THURSDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
( JEFF MCADAMS has returned to the land of the ice and snow and muses today on softball, basketball recruits and volleyball...)
I know what single digit temperatures make me think of, how about you?
OK, maybe not, but Softball season is rapidly approaching with the first pitch of the season only 9 days away. Consequently, we've had a lot of Softball news hits in the past couple of days.
The first poll to be released was the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (based right here in Louisville), where the Cardinals come in at 19th. Other teams appearing in the poll that Louisville will face include Michigan at 5th, Kentucky at 12th, Missouri at 14th, UCLA at 16th, and conference-mate South Florida at 25th.
The next poll on the hit parade to announce a Louisville appearance was College Sports Madness. They're revealing their pre-season picks one at a time, so we don't know their whole top 25 yet, but they did put UofL at #13. They have Kentucky at #10, UCLA at 17th and Missouri at 20th. They don't have a listing for Michigan, yet (presuming they will come in better than 10) or for USF.
The last major preseason poll is the USA Softball/ESPN.com poll. Completing the pre-season top-20 hat-trick, this poll has Louisville at 18th. Other opponents showing up with Michigan at 4th, UCLA at 13th, Kentucky at 14th, Missouri at 17th, and USF at 23rd.
Freshman pitcher Maryssa Becker is a finalist for the Oregon Sports Awards Prep Softball Player of
the Year award.
the Year award.
This award is for the past year of play, which would've including Maryssa's senior year in high school. Becker has already won this award once, last year, and another victory looks quite possible for the right handed pitcher after she led her team to the 6A state title.
Keller was named to the Top 50 "Watch List" for USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year honors. The winner of the award will be announced May 27th prior to the start of the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City. A player isn't required to be on the watch list to eventually win the award, but a Top 25 will be announced on April 9th. The POY will be one of the players from the Top 25.
Two Louisville signees were named to the McDonald's All-American East Team Roster.
Myisha Hines-Allen and Mariya Moore will both be playing for the East Team. The Women's McDonald's All-American game will be April 2nd at 6pm and will be televised on ESPNU.
A Couple of Quick Volleyball Tidbits
First up is Eleni Georgiafandis, from Knoxville, TN. Eleni apparently graduated from high school early (as Javoni Faucette did last year) and enrolled as a freshman in the spring semester to join the team.
Also coming to UofL in the spring semester is Roxanne McVey, a transfer from Mississippi State. Roxanne's hometown is Magnolia, TX which is just to the northwest of Houston. Here's hoping we haven't already scared her off with single digit and negative temperatures!
Roxanne will be a Junior at Louisville and have two years of eligibility left to play. I have not heard whether she has gotten a release from Mississippi State to be eligible to play immediately, or will have to sit out a year. With it not being an in-conference transfer, I would expect that she has been released, but don't have any confirmation of that.
With the graduation of Libero-extraordinaire Caitlin Welch, and Haley Pouliezos choosing to not return, we were looking for an answer for the Libero position moving forward. The additions of Eleni and Roxanne certainly fulfills that need.