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Sunday, August 25, 2019

Cardinals Sweep Saturday - Sunday Cardinal Couple

Exhibition Saturday Success

An afternoon of exhibition competitions led to an afternoon of victories for the Cardinal women teams.  Field Hockey and Volleyball were both in action, and both saw good successes against their respective opponents.

Field Hockey

The afternoon got underway with a 1pm pass back at Trager Stadium with the Field Hockey taking the field against their traditional first exhibition opponents, The Cardinal Alumnae.

The Alumnae would get on the scoreboard first with a first quarter goal by Class of 2013 graduate, and current Assistant Coach Erin Schneidtmiller, but that would be the only goal success the Alumnae would get.  The current squad evened it up midway through the second quarter (yes, they're playing 15 minute quarters, now) to take the tie into halftime. Sacred Heart (Louisville) freshman Mattie Tabor got the current student-athletes on the board. 

The current squad would go on to score several more times in the last two quarters to hand a resounding defeat to the alumnae.  Because this was an exhibition match, we don't have stats sheets to dive into significant depth.

Ultimately, the is a warmup for the season, it's the first chance for the current squad to field a team on the field against an external opponent in a line-up that could be used in official game play.  It's a good time for everyone, and good competitive play to prepare for the season ahead.

A bonus dose of joy and excitement as Sherrill Brakmeier, the Grand Dame of UofL Field Hockey was in attendance and celebrated her birthday with the team and alumnae.

The squad will be back in action today at 2pm against Miami of Ohio, also in exhibition play, and will open their official season against Indiana on Friday with a 3pm start.

Below, Paulie post-game interviews with Coach Sowry, Hannah Boyle and the "three amigos"




Thanks to Jared for the video work here. They were dealing with wind issues and the P.A. system, so we've included Paulie audio below as well.





After their intra-squad scrimmage last weekend, the Volleyball team also welcomed Miami of OH to the River City for their inter-squad scrimmage and exhibition.  

Claire Chaussee guards the net.
The Cards swept this one 4-0.


I'll wait a moment for that to sink in.

The match was, as mentioned, an exhibition match, so there's nothing really official about it, but "officially", in it's exhibition unofficialness, the Cards won in 3 straight sets.  A quick exchange at the scorers table near the end of the 3rd set, however, and both coaches agreed to go ahead and play a 4th set to give them teams that little extra bit of pre-season experience.

Tori Dilfer serving up some heat.
Position battles have been the point of interest in volleyball and, well, there are no straightforward answers here quite yet.  The "official" (see above re: exhibition) starting lineup included Emily Scott and Anna Stevenson as the middles and Tori Dilfer as setter.  The rest of the line-up was unsurprising, with Melanie McHenry, Aiko Jones, and Claire Chaussee as the hitters, and Alexis Hamilton donning the libero jersey.

Later in the match we would see Piper Roe get some significant time in the middle, Amaya Tillman did make an appearance as a right side hitter, but her time on the court was limited, prompting some speculation that she still may not be 100% on her ankle after she rolled it in the Red & Black Scrimmage.

Jaz Jones of the WBB team being Jaz Jones.
Probably the most interesting development came several rotations into the first set, as Tori Dilfer was set to rotate into the front row, a double-substitution came to the sub-line.  Dilfer headed to the sideline being replaced by a committee throughout the match of Amaya Tillman, Amber Stivrins, and Nena Mbonu.  Also at the sub-line was freshman Shannon Shields coming in to serve, with Aiko Jones heading to the sideline.  Yes, Cardinal volleyball fans, the 6-2 offense is a thing that we will probably see some this season.*

Again, we're in exhibition-land, so we don't have a full stat sheet to work with (and even if we did, it would only cover the first 3 sets).  In those 3, however, McHenry, Jones, and Chaussee each tallied 8 kills.  I also noted, at the end of the 3rd set, that Aiko Jones had 9 blocks listed on the scoreboard.  Anna Stevenson, and Piper Roe contributed some excellent blocking as well, and I'd say this team will do well in blocking stats for the year.

The VolleyCards will get their official season underway Friday against a national powerhouse, 10th ranked, Florida.  That match should start at about 7pm, but there is an earlier match in the session with Dayton competing against Texas A&M.  These matches kick off the official seasons for these teams, as well as the Cardinal Classic Tournament at L&N Federal Credit Union Arena.  The Cards will play Texas A&M Saturday at 7pm, and Dayton on Sunday at 1pm.  A quite note on Dayton...they were eliminated by the Cards in the first round of NCAA play in Illinois last fall, so they will be looking for revenge.  Also, don't estimate this flyer team as they were able to knock off 12th ranked Pittsburgh in 5 sets (25-21, 25-21, 22-25, 23-25, 19-17, a real barn burner of a match) in exhibition play.

Cardinal Couple Radio Hour

Cardinal Couple Radio Hour. Paulie, Case and I were in the studio yesterday bringing you the weekly edition.  As you would likely expect, you can catch recap and previews of women's soccer, a recap of the volleyball Red & Black Scrimmate and a preview of the Miami of Ohio exhibition, and a preview of Field Hockey action against the Alumnae and also Miami of Ohio.

Floyd now has his own logo associated with the station and you can follow him on Twitter at @squirrelfloyd 

How long will it be before we see him campus riding one of those pay-per-ride scooters?

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* Some explanation, if you're not well versed in how volleyball lineups can work as a 6-2 offense is a fairly rare occurrence at the college level.  The crux of this is that Dilfer will act as setter as she rotates across the back row.  When she's set to rotate up to the front row, her rotation location will be taken by a hitter (one of that committee), who will rotate across the front row.

As that hitter is set to rotate into the backrow, they will sub out and Dilfer will return.  In the meantime, halfway around the rotation, Aiko Jones plays her way across the front-line (blocking about every 3rd hit, it seemed) and when she is set to rotate into the backrow, at the same time that Dilfer is about to move to the front, Shannon Shield enters to serve and set from the backrow.  The result of all of this is that the active setter on the floor for the Cards is always in the back row, leaving two pin hitters and middle always in the front row, supercharging the offense and blocking defense for the Cards.

There are trade-offs, however.  This substitution pattern consumes 4 substitutions for each full rotation around the court, and as the number of substitutions in a set of volleyball is limited, this can become an issue.  It also means that the team will have fewer Defensive Specialists on the court throughout a match as the rotational slot that will have a DS sub in across the back-row remains constantly consumed by a setter, rather than only for half the rotation.

So you need hitters that can play defense well, and the Cards do have several in McHenry, Chaussee, and Stivrins.  You need a libero that can cover a lot of court, Alexis Hamilton was almost physically stopped by Director of Ops Sarah Petkovik from chasing one into and through the bench seating.  And lastly, you should have a middle that can serve reasonably well and not be a major liability on defense for that half of a rotation, Piper Roe (despite my jinx of her in the Red & Black) does well in these areas.  This last one is to conserve the number of substitutions that need to be taken.

The 6-2 is a tricky offense to run well, but when you have a team and lineup that can, it can be super effective.


Jared wasn't able to test the water cannon's strength since EMS wasn't present

Both goalkeepers looked good today! 

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Saturday Brings More Exhibitions -- SATURDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

As the fall season continues to ramp up, more exhibitions are on the horizon. Field Hockey will get underway today, and Volleyball will take on their first opponent that isn't themselves. Oddly enough, Women's Soccer will play three regular season games before any other team on campus plays their first sanctioned match. So it goes sometimes.

Field Hockey vs Alumnae

The annual Alumnae Game is on the docket for Trager Stadium today, as the Louisville Field Hockey team looks to knock away the rust. This match will be a good time for Coach Justine Sowry to see what she has in some of her players, especially as she tries to replace some fantastic starters. The primary position battle everyone will be keeping an eye on will be that of the goalie. Hollyn Barr and Sam Minrath will likely both play for each team in order to get a view of both goalies in "equal" situations. Barr comes in as the "heir apparent" to the seat left open by the graduation of Ayeisha McFerran, having impressed in multiple starts last season during McFerran's international duties. However, Minrath has impressed heavily and has received high praise from Coach Sowry. I get the feeling this is a battle that will not be settled particularly soon.

One player that is not in a position battle is Mercedes Pastor. The junior from Argentina was an All-American last year and has been named to the preseason All-ACC first team. Pastor started every game for the Cards last season, scoring five goals and adding three assists. She'll look to improve on those numbers this year and lead the Louisville offense.

Today's event will get underway at 1PM over at Trager. Admission is free. After the Cards get warmed up with an in-house scrimmage today, they'll host Miami (OH) for an exhibition tomorrow at 2PM. Admission to that event is also free.

Volleyball Hosts a Second Scrimmage

Speaking of Miami (OH), I wonder if the field hockey team and volleyball team are taking the same bus. Louisville Volleyball will host its first scrimmage against an outside team this afternoon at 3PM when the Redhawks come in to L&N Federal Credit Union Arena. Louisville has not faced Miami (OH) since 2015, when the Cards were victorious 3-1 against the Redhawks in a season opening tournament hosted by Illinois. Obviously both teams will be quite different this year, with Louisville having changed coaches in that time and almost all players from those teams having graduated or transferred. 

Proceedings in the Arena will get underway at 3PM and admission to this event is also free. As is typical, the UofL clear bag policy is in effect for preseason games, so please plan accordingly.

Cardinal Couple Radio Hour

It's here. Louisville athletics are back on track, and the Cardinal Couple Radio Hour can finally break down sanctioned games on the air again. Join Paulie, Jeff, and me as we hit the airwaves on WCHQ FM at 11AM to bring you the joy and excitement of Louisville women's sports. We'll talk about the big win women's soccer had over Ohio State on Thursday, look ahead at Morehead State, and check in with Jeff about what he saw at the Red and Black scrimmage last week. Tune in to WCHQ FM at 100.9FM,, using the WCHQ App, or on Facebook Live.
 Until next time, Go Cards!

Friday, August 23, 2019

Cards Women's Soccer Start Season with Win -- iNTERVIEW WITH "COACH J" -- Louisville WBB -- Weekend Scheduling -- FRIDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Soccer Starts Season on Right Foot

Photo courtesy of Chris Snyder, father of Delaney Snyder
The official start to the season began last night as Louisville women's soccer traveled to Columbus to take on (THE™) Ohio State for the first official game of the regular season.  Louisville came out on top of the match 2-1.

Ohio State was first to score after a bit of controversy.  The officials got together to discuss a potential offsides on the Buckeyes but ultimately decided that the goal was good.

UofL responded with a ferocious attack that featured a couple good goal opportunities.  Brooklynn Rivers found the back of the net 12 minutes later in the 29th minute.  A throw in made its way to the Cards' leading scorer from last year, who knocked in the equalizer.

The two foes went to the locker room at halftime with an even 1-1 match.

Photo courtesy of Chris Snyder, father of Delaney Snyder
Maisie Whitsett, Louisville's second leading scorer last year, posted the game winner in the 84th minute.  Niamh Nelson set Whitsett up in the box, who had snuck off to the far side of the box.

The Cards dominated the stat sheet, finishing with nine shots on target compared to Ohio State's three.  Ohio State committed 18 fouls while Louisville committed just seven. 

Gabby Kouzelos had an all star game at goalkeeper.  Although the stat sheet credits her with two official saves, the junior disrupted the Ohio State attack all evening after surrendering an early goal. ( Once again, a goal that was originally called back because of offsides but reversed and allowed after an official's huddle).

This is just the second win in nine tries over Ohio State in program history, including the first ever in Columbus.  The only other win was a 2-0 victory in 2007 at Cardinal Park.  Last night's match was the first between the two teams since Ohio State took a 2-1 victory way back in 2008.

Louisville starts the year 1-0-0 and comes home to host Morehead State on Sunday night at 7:30. Follow us here at CARDINAL COUPLE for the best in Louisville Women's Soccer news, scores and recaps of games.


Paulie caught up with new Louisville women's basketball assistant coach Jonneisha Pineda yesterday (the players call her Coach J) in her office at "the Koeber" and got this exclusive interview.

What you'll hear in the audio link below is a great discussion on working with the UofL staff, coaches and players, how coach reacted when she got "the call" from Coach Walz to let her know she had the job, her thoughts on Louisville (the city and campus), her role model and her special message to Cardinal women's basketball fans.

We think Cardinal WBB fans will love Coach J's enthusiasm, energy and the knowledge she brings to the Cardinal Women's Basketball program. Huge thanks you's to Coach J for the excellent interview!!



Weekend Scheduling

Field hockey will host their annual alumnae game at 1:00 Saturday at Trager Stadium.  After listening to the Cardinal Couple Radio Hour head on down to campus to enjoy the free admission as the current Cards take on the former Cards.

Following the conclusion of field hockey just walk across the street to L&N Federal Credit Union Arena.  Volleyball will face Miami (OH) in an exhibition at 3:00.  The UofL website notes that this is free but the clear bag policy will be in effect.

Sunday will feature more Floyd Street fun.  Field hockey will have another exhibition.  This time they'll try their luck against Miami (OH) at 2:00.  Once again, free admission.

At 7:30, women's soccer will open their home slate of seven straight home matches with a game against Morehead State.

The Cards beat the Eagles in an exhibition 4-0 last year. Beautiful Lynn Stadium is the place to catch the 1-0 Cards.

Happy Friday and Go Cards!


Thursday, August 22, 2019



I had the great opportunity yesterday morning to have an exclusive interview with both Louisville women's golf head coach Whitney Wade Young and senior student-athlete Lauren Hartlage at the new facilities for Louisville Golf on South Floyd Street. The building is rapidly progressing and features indoor practice facilities and plenty of office space.

Louisville women's golf has both a fall and spring season and the Cards are preparing for their first event of the year on Sept 9-10 at the Minnesota Invitational.  Prestwick Golf Club in Woodbury, Minnesota hosts the annual event. Woodbury is located in southeastern Minnesota, not far from Wisconsin. 

The Cards started the 2018-19 season in this Invitational and finished 6th out of 15 teams, playing against national powerhouse programs San Jose St., East Carolina, Virginia Tech and Kentucky. 

Below is the audio link to our delightful discourse. We covered a lot of topics, including Whitney becoming the head coach, Lauren's spectacular summer, the addition of new assistant coach Dori Carter, the facilities, tips for beginning golfers and the returning team -- which loses only one player from last year (Olivia Cason) to graduation and adds two freshmen. 


With a veteran roster, one of the best in DI women's golfers returning in Hartlage and excellent leadership from the coaching staff, I predict great things ahead for the 2019-20 "chip and putt" Cards -- including a return to the NCAA Tournament and a impressive finish in the ACC Tournament. 

Be sure to catch the Friday Cardinal Couple, when we offer another "two-for-one"....Jared Anderson's column and our Cardinal Couple exclusive interview with new assistant women's basketball coach "J.P." -- Jonneshia Pineda  



Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Chad, Carter and Softball -- WEDNESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Jared's Status Update

As always, I sit on my couch with my feet propped up as I type my article the evening before. Getting up early to type an article before work doesn't seem like a great idea for someone who hates mornings.  Besides having a major food coma from the Kentucky State Fair, the only difference between this Wednesday post and the ones from the past three months is that there's actually news to report.

Tessa Chad Takes Assistant Coach Position

It was announced on both Tessa Chad's and Wagner College's social media platforms that the former Louisville lacrosse star has taken an assistant coach position with the Seahawks.

Chad was the lone senior for the Cards last year and led the team in scoring.  Wagner College went 16-4, won the Northeast Conference, and made it to the NCAA Tournament last year.

Tessa transferred to Louisville from Canisius when Scott Teeter left Canisius to accept the job as head Lacrosse coach. Her leadership, knowledge and proficiency was a valuable addition to Louisville Lacrosse, and we wish her the best at Wagner!

From Scott Teeter on Tessa:

"Tessa is an excellent student of the game. She is also an excellent role model for today's adolescents. She will develop into a fantastic coach".

Dori Carter Joins Women's Golf

Well, it's safe to say Dori has been found, but Nemo is still nowhere to be seen.

Dori Carter has been named the new assistant coach for women's golf.  She will join new head coach
Whitney Wade Young in the development and coaching the Cardinal chip-and-putters.  Carter comes from a successful Ole Miss program and was a two-time All-American.  Since joining the Ladies PGA (LPGA) Tour in 2011 Carter has participated in 140 events.  She was a volunteer coach at her alma mater and played a role in their 2018 and 2019 NCAA Championships appearances. She's also been inducted into the Ole Miss Hall Of Fame.

Make sure to catch Paulie's interview and article with UofL Women's Golf new head coach Whitney Wade Young and senior student-athlete Lauren Hartlage in the Thursday edition of Cardinal Couple. I'd guess that he'll ask about the addition of Carter.

Softball Fall Schedule Released

As Scar once sang about, Be Prepared.  On top of all the fall sports going on softball has announced a pretty busy fall schedule.  They will play four opponents in double-headers for a total of eight games.

The Cards will host Eastern Kentucky on Saturday, Sept. 7 at 12:30.  They'll host Bellarmine two weeks later on Sept. 21 at noon.  They head to Lexington to face Kentucky the week after at noon.  They'll finish at home against Indiana on Oct. 6, starting at 1:00.

 Admission to softball events is free, but be prepared for increased traffic and parking with field hockey and volleyball sharing the Floyd Street Parking Garage.  Also, plan ahead for any football home games that may cause traffic and parking problems.

I'm A Busy Guy

With all the sports starting up it just makes life crazy busy for photographers like myself.  Up to this point in 2019 I've shot 133 events, most of them sporting events.  I expect to get up to around 185-200 events before the end of the year so I'm sure you'll find me at most games.

Happy Wednesday and Go Cards!


EDITOR NOTE: We wondered recently whether -- 1) Does Jared Anderson ever sleep? and 2) Are there multiple Jared Anderson's? 

In addition to his wonderful photography work, he also writes here twice a week, holds down a full-time job, spends a lot of time capturing Louisville Bats moments and its even rumored he's hard at work practicing his skills on the euphonium to play on our weekly radio show THE CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO HOUR. And that's just a few of his many activities. 

He also does photo shoots for events, individuals and groups. As we like to say, no one, anywhere is safe from the Jared camera. Wanna get shot? Text Jared at 502.645.8765

As a full-fledged member of "the knuckle-heads" and "A-TEAM",  we greatly appreciate the hours he devotes to us. We just need to find a way to keep him from making predictions...


Happy Wednesday and Go Cards!


Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Louisville Fall Sports Media Day -- TUESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


Three fall sports answered questions and discussed their upcoming seasons at the Fall Sports Media, held in the first floor press conference room of the Kueber Center Planet Fitness building on Floyd Street yesterday. 

Aiko Jones
Volleyball went first and the "wide net" Cards were represented by head coach Dani Busboom Kelly, defensive setter/libero Alexis Hamilton and opp. Aiko Jones. Below you'll find (2) links for hearing the Volleyball (as well as the other two audio only and one video/audio. The questions (mostly presented by me) are hard to hear on the video version. 

Sorry that I couldn't do anything about the commercials that precede the video versions  in all three. Google and the other mega-million corporations gotta rake in them dollars, right? 



Carter Ayars
After Volleyball, Field Hockey's head coach Justine Sowry and student-athletes Bethany Russ and Carter Ayars took the chairs and answered questions on the "Stick Girls" upcoming schedule and season. 



Maybe the most interesting aspect of the video link for Field Hockey is a 30 second commercial for Chromebook and only 56 seconds of an over six minute actual player and coach question and answer session. 

I guess I didn't do a very good job on this one. 

Cross Country's head coach Dale Cowper was the third speaker. Cowper coaches both men and women's cross country. He did not bring any student-athletes


( I could not find any video of Cowper's remarks) 

It's always great to catch up with the coaches and student-athletes at events such as these. It is a mystery to me why more media don't attend them.

After the Media Day, I sauntered upstairs to say "Hi" to any coaches around from the Louisville women's basketball and Louisville Lacrosse programs. I hit pay-dirt in that journey...talking briefly to Jeff Walz, Sam Purcell, Jonneisha Pineda, operations director Kate Tucker, associate strength and conditioning coach Beth Burns and director of player relations Adrienne Johnson for hoops and Scott Teeter and Kay Morissette on the Lacrosse side of the building. 

No recordings on those chats. Highlights of the journey upstairs included meeting Coach J.P. for the first time (a delightful young woman!), presenting Coach Sam a bag of chips, discussing with Coach Walz his travels over the summer and reviewing the Canada trip with Kay and Teeter.  We definitely need to set up a Cardinal Couple interview with coach J.P...and have set those wheels in motion. 

Have a terrific Tuesday!



Monday, August 19, 2019

Diop, Senegal fall to Nigeria in FIBA Afrobasket Finals -- MONDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


University of Louisville women's basketball student-athlete Yacine Diop's FIBA women's Afro-basketball experience came to an end yesterday when the Senegal squad dropped a close one in the finals against Nigeria 60-55.

Diop started in the final game against Nigeria but saw just 10 minutes of action. She was 0-2 from the floor and had a rebound and assist. Senegal (4-1) trailed early 14-10, was behind 32-24 at the half and 48-37 going into the fourth quarter before making a late rally to tie the contest at 54-54 with 1:50 to play. 

Former UK star Evelyn Akhator started for the victorious Nigeria squad and led them with 14 points. She also had nine rebounds in 33 minutes. 

Diop played in all five of the Senegalese games and saw 19 minutes a contest, averaging 7.2 points a contest. Her highs came against Angola in the quarter-finals, producing 14 points and grabbing seven rebounds in 29 minutes. 

In her five games, Diop went 15-38 from the floor (39%), 4-12 from three-point range and had 21 eight steals. 

Diop is expected to play a big role for the Cards in the upcoming 2019-20 season. The transfer from Pittsburgh played in four games last season for the Cards before tearing her left knee anterior cruciate in the first minute of a 58-56 win over Arizona in the Southpoint Shootout on Nov 23rd, 2018. Diop tried to return to the floor after leaving the game but was unable to go. 

She started two games in 2018-19 and saw 65 minutes of court time, scoring 25 points and grabbing 17 rebounds before going to the sidelines and subsequently receiving a medical redshirt....making her eligible for this year. 

Her career at Pittsburgh was pretty spectacular...she's 18th on the Pitt All-time scoring list (1093 points) and was their leading scorer her redshirt junior year. She had 26 points against the Cards that season on Jan. 18, 2017 


Rated the No. 54 overall prospect and the No. 6 forward by ...Rated the No. 83 overall prospect by HoopGurlz ... Rated No. 69 by BlueStar Basketball ... A standout at nearby Seton-La Salle, Diop Averaged 12 points and 12 rebounds as a senior and led her team to Class AA WPIAL and State title ... Saved one of her best performances for the state title game as she posted 10 points, 23 rebounds and six blocks vs. Neumann-Goretti to help the Rebels win a PIAA Class AA Title ... Named to the Fabulous 5 by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ... Played her sophomore year at Oak Hill Academy before coming to Seton-LaSalle for her junior and senior year ... Named MVP of African Cup tournament in 2013 as a member of the Under-18 Senegalese National Team after leading the them to the African Cup championship ... Fluent in English, French and Wolof - a regional Senegalese language.

For all your Cardinal women's sports news, check us out daily! Tomorrow, I'll report on the UofL Fall Sports Media Day I'm attending later this morning. Volleyball, Field Hockey and Cross Country head coaches plus student-athletes will attend and answer questions.