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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Yes it's Tuesday



TUESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


...Today Sandy quick steps us between laundry changes needed for basketball to volleyball and lacrosse then again back to basketball...

NCAA VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIP IN LOUISVILLE


A major event in volleyball for the city of Louisville begins at the KFC YUM! Center this Thursday and Saturday nights.   Beginning on Thursday December 13 at 7 and 9 pm you can watch the semi-final matches  (Texas v Michigan then Penn State v Oregon)
and on Saturday at 7 the finals of our cities first hosting of a NCAA volleyball national championship.   Ticket sales are reported to be going strong and our plans are to surpass the national attendance record of 17,430.   Really folks, the record is held by Omaha, Nebraska.  Omaha really!  
 
We can do better and I understand that we are close.  Do your part!  See you there.  Tickets are available through multiple outlets including at www.ncaa.com/volleyball. Prepare for the matches by reading about it at http://www.gocards.com/sports/w-volley/spec-rel/120612aab.html, and http://www.ncaa.com/championships/volleyball-women/d1#!championship_br_home.
 
In addition to the matches there are loads of daily fan events and the ability to watch open practices from 10:00 to 4:25 tomorrow with authograph sessions with AVCA All-Americans and Olympian Champion Kerri Walsh Jennings prior to each nights match. 


No pre-purchased tickets should go unused.  Coach Anne Kordes has indicated that anyone who is not able to use tickets which have been purchased to turn them back into the University so that they can be either re-sold or given to charity for those who want to be here but cannot do so due to cost.  NO EMPTY SEATS!

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 12
EVENT TITLE
EVENT DESCRIPTION
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Open Practice, KFC YUM! Center

11:35 a.m. to 1:05 p.m.
Open Practice, KFC YUM! Center

1:20 to 2:50 p.m.
Open Practice, KFC YUM! Center

2:55 to 4:25 p.m.
Open Practice, KFC YUM! Center

THURSDAY, DEC. 13 
EVENT TITLE
EVENT DESCRIPTION
12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Jostens Coaches Honors Luncheon, KICC Cascade Ballroom
Please join us to recognize the 2012 Coach of the Year winners and Hall of Fame inductees. Tickets to the luncheon are $45 and can be purchased at AVCA Registration in Hall 2CD of the KICC.
5:30 p.m.
Gates open to public, KFC YUM! Center
1,000 headbands given away courtesy of AT&T, KFC Yum! Center, South Entrance
5:30 p.m.
NCAA Fan Zone
KFC Yum! Center, South Main Concourse (concludes at the beginning of the last match set)
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Autograph Session
Session includes Lindsey Berg, U.S. National Team player, Lloy Ball, four-time Olympian and members of the U.S. Women’s National Sitting Team, KFC Yum! Center, South Main Concourse
7 p.m.
Semifinal Match No. 1

8:45 p.m.
Autograph Session with Match No. 1 teams, KFC YUM! Center

9 p.m.
Semifinal Match No. 2

11 p.m.
Autograph Session with Match No. 2 teams, KFC YUM! Center

FRIDAY, DEC. 14
EVENT TITLE
EVENT DESCRIPTION
11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet, KICC Cascade Ballroom
Celebrate the stars in our sport on Friday afternoon as the top talent from around the country comes together to commemorate the year that was in women’s volleyball. Tickets to the banquet are $45 and can be purchased at AVCA Registration in Hall 2CD of the KICC.
8 to 10 p.m.
Under Armour All-America High School Volleyball Match and Skills Competition, KFC Yum! Center
The event will feature 24 Under Armour Girls High School All-Americans, as previously selected by the AVCA, who will be divided into two squads and compete in a three-set match, in addition to a series of individual competitions that will showcase the athletes’ superlative skills.
SATURDAY, DEC. 15
EVENT TITLE
EVENT DESCRIPTION
9 to 11 a.m.
NCAA/AVCA Kids Clinic, KICC Hall 1 AB
The NCAA, AVCA and University of Louisville will be conducting youth clinics for kids ages 8 to 14 at the championship.
4:30 to 6:15 p.m.
NCAA/AVCA Minority Coaches Committee Kids Clinic (ages 8-14), KICC Hall 1AB
The POWERADE® NCAA® Youth Clinics are a community outreach program that connects kids ages 8 to 14 (through 8th grade) with selected championships and provides them with resources designed to have a lasting impact. Participants receive sport instruction from NCAA and regional coaches get valuable information on fitness, healthy lifestyles and sportsmanship.
5 to 5:30 p.m.
Red Carpet Arrivals
Come early and cheer on your team as they head in to compete for the 2012 NCAA Women’s Volleyball championship. Teams will enter through the Main Entrance of the KFC Yum! Center. (Tentative)
5:30 p.m.
Gates open to public, KFC YUM! Center
2,000 scarves will be given away, courtesy of the NCAA Respect Campaign, KFC Yum! Center, South Entrance
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Autograph Session
Autograph Sessions with AVCA All-Americans and Kerri Walsh, two-time NCAA Champion and three-time Olympic Gold Medalist, KFC Yum! Center, South Main Concourse
7 p.m.
National Championship Match

Post-Match
Awards Presentation
Between sets 2 and 3 – 40th Anniversary of Title IX Presentation



 Editor note: CARDINAL COUPLE was informed by the NCAA that we would NOT be issued media passes for the Final Four if Louisville didn't get there. Therefore, we will
 not have media representation on the sidelines. Our Jeff McAdams will be in the stands, though... 


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CARDINALS FLYING HIGH ACROSS THE NATION
 
The Stanford Cardinal retain their number 1 AP ranking but the Louisville Cardinals retain their 8th place position.   Articles are plentiful across the internet and this week is no different as Charlie Crème of ESPNW has published one which not only discusses who he thinks will be hard to knock off as the top 4 basketball teams but also includes a mention of the Louisville women.  The complete article can be found at http://espn.go.com/womens-college-basketball/story/_/id/8731988/top-teams-locked-no-1-seeds-already.  Also this week is his first projected Bracketology posting http://sports.espn.go.com/ncw/bracketology  which includes Louisville starting on their home court (which is a given as long as we make the 64 team tournament).  He places Louisville in the Oklahoma City Bracket.
 
Oklahoma City
Waco
Lubbock
4UCLA
College Park
11UTEP
Louisville

I know that we have a lot of regular season and Big East tournament play remaining but NCAA 1st round regional games begin at the Louisville YUM! Center on March 23 and 25th with tickets already available for the hometown fans to pack the house while obtaining great seats before the other teams are seated.   This is Louisville’s first opportunity to host first round games in many years and we want to make sure that repeat opportunities occur.  Without great attendance figures this won’t happen and watching on TV is just not the same experience.
 
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WNBA DRAFT
 
Progress comes to basketball, slowly but surely.  For the first time, the WNBA will hold its annual draft on ESPN2 at the primetime slot of 8 p.m. ET.  The event is not until April 15 so mark your calendars.
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LACROSSE 2013 SCHEDULE


Katie Oliverio

The 2013 schedule for Lacrosse has been released which features 9 home games.   Check out the season story at http://www.gocards.com/sports/w-lacros/spec-rel/121012aaa.html.    This year’s team features 3 seniors -- Janaye Dzikewich, Danielle Pawliw and Katie Oliverio.


Janaye Dzikewich


Danielle Pawliw




This years schedule begins with 3 home games at U of L Lacrosse Stadium beginning on February 10 at noon.
DATE
OPPONENT
TIME
SITE
Feb. 10
CANISIUS
12 p.m.
UofL LACROSSE STADIUM
Feb. 16
OHIO STATE
2 p.m.
UofL LACROSSE STADIUM
Feb. 23
OLD DOMINION
1 p.m.
UofL LACROSSE STADIUM
March 2
Denver
12 p.m.
Denver, Colo.
March 6
VANDERBILT
1 p.m.
UofL LACROSSE STADIUM
March 9
Presbyterian
5 p.m.
Cumming, Ga.
March 13
Detroit Mercy
2 p.m.
Detroit, Mich.
March 17
Drexel
1 p.m.
Philadelphia, Pa.
March 22
Loyola (Md.)
6 p.m.
Baltimore, Md.
March 24
Georgetown
1 p.m.
Washington, D.C.
April 5
NOTRE DAME
5 p.m.
UofL LACROSSE STADIUM
April 7
MARQUETTE
12 p.m.
UofL LACROSSE STADIUM
April 12
Syracuse
6 p.m.
Syracuse, N.Y.
April 14
Connecticut
12 p.m.
Storrs, Conn.
April 20
CINCINNATI
7 p.m.
UofL LACROSSE STADIUM
April 26
RUTGERS
5 p.m.
UofL LACROSSE STADIUM
April 28
VILLANOVA
1 p.m.
UofL LACROSSE STADIUM
May 2 & 4
BIG EAST Tournament
TBD
Washington, D.C.

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BASKETBALL RECRUITING
 
Full Court editor Clay Kallam wrote an interesting article which was published on Sunday concerning the differences between the recruiting of boys vs girls high school players to Divison 1 schools.

Primarily it is thought that with the additional three scholarships available to the women’s basketball teams (to create a closer equity of college scholarships) that high school girls and their parents are incorrectly being advised to handle the recruiting process the same as it is by the boys.  His belief is that any girl that in her junior summer possesses Division 1 skills will receive a Division 1 scholarship, as long as they do not limit their sites to specific top tier schools.

Currently the recruiting process includes the attendance and participation in summer play including AAU teams as early as middle school when the girls may not even yet have a complete understanding of the skills needed which may actually result in the early exposure hurting their scholarship chances rather than helping.    Clay proposes that the girl’s would be better served by using the summers during those early years to focus on skills development… and then use their junior summer to make the travel circuit and focus on schools where their current skills match specific schools needs where they can actually make a contribution and earn significant playing time (Megan Denies).

Otherwise either poor matches result where overreaching result in 4 years of primarily riding the bench with resulting transfers and / or dropping out of the system or players miss out on a 4 year Division 1 experience and either don’t play, move to Division II or go the JUCO route when a move comprehensive recruiting plan for girl’s recruiting may have made a huge difference.

The complete article can be read at http://www.fullcourt.com/prep/22340/remember-recruiting-among-other-things-different-girls?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter.
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9 comments:

  1. This Charlie Creme guy has no clue. Wants us to open again against MSU? Really? Who can successfully predict the NCAA pairings when the season isn't even 1/3 over yet?

    He has too much time on his hands.

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    1. In his defense, Charlie is a great guy...have had the chance to meet him and he's very knowledgable about WBB. It's an interesting prognostication of the future. Obviously, many things can happen between now and then. Isn't this a great time of year?

      Paulie

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    2. Does anyone know if there is a pre-established linkage between the sub- regionals and the regionals? In other words, is it already determined that the winner of the sub- regional held in Louisville will definitely be going to the Oklahoma regional?

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  2. Paulie sorry to hear about the NCAA decline on your coverage. I think a lot of steam went out of this event with fans locally since the Cards won't be playing. Hopefully, the out-of-towners will pack the YUM!

    --Joe Hill--

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    1. Hey, Joe. It is what it is. We hope that those with tickets will go or make them available to those who might like to attend and can't afford them. Interesting that Michigan (who eliminated Louisville) is in. They certainly brought their "A" game against the Cards. They'll be our sentimental favorite in this event.

      Paulie

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    2. May have lost some steam, but not too much. I'm hearing that tickets are still selling well, though of course that does include the out-of-towners as well.

      You know that I'll be there.

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    3. Knew you would, Jeff. You'll be our eyes and ears there, then and feel free to provide us with a Sunday synopsis of the finals.

      Paulie

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  3. I will be there, too, provided a little outpatient surgery does not sideline me. Saddened that the Cards are not playing in it, but, love the sport and have a volleyball playing kiddo who is looking forward to going. Hoping Sports fans in general will show up.

    If I understand correctly, part of awarding these events is how well the local folks support the event, even if their team is not in it. So, even though we can not root for our VolleyCards, we need to show the NCAA that Louisville is a viable venue where women's sports are supported. We want them to come back!
    Jenny

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  4. Another reason to come to the VB tournament : a chance to get reacquainted with Rick Petrino. You know he's going to be all over this one.
    --PDX Phil

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