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Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Duchars Named ACC FH Defender of the Week -- WBB Luncheon -- WEDNESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

 

SENIOR MIA DUCHARS NAMED ACC DPOTW


Cards St. Louis senior ACC defensive player of the week in Field Hockey




Louisville's Field Hockey defense is a whole team effort and is a very efficient one. The 9-1 Cards have allowed just eight goals on the season and we don't need a math major to tell us that the number equates out to less than a goal a game. And, not many teams can win a game with that number, right?  Louisville has three shut-outs on the season, has allowed 1 goal in six of their contests and the Cards have allowed only two goals once, in the Cards lone loss (to UNC).

Mia Duchars has been an integral part of that stone wall sitting down there in Trager Stadium and even gets into the scoring act from time to time. Virginia got off just five shots in 60 minutes in Louisville's last win, a 2-0 Cardinals triumph, and Duchars was also part of the defense that blanked Miami (OH) earlier in the week.. She even had an assist in one of the penalty corners scores against UVA.




I missed attending the Virginia game so didn't really have a say in who our illustrious photographer Jared Anderson interviewed after the match, but I was hoping he might get Duchars in the mix...she's no stranger to Cardinal Couple Interviews. Minna Tremonti and Izzy Bianco certainly weren't bad choices at all, I probably would have tried to sneak Mia in there as well. 

The Cards are #5 in the NFHCA poll this week, UNC is #1, Northwestern (although Louisville beat early in the season) is #2, Iowa #3 and Duke #4. Six of the seven ACC schools that play Field Hockey are in the nation's top 20. The Cards get the seventh school (Wake Forest) in Trager Friday. It's not a season the Demon Deacons have had a lot of luck in this year, but, all ACC schools are dangerous. 




Duchars has an active media life on Instagram, and I didn't need to go any further to see she's in love with the campus, her team and loves the game of Field Hockey, as well. 

Let's hope Mia and her flock of Birds can continue the job well done this weekend. 


WBB LUNCHEON


(2022's spread)


The 2023 WBB Tip-Off Luncheon will be Monday, Oct 23rd. this year and returns to the Grand Ballroom of The Galt House East. Always a good time, the doors open at 11:30 and the luncheon begins at noon. 

A lot of new faces this year on Walz's squad (seven new players) so we'll be doing a lot of "I think that's..." speculation as the girls arrive and are seated. 

Tickets this year are $45.  Visit GoCards.com/WBBTickets  for yours. 


paulie




Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Volleyball Remains Top 10 -- Fall Ball Softball -- TUESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Volleyball Remains in the Top 10




Despite a four-set loss at NC State over the weekend, Louisville volleyball didn't drop far. In fact, the Cards went from #5 last week to #6 this week. Louisville still boasts a 12-2 record on the season with ranked wins over Washington State, Kentucky, Penn State, and Dayton.

Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Stanford retained the first three spots in the rankings. Washington State jumped up to #4 and Oregon moved up a spot to #6.





Pitt, Texas, Florida, and BYU round out the final four spots in the top 10. Georgia Tech stayed put at #11. Florida lost their setter for the year and suffered another loss so they fell quite a few spots.

Louisville visits North Carolina and Duke this coming weekend and will return home to face Pitt on Friday, October 13. A Friday the 13th in October? Sounds like a great time for a Halloween promotion, ahem, UofL marketing...

We plan to have plenty of in-person coverage for the match against Pitt.

Fall Ball Softball




Louisville softball played a pair of home games on Sunday as part of their fall ball schedule. These games do not count for regulation play in any way, but is more a chance to test out different players in live action. The Cards squared off against Eastern Kentucky in the double header and took the sweep with 5-0 and 6-4 wins.

There's plenty of questions out there in terms of who will replace Taylor Roby (graduation), Hannah File (graduation), Korbe Otis (transfer), and Sarah Gordon (transfer), and I'm sure we will have more answers going forward.

For now, it appears that Holly Aprile's squad will have a plethora of available pitchers on the roster with Alyssa Zabala set to be the ace. Kentucky transfer Chelsea Mack saw a good amount of time in center field. Daisy Hess and Missouri transfer Riley Frizell both impressed at the plate.




There is an injury concern as Easton Lotus was not dressed. The rising junior tore her ACL in her freshman campaign but played all of last season. There were some complications with the recovery that resulted in another surgery, but she seems to be ready to go for the regular season in the spring.

Jeff and I hung out with SID Lori Korte Harmon in the press box and I grabbed a few pics too. It's always great to be out at Ulmer Stadium.

Here's a few extra shots from the games...





Happy Tuesday and Go Cards!
Jared

Monday, October 2, 2023

VB defeated in Raleigh (by Golly) -- MONDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

  WOLFPACK VB DOWNS CARDS IN 4 SETS


An unexpected result in a ACC Volleyball match Sunday afternoon. 




North Carolina State took the #4 ranked Cards down in four sets...25-19, 25-21, 22-25 and 25-15. Louisville simply could not win the battle at the net and that'll get you sometimes. 58-46 in kills delivered -- advantage NCST.  Also, .338 hitting for Ms. Wuf's gals and a dismal .164 for UofL  A loud, packed and rowdy crowd in Reynolds Coliseum appreciated the (now) 13-2 NCST effort in shutting down the main guns in the Cardinals offense. DeBeer, Kong and Luper. 

And the Cards were allowing the home team a lot of opportunities to power shots past their front line. Maybe UofL came in underestimating the NCST skills set or personnel.. They found out quickly that Rice, Brizzard and Cabello had the agility and ability to not only hit through block attempts, but also send shots to vacant areas on the floor.. 

SET ONE




The Cards and Pack hung tough with each other early on, before NCST broke open a 12-12 tie to go up 15-12 and then 18-13.. The Wolfpack pushed that advantage to 22-17 and closed it out with a kill for the 25-19 set victory.  Sadly, a lot of the viewing network missed the early action because the ACC Network wasn't done showing the FSU match yet..  (Or, maybe it was a good thing the Cardinals fans missed the beating). 

SET TWO

Another set that was pretty close early before NCST jumped out to a 13-10 edge. Louisville did battle back to tie it at 13 and went into a timeout trailing just 15-14. Louisville regrouped and take a 19-18 lead on a Kong kill. The teams were tied at 20-20 before NCST got hot and scored five of the next six set points for the 25-21 win. 

The Cards were down two sets to zero at halftime and one had to wonder if Louisville could rally and maybe put a reverse sweep together like Stanford did to them.

SET THREE




Louisville used an early 3-0 run to build an 8-4 lead. That held true as the match went on, the Cards in charge at 13-8. Things were looking pretty promising with Louisville up 20-15, but NCST dug down deep and got within two at 22-20. DeBeer had a kill and Cresse a block to end it, though, and the set went to Louisville 25-22. 

SET FOUR

Sadly, NCST gained control early and kept adding to their early lead. A crucial 6-1 run gave the Raleigh school a 15-8 lead and it looked bleak for the Cards. Louisville did manage to get as close as five... late in the match, but NCST was in control for most of the set (and match) and a Wolfpack ace and kill gave them the 10-point romp. 




You can bet the rest of the conference will study this one as they prepare to face the Cards in the remainder of the season. It's a case where Louisville needs to study the tape on this one, and figure out how to avoid this happening again. Shaking it off and saying "these things happen" is not and does not make it all better if you are in the Cardinals camp. 

the most ridiculous thing I saw on social media last night concerning the match was that the NC State win was a payback for Louisville defeating NCST in football Friday night. 

Yeah, OK. Sure it is.

Ask Wolfpack football if they feel justified now. Remember, Morons are out there, folks, and they come in all shapes, sizes and types of button-fly jeans.

 


And, why didn't we get to see Ms. Wuf on the television set? Damn ESPN...

 paulie

 


Sunday, October 1, 2023

Volleyball and Softball - Sunday Cardinal Couple

Volleyball and Softball Today




What's this?  Fall and Spring sports playing at the same time?  Dogs and cats living together?  Is it the apocalypse.

No, of course it's just exhibition play or Softball, but that doesn't make a trip out to Ulmer Stadium any less of a joy.

Let's start things off with yesterday's play.

Soccer Loses to Notre Dame




It was a pretty quick demonstration of how the game was going to go, less than three minutes into the game and 10th ranked Notre Dame opened up the scoring with a open break that gave Louisville goalkeeper Erynn Floyd basically no chance of a save.  The opening score was the only goal in the first half of the overall 3-0 affair.

Despite the missed first save, Floyd was a stalwart in goal, with eight total in the game, including a back-to-back pair in the 38th minute where Notre Dame was able to take a shot off the rebound of the first save, only to be stopped by Floyd again.

The Irish opened the scoring in the second half with a deflection of the post and shot off the rebound.

The last score of the game came off of a penalty kick in the 78th minute.

It doesn't get easier for the Cards, though they do return home to Lynn Stadium, their guest is 2nd ranked Florida State.

Volleyball





To today's action, then.  Volleyball is still on their road trip.  After the trip up to South Bend to beat Notre Dame three quick sets, they came back to the 'Ville, refreshed and repacked to head down North Carolina way to pay a visit to James T. Valvano Arena at William Neal Reynolds Coliseum and play NC State.

A quick perusal of the Wolfpack's schedule doesn't show us much in the way of signature wins or losses.  They did also sweep Notre Dame Friday and lost in four to Georgia Tech.  Neither are surprises, but do kind of fit NC State into the middle range of teams.  It's a bit early to judge much based on ACC standings with most teams having only played three conference matches so far, but NC State, at 2-1 in conference (a sweep of Clemson being the third match) puts them in a three way tie for fifth place behind undefeated Louisville, Pitt, Georgia Tech, and Florida State.

The out of conference loss for the Wolfpack is to Utah, who is typically a pretty good team, but this year?  Eh, I'm not impressed.




The Cards have another weekend, next week, in North Carolina where they'll pick up matches against the other Triangle schools, UNC, and Duke.  After that, they return home for a Friday night match that may very well be one of the premier matches across Volleyball this season, when Pitt comes to visit the KFC Yum! Center.

This NC State match will be served up at 4pm and it will be on the linear ACC Network.  Of course, streaming is an option as well.

Softball




Fall ball for the Holly Aprile squad today, as EKU treks up I-64 for the visit to play on Don Dobina field (does anyone else think of Bob Dobalina when they hear that name?) today starting at 1pm.

This is, as mentioned, exhibition play for Softball, which means we likely won't get much of a recap, or stats, or video, or much of anything else, really.  That's OK as Cardinal Couple does have plans to get in-person coverage of the event.

With a weather forecast of sunny and 85, it would be a fantastic day to get out and enjoy the ambiance of Ulmer Stadium.  I always find myself myself relaxed and refreshed after a visit.

Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast


[THE STATION MAY BE GONE, BUT THE PODCAST LIVES ON}


A fearsome foursome on the CCRHP yesterday.  Case, Jared, Paulie and myself recounted the week of Soccer, Volleyball, and Field Hockey.  We also looked a bit forward, both for programs at UofL, and more broadly the prospects for professional sports teams in Louisville.

Check it out at:
for your weekly dose of Cardinal Couple inanity.

-- JMcA

Saturday, September 30, 2023

Cards Pick Up Top-Ten Win -- SATURDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Field Hockey Knocks Off No. 7 UVA


Louisville field hockey faces a tough schedule every year by virtue of being in the ACC, a league not far removed from having all 7 teams make the NCAA tournament. This is nothing new, and the Cards have been one of the teams making conference play a nightmare for others. Something that comes along with that tough conference schedule, though, is benefit of the doubt that may run out if you aren't consistently winning some of those conference games. Last year the Cards went 1-5 in conference on their way to finishing 12-8 overall. They were still well regarded for the most part, but it's important to show that was a fluke and not a new normal.

Louisville got on their way to proving the doubters wrong yesterday with a 2-0 victory over seventh-ranked Virginia. It was a home match, sure, but it was still a ranked win and a shutout, Louisville's second straight. The Cards used a goal in the second to take momentum into the locker room and scored another in the fourth to ice the game. Defensively, Louisville had Virginia locked down, as the Hoos only managed a pair of shots on goal, both in the fourth quarter. On the whole, Louisville outshot UVA 7-5 and put six of their seven shots on target.

As they did last week, Louisville came out firing, earning a penalty corner in the first five minutes of the game. The ensuing shot was blocked, and neither team would do much for the remainder of the first period, aside from a pair of shots that missed the cage by UVA. The second started as slowly as the first ended, but a substitution bringing Aimee Plumb on halfway through the quarter paid off immediately. Fifteen seconds after the substitution, Louisville earned a penalty corner. Chloe Plumb played the ball in to her older sister, who laid it off for Minna Tremonti to put the Cards up 1-0. Before the end of the half, Aimee Plumb nearly doubled Louisville's advantage, forcing a save by UVA on a shot from open play.

The third quarter was passive once more, with neither team making many inroads into the opposing defense. Louisville finished the quarter with only substitutions on the stat sheet, while UVA had one shot blocked. The Hoos also picked up their first of three yellow cards in that third quarter. In the fourth, things got a bit more frantic. Virginia opened the quarter with possession, pushing hard for the equalizer and forcing Merlijn van der Vegt into action two minutes in. Another yellow card followed shortly after the shot, and Louisville went to work with their advantage. The Cards earned a corner in the 51st minute and saw three consecutive shots saved.

A couple of minutes after that heroic effort, Louisville earned another penalty corner and made sure to put the first shot home. Lara Niebler put the ball in play to Mia Duchars, who sent it to Izzy Bianco. Bianco fired it home to put the Cards up 2-0 and make the remainder of the match much more comfortable. Less than a minute later, UVA tried to cut the deficit back to one, earning a penalty corner and forcing van der Vegt's second save. Despite their 2-0 mountain to climb, Virginia never pulled their goalie, trying to play traditionally to get back into the game. It didn't work, and Louisville moved to 1-1 in conference play.

The Cards needed a win like yesterday's. Before the Miami match, Louisville's only shutout had been in the 1-0 win against Northwestern. After yesterday's game, Louisville has two straight shutouts and have won three straight by multiple goals since losing the conference opener at UNC. Those three multiple goal wins are Louisville's only of that type since the season opening 3-1 win against Northeastern. The Cards now get another weekend at home before a strong late season stretch. Louisville faces Wake Forest next Friday with a chance to beat their ACC record from last season before taking on CMU on the following Sunday. After that, Louisville goes on the road to face IU and Duke before returning home to host Iowa and Syracuse. That's an extremely difficult four-game stretch and another pair of wins ahead of it will do wonders for the team's confidence.

You can hear all about what Coach Justine Sowry had to say after the game and hear from the goal scorers at the links below.



Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast


We'll have four in play for today's show, with Daryl riding the wave of the Ohio River Valley fall allergy season. Dr. Paulie has prescribed a handful of Hot Toddies with double bourbon to clear the sinuses so we'll hope to get her back in the game for next week. (Although it might be fun to talk with her today after a few of the "remedies") There's plenty to discuss this week, with Louisville seeing wins from field hockey and volleyball and a top-ten matchup for women's soccer this evening. 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!

Cardinal Couple YouTube: Link
Anchor (podcast host): Link
Apple Podcasts: Link
Google Podcasts: Link
Overcast (free account required): Link
Pocket Casts (free account and app required): Link
RadioPublic: Link
Spotify: Link





Until next time, Go Cards!

Case

All photos by Jared Anderson

Friday, September 29, 2023

Field Hockey vs #7 UVA -- FRIDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

FRIDAYS WITH DARYL


Good morning readers! Welcome back to another weekend!




Today, the university will hold its its inauguration ceremony for the universities’ 19th president, Kim Schatzel, today. She began her tenure with UofL back in February.

The inauguration ceremony will take place from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. in the oval outside of Grawemeyer Hall. If you are unable to attend in person, watch the ceremony on UofL’s YouTube channel.

For those who plan to attend the Sept. 29 inauguration ceremony, the Stadium Purple Lot B is an available option for those who are coming from the Health Sciences Campus, Shelby Campus or elsewhere. Shuttle services will be provided from the Stadium Purple Lot B to the inauguration event site (the oval outside of Grawemeyer Hall.)

For questions, call University Parking & Transportation Services at 852-PARK (7275).

After that, head on over to Trager Stadium for some fall afternoon Cardinals field hockey!!


FIELD HOCKEY



UofL hosts #7 Virginia in ACC home opener Friday at 3 p.m. 

UofL currently stands at #5 in the polls sporting an 8-1 record while Virginia brings a 6-3 overall record and a 1-1 mark in ACC play into Friday's contest.




Virginia leads the series with Louisville 11-8 and has won the last three meetings. Virginia again leads the nation in strength of schedule for the second year in a row, with their last 4 opponents being ranked where they went 2-2 and are 4-0 on the road on the season. All three of Virginia's losses have come against top-15 teams including Liberty, Boston College and Maryland.  The Cavaliers are led offensively by Daniela Mendez-Trendler who has five goals and four assists for 14 points.   Tyler Kennedy carries a 1.33 goals against average and a .750 save percentage.

Fans attending games held at the University of Louisville may utilize the Floyd Street Parking Garage located across from the Don Fightmaster Playground for a $5 fee.  

As Always 
Go CARDS!!   And welcome officially to the Kim Schatzel Era, I wish her luck!! 

~Daryl 

Thursday, September 28, 2023

Cards Sweep Irish -- THURSDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

VolleyCards Sweep Notre Dame



A shortened week had no ill effect on the Louisville volleyball as the Cards went on the road to sweep Notre Dame 3-0 (25-12, -18, -16).

While Louisville appears to have completed dominated based on the final score, Notre Dame had some bright spots including keeping the second set close until the Cards closed the set on a 7-0 run.

The Cards handed Notre Dame their third loss of the season and their first in ACC play. Only four teams remain undefeated in conference play.


On the night, the Irish were limited to 17 kills on -0.115 attack percentage. They did end up with more aces (five) than service errors (three). Meanwhile, Louisville doubled up their service errors (eight) over aces (four). The Cards more than doubled up Notre Dame in kills with 39 for the match. Louisville hit .250.

It's not often a middle blocker racks up the most kills, but Phekran "PK" Kong did so with 12 kills on .500 hitting. Aiko Jones (eight kills) and Anna DeBeer (seven kills) also had strong attack nights. Elena Scott and Elle Glock each had eight digs with the latter also recording 30 assists.


Set One: Louisville 25, Notre Dame 12

Louisville looked like one of the best teams in the country after racing out of the gate to a 9-0 lead. Their lead extended to 15-4 before Notre Dame burned their final timeout. The Irish pieced together a 4-0 spurt but Louisville never allowed things to get any closer.

Set Two: Louisville 25, Notre Dame 18

ACC play is rarely easy and Notre Dame reminded Louisville of that in the second set. After the Cards went up 3-0, the Irish battled back to a 7-7 tie. Neither team was able to piece together any type of run for much of the set and Notre Dame a 15-17 lead. After the Cards and Irish came even at 18 apiece, UofL then rallied for a 7-0 spurt to claim the set.

Set Three: Louisville 25, Notre Dame 16

The only good thing for Notre Dame this set was being able to string together three straight points and four straight points. Louisville went on cruise control for a good chunk of the set including building a seven-point lead late in the set. After the Irish cut the Louisville lead to 20-15, the Cards scored five of the final six points to claim the win.


Louisville improves to 12-1 on the season and reaches 3-0 in ACC play for the fifth straight season, COVID-19 season excluded. The Cards have won five straight in the series against Notre Dame and now lead the all-time series 24-23.

Next on the schedule for UofL is NC State. The Cards and Wolfpack will meet in Raleigh on Sunday at 4:00pm. This one will be on ACCN linear.

Exciting Personal News



In what has been an exciting and eventful 2023 year for me highlighted by a wedding and honeymoon, the next big thing to happen this year is becoming a homeowner! Katy and I closed on our first house here in town on Monday. Here's to many years of homeownership!

Happy Thursday and Go Cards!
Jared

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Field Hockey Wins; Volleyball Looks to Follow; Basketball Announces Schedule -- WEDNESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Field Hockey Scores Ranked Road Win


Louisville's offense applied significant pressure in the first half but scored both of their goals on just three shots in the second against #25 Miami (OH) yesterday afternoon. The Cards held possession and had plenty of chances, but you wouldn't want to use them as film in a scoring clinic. Ultimately, Louisville came away with a 2-0 victory in just their second shutout of the season. The Cards remain undefeated in non-conference play and pick up a critical win on the road. 

Despite 11 penalty corners and 10 shots in the first half, Louisville was left scratching their heads as they entered the locker room tied at 0. Perhaps it should have been counted as an omen when Louisville earned a penalty corner less than two minutes into the game and failed to attempt a shot. After the first one, penalty corners came in bunches. For the remainder of the half, Louisville never took just one penalty corner in a sequence. seeing a run of three near the end of each quarter split by two pairs. The Cards would end the game 0-12 on penalty corners, so there goes our progress toward a better conversion rate. 

Louisville was at least getting quality shots up in the first, they forced six saves from Isabelle Perese in the first half. Perese would get just one save in the second half, giving up Louisville's two goals on their other two shots in the half. Ironically, Perese's lone second half save came on Louisville's lone second half corner attempt. Fate can be cruel. Although they didn't use a corner to make it happen, Louisville struck quickly in the second half, taking the advantage on a Tyler Everslage goal 27 seconds into the quarter. It was the freshman's third goal of the season, making her alone in third in goals scored. Entering the game, Emilia Kaczmarczyk and Aimee Plumb were tied at four, with Kazzy helped by her brace last week. Plumb made sure they left the game with a gap between them, as she scored the insurance goal with just over 12 minutes to play in the game.

Plumb's fifth goal of the season came shortly after she had been frustrated by a save on a penalty corner. After the clearance from the goal, Louisville immediately stole possession and moved down the field where Lauren Masters sent the ball in for Plumb to knock it into the cage. After the insurance check was in the bank, Louisville's offense hung it up, adding no more stats for the remainder of the game. They ultimately wouldn't need any more offense, though, as Miami could only muster their first and only shot of the match shortly after their first and only corner . Merlijn van der Vegt was up to the task, stopping that one shot and staying awake for the remainder of the match.

The box score doesn't offer a ton as far as how the game looked, but it does paint a picture of dominance for Louisville in this one. They took 13 (8) shots compared to just the one for the Redhawks and had the aforementioned 12 penalty corners to Miami's 1. Granted, as I noted before, Louisville's offense was all for show in the first half. They were clean and efficient in the second with a sharp .667 shot conversion percentage. It was also a deep bench for both sides. Louisville played nine bench players while Miami spread the wealth by playing twelve starters.

Ultimately, the Cards come out with a win against a ranked opponent on the road. It's hard to top that. The Cards will get a couple of days off as their next match isn't until Friday when they host Virginia. Virginia is currently ranked seventh after a rough week saw them need overtime to win one game in their stretch of three in one week.  The Cards and Hoos will get back in action on Friday at 3PM on ACCNX.

Volleyball Takes on Notre Dame


The Louisville volleyball team looks to continue their good vibes after the romp of Syracuse and the moderately less comfortable win over BC when the lights come up for ACCN tonight. Louisville is taking on Notre Dame, who is looking much more this season like a contender or at least a spoiler. After opening the season 2-2 with losses to Texas Tech and Santa Clara, ND has gone undefeated in their last six. Granted, those matches include home against Illinois and Oklahoma, a home-home with Toledo, and the same two conference foes Louisville has beaten. Notre Dame also swept Syracuse (raise your hand if you, personally, have swept Syracuse this season. Don't be shy.) but needed one set more than Louisville to put away BC. 

The Cards and Irish will be on ACC Network proper, which means this one is almost certainly going five sets. Tune in at 7PM and strap in.

ACC Announces Basketball Schedules


Louisville women's basketball now knows what the entirety of their 2023-24 schedule looks like since the ACC has announced conference schedules. There will be a larger schedule breakdown coming, I'm sure, but let's hit the highlights.

In what is likely the last season for awhile that Louisville will play multiple conference opponents more than once in a regular season (with Cal, Stanford, and SMU joining the ACC next year), the Cards will once again get four teams twice. This season, those teams are Pitt, Boston College, Syracuse, and Notre Dame. Louisville will play the first game in three of four of those pairings at the Yum! Center.

Outside of those four, Louisville will host Duke, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Virginia, and FSU. That leaves, as I'm sure you're aware, Miami, Clemson, UNC, NC State, and GT as road games. The Cards open and close the conference season on the road, playing Miami on New Year's Eve and getting the honor of being Notre Dame's Senior Day. Louisville will honor their seniors on Leap Day against FSU. 

An interesting quirk of the way the calendar lines up this year means that Louisville will play nine games in February. It would take some individual calculation to determine the last time Louisville played nine regular season games in a month, much less in February, but let's all go ahead and assume it's kind of weird. Please no one ruin this for me.

As I mentioned earlier, more to come on basketball as the season draws nearer. For now, let's continue to support our fall sports teams that are in the full swing of their seasons!

Until next time, Go Cards!
Case

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Field Hockey Visits Miami -- Elena Scott ACC DPOTW -- TUESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Field Hockey Heads North to Miami OH


Fresh off a blowout win over James Madison over the weekend, Louisville field hockey hits the road to Oxford, Ohio to take on Miami at 2:00 pm ET. There is no tv or streaming listed for this one. This match will be the midway point of the season for the Cards (7-1), who have an 18-schedule in the regular season.

Miami enters the match at 7-3, most recently coming off a 1-0 upset victory at then-#17 Wake Forest. The NFHCA poll only ranks the top 20 teams this season, but the Redhawks currently sit at 25th in the rpi, where Louisville sits third.

Miami had a tough stretch near the start of the season with a loss to Indiana at home and followed that with a loss to current-#8 Maryland on the road. Their only other loss was an upset in overtime against Brown. They do have several wins against top 5 rpi opponents in Cal, American, Appalachian State, and previously mentioned Wake Forest.


One of the more dominant mid-majors in field hockey, Miami has made the NCAA Tournament the last six seasons and have been the top MAC contender for several years. This year seems to be the same for the Redhawks. They have average just shy of two goals per game while allowing 1.20 goals per game. They have shut out Cal and Wake Forest, both on the road.

Claudia Negrete Garcia leads the Miami attack with five goals and two assists. She is one of four players to log at least three goals. Isabelle Perese has been a beast in goal for Miami, with 39 saves and a .765 save percentage.

Miami leads the all-time series against the Cards, but Louisville holds the win in the most recent match-up, a 4-1 victory at Trager Stadium in 2021.

Elena Scott Named ACC Defensive Player of the Week


To no one's surprise, Elena Scott added another accolade to her long list of awards and accomplishments.  The junior libero was named ACC Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season.

Scott registered 15 digs in a blowout sweep over Syracuse on Friday and followed it up with 23 digs, four assists, and a pair of aces in a win against Boston College on Sunday. It was her 12th consecutive double-digit dig match. The Louisville native also recorded her 1,000th career dig in Sunday's win.

The Cards hit the road for a Wednesday night match against Notre Dame. The match is set to begin at 7:00 pm and is slated for an ACC Network televised slate. We will preview more of that tomorrow.

Happy Tuesday and Go Cards!
Jared

Monday, September 25, 2023

A Fun Win and A Heartbreaker -- MONDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Hey, Cards fans, Jared here. Paulie is having some computer trouble so he asked me to step in for him while he takes his laptop to the computer doctor. He's hopeful to have his technological issues resolved later in the week.

Louisville sports were busy this week and yesterday was no different. For us, we turned our eyes to UofL volleyball and UofL women's soccer, both of whom had ACC match-ups going on. The "Kickin' Cards" were down in Coral Gables against Miami while the "Volley Cards" were at home at L&N FCU Arena. Both softball and lacrosse had fall scrimmages going on too.

Women's Soccer Falls in the Final Seconds


The hopes of earning a draw on the road to Miami and earning another point in conference play were shattered right before the final horn. The Hurricanes scored with two seconds remaining to defeat Louisville 1-0.

Miami was able to get a couple players past the Louisville defense on a sprint up the field. A pass from the right side of the field near the sideline to the middle of the box left the Miami attacker one-on-one against keeper Erynn Floyd. Unfortunately for Floyd, she was not able to get her hands on the shot. You can't blame the sophomore keeper who did have three saves on the day. The defense got beat hoping to ride out the final seconds.


Miami's Melissa Dagenais recorded six saves. Louisville had no shortage of shots with 13 total and six on frame. The Cards pressed forward much of the match and had good looks, but could not find the back of the net. Emma Hiscock came off the bench and provided an offensive spark with three shots (two on goal) but the Miami D proved to be too tough.

Louisville falls to 2-5-4 on the season and 1-1-1 in the ACC. They visit Notre Dame on Saturday.

Volleyball Defeats Boston College in Four


Boston College lost to two Louisville teams in two different sports in the span of 24 hours. Louisville football handled their business on Saturday and Louisville volleyball took a 3-1 (25-23, 25-20,23-25, 25-17) win against the Eagles on Sunday.

The best part of the match was libero Elena Scott recording her 1000th career dig. The Louisville native entered the match with 999 and got that coveted number 1000 just a few points into the first set. She's now up to 1022 digs. As a junior, we will see plenty more from her this season plus another year to go. She's on pace to break 1500 digs before she graduates. I happened to run into Scott and many other volleyball players last night at men's soccer and was able to congratulate her in person. She mentioned that her teammates were teasing her for "not getting one more" against Syracuse on Friday.


The Cards struggled with their hitting but improved each set- .167, .250, .268, 375. Anna DeBeer led the way with 18 kills but it was Aiko Jones with the high efficiency .381 hitting percentage with 10 kills. Charitie Luper added 15 kills, nearly jumping through the ceiling on several occasions. Cara Cresse recorded 12 kills on .348 hitting.

Surprisingly, Louisville was out-blocked by Boston College 11-7. It played in the Eagles' favor in taking the third set. Hannah Sherman, who earned her second straight start, made her presence known with a solo block and several block assists. Aiko Jones was also a part of five block assists.

Serving continues to be a concern. The Cards finished the match with six service aces and 15 service errors. Ideally, you want those to be close to even as possible and not 2.5 times more errors than aces, but Louisville was able to overcome that.


Dani Busboom Kelly decided to switch things up again, trying different looks and getting some bench players some reps. Hannah Sherman saw plenty of playing time in the middle blocker position. Reese Robins also saw action in two sets. Brigitta Petrenko and Ayden Bartlett both popped in for a few points here and there.

Louisville improves to 11-1 on the year and has started off 2-0 in ACC play. They hit the road to face Notre Dame on Wednesday night.

Spring Sports in Fall Action

Louie flying over Floyd Street

Louisville lacrosse and softball participated in some fall scrimmages yesterday. Lacrosse faced Cincinnati, Youngstown State, and Indianapolis in shortened matches. The Cards fell to Cincinnati 9-6 but defeated Youngstown State 16-3 and Indianapolis 13-4. Softball traveled up to Columbus for a double header against Ohio State. They took the first game 4-3 before falling in the second game 9-3.

Happy Monday and Go Cards!
Jared