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Friday, September 28, 2012

Weekend sports

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FRIDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

-Volleyball travels to USF

-Field Hockey headed to Syracuse

-Soccer to face Marquette

-Softball with Fall Tournament at Ulmer

Three UofL women's sports squads hit the highway this weekend in BIG EAST competition. Pack up the GPS, look for available parking and don't text while driving...here we go.

*****#17 ranked VolleyCards face raging Bulls*****

A tough Friday evening match for Anne Kordes' crew in Tampa awaits against the USF Bulls...who have won seven of their last eight outings. South Florida (9-6, 1-1) has five players with 100+ kills on the season and will throw a very balanced attack against Lola and the other net defenders. After the Notre Dame loss in the the YUM! it's gut-check time for this talented but sometimes inconsistent Louisville Volleyball squad. The environment should be lively and raucous for the 7 p.m. match and hopefully the Cards will be focused and ready to do battle.

It's a change of venue after the Friday match. The Cards will head north to Pittsburgh for a Sunday, 1 p.m. game against the Panthers (10-6, 1-1).

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*****#1 Syracuse awaits Field Hockey team*****

At 9-0, the Syracuse Orange are the #1 team in womens' college field hockey. They'll host the #25 ranked Cards Saturday @ noon on the Syracuse campus. They'll make it tough on the Cards...goalkeeper Leann Stiver allows a scant 0.60 scores per contest and has recorded five shutouts this year. Louisville has lost the last three times against the Orange...all by one goal and the last two went to overtime. Time to notch a "W", Justine...

After the contest, the Cards return to action at Albany, NY against the Great Danes (no, I'm not kidding) of the University of Albany. They're currently
ranked #24 in the nation...so the Cards have their work cut out for them by facing two top 25 teams in a 24 hour time frame.

Crush the Orange and cage the dogs, Cards!

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***** Women's soccer goes to Marquette*****

In a near reversal of what Volleyball is doing, the UofL women's soccer team goes north first to Milwaukee on Friday and then to Florida on Sunday. First up for Charlyn Corral and crew are the Golden Eagles of Marquette. The #19 Hoyas (7-2-1, 3-0-0) have won their last two with shutouts against Seton Hall and Rutgers. Louisville will look to continue the scoring frenzy they exhibited last weekend when the knocked off St. John's 6-0 in Cardinal Park. The 8 p.m. match against Marquette will test the Cards against a close RPI ranked squad....Marquette is 40th. in the NCAA RPI and Louisville 42nd.

After Marquette, Louisville and USF will play Sunday in Tampa.

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***Softball hosts Fall Tournament this weekend***

Not all the UofL women's sports teams are vacating the Belknap Campus this weekend.

Sandy Pearsall's sluggers are hosting a pre-season tournament and Bellarmine, Eastern Kentucky and Murray State are the guests. Admission is free and the schedule of tomorrow's events is below:

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
5 p.m. - Louisville vs. Bellarmine
7 p.m. - Bellarmine vs. Eastern KY.
9 p.m. - Louisville vs. Eastern KY

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