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Sunday, November 21, 2010

CARDS WIN BIG EAST VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT


LOUISVILLE WINS BIG EAST VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT

-#2 seed Louisville sweeps #1 Cincinnati in 3 sets.

-Men's soccer advances in NCAA

-Swimming results from Purdue

-Angel update in Hungary



The University of Louisville Volleyball team won the BIG EAST Tournament for the third straight year in a row Sunday afternoon...taking down top seed Cincinnati 25-20, 25-20, 25-15 in Pittsburgh. (Photo courtesy of http://www.bigeast.org/ )

Louisville freshman Emily Juhl was named the MVP of the tournament, nailing a team high 13 kills in the final match. The Cards jumped out early in the first game and led 14-10 before Cincy rallied to tie it at 15. The match stayed close until Louisville, up 22-20, scored the final three points to win game one.

The Bearcats roared back in game two and led Louisville 10-6 behind some strong kills by Stephanie Niemer and Becca Refenes. But the Cards took off on a 7-0 run to regain the lead at 13-10 and although UC would climb within one point, the Cards never trailed again and won by five. Juhl had five kills in the game and two service aces late that put Louisville ahead 20-14.

Louisville went to the attack early in game three and ripped out to a 12-4 lead. Louisville, thanks to Lola Arslanbeckova's four kills, never relinquished the advantage and won going away 25-15. It is the first time since 2007 that the championship game has not gone to five sets.
Joining Juhl on the All-Tournament team were Louisville teammates Arslanbeckova and blocker Gwen Rucker. The Cards win the automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament with the conference championship and will know their fate on November 28th...when the selection show will air on ESPNews.

It's been an incredible season so far for Louisville...a team that started off slowly to begin the year and dropped matches to Kentucky, Arizona, Purdue and Illinois before entering BIG EAST Conference play. After dropping a 3-2 match to Seton Hall in Cardinal Arena, the young team began to mature and jell. They went on a eight game winning streak before falling to Tennessee in Knoxville but swept four out of their final five to gain the #2 seed in the tourney.

Led by kill specialists Arslanbeckova, Juhl, Anastasia Artemeva...and the strong blocking skills of Rucker, Taylor Brauneis and Amanda Simmons...the Cards are playing their best volleyball of the season right now and should fare well in the upcoming NCAA Tournament. All but Simmons return next year for the Cards.

Cincinnati's Niemer and Jordanne Scott were also selected to the all-tournament team along with Notre Dame's Kristen Dealy, and Marquette's Nikki Klingsporn.

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Before a record attendance for a soccer match in the state of Kentucky, Louisville advances in the NCAA Tournament with a 3-1 win over College of Charleston on Sunday night. The Cards improve to 17-0-3 in front of 5.197 in Cardinal Park with two late goals to secure the lead and seal the victory.

After a 1-1 first half, Louisvlle got a goal from Colin Rolfe to tale a 2-1 lead in the 84th. minute of action. Five minutes later, the Cards tacked on a 3rd goal from Charlie Campbell.

The Cards play Ohio State next...Sunday, Nov. 28th at 7 p.m. back at Cardinal Park.

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Louisville's women's swimming and diving finished 2nd in the Purdue Invitational in the final day of competition after leading at the end of Day 2. Krissie Brandenburg took the 200 backstroke and Therese Bergstrom captured the 200 breaststroke...setting a school record in the process. The University of Arkansas's women took the title.

The UofL men finished 3rd in the event. Wins for Pedro Oliveria, Carlos Almeida and Charlie Bolgan.

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After a brief stateside visit to see her jersey hung in the KFC YUM! Center before the Tennessee game, Angel McCoughtry has returned to Hungary to play for MKB Euroleasing Sopron in the EuroLeagues and is averaging 17 points and 7 rebounds. Teamed with former Middle Tennessee State and WNBA star Amber Holt, MKB is 10-1 this season.

1 comment:

  1. Pretty good sort of news about the University of Louisville Volleyball team,who won the tournament and the details about them are also superior to examine.

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