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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Volleyball Win Streak Comes to an End -- SATURDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Volleyball Falls 3-1 at Miami


It was bound to happen sooner or later. Louisville's volleyball team was on a six game win streak entering last night's rematch with Miami. As I alluded to earlier this week, Miami was keen on getting revenge for Louisville handing the Hurricanes their first loss of the season. In the end, the Canes had completed their revenge and brought the win streak to an end. Louisville still holds a 1 game lead over Miami in the conference standings, as this was only Louisville's second loss in the conference. 

Louisville kept this match close, despite it only going four sets. When looking at the set scores, the fourth set (25-14) stands out as an anomaly. Further investigation shows that isn't truly the case, though. Louisville dropped the first set 21-25, due to untimely errors and great hitting (.452) by Miami. In the second, the Cards returned the favor with a .406 set to Miami's .167. The match score was tied 1-1 and total points won was at 46-46. It was pretty close. The third set is the tricky one. When it ended, Miami had come away with a 24-26 set win. However, it wasn't as close as the final score appeared. Louisville had to make a furious comeback from down 15-21. They got to 24-24 before Miami finally halted the comeback. It was clear Miami was playing better after dropping a set to the Cards, and the fourth set only confirmed that. Louisville was unable to mount another large comeback, and the final score reflected a strong set by Miami instead of falsely implying a close game. 

The Cards were plagued by errors in this one, namely service errors, of which they had 12 (15 total). It is hard to win matches when you're giving the other team so many points. However, when all was said and done, Miami finished with 18 errors themselves. The difference is that Miami was able to take more advantage when they had control of the serve. Also working heavily in favor of the Hurricanes was the play of one Olga Strantzali. Louisville had no answer for Strantzali, who finished with an ACC record 33 kills. Her 33 were more than half of Miami's total 60 and 2/3rds of Louisville's 51. Just like in basketball, if you can't stop a player from scoring, you are going to be in for a long night.

Louisville was led once again by Melanie McHenry in kills, but she was followed closely by Amanda Green and Tess Clark. Wilma Rivera predictably led the team in assists but she also led in digs. Molly Sauer actually tied with Gabby Wiley and Green for second with 10 digs, which shows that Miami was able to actively and effectively keep the ball away from Sauer and remove key contributors from plays. If that is a tactic that other teams have success in implementing, Louisville could continue to see trouble from it. 

The Cards remain on the road tomorrow against Florida State, another rematch. The Cards took down the Seminoles earlier this year when the team from Tallahassee was ranked in the top 25. Expectations for the Noles have dipped since then, but, like Miami, FSU is sure to be looking for revenge against the Cardinals for their contributions to the swoon the Noles experienced. The match begins at 12 PM and is not currently listed as available for viewing. Keep up with the Louisville Volleyball twitter account for quick gameplay updates.

Field Hockey in for Big Weekend


It is not often in any sport that a team will play two unique teams from the top-5 in back to back days during the regular season (sports that play series like baseball and softball would be an obvious exception). However, that is the situation that Louisville's field hockey team finds themselves facing this weekend. The Cards will take on the number 3 Virginia Cavaliers today for a chance at the ACC regular season title and number 4 Michigan gets their shot tomorrow. A major factor that could be at play for the Cards in these games is the fact that they are being played at Trager Stadium. Louisville is 6-0 at home thus far this season with some pretty big home wins. The Cards are currently on a 7 game winning streak, most recently defeating the top-5 UNC Tar Heels. 

Today's game is the last in the ACC for the Cards and they'd love to finish with a positive result in order to boost their standing for the ACC tournament. The Tourney is also held at Trager Stadium, so if the Cards can finish the season perfect at home (they also play Ohio next weekend) and be the top seed in the ACC tournament, they will have a ton of confidence entering postseason play. This Louisville team has taken their lumps throughout the season, but it seems as though they may be hitting their stride. This weekend poses a tough matchup, but we'll see what they've got.

Cardinal Couple Radio Hour


For the first time in awhile, the basement studio of Crescent Hill Radio will play host to the myself, Paulie, Jared, and Jeff all at the same time. We'll have a great show lined up for you talking fall sports recaps and previews. There's plenty to talk about so we'll see no issues filling out our hour. We hope you'll come spend the morning with us, leading up to the noon starts for football and field hockey. Check out 100.9 WCHQ FM, the WCHQ app, or crescenthillradio.com at 11AM for the Cardinal Couple Radio Hour.

Until next time, Go Cards!
-CH-

Friday, October 20, 2017

WSOC battles to a tie against Wake Forest -- The weekend ahead -- FRIDAY CARDINAL COUPLE



CARDS, DEACS GO SCORELESS THURSDAY NIGHT

( If you were expecting Worldwide Jeff's Friday column...sorry to report that he was called in for an emergency meeting at work this morning . Ol' Paulie steps up to the plate today and takes his stance in the batter's box...) 


110 minutes of soccer is a long, grueling affair. Especially when neither team produces a goal. Such was the case Thursday night at Lynn Stadium...where the UofL women's soccer team and #15 Wake Forest battled to a scoreless tie in double overtime. 

Louisville had and excellent change to claim this one with three minutes remaining in the contest. In 30 seconds...Emina Ekic fired a shot that hit the crossbar. Allison Whitfield claimed the rebound and kicked a steamer that was deflected by a WFU defender.  Finally, Alison Price gathered the block and sent one toward the cage...but just a tad too high and over the net. 

Coach Karen Ferguson Dayes on the contest: 

"I wouldn't use the word "frustrated" but I think we deserved to win tonight. We created enough chances. The game turned, which I thought was in our favor and I though it was more in our favor through the overtimes. I'm going back to watch the replay. I want to see if Ekic's shot crossed the line." 

At the start of the second half, Ekic and Price both had chances to put UofL on the scoreboard but could not find net success. In the 85th. minute of action, Brooklyn Rivers saw her attempt hit the crossbar and bounce away from the goal. So close, yet no score.

Louisville had nine shots on goal. Wake Forest four. Cardinal goalie Gabby Kouzelos turned all four Wake attempts away. Credit to Deacs net-guarder Lindsay Preston with eight saves. Attacker Bayley Feist was a constant thorn in the Cards side with half of her teams eight shots. 

There were also a total of 12 offsides called in the contest. The most I've ever seen in a college soccer That I can remember. What did they do...hire college football reps to call this one? It was almost comical. 

The Cards go to 9-6-1 with the draw. They currently sit in eighth place in the conference standings with ten points and a 3-4-1 ACC record. 


Next up...the Cards travel to North Carolina to end the regular season against North Carolina on Sunday and North Carolina State for a Thursday match. If they qualify, they'd participate in ACC Women's Soccer Tournament action beginning November 3rd. 

Below: Post game interviews with Coach KFD and Gabby the Goalie. Edited by UofL SID department. We'll play the unaltered version on THE CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO HOUR Saturday. They're a lot more entertaining at the end than these below.

PAULIE AND COACH FERGUSON POST GAME

PAULIE, JORDAN, MIKE AND JARED GAB WITH GABBY

(We get a train and Kim walk thru! )

GAME HIGHLIGHTS


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THE WEEKEND AHEAD

Plenty of activities to follow this weekend on campus and on the road. Here's Friday and Saturday events and be sure to listen to the radio show tomorrow for upcoming action for the week ahead...flawlessly related by Worldwide from the command module! 

FRIDAY

Volleyball -- at Miami
Swimming --  at Michigan
Men's Tennis in the Ohio Valley regional 


SATURDAY

Men's Soccer -- vs. NC State  7 p.m. Lynn Stadium (ACC Network Extra)
Women's Golf --  CARDINAL CUP
Men's Tennis -- still in the Ohio Valley Regional
Rowing -- at The Head of the Charles invitational (Boston, MA) 
Football -- at Florida State Noon  ESPN
Field Hockey --  Virginia Noon Trager Stadium (ACC Network Extra)


Have a great weekend and we'll see you on the radio tomorrow!


paulie
xxxxx








Thursday, October 19, 2017

Tom Jurich Fired...Women's Soccer tonight -- Asia Durr Honored -- Thursday CARDINAL COUPLE


BOARD OF TRUSTEES TERMINATES TOM JURICH



(Photo by Charlie Springer -- UofL Card Game)
Wednesday afternoon, by a vote of 10-3, the UofL Board of Trustees fired Tom Jurich...with cause. Just what the "just cause" is...is anyone's guess. 

Insubordination? 
Sticking by Rick Pitino? Inability to get along with interim President Greg Postel? 

Postal wasn't talking about the ramifications yesterday after the board meeting ended. 

He did reference to the hope that the UofL students and community would "rise to the occasion"... a phrase that adidas, ironically enough, has on Cardinal t-shirts...but his refusal to explain just what the "just cause" sure seems like an absence of accountability. 

Saying it's about the legal proceedings...when a man has spent almost 20 years building the athletic program to unfathomable heights...is a lame and unacceptable answer. 

The other shoe has dropped.

 Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, Jim Patterson Stadium, Lynn Stadium, The Louisville Lacrosse Stadium, The "Little" YUM!, The big Yum, The Bass-Rudd Tennis Center, The Ralph Wright Natatorium, Trager Stadium, Cardinal Park, Cardinal Arena and Ulmer Stadium all became realities and Cardinal venues during Jurich's reign. 

Every coach in the UofL Athletic Department...save Rex Ecarma...was hired by Tom Jurich. Jeff Walz, Bobby Petrino, Sandy Pearsall, Dan McDonnell, Rick Pitino, Bobby Petrino, Ken Lolla, Arthur Albiero, Kelly Young, Karen Ferguson Dayes, Dani Busboom Kelly, Anne Kordes, Rick Pitino, Kenny Klein, Justine Sowry, Mark Crabtree, Courtney Trimble, Derek Copeland, Dale Cowper and Mark Beckham all were hired by Tom Jurich. Even Steve Kragthorpe. 

A current coach, who wished to remain anonymous, told me Wednesday: 

"We all are a little nervous now. Tom is all we've known. All we can do now is try to work as hard as we can to make our student-athletes successful, in sports and life, because that was what Tom was all about. We'll work with Vince [Tyra] because that is who we have now. As far as staying here at Louisville? I'll see. This was a destination job but with Tom gone, the next moves are going to weigh a lot with me. There's a lot of questions." 


This was a bad move. The wrong decision. You don't throw out the baby with the bath water. Tom Jurich will have no problems finding another job. And Louisville? Time will tell who ascend those stairs and becomes the new A.D. up there on the 3rd floor of the S.A.C. 

Chairman David Grissom and Interim President Greg Postel were able to finally breathe a collective sigh of relief. They’ve been plotting behind the scenes for quite a while now, wanting to remove Tom Jurich from his job at the University of Louisville.

Rally around the student-athletes. They and the coaches need you more than ever now. Don't boycott games. Show righteous rage if you must. Be dis-satisfied with this blunder by the board but don't back off your love and support for these kids and their coaches. 

It's still UofL. It's still the ACC. It's still the red and the black. 

But, it's a sadder day and a inconceivable move. And, if you think politics had nothing to do with this...wake up and look at the landscape. 


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#15 WAKE FOREST TO FACE WSOC TONIGHT

The Demon Deacons from Winston Salem...those Wake Forest kickers...will be in Lynn Stadium tonight for a 7 p.m. math on the pitch against the Louisville Cardinal women's soccer squad. 

Louisville needs this one badly. In eighth place in the ACC and hoping to make the ACC Tournament (which accepts eight teams)...a Cardinal win in their final home game of the regular season is greatly needed. The Cards have 9 points in the standings (a win gets you three points and a tie gets you one). The Cards are 3-4 in conference. N.C.State, Boston College and Notre Dame have 10 points. Clemson has 8. Wake Forest has 13 and is in third place in the standings. 

The Cards could go a long way in securing a bid tonight with a win. They end the season in North Carolina with games against UNC and NC State. Difficult, but not impossible. 

Do this, WSOC. GIve the beleaguered UofL fans a bright spot in what has been a really tough week.  

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DURR HONORED


UofL junior guard Asia Durr has been selected as the 2017-18 ACC preseason Player of the Year, as voted on by the league's coaches.

In addition to the award, Durr, senior Myisha Hines-Allen and freshman Dana Evans earned All-ACC preseason honor from both the league coaches and the Blue Ribbon Panel, the conferences media and sports information directors

Durr and Hines-Allen were named Preseason All-ACC, while Evans was one of five players named to the Newcomer Watch List. 

This is the second straight season that a Louisville student-athlete has earned ACC Player of the Year honors. Myisha Hines-Allen got the 2016-17 nod. 

The Cards were picked to finish second in the league by the 15 coaches...getting one first place vote, while the Blue Ribbon Panel also put Louisville second. Notre Dame was picked first in both polls. Duke was selected third. Florida State came in fourth and Virginia rounded out the top five in the coaches poll. The Blue Ribbon Panel agreed on 1-4 with Miami getting fifth in their poll. 

The preseason All-ACC teams were: 

BLUE RIBBON

Lexie Brown - Duke
Rebecca Greenwell - Duke
Shakayla Thomas - FSU
Myisha Hines-Allen - UofL
Asia Durr - UofL
Stephanie Watts - UNC
Paris Kea - UNC
Arike Ogunbowale - Notre Dame
Marina Mabrey - Notre Dame
Chanette Hicks - Va.Tech

COACHES

Lexie Brown
Rebecca Greenwell
Shakayla Thomas
Francesca Pan (Georgia Tech)
Asia Durr
Myisha Hines-Allen
Paris Kea
Arike Ogunbowale
Marina Mabrey
Elisa Penna (Wake Forest) 


Congratulations to these three Cardinals! The season begins


paulie
xxxxx





Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Judgement Day for Jurich?...Men's Soccer WIns and Comerford conquers! -- WEDNESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE



BOARD TALKING TOM TODAY


It is being reported by major news outlets  that Tom Jurich will  be fired today at the 1 p.m. UofL Board of trustees meeting. A surreal feeling. Negotiations have reportedly broken off and Jurich is expected to be fired with cause. 

A sad day for UofL. 


The UofL Board of Directors are scheduled to meet today and discuss Tom Jurich. The Cardinal Athletic director is on paid suspension leave. One would think common sense would prevail here and the popular Vice President of Athletics at UofL would be retained. The students, coaches and sponsors are behind him. 

Who said the board (especially David Grissom) had any sense, though? Too many egos, posturing attempts and self-promoted attitudes of superiority exist behind those executive session closed doors...and...why is an interim president helping decide the fate of a man who has re-shaped and re-structures UofL athletics for the better over the last two decades? It's like a Little Leaguer giving a New York Yankee batting tips.

UofL Athletics continue to get uglier in the political side of things. Not wanting to bring down the mood of today's article, I will leave the Jurich, Pitino and adidas issues for the rest of the "A" team at Cardinal Couple to pick up and run with if they desire. I've given my two cents worth on the subject on the air previously and on these pages. Keep Tom. 


MEN'S SOCCER PREVAILS IN OVERTIME


Congratulations to men's soccer on their overtime road win out of conference again the Charlotte 49ers last night. The Cards prevailed 1-0 with Liam Bennett getting his first career goal in the 95th. minute of action. The Cards are 10-1-3 on the season. 

On a night where the Cards struggled offensive most of the way, Bennett booted a right-footed rocket toward the upper left part of the goal that eluded the 49ers goalkeep and ended the Golden Goal action. 

UofL head men's soccer coach Ken Lolla comments: 

"It was an incredible goal by Liam to get the win. On a night where we weren't at our best we gutted it out and found a way to win." 

The #5 Cards return home to face N.C. State on Saturday night. Game time is 7 p.m. The Cards will honor their senior class before the contest. 

WOMEN'S SOCCER


Louisville women's soccer hasn't been successful as their men counterparts this season but are closing out their regular season as well. The final home game takes place Thursday when the Wake Forest Demon Deacons visit. We say farewell. The Cardinal seniors were honored over the last weekend with parents present -- including Inger Katrine Bjerke's mom who flew in from Norway for the event -- and these five seniors get congratulations from me and the rest of the Cardinal Couple staff for everything they've done on and off the pitch. 

The Kickin' Cards are 9-6 on the season and have two more games remaining in the regular season after facing WFU. They'll travel to North Carolina and make stops at Chapel Hill to face UNC and Raleigh for a tangle with N.C. State. 


Karen (right) entertains the media back in 2016
The ACC Tournament begins 10/29 and the top eight teams in the conference will participate. As of now,  Louisville is in eight place...and their final three regular season foes are second (UNC), third (NC State) and sixth (Wake Forest) in the conference standings...so it's a tough road ahead for Karen Ferguson Dayes' pitch-runners. 

A key for the Cards' success is freshman Emina Ekic. Eyes will be upon her as she continues to show her unreal talent. She hopes to extend her team-leading seven scores on the season. Close to a double-figure goals scored stat, we maybe a wee bit late in the season to see her hit double figures this year but I'll toss another bold Jared prediction out there and state that she WILL have a double-digit season in her career here at the "Ville". 


SWIMMING


A major shout-out to Mallory Comerford and the women's swimming and diving team! Mal was named the ACC Swimmer of the Week, something we will see a lot more of as the season progresses. This national champion has started the season strong and took gold in four events in the last two weekends. 

She holds the fastest times this year in three events and one relay. 

The team made a splash (pun intended) at the SMU Classic. Our ladies in red and black finished second in team competition and only 1/2 point behind #7 USC. They bested #6 Michigan and #21 UCLA. Keep your eye on Arthur Albiero's team and their top ten efforts.


SIDE NOTE


Paulie and Al Parrish discuss world domination
while Sonja sleeps. 
Finally having my first Saturday off in awhile that doesn't include filling out people's deposit slips, turning 20's into fives and tens, or watching a disappointing football team flounder on the field -- I will rejoin the all star cast in the studio Saturday. Last week, Case, Julie JC (no periods) Sullivan and I did the pre-record for the show on Thursday night since Paulie was introducing speakers at Sportsmen's Supper Club and Worldwide Jeff was also occupied. On Saturday...Paulie prowled Papa John's Stadium and Worldwide Jeff raided Indianapolis' new IKEA outlet. 

The pre-record went well, by all accounts, but It'll be good to be back live in the basement on the hill Saturday and I just might have a few more bold Jared predictions for you. 

Go Cards!
Jared Anderson  






Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Rick Pitino Fired...Taylor Stone named ACC Field Hockey Defensive Player of the Week -- TUESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE



STONE ALSO SCORED GAME WINNER VS. UNC



It was a pretty good week, last week, for Taylor Stone...a defensive back on the University of Louisville Field Hockey team. The Herndon, VA junior not only scored the deciding goal in a 3-2 win over #4 UNC on the road in Durham, NC...but she was also named the ACC Field Hockey Defensive Player of the Week. 

Stone's score helped the Stick Girls increase their win streak to seven games and stay tied for first place in the ACC with Virginia. These two squads will meet on Saturday noon at Trager Field in the final ACC regular season game for both squads and to determine the regular season conference champion. 

"T"...as she's called...is part of a staunch defensive wall that the Cards throw at opponents. Louisville (11-4)  has allowed just 23 goals in 15 games this season (1.53 per contest) and the Cards are 6-0 in Trager this year. Along with "Stone Wall" in the back, Ayesia McFerran guards the net, and sophomore Carter Ayars and frshman Alli Bitting also form the back line of resistance for opponents seeking to score.. 

Stone has played on the USA Field Hockey team the last four years (U 17, U 19, U 21) and started all 21 games last year for the Cards as a sophomore. Her freshman year saw her on the field in 16 games with eight starts...missing four contests with an injury. 

Her father played basketball at American University and grandfather (Bill Stone) is a former member of the UofL Board of Trustees. Don't mess with her...she also holds an orange belt in Karate. 

Maybe the new phrase for opponents when they leave the Trager with a loss should be: 

"You just got Stoned..." 


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SEE YA RICK


The UofL Board of Trustees voted unanimously on Monday to terminate Rick Pitino from his job as head men's basketball coach. 

In other news...grass is green, cars run on gas (or electricity, in Worldwide's case) and it's still dark at 7:05 this morning.  

See ya, Rick. Don't let the door hit you in the butt on your way out. Rick knew absolutely nothing during his time at UofL (just ask him) and that included a player's parents living in the Galt House...sponsored by UofL? 

We'll find out the fate of Tom Jurich Wednesday. Pitino didn't show up yesterday. Steve Pence represented him. 

I hear Miami is nice this time of year. Maybe you could go buy some plastic flamingos for your front lawn. Do us one last thing...offer Check Smrt a room in your guesthouse. What is this man's role (still) with UofL and why is he advising the board after his abysmal advice earlier? 

Smrt, Pitino and Pence....the new Three Stooges. 



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JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT WAS SAFE TO TURN YOUR RADIO ON AGAIN...

Thanks to The Morning Jam guys at WCHQ 100.9 FM (Crescent Hill Radio)...Kevin Cox and Bryce "Blue" Gill for inviting me to join them on a regular basis to do a sports update segment on their show Monday thru Friday. 

I'll be with the guys at 7:45 and 8:45 a.m. to update the previous days action and stories and to give out information on upcoming local and national events and stories. 

I hope to be in studio for a lot of these but will also send them in via DropBox if I am not in studio. 

Another reason to listen to WCHQ...(or delete it from your pre-set stations). Maybe I'll get a key to the executive washroom now...plus learn the secret handshake! 


paulie
xxxxx


Monday, October 16, 2017

Volleyball Finishes Winning Weekend for UofL Women -- MONDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Volleyball Completes Sweep of Georgia Tech


Photo Credit to Jared Anderson
As we predicted might happen, Louisville volleyball surpassed last season's win total yesterday with a victory over Georgia Tech. Jeff mentioned that Georgia Tech was a bit of an enigma, and they seemed to continue their Jekyll and Hyde performance yesterday against the Cards. Louisville made short work of the Yellow Jackets in the first set, winning 25-13, but GT came up big in the second, leading the majority of the game and stretching to a 16-21 lead before Louisville went on a massive run to win 25-21. The second game win was enough to propel the Cards to a simple sweep, despite hitting their worst percentage of the day in the third set. Fortunately for the Cards 0.128 hitting percentage, GT was up to the task of being worse, hitting only 0.027 in the third. Louisville led nearly the entire set, which was close until about the 30th point, when Louisville began to stretch their lead. The Cards ultimately won 25-19.

Photo Credit to Jared Anderson
Melanie McHenry was back to her normal self yesterday, hitting a solid .265 with 14 kills. She peppered in an ace, three blocks, and an assist to go along with 6 digs. As important as Molly Sauer is to the defense and Wilma Rivera the offense, this team chugs along with the significant play of McHenry. Sauer and Rivera were their usual rock solid selves, and Jasmine Bennett had a great day with 9 kills and 5 blocks. Louisville has played well to this point, around halfway through the season. They'll take their talents on the road for awhile, but with 12 regular season games remaining, there is still a lot of time to continue making noise.

Here's what Coach Dani Busboom Kelly had to say after the victory: Post Game with DBK

Photo Credit to Jared Anderson
The Cards will face their first rematch test up next when they travel to Miami on Friday. Louisville served Miami their first loss of the season, and the Hurricanes would likely enjoy repaying that favor. No television listed for that one, so we'll have to keep a sharp eye on the Louisville Volleyball twitter account for the play-by-play updates. They do a great job, as do almost all of the sports accounts, so head to the right side of the site and give them a follow. If you don't do twitter, the bar on the right hand side of the page is a live feed so you can get your updates there.

The Cards are 7-1 in the ACC...good for third place in the standings. Pitt remains undefeated in conference play, as does NC State

Until next time, Go Cards!
-CH-

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Worldwide Looks On The Bright Side -- Sunday Cardinal Couple


First off...

You might have figured out that many of us here at Cardinal Couple like musical references and borrowing themes from songs.

Today's theme: "Always Look On the Bright Side of Life" from Monty Python's Life of Brian.

You can listen to the tune HERE....be advised there is one "potty" word in the lyrics...if that kind of thing brings you down. There were plenty of potty words out at PJCS yesterday...

To that end, we're going to keep this first section really short.

Football


Boston College, who is, let's face it, the traditional doormat of the ACC Atlantic division, came in to
PJCS and hung an L on the Cardinal Football team, 45-42.  Novels could be written about this one, and I suspect, if you combine the output of various sports media properties associated with Cardinal Athletics, essentially one has already been written.

Paulie reports that Louisville played
 "efense" quite a bit  ( no "D") 

Moving on.

Swimming and Diving


The SMU Classic has wrapped up and UofL Swimming and Diving finished the competition in 2nd place.  8th ranked USC just narrowly edged UofL out of the top spot, by half a point.  UofL came into the competition ranked 7th, and beat out 6th ranked Michigan by 8 and a half points.

Mallory Comerford won all 3 of the events she entered, the 500 free...she's not just a sprinter, folks...the 100 free, and the 200 free relay.  Beyond those victories, there were a lot of 2nd and 3rd place finishes.

The other victory for the Cards last night was in the 200 medley relay, with Alina Kendzior, Maria Astashkina, Grace Oglesby, and Lainey Visscher.  Molly Fears, who won the 1-meter springboard event Friday evening, came in 4th in the 3-meter event.

This meet was a great showing, in a unique format, by one of the most successful teams at UofL right now against very high level competition.

Field Hockey


Minnie
We've said it many times before.  ACC Field Hockey is mind-bogglingly good.  UofL met the latest
challenge in the conference gauntlet with the #11 Cardinals squad meeting the #5 North Carolina squad.  

While it was a bit of a lackluster first half, they did go into halftime tied with the TarHeels at one apiece.  The Cardinals goal came on a corner with 12 minutes left in the first half.  Marisa Martin Pelegrina inbounded the corner, Katie Walsh provided the stop, and Minout "I score goals" Mink fired it home.  If you're keeping track, and I think Jared has given up at this point, that's a team leading nine for her on the season.

The Cardinals would score again early in the 2nd half on another corner.  Abby Grimes gets the tally on this one off the stop by Marigrace Ragsdale.  The insert came from Marisa Martin Pelegrina.  UNC would tie it up again at 2-2 on a rebound from a shot.  The final, game winning, score of the game came just a couple of minutes later with just under 10 minutes left in the game when Taylor Stone to the rock to the hole unassisted.

Ayeshia
With about 8 minutes left in the game, UNC called a timeout and lifted their GK to get a little more offense on the field.  The Cards were able to hold off the extra attacking and finish out the game with the 3-2 win.

This is another huge positive result for the Field Hockey squad.  After their woes early in the season on penalty corners, it's good to see them pull that part of play together and get two goals out of their corners.

In ACC standings, this win leaves the Cards tied for 1st with only Virginia, dropping UNC to 3-2, compared to the 4-1 records of UofL and UVA.  Duke also holds a 3-2 record to hold the tie with UNC in 3rd.  Beyond that, the standings are Wake Forest at 2-3, Syracuse at 2-4, and Boston College at 0-5. The Cards face the Hoos next (at Virginia) for top spot in the conference. 

Next Up


On tap today, all four of the golf and tennis squads are in action.  Only Men's Tennis is here in the 'Ville, at Bass-Rudd hosting the Louisville Invitational.

For a entry in the  Panera Card drawing...be the FIRST
to identify this guy in front
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In team sports, Volleyball finishes the weekend at home with a 3 o'clock start (note the later than
typical start time!) against Georgia Tech.  I've said in past articles and on the radio that GT really shouldn't be a major challenge for this UofL team the way the Cards have been playing, Dani Busboom Kelly, after the Clemson match Friday, disagreed, and GT really is something of an enigma.  In one week of play, they lost in four to Boston College, who isn't an absolutely awful team...but they're not very good, either.  Then they go in Friday and beat Notre Dame in 4.  OK, Notre Dame isn't the powerhouse they used to be, they're rebuilding (and rebuilding fast!), but they can put up some stiff competition and GT rose to the challenge.  Admittedly, Notre Dame is also a bit of an enigma this year, having split a two match home and home weekend with Ohio State, though that's somewhat explicable by pointing out that each team won on their home floor.  Then they went 1-1 on a weekend at home losing to Miami and beating Florida State.  And, ok, you can kind of explain that by pointing out that FSU isn't nearly as good as we thought they were early in the season, but they are still a good team.

The takeaway from all of this I think can only be, if you're trying to predict outcomes in ACC volleyball right now, Good Luck!  If UofL shows up and plays the way that we know they are capable of playing, this should be a win today, but things are topsy turvy enough around the conference that it's really hard to get a good feel of how good various teams are, and that certainly includes the engineers from Atlanta.

This one will be on the ACC Network Extra. Could we possibly get out buddy Cortnee Walton doing some audio?

CCRH


Julie JC Sullivan also goes by the
moniker "Bird Lady".  
The recording of The Cardinal Couple Radio Hour is up on the Soundcloud.  You can listen to the replay, here.  I was able to catch most of the broadcast via TuneIn in my car on my way to Indianapolis where I joined my mother for a zany 20 minute dash in and out of an opening weekend Ikea store.  What I will say is that the Swedes (did you know that they're actually headquartered in The Netherlands, now?) know how to do traffic and crowd control really well.  Over 7,000 had entered the store as we were going in at around 1pm, and yet we were able to make it in, pick up what we needed and get out in 20 minutes.  Impressive!


Back on topic, I was able to hear Jared, JC, and Case cover the latest, and deal with the tense confusion of pre-recorded shows ("This event will have been played by the time you hear this.").  They did a fine job, and it was an excellent show, please check it out if you didn't hear it at broadcast time.

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JMcA