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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Volleyball sweeps... Soccer loses... Field Hockey today...

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....welcome to the Labor Day weekend...Saturday CARDINAL COUPLE presents...


-Volleyball downs the Rebs

-Soccer falls to the Bears

-Field Hockey faces Davidson

-What a wild finish!

The University of Louisville volleyball team swept Ole Miss in Cardinal Arena last night in straight sets 28-26, 25-19 and 25-18. Lola Arslanbeckova stepped up huge for the wide net Cards with 19 kills.

"Lola gave us offensive stability last night. She was there taking care of business until the rest of the team settled down. With the first home match and a SOLD OUT arena, it can make for a lot of distractions. Ole Miss is going to be a great SEC team. WE are excited to get out first win at home "   Anne Kordes commented after the match. 

Emily Juhl's three straight
kills in Game 3 were key to
the Cardinal win.
Louisville did start slowly, trailing 5-1 in the first game before rallying to tie at 13-13. The teams went back and forth until a Lola kill made it 27-26 and a missed kill attempt by the Rebs gave the first one to the Cards.

Louisville jumped out to a 8-2 lead in the second game and held that lead the rest of the way to beat Ole Miss 25-19 in game two. The Cards broke away from a 16-15 lead in the final game to outscore the Rebs 9-3 and take game and match.

Taylor Brauneis also stepped up huge for UofL Friday with 33 assists. The Cards play two Saturday...Eastern Illinois @ 11 a.m. and Wichita State at 7 p.m.

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Tough loss in Cardinal Park Friday for women's soccer to Baylor. Louisville played the Bears to a scoreless first half but gave up three in the humid conditions in the second half to weather a 3-0 defeat.

"Our players are learning in these non-conference games that our opponents are coming to battle and there's not a lot of soccer being played at times. We have to learn to create more chances as we battle in these kind of games."  Karen-Ferguson-Dayes, Louisville women's soccer head coach revealed after the loss.

The Cards  were out shot 13-10, lost the corner kicks 10-3 and goalkeeper Chloe Kiefer had three stops while allowing three goals.

The Cards (1-2-1) will play Central Michigan Sunday at Cardinal Park on the final day of the Courtyard Marriott Classic. Baylor (4-0-1) squares off against Kentucky Saturday.

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Sowry looks for weekend
sweep in Carolina 
Field Hockey is in North Carolina and will face Davidson Saturday and #11 Wake Forest Sunday. #16 Louisville hasn't played the Davidson Wildcats (1-0) since 1998. Wake Forest (0-2) beat Louisville in Trager Stadium last time these two met 2-1 in 2009.

The stick girls received a nice honor when Haley Jurich and Caitlin Collins were named to the BIG EAST honor roll for their performances last week. Haley's goal against Michigan State was the game winner and only score. Collins' goal tied the match against California before the Cards fell 3-1. 

Wake Forest scrimmaged Pam Bustin's Duke squad to begin the season and fell 6-1.

Speaking of Pam...her Blue Devils are 1-1 on the season...beating Ohio State 3-2 in Columbus and losing 3-2 to Indiana in Bloomington.


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Fireworks galore in the final 90 seconds of the Seneca vs. Ballard football game last night. CARDINAL COUPLE'S Paul was there and gives this report:

Seneca regroups during the twenty minute delay late in
the 4th quarter while EMS carts off a Ballard Bruin.
Ballard marches down the field to take a 24-21 lead with 1:22 to go. They had led 17-7. Then, the Seneca Red Hawks, behind some nifty passing by Lincoln Dover, drive the length of the field and Dover sneaks one into the end zone behind Michael Stewart with eight seconds to go. 28-24 Red Hawks.

Seneca chooses to kick deep and Dee Doss fumbles with the kick, recovers in time to pitch to Dontez Byrd...who streaks 70 yards down the Seneca sideline as time expires to reach the end zone and give Ballard the win 30-28.

Most coaching manuals say....Never, never kick deep with eight seconds to go. Especially to the weak side of your kickoff team. A squib kick ends this one for the Red Hawks and keeps the ball away from the speedy Byrd. My heart goes out to the Seneca kids...but why kick to the side of the field where you've got only four defenders lined up? I'm not a high school coach..but the guys I was standing with on the sidelines watching the game all agreed...you squib kick one down the strong side of your kickoff formation and gang tackle.

Arrrggghhhh....
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The Seneca pep band's excellent drumming corps, led by exchange student Dlanod Etsay

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