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Thursday, May 28, 2015

WBB to face Mich. St. in Big Ten/ACC Challenge...Volleyball adds transfer -- Thursday Cardinal Couple



CARDS VS. SPARTANS ON DEC. 3RD.



Louisville WBB will head to East Lansing, MI. to face Suzy Merchant's Michigan State Spartans in the BIG 10/ACC Challenge on Thursday, Dec. 3rd the leagues announced yesterday. 

Last year in the Cards first appearance in the event they blew out Lisa Bluder and the Iowa Hawkeyes 86-52 in Iowa City, IA that was a rematch of a 2014 NCAA Tournament game. 

Louisville has faced "Spartie" twice in the past, taking down MSU in the 2012 first round of the NCAA Tournament 67-55 and losing 82-73 in the 1990-91 season. 

Last season, MSU went 16-15 overall and posted a 7-11 Big 10 record. They do return honorable mention All-American Aerial Powers, who averaged 21.9 ppg for Merchant. 

All told, 14 games will be played over two days between the ACC and Big 10. The other matchups are:

Dec 2

Georgia Tech @ Indiana             Illinois @ Miami
Northwestern @ UNC                Ohio St. @ Notre Dame
Syracuse @ Maryland                 Iowa @ Virginia
Wisconsin @ Wake Forest

Dec 3

Boston College @ Purdue           Minnesota @ Duke
Rutgers @ Florida State             NC State @ Nebraska
Pittsburgh @ Michigan               Virginia Tech @ Penn State

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VOLLEYBALL ADDS KALI EAKEN


Anne Kordes announced Wednesday that redshirt freshman setter Kali Eaken is transferring to Louisville from Kansas State. 

Eaken sat out last season and will have four years of eligibility for the VolleyCards. 

She was recruited by Kordes when she was in high school and was a three-time Kansas All-State selection. She was named 2013-14 Gatorade Kansas Volleyball Player of the Year and 2013-14 First Team Under Armour All-American.

She'll add depth to a position that Katie George held last season. Lyndsay Palmer, a transfer from Gonzaga is also listed as a setter on the 2015 roster. The duo are in their last year of eligibility. 

Eaken is also solid in the classroom...being named to the Big 12  Commissioner's Honor Roll in the fall of 2014. 

paulie
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7 comments:

  1. Wonder how they determine the home/away school in this Big Ten/ACC challenge? Seems like a team that played away last year would be home this year.

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  2. Probably arena availibility and taking popular or ranked teams on the road to make their matchups a bit tougher would be my guess. Glad that Illinois is headed to Miami. That's drivable for me.

    The Real Joe Hill

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  3. I like these conference challenges. These assure quality opponents for teams and contrasts with some of the cupcake opposition that often come in preseason. I realize that the early match-ups are important for the smaller programs to get some exposure and competitive experience, but i do love strong match-ups prior to conference play.

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  4. I like these conference challenges. These assure quality opponents for teams and contrasts with some of the cupcake opposition that often come in preseason. I realize that the early match-ups are important for the smaller programs to get some exposure and competitive experience, but i do love strong match-ups prior to conference play.

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  5. UNC and Duke got home games. The old guard ACC gets catered to.

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  6. We played Iowa at home in regular season AC/Big10 game last year on 12/4/14, not on the road. That's why we play on the road in 2015 vs Mich State.

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    1. Thanks for that correction. I had not checked last year's schedule.

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