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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Sandy is Searching For The Spray Starch

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TUESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

(Sandy Walker takes us on her weekly sprint through UofL women's sports and more. If you've missed anything over the last week or so, chances are great that you get can an update or a reminder/recap here. And.....they're off! )

Sandy is Busy Pressing her Sunday Clothes 
Major Guests are Coming to Visit


BREAKING MEDICAL UPDATE!!!
Tia Gibbs has reported that she has been medically cleared to play.  Give a shout out to her at @TGibbs25 that you have heard the great news!  One by one we soon again have a healthy squad who are ready to conquer all who come. 

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SOCCER STAR NAMED HOMECOMING QUEEN

Angelika Uremovich of the Louisville women’s soccer team is the new 2012 University of Louisville Homecoming Queen.  She has been a starter for all 3 years of her career and has 18 career goals.   This marks the 3rd consecutive year that a UL athlete has been crowned as Homecoming King or Queen.  UL Flying Cardinal video of the ceremony can be found at http://ptch.com/ptch/508321778d4f9830de9f227b.


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WNBA CHAMPIONSHIP

Monday night found the defending champion Minnesota Lynx playing game 3 of the WNBA championship against the Indiana Fever at Indianapolis.   Minnesota found a unique way to get the ball into the hands of Seimone Augustus.  Indiana’s focus on Augustus came to no purpose when the Lynx players decided to employ the strategy of simply handing off the ball rather than continuing to fail while trying to pass the ball to her.  This year and championship has been extremely physical and fast paced. 

This appears to be a glimpse into the type of play to be expected of future WNBA draftees which should well suit U of L players after experiencing the Jeff Walz fast paced and exciting system of play.  Congratulations to the Indiana Fever on their first  WNBA championship and to the MVP Tamika Catchings!!!

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2012-2013 BASKETBALL RULES UPDATE

The 2012 Spring was a non-rules change year for women’s NCAA basketball.  Instead of new rules, the focus (outside of allowable safety issue changes) is on game rules management.  Rick Nixon of NCAA.com has written an article http://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball-women/article/2012-10-12/2012-13-women-s-basketball-officials-closely-monitor-pace-poutlining indicating that officials are to better manage the pace of play and to closely monitor but not necessarily tighten specific items.  They include the following areas: 
·         Incidental Elbow Contact
·         Traveling
·         Freedom of Movement
·         Pace of Play
·         Restricted Area Rule
·         Legal Guarding
·         Contact On/By the Ball Handler
·         Free-Throw Violations
·         Sportsmanship
·         Coaching box
·         Fighting
·         Basketball court-surface – which is an actual rule change due to a safety issue
I would suggest a complete read of this article in order to better enjoy the upcoming season.

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BASKETBALL RECRUITS – SATURDAY SCRIMMAGE

This weekend Coach Walz was notified by Janelle Cannon of her verbal commitment to attend U of L next year.  The 5’ 9” Wheeling, Illinois point guard is one of the top junior college players in the country.   Last year she averaged 18.6 points, 6.5 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 4.5 steals per game at SW Illinois.  Hopefully she is the first of many more to come. 

This coming weekend is perhaps the most important recruiting weekend for UL women’s basketball and is an absolute huge event.  We will have visits from four of the nation’s most highly recruited 2013 players.  It can be presumed that among other events they will be attending Friday night's ESPN broadcast of our 15th nationally ranked football team match against Cincinnati and Saturday’s 2:00 pm Red/White men’s scrimmage.  The YUM Center! Event will feature the women’s team participating in pre-scrimmage activities. 

We have room for and want them all to join junior college point guard Janelle Cannon as a 2013 commitment.  Between club and recruiting travel these ladies have been major road warriors.   


                                                                     
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SOCCER
Congratulations to the soccer team as they defeated Cinncinnati 2-1 on Friday’s Senior Night The double overtime win was lead by goals from Charlyn Corral and Casey Whitfield while goalie Chloe Kiefer was credited with 7 saves. Louisville had an 37-10 advantage in shots on goal and a 10-1 advantage in corner kicks.  The 37 shots broke a 13 year record. Seniors honored were Chloe Kiefer, Courtney Holz and Emily Cardell.

The win positioned UofL as the No. 3 seed from their division and gained them a first round bye in the 2012 BIG EAST Conference Championship. The (10-4-3, 5-3-3 BIG EAST)  Cardinals will open the tournament against American Division No. 2 seed USF in a quarterfinal match on Sunday, Oct. 28 in Tampa, Fla.

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“MOVING ON UP TO THE BIG TIME”

Volleyball:        Lola Arslanbekova Named BIG EAST Player of the Week
Soccer:              Charlyn Corral Named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week
Field Hockey:   Alyssa Voelmle Named BIG EAST Field Hockey Player of Week
Tennis:              Julia Fellerhoff and Rebecca Shine Have Best-Ever Finishes at ITA  Ohio
Swimming:       Women's Swimming Finishes Fifth at SMU Classic
Basketball:       Pre-Season Ranking of Sixth in the Nation

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FIELD HOCKEY

Field Hockey Upsets No. 21 Ohio State 4-3 in Overtime.  An overtime goal by Senior Amber Thomas gave the University of Louisville a 4-3 win Monday at Trager Stadium. The Cards improve to 11-7 on the season while Ohio State drops to 9-8.

To make the BIG EAST Tournament, the Cards must defeat Providence in the final game of the year...Saturday at Providence. The tournament will be held at Trager Stadium this year. 


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VOLLEYBALL

Volleyball knocks off the last unbeaten team in the league, Marquette 3-1.  Emily Juhl contributed 13 kills to lead the volleycards to a 20-25, 25-17, 25-21, 25-19 win over previously unbeaten conference leader Marquette. The Volleycards now have 25 seasons with 20 or more victories, including 12 of the last 13 seasons.


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BASKETBALL TIP OFF LUNCHEON

With today’s luncheon and this weekend’s women’s pre-red/white men’s scrimmage exhibition, the basketball season is finally and officially upon us.  We have reason to believe that a telephone call this morning to the U of L special events office ( 502-852-0706) could possibly still obtain for you a ticket to today’s women’s basketball tip-off luncheon.   Jeff Walz will be the featured speaker and the doors open at 11:15.  For those of you who make it to the event, take the time to stop by the Media Table for a chat with Paul of Cardinal Couple. You can move on to seeing Jenny at table 54 and between lunch and dessert, you can catch me at table 43.  For those of you who can’t make it to the event, Jenny will be reporting on the event in tomorrow’s issue.

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LACROSSE

The Lacrosse team spent a busy weekend which began by hosting their annual alumnae game on Saturday.  At their annual banquet on Friday the Cardinals distributed last season’s awards for the most valuable player, the most improved player, the unsung hero, rookie of the year, and coach's award.  Sunday’s events included a golf scramble which was held in conjunction with the field hockey team.

Hats off to the lacrosse team for their strong showing at last Tuesday's Central Cardinal Club outing, also.


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                                                                         NEXT?

The final matchup in the Sweet Sixteen of Choose Your Favorite Cardinal Womens' Athlete features basketball's Monique Reid against golf's Katie Petrino.

Reid enters her final year of basketball at UofL after a year off because of a knee injury. The Fern Creek, KY native will tell you "I'm a scorer, that's what I do." and a look at her career at UofL makes that evident.

Her uncanny ability to score under the basket makes her a threat anytime she steps on the court and also creates opportunities for other Cardinals because of the defensive priorities assigned to stop her. WE say..."Go, Mo, Go!"

Petrino enters her second season on the links for the Cards with the 3rd lowest average score so far this season. We think her tee-to-fairway game is the best out of the Cardinal women's golfers and she also dabbled in a little softball pitching for the Cards in the 2010-11 season.

From Fayetteville, Arkansas now...Katie also spent time in Louisville when her father Bobby was the head coach of the UofL Football team.

You can vote for your favorite on the infamous "left side of the site."

Congratulations to soccer's Chloe Kiefer, who defeated field hockey's Erin Conrad and advances to the round of eight!
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4 comments:

  1. And I'll be sitting at table 53, so you can stop and say hi to Jenny and myself pretty much together (probably).

    This day is for the Women's Basketball team, but we could probably get some discussion of Volleyball in there as well if you like.

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    1. Who loves Cardinal WBB? This site! Three writers and one co-owner at the event.
      Representation? Yup...

      Paulie

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  2. What exactly is the scenario for Field Hockey? What if they lose @ Prov?

    Tammi

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    1. They have to win. Period. A loss drops them into a tie with Rutgers and since Rutgers won the match between the two this season, Rutgers would get the 4th seed. If Louisville beats Providence, they would have equal records in conference and Louisville would be the #3 seed and Providence the #4.

      Paulie

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