served as president of Towson since 2016. She is also a professor of marketing.

In some reports of the hire, it was indicated that when the hiring search was on, the board was looking for someone to fill the role for at least 7 years. If my math is correct, Schatzel will have served Towson for 7 years before being hired at UofL. The first knucklehead with the microphone in the press conference decided to comment on Kim’s age if she does happen to stick around that long. I found her response to be amusing as she clapped back with the fact that she signed up for the KY Derby half marathon next spring and continues to move around just fine these days. What Shatzel probably meant was that 66 is the new 45 and don’t ask stupid questions. She also said this….

“The University of Louisville is a historic university with rich traditions that provides leadership to Kentucky as the premier metropolitan research university for the Commonwealth,” Schatzel said. “I am incredibly honored to be chosen to lead such a remarkable institution and look forward to working together with our campus and community partners to advance UofL’s reputation as a preeminent institution nationally recognized for its excellence in research and scholarly work, education, inclusive student success, innovation, the arts and athletics – all aimed to establish the University of Louisville and the City of Louisville as a nexus for transformative solutions that advance the public good.

“My husband Trevor and I are thrilled to be joining the UofL community and look forward to embracing the university community, the City of Louisville and the Commonwealth of Kentucky as our new home. And we look forward to joining the more than 169,000 UofL alumni from around the globe in cheering on our Cardinals.”

Welcome to Louisville and UofL, Madame President! This marks the second female President in the university’s history! Good Luck and Go Cards!!

Schatzel was introduced to the Louisville WBB crowd on Wednesday night. 


Cards 77 - OSU 96

I wish I had good news to report and a signature win on the Cards resume, alas... it was not meant to be against the Buckeyes on Wednesday night. The second half "scaries" came to haunt the Cards and would not go away. Louisville took an 8 point lead into the half and watched it diminshed quickly after the break as Ohio State outscored UofL 59-32 in the second half. HVL lead in scoring for the Cards with 20 points, 5 coming from the free throw line. OSU had 3 players score more than 20 lead by Taylor Mikesell with 26 points going 10-16 from the field, 4 from beyond 3. Louisville moves to 5-3 on the season with only 3 matchups scheduled in Louisville for 2022.

End of 1Q 25-18 CARDS

FG %
9-17 52.9% Cards
8-14 57.1% OSU
Reb. 10-5 Cards
3-pt %
1-7 14.3% Cards
1-3 33.3% OSU

Starters for the Cardinals against the Buckeyes were Chrislyn Carr, Mykasa Robinson, Hailey Van Lith, Morgan Jones and Olivia Cochran. Louisville committed two turnovers to start the game while Ohio State drew a foul and showed 1 point for it the first couple minutes. UofL proceeded to go on 6-0 run over the next 2 minutes while the defense began to turn up the heat. The Buckeyes committed 5 turnovers of their own with just 3:45 off the clock & the Cards extended their lead 11-3.. 6 of the points came off turnovers. HVL somewhat struggled with the ball in her return to the court. She committed 3 turnovers just 5 minutes into the game.

OSU turned up the pressure and went on a run of their own going 7-0 over 1:06 to make it 12-10. UofL continued to struggled to hold onto the ball and turned it over on another couple of possessions allowing the Buckeyes to tie it up 12-12. Walz calls in the big guns as Payton Verhulst drains a three to puts cards back up 15-12. Hailey decided to take it to the Buckeyes and drive the basket and see if anyone would stop her... they did not stop her that time. OSU began to rack up the fouls as the Cards found themselves in the bonus with more than 2 min left in the first quarter - HVL got to the line a handful of times and went 5-5.

End of 2Q 20-19 CARDS

FG %
9-19 47.4% Cards
7-15 46.7% OSU
Reb. 9 All
3-pt %
2-4 50% Cards
3-7 42.9% OSU

'The Carr' got started (as Paulie so poetically put it) with a 3 to make it 32-23 with 7:50 on the clock. Louisville went on a 10-0 run over 2 minute period. Mikulasikova for OSU exits at about the 7 minute mark due to cramps that began in the quarter break. UofL goes on another run, 12-2 run over 2:30 minutes followed by a 2:30 minute scoring drought where OSU put 6 quick points on the board to make it 39-31 Cards. Once again, Verhulst cleans it up underneath for Louisville to put Cards back up by 10 but OSU responds with another 3 pointer 41-34. The Buckeyes were 3-7 from 3 point land in the quarter. UofL won the quarter by just 1 point.


End of 3Q 28-18 OSU

FG %
6-12 50% Cards
11-18 61.1% OSU
Reb. 6-11 OSU
3-pt %
1-2 50% Cards
2-2 100% OSU

Carr drains two buckets to open the second half to put cards up 50-37 but then things start to dwindle for Louisville.. With Mikulasikova back in the game the Buckeyes went on 11-0 run over a 1:28 period while the Cards continue to turn the ball over 4 more times. If you ask "Coach Paul", a not-soon-enough Nyla Harris sighting with 6:46 on clock is a positive sign for UofL as she ends the scoring drought making the only two buckets in next 2 minutes-ish. Ohio St would take the lead into the fourth quarter.

End of 4Q  31-14

FG %
6-21 28.6% Cards
11-15 73.3% OSU
Reb. 12-9 Cards
3-pt %
2-8 25% Cards
2-3 66.7% OSU

There's not much more I can say on behalf of Louisville's offense or defense for this quarter.   They were able to tie it at 65 with 9 minutes to go but as you can see in the stat report above, OSU won the 4Q 31-14.  OSU Jacy Sheldon went 4-4 for from the field and had 11 points, leading the quarter.  An 18-3 run by OSU over several minutes confirmed what we didn't want to believe we were seeing, the Cards ran out of gas.   The Buckeyes shot 67% in the second half.  They had 33 points off 24 Louisville turnovers in the game. 


Louisville at Middle Tennessee
Sunday 5 PM


(It was "nightmare on Main Street" in the fourth quarter)

Louisville went 11-13 at the free throw line good enough for 84.6% as a team.  HVL went 5-5.   The Cards were successful when they got to the line, it just wasn't enough.  Capital F for a basic evening at the charity stripe.  

REBOUNDING --  UofL somehow managed to out-rebound the Buckeyes 37-34 lead by HVL with 10.  She again spent the most amount of minutes on the floor.  This was a game where Walz went with a small lineup to defend the perimeters and admitted he didn't see an opportunity to get Josie Williams or Liz Dixon on the floor more.  Capital R 

EFFORT/EXECUTION --  The Cards struggled to hold onto the ball against the Buckeyes.   They opened the game with several turnovers and had a few other stints of mishandlings throughout the contest but it was mostly bone-head mistakes that lead to more and more chances for OSU to score like travels, passes that go out of bounds and missed open layups.  Walz also mentioned that he could tell the mistakes lead to frustration for the team and they could not recover.  Also, the squad had just 13 assists on 30 made buckets lead by Robinson with 4.  no letter 

DEFENSE --  This one is obvious as the team had an epic second half meltdown on defense.  The Cards scored 77 points which is good enough to win games but not if you cannot stop the other team from scoring.   On brand, Kasa's efforts do not tend to show on the stat sheet but she fought hard.  She took a claw to the face with no foul called on her behalf.  She's got the marks to prove it too.  But unfortunately no letter for defense today


Coach Walz believes these mistakes are coachable and the team itself is coachable.   He mentioned in the post game press conference that it is not time to panic with this squad or season and that it is a tough schedule so far.  

With the likes of Kentucky and ACC conference play on our horizon, this team will have to stop tripping over their own feet pretty quickly.  But I believe!  

(Photos by Jared Anderson)

As Always 
Go Cards! 


Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Walz Pre-Ohio State presser 11/29/22 -- WEDNESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE



Louisville women's basketball coach Jeff Walz met with members of the media Tuesday afternoon in the interview room of the KFC YUM! Center to discuss the upcoming game Wednesday night against #4/6 Ohio State. 

Coach Walz answered a variety of questions about a variety of subjects in the 14-minute presser. Some of his talking points...

-- a preview of Ohio State

-- what Louisville must do well to win

-- how the freshmen and transfers were adapting to Louisville and Walz style basketball

-- how the team was specifically progressing

-- Hailey Van Lith's status

-  Norika Konno's growth and game

-- different lineup combinations

-- completing the entire possession and game

-- the upcoming ACC vs SEC WBB challenge series

-- compliments to Volleyball

You can here the entire 14 minute interview at the link below:




We offer and sincere and humble "Thank You!" to you, the readers...and the staff here at Cardinal Couple for the help, care, concern and "checking in" over the past two weeks. As some of you my know, both my wife Sonja and I contracted COVID-19 back around the middle of November, 

It was a rougher stretch for me than her, but we finally got the "all clear" and tested negative Sunday afternoon. 

We really appreciate the calls, messages, texts and e-mails you sent to check up on us and the kind deliveries of food and needed things while we were quarantined. 

A special THANK YOU to Jeff, Jared, Case and Daryl for jumping in and running Cardinal Couple during this period also. They say you're only as good as your team, and I feel very fortunate to have the best team out there.

I'm glad to report we are feeling much better and I am just suffering fatigue and "COVID-BRAIN" where confusion still reigns at times and thoughts aren't always easy to express and formulate. (Those of you who have known me for awhile are probably remarking..."heck, he's always been that way...") Feeling stronger each day, though. 

Much thanks again and it's good to be back in the population again. 


Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Volleyball Nearly Sweeps ACC Awards -- TUESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Volleyball Nearly Sweeps ACC Awards

Louisville volleyball's dominating showing this season, especially in conference play, helped them take four of the five ACC Awards.

Claire Chaussee was named ACC Player of the Year. Chaussee, a bit of a dark horse for the award at the beginning of the year, beat out others such as Julia Bergmann of Georgia Tech and a trio of Pitt players. Chaussee tallied 370 kills this season while averaging 3.81 kills per set. She reached 1000 career kills this season.

Amaya Tillman was named ACC Defensive Player of the Year. Tillman ranked sixth in the country with 1.53 blocks per set and logged 141 total blocks. She was also named ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2020.

Raquel Lazaro
was named ACC Setter of the Year. Lazaro transferred in from USC for her final year of eligibility. In her lone season with the Cards, Lazaro had 925 assists on the year while averaging 9.95 assists per set. Her season high is 57 assists in a five-set comeback win over Georgia Tech.

Coach Dani Busboom Kelly was named ACC Coach of the Year. Under Busboom Kelly, Louisville went 26-2, was named a 1-seed for the second straight year, won their third straight ACC title, ranked second nationally in blocks, and ranked 10th nationally in hitting percentage.

The lone award Louisville did not take was ACC Freshman of the Year. Emma Farrell of Wake Forest took that award. Louisville did not have any true freshmen play this season due to redshirts, so a  Louisville player could not win by default.

Louisville also had five Cards named to the All-ACC First Team. Chaussee, Tillman, Lazaro, Aiko Jones, and Elena Scott all received recognition. With the exception of Lazaro, the other four Cards have been named to the All-ACC Teams in the past.

The Cards gear up for the NCAA Tournament and will host Samford on Friday at 7:00 p.m. at L&N FCU Arena.

(Photos by Jared Anderson)

Happy Tuesday and Go Cards!


Sunday, November 27, 2022

Louisville Volleyball a #1 seed in NCAA Tournament -- MONDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


Louisville Volleyball reacts to their 1-seed

We did have to wait a while to find out, while watching the NCAA Volleyball Selection Show, but the Louisville Cardinals are the #1 seed in their region and will open NCAA Tournament play Friday, December 7 p.m. against Samford.   The Cards weren't announced until the final of the four brackets were revealed. 

Purdue and Tennessee will also travel to Louisville to square off against each other in the LNFCU, They'll play at 4 p.m.

The Samford Bulldogs earned an automatic qualifier bid after beating Furman in three sets Sunday to win the Southern Conference Volleyball Tournament. Samford went 19-12 in the regular season and was 11-5 in Southern Conference play. 

All told, five ACC teams made the tournament. Louisville, Pitt (a #2 seed), Georgia Tech, Florida State and Miami

Seven SEC schools got in (Kentucky, Georgia, Auburn, LSU, Florida, Tennessee and Arkansas) and the Big10 had six make the tournament. (Ohio St, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Penn State, Purdue and Nebraska.) 

We'll have more on this as the week advances. We had photographer Jared Anderson and Volleyball writer Jeff McAdams at the selection show, but they were not included in the entire post-show interview with Louisville Volleyball head coach Dani Busboom Kelly. 

Louisville ends the regular season with a 26-2 record and was 17-1 in ACC play. 

Shortened interview with Dani Busboom Kelly.

Interview with Anna DeBeer.

Interview with Amaya Tillman.

Another commercial break?!

You can see the entire bracket at the link below: 

2022 NCAA Volleyball bracket

(photos by Jared Anderson)


A Day of Rest - Sunday Cardinal Couple

A Clear Calendar

The GoCards site composite calendar is empty today and tomorrow, and only has a men's basketball game for Tuesday.  The next UofL women's competition event isn't until Wednesday.  Now is a good time to take a deep breath, maybe even an afternoon nap if you like.  It's been a busy fall and soon we'll fall into the winter basketball pattern, but for now, we've got a bit of a breather.

We do have one event to think about today, however, and that's the Volleyball Selection show for the NCAA tournament.  The selection show will be on ESPNU at 7:30 tonight, a bit of a step up from past years when it's been late in the evening.  ESPN has also given a nice nod to the volleyball community by scheduling a half hour filler show after the Miami vs UCF football game in an extra effort to be sure that the selection show gets to start on time.

So what are UofL's prospect for selection?  First, UofL is guaranteed a position in the tournament by virtue of winning the automatic qualifier for the ACC.  While the ACC considers UofL and Pitt to be co-champions for the conference title for the year, they do have tie breaker rules in order to decide the AQ, and UofL topped Pitt in those tie breakers based on the number of sets won in our head to head matches (5 vs 3 as we swept them while they had to go five sets to beat us).  So, UofL will be guaranteed to be in the tournament, not that there is any doubt of UofL, or Pitt for that matter, getting a bid in any case.

The NCAA will be seeding 32 teams in the tournament this year, up from 16 in past years.  The top 16 seeds will have the opportunity to host the first and second rounds.  By seeding 32 teams, there will be less geographically oriented placement of the rest of the teams.  The idea of UofL not getting a top 16 seed is pretty much laughable, so count on volleyball competition happening at L&N FCU Arena December 2nd and 3rd.

Beyond the first two rounds, the top four teams that advance to the Sweet 16 get the opportunity to host the third an fourth rounds.  So this would be, in a fully chalk situation, the top four seeds in the tournament.  For Louisville not to get a top four seed would be, in my estimation, a pretty major snub.  The third and fourth rounds, presuming Louisville advances, would be at the KFC Yum! Center on December 8th and 10th.

So, prognostication time.  The NCAA typically hews fairly close to RPI rankings for volleyball, giving it more credence than the AVCA coaches poll.  Most years the difference between the two is minimal.  This year, however, there are some pretty radical divergence between them at the top.  These haven't been updated yet for the past week of games, so this is only accurate through game up to November 20th.  Matches in the past week may see some changes in these rankings.

RPI Top 10
  1. Texas
  2. Louisville
  3. Stanford
  4. Pittsburgh
  5. Wisconsin
  6. Ohio State
  7. Nebraska
  8. Kentucky
  9. San Diego
  10. Oregon
AVCA Coaches Poll Top 10
  1. Texas
  2. San Diego
  3. Wisconsin
  4. Louisville
  5. Nebraska
  6. Stanford
  7. Pittsburgh
  8. Ohio State
  9. Minnesota
  10. Oregon

We'd like to hear your predictions in the comments.  I think UofL gets the 2 seed which would, based on the latest RPI, set us up to play Iowa State in the second round, Baylor in the third, and Nebraska in the fourth, to get to the Final Four where a rematch with Stanford would be waiting...assuming all higher seeds advance in every match.

We hope to have interviews with Coach DBK and a couple of players from right after the selection show, so look for those in tomorrow's Cardinal Couple article and on the Cardinal Couple Youtube channel.

Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast

Case, Daryl, Paulie, and myself were all on the call for the CCRHP yesterday and we had a ball discussing basketball and volleyball.  We covered the fun romp of basketball over Longwood, and the volleyball season finale at Notre Dame.  We did cover some of the information about volleyball tournament.

Listen to the end to find out what sports balls are bigger than a basketball!

Find it at, or any respectable podcast directory:

- JMcA

Saturday, November 26, 2022

Cards Romp in Home Return -- SATURDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Louisville Crushes Longwood 100-37

I almost went all of November without a Saturday write, and it wasn't even because of deer hunting. After a wedding in Memphis the first weekend, a wedding in which I was in the party the second, and sleeping off a whirlwind work trip in which I went to Reno, NV and back in 32 hours for a 1.5 hour meeting last weekend, we're back on schedule.

And speaking of back on schedule, Louisville took care of business as expected against the Lancers of Longwood when they returned to the Yum! Center yesterday afternoon. After the surprising loss against Gonzaga, the rebound win against Texas, and then what may have been an even more surprising loss to South Dakota State, Louisville was in need of a game like yesterday's. In fairness, South Dakota State is 4-2 and has played four P5 teams and Creighton. They lost to the Jays 78-69 to open the season and fell to UCLA by 7 last Saturday but have beaten Mississippi State, Rutgers, and Lehigh in addition to Louisville. That isn't what we're here to talk about, though, so lets move on.

The major item of note before we get into the game was the absence of Hailey Van Lith. All that we know officially is that this was a scheduled rest day for HVL. After playing 124/130 minutes in the Bahamas, and with Ohio State on deck, Coach Jeff Walz and HVL decided this game against Longwood was one that she could afford to take a break on. While I'm mildly surprised that she wasn't dressed at all, especially with the amount of rest on either side of this game, it ultimately wasn't that big of a deal. We'll keep our ears to the ground to see if there might have been more to this story, but hopefully she's back in action against OSU and we won't have anything to speculate about.

In Van Lith's absence, some other players got the opportunity to shine. In fact, most of the team grabbed their chance to perform well, though you may expect that when a team scores nearly as many points in a single quarter as their opponent scores in the entire game. Louisville put up a 35 point first quarter and very nearly could have played defense only for the rest of the game. On the day, no Cardinal logged more than 26 minutes, an honor which went to Norika Konno, and everyone played at least 16. Every Card except for Mykasa Robinson scored and six players put it in double figures. Josie Williams got her first start and scored four to go along with six rebounds, an assist, and a block. Unfortunately, she was 0-4 from inside the arc and just 1-2 from the line, so there is plenty more there from her, and I'm sure we'll see it soon. 

The star of the day was Norika Konno. We've been longing to see her back on the court, and she did not disappoint in her return. Konno finished with 10 points and very nearly had a triple double. She snagged eight rebounds and dished out seven assists while also adding a steal and two blocks. On top of that, she did so extremely cleanly, as she turned the ball over just once and was the only Cardinal not to register a foul. As Paulie put it in our group chat yesterday, playing 3v3 was the best thing Konno could have done for her game other than grow six inches. 

You'll notice I eschewed a normal game recap, but that's because there isn't a lot to say. Louisville didn't play with their food. The Cards jumped out early with a three from Chrislyn Carr six seconds into the game. They were the first of her game high 17 points. After another score from Louisville, Longwood scored a layup on their second possession. They wouldn't score again for two and a half minutes, a period in which Louisville would add 13 points to their total to lead 18-2. The next few minutes were pretty even, with Louisville's lead hovering around 16 points until Longwood got to 10 points. After that it was like they hit some sort of invisible barrier, turning the ball over three times in the last two minutes to go along with three missed shots. Louisville, on the other hand, went about business as usual and scored another 11 to take a 25 point lead into the quarter break. 

The second and third quarters were near matches to one another, with Louisville scoring 19 points in each quarter and Longwood adding 19 between the two. Again, the Lancers couldn't score more than 10 in a quarter. The final quarter saw Louisville stretch their wings again to close the game out. The Cards started a bit clunkily, turning the ball over and fouling to prevent a runout. However, after a Payton Verhulst jumper (she finished with 16) and a three from Adriana Shipp, who led Longwood with 14, Louisville clamped down. They went on to win the fourth 27-8, hitting the 100 mark on a Merissah Russell three-pointer with a minute left. Walz didn't exactly call off the dogs, as Louisville couldn't run out the clock, but Longwood was happy to do so. After a Louisville turnover with 30 seconds remaining, the Lancers held for a final shot. The three ball to get them to 40 was off the mark and Louisville pulled down the deadball rebound as time expired to go to 5-2 overall.

Joining Carr, Verhulst, and Konno in double digits were Morgan Jones (15), Olivia Cochran (10), and Russell (11). Cochran led both teams with 10 rebounds to finish with a double-double. As you might expect from the final score, Louisville was significantly ahead in every category. Let's just have a look at the statistical reports.

The FRED Report

F - Free Throws: Louisville got to the line a fair amount, though more than half of their 15 total came in the first quarter. In that frame, they were 6-8, and they made six of their remaining seven attempts through the rest of the game. As it's the beginning of the name, a letter awarded is capital or there's no letter at all. 80% is greater than 70% (thanks, common core math) so that's a capital 'F'.

R - Rebounding: 57-23. Louisville cleaned up on the boards. They had 14 offensive rebounds, which led to 11 second chance points. On the other end, they held Longwood to just five offensive rebounds and didn't allow them to score after any of them. Capital 'R'.

E - Effort/Execution: After a couple of losses, Louisville needed to show their mettle, and they did. The Cards worked for the entire game, not allowing some lopsided fourth quarter in a blowout, and every player gave it their all in the minutes they played. Though they finished with 18 turnovers, they gave up just four points on the ensuing possessions. They also scored 100 without their team leader on the floor. Capital 'E'.

D - Defense: The Cards gave up no fast break points, just 14 points in the paint, and just 37 overall. They had ten steals, five blocks, and forced 20 turnovers. Longwood's best shooting percentage was 27%, which came in the quarter in which they scored their fewest points. A pretty solid defensive effort if you ask me. Capital 'D'.

Vince Vaughn plays Santa's brother, Fred Claus

The CASE Report

C - Care: Louisville turned the ball over a lot. 18 turnovers is not going to put you in a comfortable position in a lot of games. However, despite their 1-4 record, Longwood is turning teams over at a  respectable rate. Their average was 18 coming in, and Louisville hit that mark. On the other hand, we're looking for Louisville to outperform their opponent's defense. They'll get no credit for being under 60% of the opponent's average, but they did turn the ball over fewer times than Longwood, so it's a lowercase 'c'.

A - Assists: The Cards were spreading the ball around yesterday. While all but one player scored, all but two assisted. They finished with 23 assists on 38 made baskets, which exceeds the 50% assist rate we're looking for. As is typical, though, a high turnover game hurts here. Despite the 18 turnovers, Louisville was still positive in Assist-to-Turnover ratio, but their 1.28 ATO is shy of the 1.5 we're looking for. (Am I changing it from 2.0 this season? Yes, yes I am). Lowercase 'a'.

S - Steals: As you might expect with a solid defensive performance, this is a relatively easy one to award. Half of Longwood's turnovers were of the pocket-picking variety, as the Cards finished with 10 steals. That's more than 7.5 and more than the six that Longwood could muster. Capital 'S'.

E - Efficiency: Louisville shot 56% from the floor and 60% from three to go along with their 80% free throw rate. To make it even better, that 60% wasn't some measly 3-5. Louisville was lights out, hitting 12 threes in the game. While that means the field goal percentage was buoyed by the threes, they were still 54% from two point land and scored 48 points in the paint. Capital 'E'.

That gives final scores of F-R-E-D and c-a-S-E. It's hard to take away from a 63-point victory, but I'm sure there are some things Coach Walz will point out in practice for them to clean up. The Cards come away with what should be a full head of steam, and will hopefully disregard whatever number ends up by their name Monday. For the rest of the season, it shouldn't matter who is ranked what, only who comes to play on any given night. The next night for the Cards is Wednesday, as they close out November with Ohio State in the Big 10/ACC Challenge. The game will be on the primary ACC Network channel and tips off at 7:30 PM.

Post game Verhulst and Cochran:

Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast

What I imagine Paulie's setup would be
if he ran the show.
After a week off for various reasons (my sleeping past the podcast start time being one of them), we're back with another edition of the Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast this week. We'll have nearly a full house, as Jared is on the road to photograph the Battle of the Bluegrass. There's plenty to discuss, as Louisville WBB has played almost their whole season since the last show and volleyball clinched a share of the ACC title, so be sure to join us. As always, you can check out the live stream of the show by going to the Cardinal Couple YouTube page and clicking on the live video. Jeff usually creates that about an hour before the show, which officially starts at 11 AM Eastern. If the live time doesn't work for you, there are plenty of playback options, so be sure to check out whichever is best for you!

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Until next time, Go Cards!


Friday, November 25, 2022



Good morning readers!  How's the turkey hangover?  I hope you were able to get together with some loved ones yesterday and enjoy a meal.   I did enjoy some family time while watching football late into the evening. A perfect day by my book!

This year I am very thankful for my new job with UofL, my health and this little stinker who has been assisting me in my weekly posts since the end of June! 


#10 Louisville vs Longwood 
KFC Yum! Center at 12:00 P.M. 
ACCNX or 93.9 ESPN the Ville   

Today, Louisville WBB welcomes the Longwood Lancers to the KFC Yum! Center.  The Cardinals have had success at home during non-conference play winning 37-straight non-conference home games dating back to the 2016-17 season.

Hailey Van Lith has totaled 127 points this season, a mark that ranks second in the ACC and fourth nationally. She also ranks second in the ACC in points per game with 21.2 and has scored 20 or more points in three of her six games this season.

About the Lancers

Longwood won the Big South Tournament Championship last season after knocking off the top-seed Campbell in the championship game. In the NCAA Tournament, Longwood defeated Mount St. Mary's in the First Four before falling to NC State in the first round. The Lancers went 22-12 last season and so far this year they are 1-3. 

The Lancers last played on Nov. 17 falling to James Madison 55-82 at home. Senior guard Anne Hamilton LeRoy leads the team with 14.3 points per game and she is one of three players that is averaging double-digit points. LeRoy scored a career-high 23 points in the loss to JMU.   Brooke Anya also scored a career-high with 14 points on the night.  The Lancer's only win came as a 1 point win 66-65 over Ohio University back on November 10th.

The Lancer mascot is Elwood, a horse, and the official logo features a horse's head atop a lance. Founded in 1839, it is the third-oldest public university in Virginia and one of the hundred oldest institutions in the US.  This is a pre-Civil War institution in Virginia with history of Robert E Lee and Ulysses S Grant marching on the institution's campus at one point.    

Series History

This is the first meeting between the two teams. Louisville has only played three opponents from the Big South in program history and are 3-0 in those games. The last time Louisville played an opponent from the current Big South Conference was 2011 when they defeated Gardner-Webb 92-27.

Cards in the Rankings

The Cards recently fell in the polls to #10 after falling to Gonzaga (67-79 OT) and San Diego State (55-65) in the Battle 4 Atlantis this past weekend.

See you all down at the Yum! Center as the Cards look to get back to their winning ways!  I'm sure you have some Louisville lovers on your list that would LOVE for some new Cardinals swag from the team shop! 

As Always 
Go Cards!


Thursday, November 24, 2022

Volleyball Wins ACC Title -- Happy Thanksgiving! -- THURSDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Louisville Volleyball Sweeps Notre Dame, Wins ACC Title

It was a great night for Louisville volleyball as they closed out the regular season with a 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-13) sweep at Notre Dame. The win also guaranteed the Cards at least a share of the ACC title, pending what Pitt does against Boston College on Saturday.

Pitt survived a scare against Georgia Tech last night, winning the final set 19-17 (play to 15, but win by two). A Pitt loss to Boston College on Saturday would give Louisville the ACC Championship by themselves. A Pitt win would mean the Cards and Panthers share the ACC title.

Notre Dame celebrated their final home match of the regular season at the Purcell Pavilion and the Irish did not want to go down without a fight. The hosts held a small lead midway through the first quarter before Louisville pulled ahead. The Cards held a small lead in the second set, but could never pull away as Notre Dame continued to battle close. Louisville made some halftime adjustments and cruised through the third set for the win.

Louisville finishes the regular season 26-2 overall and 17-1 in the ACC. They lost in four sets at home to a top-10 Ohio State team early in the season and lost to a top-10 Pitt team, whom they later swept on Senior Day at the L&N FCU Arena, in five sets on the road a few weeks ago. The Cards seem to sit comfortably in the top four spots according to the NCAA Tournament selection committee.

The NCAA Selection Show is Sunday evening, but it appears we could see Louisville host four matches, provided they win, here in town.

Happy Thanksgiving!

We typically don't do a true article on Thanksgiving, but we felt highlighting the success of Louisville volleyball important enough to break tradition.

However, we still would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! We all have personal things to be thankful for, but here at Cardinal Couple, we are especially grateful for YOU, the readers. Cardinal Couple is nothing without you. Whether you just like to read our coverage on Louisville women's athletics, or you enjoy our podcasts, or you like to engage in conversation and discussion in our comment threads, we would be nothing without you.

Covering the 'Joy and Excitement of Louisville Women's Athletics' is a passion we all have and we strive to bring you the latest news and in-depth coverage.

We wish each and every one of you a safe, healthy, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thursday, Happy Thanksgiving, and Go Cards!


PS. Paulie has elected to take Friday off from going to Louisville women's basketball vs Longwood as he continues to recover from COVID-19. He has entrusted Daryl and I to take the reins for the game so we will still be present to provide coverage of the game.

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Volleyball Ends Regular Season -- WEDNESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE



Louisville Volleyball heads to South Bend today to play in their final match of the regular season against Notre Dame. The match is slated for 7:30 p.m. in the Purcell Pavilion and will be on the ACCNX.

Louisville can gain a share of the regular season title and wait to see how Pittsburgh does in their final two matches, vs Georgia Tech tonight and vs. Boston College Saturday. For Louisville, it's pretty simple -- "win and you're in" --  as the automatic qualifier for the ACC in the NCAA Tournament. We get asked all the time, so I'll repeat it again...the ACC does not have a conference tournament in Volleyball. In case of a tie in records, the tie-breaker between the Cards and Pitt would come down to sets won in the two meetings. Louisville won five, Pitt three. 

The Irish are 9-17 on the season and 4-12 in the ACC. They and the Cards met in Louisville on Oct 26th. and Louisville won the three sets and match 25-10, 25-22, and 25-14. Claire Chaussee had 16 kills for Louisville in that match and Amaya Tillman had 12. Notre Dame lost the last time they played, against NC State, in three sets. Notre Dame is one of four schools at the bottom of the conference standings with just four conference wins, along with Virginia, Virginia Tech and Clemson.  

The NCAA selection show is on Sunday, Nov 27th  at 7:30 p.m. on ESPNU.

If the Cards host first and second round NCAA matches they would be Dec 2nd and Dec 4th at the L&N Federal Credit Union (times to be announced). If Louisville is a top four seed, and they advance, they would move to the KFC YUM! Center for matches that will be held on Dec 8th and 10th. 

Louisville is 25-2 on the season and 16-1 in the ACC. Pitt gave them their lone conference loss and they also fell to Ohio State in out-of-conference action.

Here's hoping the Cards take care of business tonight. 

(photos by Jared Anderson)