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Friday, October 8, 2010

Soccer headlines a full weekend of UofL women's sports

FRIDAY CARDINAL COUPLE COVERS :

-Soccer vs. Villanova and Georgetown

-Softball ends fall season against Morehead State

-The Irish and DePaul come to volley vs. Cards

-Field Hockey hits the East Coast

-Keeneland opens today

-Football in PJCS vs. Memphis

A full weekend of Cardinal athletics on tap. Chelsea Bemis, pictured here, might describe it as a "grand slam" of activity surrounding Floyd Street. Grab your mitts, sticks, shoes and some Gatorade...it's game time!

Women's soccer has their final home schedule games, starting with a match vs. Villanova (6-7, 1-4) on Friday night, 7 p.m. in Cardinal Park and Georgetown (9-4, 3-2) on Sunday, 1 p.m. The Georgetown match will be televised locally on WHAS-TV. The Cards (8-4, 2-3) are looking to end a two game losing streak against the Wildcats...who are also on a two game skid. 'Nova leads the all-time series against the "Ville" 4-1 and defeated the Cards in their last meeting 2-0 in Philadelphia.

Georgetown went 1-1 last week and trails in the all-time series with Louisville 2-3. They beat Louisville last year 2-1 in our nation's capitol. The Cards head out of town next weekend for matches at USF on Friday and Marquette Sunday.

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Field Hockey travels this weekend for a couple of Garden State games...Rutgers on Saturday and #3 Princeton on Sunday. The #8 Cards are coming off a heartbreaking loss to IU 3-2 on Tuesday and will find tough competition against both opponents. Pam Bustin's squad seems to force overtime just about every time they take the turf and it would be nice to see them sweep the Jersey jaunt without having to go to the extra 15 minute sessions.

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Volleyball welcomes Notre Dame and DePaul this weekend to Cardinal Arena. The Saturday game against the Irish is an early one...first volley scheduled for 10 a.m....to avoid a conflict with the 2 p.m. football game against Memphis. It's also a "Dig for the Cure" event...both teams will wear specially designed pink uniforms in this event designed to support the fight against breast cancer. The Cards ride a two game winning streak into the Notre Dame match...but it won't be easy for Leonid Yelin's spikers. Notre Dame has won their last three meetings vs. the Cards in the regular season...but Louisville succeeded in knocking them out of the BIG EAST Tournament last year. Freshman Sam Brown is the leading kill artist for the Irish. This one is a huge rivalry, get there if you can...plenty of time to football tailgate after this one.

DePaul takes to the Cardinal Arena court on Sunday...looking for their first BIG EAST win. Louisville has a 20-2 record vs. the Blue Demons and will try to shut down senior Kate Letcher who has 146 killls on the season. Game time is 2 p.m.

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Softball ends the short fall season with a game Friday Night 7 p.m. in Ulmer Stadium against Morehead. The Cards have had a successful "fall training" so far...sweeping Bellarmine 4-0, 1-0 and recently knocking off WKU 3-1 and Lindsey Wilson 5-0 in the Lady Topper Fall Classic in Bowling Green. The Cards still have eight starters on board from last years 41-18 squad...including sluggers Chelsea Bemis, Kristin Austin, Colby Wherry, and Alicja Wolny. Tori Collins looks to be the pitching ace for Sandy Pearsall's squad and a total of 14 letterwinners will return for the spring softball season.

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Keeneland opens their fall meet Friday at the historic Lexington track and the several weeks of racing will feature some of the finest horses, trainers and jockeys in the nation. There are multiple stakes races lined up for each weekend and several "Football and horses" Saturdays ahead. I'm still not convinced that the polytrack artificial surface installed there is the wave of the future...I prefer the dirt...but the scenic beauty of Keeneland and the challenging fields are
reason enough to make the short drive from Louisville and spend a fun afternoon watching the nation's most talented run for the wire.

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Oh, yeah. they're playing football Saturday in Papa John's. Seems like forever since Charlie Strong has had a home game...there are three of them in a row coming up, though...and Memphis kicks off the homestand. The Tigers are 1-4 so far this season and haven't exactly been a team to strike fear in an opponent's heart. Tigers? Hardly....more like kittens. The Cards should roll past the boys from Elvis's town and go to 3-2.

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