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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Volleyball splits in the Courtyard Marriott Classic...Field Hockey & Soccer Sunday

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CARDINAL COUPLE SUNDAY

-Cards top Kansas State, fall to Georgia Tech in Volleyball

-Field Hockey faces Michigan State tonight

-Soccer vs. Illinois today

-Uncle Mo second by a nose

-How you doin?

Louisville Volleyball started Saturday's action in fine fashion in Atlanta with a sweep of Kansas State 25-12, 25-21, 25-20. Gwen Rucker stepped up big for the Cards 10 kills, five blocks and four serving aces against the Wildcats. Anne Kordes' team took an early 12-2 lead over KSU in the first game...pushing that to 17-7 and going on to the 13 point victory. 

The Wildcats weren't going to go away easily, though...and led early in game two. Louisville eventually gained the lead at 10-9 following a couple of kills and a block by Rucker. KSU battled back to get within one at 21-20 but UofL took four out of the final five points to secure victory.

The teams battled closely in the final game...Louisville tied with KSU at 18-18...but finished with a 7-2 run to sweep the match. 

Saturday evening against the Yellow Jackets started off very well for the Cards. They bombarded Georgia Tech early in game one...led by Kaitlynn James' seven straight service points and led 19-8. The Cards ended up a 13 point winner. Game two saw Louisville hot early again and jump out to a 10-4 advantage. The Cards increased that to 22-11 and coasted in with a 10 point victory.

The Yellow Jackets were far from ready to concede, though. Led by spiker Monique Mead they grabbed an early 14-8 lead in game three and held off Louisville rally attempts to take the game by six. The fourth game was back and forth for most of the time...the Cards trailing 21-20 before Mead and Georgia Tech finished with a 4-1 rally to knot the match at two games each. In the fifth game, UofL fell behind early 6-2, rallied to make get within one at 12-11 but the Tech squad scored the final three points to take game and match.

Louisville gets a few days away from action before hosting Ole Miss in Cardinal Arena on Friday, Sept. 2nd @ 7:30 p.m.

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Field Hockey will square off against Michigan State tonight in Trager Stadium. Michigan State lost at close one to California yesterday 4-3. The Cards come into the game after losing to Cal 3-1 on Friday. Action starts at 6 p.m.

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You might as well make a day of it if you're headed down for the Field Hockey match tonight. Women's Soccer will host Illinois this afternoon at Cardinal Park...beginning at 1 p.m. Free t-shirts for the first 150 students and key chain Soccer schedules for the first 1000 fans. Karen Ferguson-Dayes squad faces the #19 Illini after the Cards tied Toledo 1-1 Friday night.

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UNCLE MO turned for home at Saratoga in the Grade I King's Bishop Stakes race yesterday and it looked like the 3 yr. old was gone...baby..gone. CALEB'S POSSE mounted a furious rally down the stretch, though and caught Mo right at the wire...winning by a nose over the Mike Repole owned, Bob Baffert trained runner.

After the race it was revealed that Mo had lost his right rear horseshoe at the start of the race. This runner just can't seem to avoid bad luck lately. Baffert and Repole teamed up for a win in the next race, though...with Belmont winner STAY THIRSTY destroying the competition in the Grade I Travers.

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We know a sizable share of our readers are on the East Coast. We hope you're safe and remain that way. Been watching Irene on the Weather Channel and she's one mean and nasty wind.
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