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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Volleyball downs Ohio...Field Hockey shuts out Missouri State...Women's Soccer falls to UK

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CARDINAL COUPLE SATURDAY

-Volley Cards take 3-1 win over Ohio.

-Field Hockey tames the Bears 4-0

-Cats blank women's Soccer Cards 2-0

-Latest news on Rachel Story

Even though they lost the first game Friday against Ohio, the University of Louisville Volleyball team didn't give up the fight and swept the final three games against the Bobcats to take the match by scores of 23-25, 25-15, 25-22 and 25-19.

Lola Arslanbekova rebounded from her poor effort at Kentucky with 18 kills and Taylor "Brown Eyes" Brauneis contributed 26 assists and 12 digs. Kaitlynn James had a big night as well, with five blocks.

The Cards led early in the first game at 6-3..but Ohio rallied to tie the contest 9-9 and then took a lead they'd never relinquish. Louisville had no such problems with the lead evaporating in the second game, leading by as many as 11 before taking the contest 25-15. Game three saw the Cards fall behind early but fight back to tie the contest at 18-18 and going on a 7-4 run to win the game.
Louisville roared out to a 14-8 lead in the final game and held off a late Ohio rally by taking five of the game's seven points.

The Cards play two Saturday, Marshall at 11 a.m. and a very good Virginia team at 7:30 p.m.

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Four different players scored in the Louisville Field Hockey 4-0 win over the Missouri State Bears yesterday in Trager Stadium. Caitlin Collins struck first
with a penalty shot just four minutes into the game. Freshman Mallory Mason was next on the board with her first career goal and the Cards took a 2-0 lead into the halftime break.

The Cards continued the offensive domination in the second half when Hayley Turner fired one into the net from the top of the circle off a pass from Kelsey Rosenmeier for her team leading fifth goal of the year. The Cards closed out the scoring when Jacque Gerrick took a Turner pass and slid one past the Bears goalkeeper to make it 4-0.

Erin Conrad got her first shutout of the season at goalkeeper and the Cards outshot the Bears 18-3.

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Karen Ferguson-Dayes women's soccer team put up a good fight but once again couldn't find the net in a 2-0 loss to UK in Lexington. The Cats scored a goal in each half and out shot Louisville 18-12.

"It was a tough loss tonight because we continue to grow as a team in many ways, but we're not taking care of the little details that make the difference between winning and losing." Ferguson-Dayes commented after the loss.

Little details...like scoring. The Cards (1-4-1) have managed only two goals in their last five games and have been shutout in their last three contest. Hopefully, redemption comes Sunday against Butler in their final game in the Tropical Smoothie Invitational at the UK Soccer Complex.

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Finally, news reaches us that Rachel Story, a reserve guard for the University of Louisville women's basketball team who left the squad at the end of last year, has resurfaced at University of Illinois at Chicago. She'll sit a year at UIC and have two years of eligibility after that. 

The Milwaukee, WI point guard got buried last year with the depth of the Cardinal guards and we hope she's landed at a place where she can get some playing time. From the BIG EAST to the Horizon league...not exactly an upgrade but her on court appearances should increase dramatically if she can weather the transfer year of inactivity.

(Thanks to Kenny for the scoop!)

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