THURSDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
- Durr will see great success at Louisville
- Volleyball pummeled by Cats in KFC YUM! Center
ASIA DURR JOINING A PROGRAM ON THE RISE
By the time Asia Durr arrives on the UofL campus in the summer of 2015, the
Cards WBB squad will know just exactly what they have in store from another
highly heralded recruiting class...the 2014 one.
Yes, there is a great deal of excitement about what 2015 will bring...and the class looks like the best in the nation so far with Durr, DeGrate, Cole and Jones. Let's not forget, though, about the five very talented freshmen that will be competing this fall.
Hines-Allen, Brackemyer, Moore, Freeman and Carter are all players who could have a very successful and storied career at Louisville.
And there are more on the way.
|Looks like a good fit. Asia Durr rockin' the bird.|
Each year, more and more eyes are fixed and focused on Walz's program. Angel, Shoni, the Baylor win, two National Championship games, the mad scientest, free beverages at games, billboards erected in a potential recruit's town, dressing up in the Cardinal Bird costume to wave at a recruit on the Interstate, "the party-crashers"...Louisville has a reputation for doing the impossible, the remarkable and the innovative.
As the saying goes...LOUISVILLE. It's all right here. And, it keeps growing.
VOLLEYBALL LOSES TO THE CATS
Meanwhile...in the arena where Asia Durr will shine...another University of Louisville women's
sports squad was blocked out.
The University of Louisville volleyball team fell to in-state rival No. 16-ranked Kentucky Wildcats
25-20, 15-25, 25-21, 25-19 before a record crowd of 5,862 fans at the KFC Yum! Center Tuesday night.
The Cardinals, who fell to 3-3 overall, were led by Maya McClendon's double-double with 16 kills
and 14 digs. Janelle Jenkins added 12 kills and Kate George contributed 37 assists with eight digs.
UK's Shelby Workman's 21 kills and 12 digs led the Wildcats while Anni Thomasaon and
Lauren O'Conner added 14 kills each. Morgan Bergren contributed 55 assists for Kentucky which
improves to 6-1. UK hit .285 for the match compared to .221 for Louisville.
"The bottom line is we went away from our game plan," said Head Coach Anne Kordes.
"We wanted to keep all the balls away from the libero and the right back. When we did that in the
second set, we won. The majority of the time we did the opposite. Our plan was as basic it gets and
I'm disappointed that I saw a mental breakdown rather than a physical one."
In the first set, Louisville jumped out to a 6-4 lead before a 3-0 run by Kentucky helped the Wildcats
gain the advantage 7-6. The teams battled through 10 ties before another 3-0 Wildcats run gave
Kentucky set point at 24-19, their largest lead of the set. UK's 17th kill of the set gave the Wildcats
the 25-20 victory. Kentucky hit .371 for the set compared to .158 for Louisville.
The Cardinals bounced back in the second and built an early 15-6 lead behind three kills each from Janelle Jenkins and Maya McClendon. A pair of kills and an ace by McClendon gave the Cards their largest lead of the set 20-9. The Wildcats hung around before a service error and an attack error by the Wildcats gave Louisville the second set 25-15. The Cardinals hit .429 in the second set led by McClendon's five kills.
In the third, Louisville built an early 4-1 lead before a 9-0 run gave Kentucky a 10-4 advantage.
Louisville kept it close until the Wildcats built their largest lead of the set at 22-13. The Cardinals used a 7-1 run to make it 24-21, but a kill by the Wildcats gave UK the set 25-21.
Louisville led 8-4 early in the fourth set when Kentucky manufactured a 12-4 run to go ahead 16-12.
The Wildcats would maintain the lead and used a 4-0 run to earn match point at 24-16. A 3-0 run by
UofL cut the lead to 24-19 but a kill by Kentucky's Anni Thomasson gave the Widcats the fourth set 25-19.
UofL heads to Morehead State this weekend for the Comfort Inn and Suites Invitational. The Cards take on No. 15 Arizona State on Friday at noon and Morehead State at 7 p.m. before playing Northern Illinoisat 2 p.m. on Saturday.
A young team, a lot of growing and learning ahead. Volleyball will eventually step up to the net.
For now...it's rebuild and define. Listening to your coaches...a skill set that should have accompanied these girls to campus when they arrived as freshmen.
Louisville is now 0-2 to the Cats in fall women's sports. Ugh.