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Friday, September 6, 2013

Friday Cardinal Couple -- Three women's sports squads in action Friday!



After a great run that saw the Louisville women’s basketball program make it all the way to the national championship game, coach Jeff Walz and his staff have managed to capitalize with a good deal of recruiting success. Myisha Hines-Allen’s decision to pick Louisville over Georgia Tech and West Virginia is the next example of the success carrying over to recruiting momentum.
“The school in general was an amazing place,” Hines-Allen, the No. 13 prospect in the ELITE 100, said. “I felt like home while I was there.”
Hines-Allen picked Louisville after making an unofficial visit to Georgia Tech in early June in addition to official visits to Louisville and West Virginia in August.
The 6-foot-2 forward has a combination of size and athleticism that is rarely seen on the recruiting circuit. She is a much improved perimeter shooter and is also capable of putting the ball on the deck and making a play. She should fit in well at the future ACC school as she shares similarities with current rising junior Sarah Hammond.
“The style of play was also a huge factor,” she added.
With the addition of Hines-Allen, Louisville now has four talented wings and forwards on the way to campus next year. Mariya Moore of Oakland, Calif., Arianna Freeman of Manassas, Va., and Sydney Brackemyre of Cincinnati, Ohio. With the forward positions locked up for the next couple of years, look for Louisville to focus heavily on adding true post play and a point guard with their remaining scholarships. Jatarie White of Charlotte, N.C., Dekeiya Cohen of Charleston, S.C., and Gabby Green of Oakland, Calif., are players Louisville may still be looking to add to their 2014 class.


The University of Louisville field hockey team will play its 2013 home opener on Friday, Sept. 6 when William & Mary visits Trager Stadium for a 1 p.m. matchup. The Cardinals will wrap up the weekend against Ohio on Sunday, Sept. 8 at 1 p.m. Admission is free to all UofL home field hockey games during the regular season.
About Louisville
The Cardinals enter their home-opening weekend with a 1-1 overall record. Louisville faced an early test to open the season with a 3-2 loss at No. 7 Virginia, but rallied to beat host Richmond 2-1 in the weekend finale.
Four players stand among the Cards scoring leaders in the early season: junior Alyssa Voelmle and freshmen Shannon Sloss, Gianna Perrone and Jennifer Pels have one goal apiece. Redshirt sophomore Sydney King carries a 2.00 goals against average and has 11 saves on the season.
Cards vs. the opponents
William & Mary
Friday, Sept. 6 - Trager Stadium, 1 p.m.
Series record: UofL leads 2-1
Last meeting: Sept. 19, 2004 - UofL won 2-1 at Trager Stadium
Scouting the Tribe: William & Mary enters the weekend with a 2-0 record after dominating Radford 5-0 in their season opener and following that performance with a 4-2 victory over VCU.
Nine different players have chipped in one goal apiece while Pippin Saunders eads the team with five points (1G, 3A). Cate Johnson (2-0) carries a 1.79 goals against average with four saves on the season.
Sunday, Sept. 8 - Trager Stadium, 1 p.m.
Series record: OU leads 27-9 - The teams were Mid-American Conference opponents from 1994-2004
Last meeting: Sept 8, 2012 - UofL won 4-0 at Trager Stadium
Gianna Perrone
Scouting the Bobcats: Ohio was picked to finish second in the Mid-American Conference preseason coaches poll, but enters the weekend with an 0-2 record after a tough season opening weekend on the road. Ohio fell 5-1 at No. 16 Boston and 5-2 to Delaware.
Luli Gomez Teruel leads the team with two goals while Katherine Felzel has one goal on the season.
Last time Out
Louisville went 1-1 against tough road opponents in its opening weekend.
No. 7 Virginia 3 - UofL 2
The Cardinals battled host seventh-ranked Virginia to a 1-1 score at halftime but could not overcome a two-goal deficit in the second half as the Cards fell 3-2 to the Cavaliers in their season opener. Junior Alyssa Voelmle’s goal tied the game in the first half while freshman Gianna Perrone pulled the Cardinals within one in the second half. Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Sydney King collected seven saves in her first career start.
UofL 2 - Richmond 1
UofL used second half goals from freshmen Shannon Sloss and Jennifer Pels to overcome a 1-0 halftime deficit in a 2-1 win over host Richmond. King had four saves in the win.
King Named to BIG EAST Honor Roll
Sydney King was named to the BIG EAST honor roll in the first week of the season. The Newport Beach, Calif. native made her first career start in Louisville’s season opener at No. 7 Virginia on Friday. The redshirt sophomore goalkeeper collected seven saves, but the Cards came up one goal short. King was back in the cage on Sunday and posted four stops in Louisville’s 2-1 win over Richmond. She totaled 11 saves and a 2.00 goals against average in the Cardinals’ opening weekend.
Up Next
The Cardinals will return to action next weekend when they travel to Ann Arbor, Mich. to face UC Davis in a neutral match on Sept. 13 and the ninth-ranked Wolverines on Sept. 14.


It is a busy Friday for Cardinal women's sports! Soccer goes to Lexington for a battle with UK and Volleyball is in Fargo, ND for a match against North Dakota State. There's even football on campus Saturday when the #8 Louisville squad hosts EKU.

We'll have recaps on all the action in the Saturday edition of CARDINAL COUPLE and we also invite you listen to CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO HOUR at 11 a.m. on CRESCENT HILL RADIO.

Fall sports are in full swing, kick, spike, slap and block. It's a great time of year! Speaking of Volleyball, Anne Kordes crew has two games on national (well, ESPNU) television this season. Thanks to Nancy Worley, over at Louisville SID, for the release below:

The No. 17-ranked University of Louisville volleyball team will have two matches televised on ESPNU this season as announced by The American.
The Louisville versus UCF matchup Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. ET in KFC Yum! Center and then the Oct. 27
 matchup with UConn at 1:00 ET in Storrs, Conn. will be shown on ESPNU.
“We talk all the time about national relevance and when you get the opportunity to play on national television it speaks volumes about the credibility of your program,” said UofL head coach Anne Kordes. “There are a lot of programs that get to play on their own conference network but when ESPNU puts you on television that gives us the exposure to volleyball hotbeds around the country and we are excited about that.”
The Cardinals and UCF were picked as the top two finishers respectively in the 2013 Preseason American Coaches' Poll, while UConn was tabbed third.
Louisville went 30-4 and won the BIG EAST last season, and is currently ranked at No. 17 in the most recent AVCA National Coaches' Poll. The Cardinals have gotten off to a 1-1 start in 2013, defeating Syracuse before falling at then-No. 2 Penn State last weekend. UConn is currently 2-2 after sweeping Hartford in its home opener on Tuesday.



  1. That's some nice info on Hines-Allen. One correction - Hammond is currently a rising junior, not a senior.

  2. Yeah, I just caught that. SHe is a junior and a rising one at that. MAde the correction. TY Mike!


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