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Friday, May 24, 2013

Friday Cardinal Couple



FRIDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

-The long wait until fall sports ain't so bad...

-NCAA Softball Super Regionals


Happens every year, right around this time for the University of Louisville fans.

A full fall and spring season ended. Highs (many of those) and a few lows. The excitement and joy of Louisville Basketball (both varieties) getting to the final leg of the Big Dance. A national championship and national runner-up.

Not too shabby.

A time for reflection and reminiscence. Encouragement, for sure, from improvement from many of the women's teams. An almost unbearable anticipation and excitement to see how soccer, field hockey, volleyball and hoops do when the students return and the student-athletes return to the field of competition. Fun days and nights in Cardinal Park, Cardinal Arena and the KFC YUM! Center...red and black.

Also, a bit of longing that softball and lacrosse would have done just a bit better. Talent present, no doubt...on both squads...and a promise of more exciting days and nights of seeing Boltja, Fowler, Morissette, Kiyohara, Daley and Keller thrill us with their skills. We will wait until the spring to see them do their thing. It won't be disappointing.

Then, there is women's basketball. Are there enough words of praise and compliment available for what Walz, the girls and the fans have shown the world what can be done and just how much this team is loved?

Across the board in women's sports, I challenge you to compare this staff of coaches that women's athletics has at UofL with any in the nation. If you can find an overall better coaching roster...tell me who it is.

Don't bother wasting your time searching. You won't find any better.  

Enjoy the summer ahead. Attend the Cardinal Caravans, other UofL sporting functions and keep this in mind...

IF you enjoyed 2013 UofL Athletics...stick around.

You ain't seen nothing yet.
 

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The 2013 NCAA Softball Super Regionals got underway last night with one game. Washington defeated Missouri in Columbia, MO. 2-1. The other scheduled game...Oklahoma and Texas A&M was postponed due to weather in Norman.

Here's the breakdown of the sixteen teams, where they'll play and when they'll start. All super regional games are best out of three...winner advancing to the Women's College World Series.

Washington vs Missouri (Columbia) Thurs (2-1 UW)
Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M (Norman)  Friday
Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Michigan (Ann Arbor) Friday
Alabama vs. Tennessee (Knoxville) Friday
UAB vs. Florida (Gainesville) Friday
Florida St. vs Texas (Austin) Friday
Kentucky vs. Arizona St. (Tempe) Saturday
Nebraska vs. Oregon (Eugene) Saturday

The SEC is well represented here with six schools. (Texas A&M, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Missouri and Florida). So is the PAC 12 with three schools (Oregon, Arizona St. and Washington). The BIG 12 (Oklahoma, Texas)and BIG 10 (Michigan, Nebraska) softball conferences have two contenders each. UAB (C-USA), Louisiana-Lafayette (SunBelt) and Florida State (ACC) fill out the field.  

--Paulie

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