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Saturday, September 28, 2013



SATURDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

-Volleyball downs Memphis in KFC YUM! Center

-Soccer Cards: Another overtime, another win.

-Field Hockey, Lacrosse and fall Softball on tap today


So far...the University of Memphis' re-introduction to competition against UofL women's sports hasn't gone so well. Both the VolleyCards and SoccerCards took victories against the visitors from Elvis-ville. Welcome to the AAC, Tigers...enjoy your stay.

Maya McClendon led a balanced Louisville attack with 17 kills in the Cards 25-16, 25-21, 21-25, 25-14 four set win over UM. Seniors Randi Ewing and Brooke Mattingly added 12 kills each in the conference opener for both teams. A check of the box score indicates that Emily Juhl played in only two of the four games. We'll discuss any injury status concerning the senior Cardinal on our CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO SHOW later this morning. Jeff McAdams was lurking around the wide net and will have a full report.

The teams were evenly matched in the first set...Louisville holding on to a 12-8 lead before ramping up and outscoring the Tigers 13-8 to win going away by nine.

Game two saw the teams deadlocked at 16-16 before McClendon took control and lifted the Cards to a hard-fought four point victory.

After the break, Memphis showed they weren't quite ready to hit I-40 West...using a 7-0 run to take an early 8-3 advantage. The Cards did battle back to get within one at 19-18...but the Tigers produced a game-closing, 6-3 point spread to make the match 2-1.

Any hopes of the Tigers extending the match to five sets was eliminated early in the final game....UofL scoring the first six points of the contest and zooming out to a 14-7 dominance. The Cards pushed that edge out to 20-10 and won going away by 11.

Over 2200 in attendance to see the battle...Louisville returns to 2nd and Main Sunday for a bird battle...the Temple Owls line up across the net at 1 p.m.

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Louisville women's soccer team assures the fans get every penny's worth of the admission price once again...going to overtime to down the Memphis kickers 3-2 at Cardinal Park.

It was senior Christine Exeter providing the game-ender two minutes into the extra session...taking a pass from junior Casey Whitfield and progressing downfield to send an 18 footer to the back of the net.

UM broke a 30 minute scoreless opening to lead lead Louisville briefly...the Cards responded less than a minute later when Erin Yenney found nylon on a penalty corner attempt.  The teams went into the half tied at 1-1.

Louisville grabbed the advantage early in the final half when Whitfield outfoxed the Memphis goalie on a nice cross and booted the orb past her as she charged to defend. Memphis tied it, though with 20 minutes remaining in the half and regulation ended with the teams still knotted at 2-2.

The Cards improve to 5-3-1 with the "W" and will grace the middle of the track and field facility again on Sunday when the Rut-gals travel to the 'Ville for a 1 p.m. showdown.

(Editor note....can we PLEASE get away from these same start times for Volleyball and Soccer? Some of actually would like to attend both matches. Since the transporter device ran out of dilithium crystals...I can't be in two places at once.)

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On tap today? Field hockey travels to College Park, MD. for a rough conference match against the Hoyas. Not sure why they're playing this one on Maryland's home field...but they'll slap the ball around with the sticks at appox. 1300 (1 p.m.).

Louisville softball opens their fall exhibition season today with two games at Bellarmine...since Ulmer Stadium is undergoing an expansion and facelift. The Cards face the host Knights at 11:00 a.m. and Eastern Kentucky at 1 p.m.

Pearsall has a full cupboard on the field with Arion, Fowler, the Ruck, Kiyohara, Killer Keller and hurlers Caralisa Connell and Rachel Le Coq. The Cards also add nine freshmen.

Louisville Lacrosse hits the road for a scrimmage at Boston University today as well. Check out the great photo of Coach Kellie Young getting interviewed by Paulie's old digital recording device, letter-jacket, gloves and goatee over at gocards.com

My ol' buddy Michelle Hutchins snapped that last season. I don't have any money to buy it, though. Damn economy...

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WE return to the studio this morning for a (believe it or don't) LIVE broadcast of the CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO HOUR.
Lots of UofL women's sports to discuss, Don Paulie makes a visit and I'm feverishly preparing a little quiz for my slacker co-hosts...Jumping Jeff McAdams and birthday girl Jenny O' Bryan.

They don't stand a chance. Click the link below to listen live. Or, wash your hair and head to the buffet at the Chinese place. We can't make all your decisions for you...

TWO CHIMPS AND A LADY


-Paulie

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