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Friday, November 19, 2010

Cards rack up honors in Field Hockey and Volleyball



FRIDAY CARDINAL COUPLE:


-Field Hockey puts four on All-West region team


-Volleyball gets five on All-BIG EAST team


-Preview of the UofL vs. SEMO women's basketball game


-Football Cards host WVU


Welcome to the weekend! We're glad you made it! Shoni Schimmel (pictured here with her sister Jude) hopes you have as much fun at the Lady Cards basketball game tonight against SEMO as she is having in this candid.


Nicloe Youman and Hayley Turner have been selected to participate on the 1st Team National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division 1 West Region team. Fellow teammates Rachel Hollenbach and Tuli Lim were placed on the 2nd team. All are seniors except Turner.


Youman was the Offensive Player of the Year in the BIG EAST and holds the Louisville school record for season and career assists. She, Hollenbach, Turner were All-BIG EAST selections and Lim was selected to the All Big East Tournament team with them.


The Flock (13-7, 5-1) narrowly missed getting an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament despite being ranked as high as sixth during the season and being in the top ten for six weeks.


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It's BIG EAST Volleyball Tournament time and Louisville had five Cards selected to the All-Conference teams. Lola Arsenbeckova made the 1st team and Emily Juhl, Taylor Brauneis, Gwen Rucker and Amanda Simmons were selected for the 2nd team. Arsenbeckova is a sophomore, Simmons a senior, Rucker a junior and Juhl and Brauneis is a freshmen. Louisville drew the second seed for the event in Pittsburgh and will await 1st round action to see who their opening opponent will be in the quarterfinals. The quarterfinals and semifinal matches will be shown free at http://www.bigeast.org/ and ESPNU will televise the finals on Sunday.


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Southeastern Missouri State visits the KFC YUM Center for women's basketball tonight against the Lady Cards. It'll be your last chance to catch Walz's bunch at home until Dec. 2nd. SEMO (1-2) comes into the game following a home opener loss to Northern Iowa on Wednesday 70-57. The Cards (2-1) romped Houston Baptist Wednesday in the YUM 100-34.


The RedHawks are expected to be a contender for the Ohio Valley Conference title this year and the team from Cape Girardeau, Missouri is led by 6'1" soph. forward Brittany Harrel and 5'7" junior guard Bianca Beck. Juco transfer Karley Evans, a 5'9" junior guard collected eleven points in the loss Wednesday and 5'10" forward/guard Ballie Roberts is one of several dangerous long distance shooter. The RedHawks rely on speed and quickness to get it done, so they'll try to turn this one into a track meet...since their size doesn't come anywhere close to Louisville's.


For Walz's crew...it'll hopefully be a repeat of the transition game and defensive dominance that they displayed against Houston Baptist. Expect the Cards to once again play many different combinations and all 13 players if they are able to gain an early advantage on the Red Hawks.


It's a directional school. Although the remote possibility of a "trap game" scenario does exist, WE at CARDINAL COUPLE aren't very worried and think the Cards will put on another fun display of steals, three pointers, creating Red Hawk turnovers and running the transition game for layups.


WAZOO Sports network will televise the contest and Jim Kelch and Paul Sanderford will handle the radio duties on WKRD 790 AM/101.7 FM. Tip off is 7 p.m.
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Louisville football hosts the West Virginia Mountaineers Saturday at noon in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Charlie Strong's guys need one more win to become bowl eligible. WVU has won 10 out of the 12 lifetime meetings between the schools and already has 6 wins on the season. Louisville will have their hands full with the speedy running backs in the Mountaineer stable and WE don't expect the Cards to defend their home turf successfully. Make it WVU 33- Louisville 17. WE hope we're wrong...Play huge, defense.
Kickoff is at noon.

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