Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Top five fall sports performers for UofL women's fall sports -- Tuesday Cardinal Couple
WHO IS THE BEST OF THE BEST SO FAR?
With soccer, volleyball, field hockey, golf, rowing and cross country underway for the University of Louisville women's sports programs...the past few weeks have been non-stop fun and coverage for us here at CARDINAL COUPLE.
Add in the recruiting pursuits of Jeff Walz and staff and we've been fortunate to have a full plate of items to cover, discuss and analyze .And there is plenty of action ahead!
I was thinking about the performances of the squads so far and who was making a huge impact on their teams' successes and have decided to present my top five performers...so far...for women's sports at UofL.
(Please keep in mind these are Paulie observations and may not reflect the opinions of the rest of the Cardinal Couple staff and management.)
If not, I'm sure I'll hear about it...
One certainly has to be pleased with these girls' performances so far and they do deserve honorable mention for their contributions.
Field Hockey: Elisa "Chile" Garcia, Katherine "Woody" Gwynne-Wood, Victoria Stratton, Stephanie Byrne.
Volleyball: Janelle Jenkins, Maya McClendon, Molly Sauer, Tess Clark, Roxanne McVey.
Soccer: Inger "KB" Katrine Bjerke, Paige Brown, Hannah Konermann, Alison Price, Rachel Avant.
Cross Country: Clare Noser, Aurilla Wilson, Bernadate Cherulyot.
THE TOP FIVE:
5) Erin Fairs.
As good as promised after transferring to Louisville from USF. A force to be reckoned with as a outside hitter and showing her skills translate from the AAC to the ACC. Bringing "wow-power" and delivering. "Erin-go-kill" sounds great to us!
4) Casey Whitfield.
She leads Women's soccer in goals scored, points and shots...all while playing less than full-time while rehabbing on an Achilles injury. Plus, the girl can tap-dance and that rates high with Paulie. The best is yet to come with her...if the tendon can remain healthy. Her team leadership and enthusiasm for the program and her team-mates is something that can't be hobbled.
3) Katie Mitchell
She led from wire-to-wire in the Georgia event against some really great golfers from Georgia, Tennessee and Georgia State. Her 66 in the first round led her to a 13 stroke advantage over all her teammates. This senior is poised to do some great things for the drive-and-putt Cards and has gotten the season off "mas bueno".
2) Katie George
Let's stay with the Katie's. Everyone's favorite volleyball player and "home-girl"...she was MVP of the Active Ankle Challenge and has thrived this season as the set-up perfectionist now that the Wide-Net Cards passing has improved. You gotta feed the killers in Volleyball and Katie provides them an all-you-can-spike buffet each and every match. Keep rocking and celebrating, KG!
1) Ayeshia McFerran
Field Hockey is 5-1 and ranked #11 in the nation. "Mac" is allowing less than one goal per game and is arguably the best one-on-one goalie in the nation...as a freshman. Tough between the pipes...McFerran typifies the "all in", team first attitude that Justine Sowry advocates. She's #1 in our book and is the un-movable force on a powerful squad...our top performer so far for the UofL women's sports squads.
BITS AND PIECES
-- Congratulations to Molly Sauer for being named ACC Volleyball freshman of the week! The Assumption libero has stepped in and got it done for Anne Kordes.
-- Lauren Benner has been named assistant coach for Louisville Lacrosse. She comes from the University of Denver...where she held a similar position.
-- How rare is this? Field Hockey, Volleyball and Soccer are all on the road this weekend. FH goes to Chapel Hill for two, Volleyball hits Cincinnati and Lexington and Soccer takes off to Boston College.