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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Battle of the Bluegrass gets an early start Wednesday

WEDNESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE COMMENTS ON:

-VOLLEYBALL AGAINST THE CATS TONIGHT

-SOCCER SUCCESS

-THE WEEKEND AND ITS IMPORTANCE

Bill the Goat, our IT specialist, sticks his tongue out at a passing car sporting a UK flag. The goat-in-residence on the Drunken Amish farm in Prospect is hoping for a ride to Lexington this evening to watch Leonard Yelin's UofL Volleyball team (2-0) face the #14 ranked Wildcats (0-2) in wide net action tonight. The match will be televised on Fox Sports South and starts at 6:30 p.m. Got a feeling that lofty UK ranking will slip a bit after tonight. The Cards haven't lost in volleyball to the BigBlue since 1999 and Louisville won a hotly contested match in the SAC last year in 5 games in front of a standing room only crowd.

The Cards should move into the top 25 if they can tame the Cats tonight on the road. Louisville defeated North Dakota State and Ohio over the weekend and UK lost to Nebraska and Iowa State...two very good DI programs...in the AVCA Showdown in Omaha. Louisville has won 19 out of the last 20 matches against UK and CARDINAL COUPLE will give you a volley by volley recap of the action tomorrow. WE just don't want to share the ride up and back with Bill. Anyone got a pickup truck?

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The surprising UofL women's soccer team is 3-0 after winning the Gamecock Challenge at South Carolina this weekend. They're now ranked #23 by Soccer America and will go into battle with Toledo Friday night in Cardinal Park at 7 p.m. Could be a good chance to get in some cheering and rooting practice, Cardinal fans.

One of the key components to the Cards early success has been sophomore goalie Taylor Vancil. She's allowed only one goal in the Cards 3 games and was recently selected National Player of the Week by TopDrawer Soccer. She also gained BIG EAST goalie of the week honors for her fantastic performance in the South Carolina tournament. Cardinal head coach Karen Ferguson Dayes told us last year that Vancil, who started as a freshman for UofL, would be a superstar at the position by the time she graduated. Looks like Dayes' foresight is 20/20

Speaking of awards, Louisville field hockey midfielder Nicole Youman was named BIG EAST player of the week for her 5 goal, 2 assist performance against Central Michigan Sunday. The senior has had 35 assists in her career and is only four assists away from setting the school record.

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Labor Day weekend will be a big time recruiting period for many of the on campus sports at UofL. Potential Cardinals in men and women's basketball, football, volleyball, field hockey and soccer will be checking out the campus, facilities and meeting their possible 2011 teammates this weekend. If you see any of them strolling the grounds with the coaches or current players, don't be shy...walk up to them and tell them that you want to see them in Cardinal red and black down the road. We're fortunate enough to usually get the UofL women's basketball team to visit the Parrish House prior to several football games each year and have some great memories of the girls interacting with the fan base. Seeing Dez Byrd beat a soldier from Fort Knox in pushups is one of my favorite womens' basketball visits and mistaking former Cardinal Janae Howard for Candyce Bingham one of my biggest gaffes. Blame it on the Bud Select. I also remember a visit from a shy, skinny freshman girl by the name of McCoughtry gazing wide eyed at the cabooses and tons of people during the pre-game party. Wonder whatever happened to her?

1 comment:

  1. We think that both Schimmel and Tay have bright futures as Lady Cards but disagree with the Burke sentiment here. Becky can drill the three with the best of the BIG EAST guards and her contribution to this 2010-11 Louisvile team will be huge.

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