TESS CLARK EXPLODES ON MIAMI
Miami...you just got Clarked.
Clark wasn't the only one having success with kills. Janelle Jenkins (12), Erin Fairs (10) and another middle hitter Maggie DeJong (10) also hit double digits. Not to mention Aniah Philo with seven kills in the second game.
Great hitting stems from successful passing and sets...and Molly Sauer and Katie George fufilled their duties quite well to give Louisville their 14th win in ACC play.
It wasn't an easy match. Miami drew within two in the first game at 22-20 before DeJong got two of the final three points to give the Cards the five point win.
Game two saw Louisville up 18-12 after a 7-1 run but Miami battled back to get within one at 22-21. Clark's successive kills put the contest at set point and Philo closed it out to take the teams to halftime.
After the break, Miami and Louisville engaged in a close contest that was tied at 23 before a Louisville service error and mis-hit gave the Canes the set.
Louisville roared out to a 10-3 lead in game four but Miami fought back once again and tied it up at 22. Louisville benefited from a Canes service error, Fairs block and Clark kill to take the match.
Next up for Louisville...a trip to Tallahassee to face the Noles. The two top teams in the conference will serve it up at 2 p.m.
FIELD HOCKEY OPENS NCAA PLAY AT UNDEFEATED UCONN
The good news is that Louisville Field Hockey is appearing in their second straight NCAA Tournament. The bad news is that the first round opponent is #4 tournament seed and #2 in the nation Connecticut.
Louisville and the Huskies put the sticks on the turf at 11:30 this morning and we'll have updates on the match on our Saturday morning CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO HOUR that starts at 11 a.m. on WCHQ 100.9 and at www.crescenthillradio.com
The two squads share a few common opponents this year...UConn beat Boston College 2-1, Northeastern 6-0 and Cal 10-0 this year. The Cards downed B.C. 3-2, Northeastern 1-0 and Cal 1-0.
Key for Louisville will be the strong defense they've had all season long. If the Cards can close down the passing lanes, clog the midfield and keep the Huskies penalty corners to a minimum...Louisville could walk out of Storrs with their first NCAA Championship win ever.
The contest will also be Justine Sowry's 100th. as head coach at Louisville. Against the Huskies, the Stick Cards are 2-15 lifetime...but Louisville has not lost to a non-ACC opponent all season.
TURN UP THE RADIO!
Speaking of opponents, we'll also preview the upcoming and opening Louisville WBB game against Cal Sunday on our radio show.
I took the opportunity to watch Cal last night on the OVC Sports Network against Austin Peay. The Govs gave the Bears all they wanted...losing 67-58 but trailing by only five with 90 seconds left in the game.
Yes, Cal is tall. They're pretty quick for a big team but Austin Peay gave them all they wanted and rebounded well against the bigger opponent. Based on what I saw, I'm not nearly as worried about the opener for Louisville as I was previously....and glad Austin Peay isn't on the schedule.
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PAULIE IN A BLUE SHIRT.
Worldwide will be in the studio and Paulie on location at PJCS interrogating tailgaters and confiscating any questionable party paraphernalia. (Don't try this at home.)
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