Friday, December 2, 2022
Thursday, December 1, 2022
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!
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.
End of 1Q 25-18 CARDS
9-17 52.9% Cards
8-14 57.1% OSU
Reb. 10-5 Cards
1-7 14.3% Cards
1-3 33.3% OSU
End of 2Q 20-19 CARDS
9-19 47.4% Cards
7-15 46.7% OSU
Reb. 9 All
2-4 50% Cards
3-7 42.9% OSU
HALF 45-37 CARDS
End of 4Q 31-14
6-21 28.6% Cards
11-15 73.3% OSU
Reb. 12-9 Cards
2-8 25% Cards
2-3 66.7% OSU
|(It was "nightmare on Main Street" in the fourth quarter)|
FREE THROWS -- 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
FINAL FRED TALLY: F-R-_- _
Wednesday, November 30, 2022
WALZ PREVIEWS OHIO ST. GAME, DISCUSSES SQUAD
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
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
VOLLEYCARDS TO OPEN FRIDAY VS. SAMFORD
|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 2nd.at 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:
(photos by Jared Anderson)
A Clear Calendar
- Ohio State
- San Diego
Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast
Saturday, November 26, 2022
Louisville Crushes Longwood 100-37
The FRED Report
The CASE Report
Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast
|What I imagine Paulie's setup would be|
if he ran the show.
Until next time, Go Cards!
Friday, November 25, 2022
FRIDAYS WITH DARYL
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
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.
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!
Thursday, November 24, 2022
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.
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
WIN WOULD GUARANTEE CARDS A SHARE OF ACC TITLE
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)