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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Louisville Volleyball looks to clinch tie for title today...What are you thankful for? -- WEDNESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE



CARDS AT B.C. TODAY @ 1 p.m.

Louisville Volleyball looks to do what no other fall sports team on campus has done this season today in Chestnut Hill, MA against the Boston College Eagles. Securing a title in the ACC is within the Cards reach if they can knock off the Eagles in Power Gym. 

With a win, Louisville goes to 18-1 in conference play and would secure at the very least a tie for the top spot in ACC Volleyball. With a one game lead over UNC, the Cards can assume top spot all to themselves if they can also win at Syracuse on Friday.

Boston College shouldn't pose much of a threat to Anne Kordes' wide-netters. The Eagles are 3-15 in ACC play and have lost their last five matches. They are 6-6 on the season at home in all games...and did take UNC to five games earlier this year before losing...but the Cards did handle them in a three-game sweep earlier in the season at the KFC YUM! Center 25-12, 25-12, 25-17.

B.C. is led by outside hitter Katty Workman with 405 kills. In the match against Louisville on October 4th, she led the Eagles with eight kills. Mallory Moffit has 813 assists.

Louisville recently climbed to #15 in the polls and #14 in the RPI rankings. The Cards are enjoying a seven game win streak...last losing at UNC on Oct. 30th. in four sets.

Erin Fairs is the leading kill artist for the Cards with 399 and Katie George delivers the goods with 1228 assists. 

This one starts at 1 p.m. and can be viewed free over at the B.C. website. Link below:

LOUISVILLE VS BOSTON COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL


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WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR? 

As we draw closer to Thanksgiving Day...what are you thankful for? A job, place to live, food on the table, camaraderie and freedom? 

Besides those basics, let's take a look at some of the many things we can be thankful for when it comes to UofL women's sports this year. 

VOLLEYBALL. In only the second year of ACC competition, they have risen to the top of the conference. What other sport on campus can claim that? We are thankful for the wise guidance, always insightful interviews and spot-on coaching from Anne Kordes, the Katie George showmanship and skills we've been fortunate to be able to watch for the last four years and how this team has bonded into one unit.
We look forward to the rest of this year and the future.

BASKETBALL. We continue to be thankful and proud of the job Jeff Walz and his staff have done in bringing the best of the best to campus year-in and year-out. Also for the unlimited access he has given us to discuss, inquire about and cover the program. Despite the slow start, we're thankful for the attitude these women are showing that they will get better and we're confident they will. From Cortnee Walton's beautiful smile, to Briahanna Jackson's confident, cocky persona and the unlimited potential of the #1 freshman class in the nation...we're very sure that we'll be saying "Whose gonna beat these Cards?" very soon.


FIELD HOCKEY. Justine Sowry has installed a mission statement of hard work, humility, dedication and success in her five years at Louisville and the Cards have gone back-to-back in NCAA Tournament appearances for the first time in Louisville Field Hockey history. We're thankful for the time "Coach" has granted us to discuss and explore the program and her candid, in-depth and sometimes comical, tongue-in-cheek explanations of the sport she lives for. Sowry will tell you she has her dream job here at Louisville and we'll tell you we have our dream coach for Cards Field Hockey. 

SOCCER. Karen Ferguson-Dayes has soccer headed in the right direction and is building a team that will compete for the top of the ACC standings very soon. We're thankful for that one shining moment, unparalleled in Louisville women's soccer history, when they faced and knocked off #1 UNC at Lynn Stadium. We're grateful to have seen the explosion of players on the field, the smiles, joyous celebration and the almost stunned post-game comments from KFD on the biggest win in program history. Anytime we ask, Coach will make time for us to discuss the team, the schedule and the philosophy of Louisville women's soccer. For that, we're very thankful and we can't wait for next season! Taylor Bucklin, Inger Katrine Bjerke and Alison Price are three of the funnest and informative interviews one can do...and we're thankful for that. 

SOFTBALL. We're thankful for the great atmosphere in Ulmer Stadium on game day and the coach with the most wins in Louisville women's sports history...Sandy Pearsall. An interview with coach is an event we always look forward to...the compete analysis of team, individuals and opponents...her philosophies and opinions...that wry, delightful sense of humor and acceptance. A 15 minute talk with Pearsall should be worth three credit hours on campus based on what we learn. Another smile that can light up a room....and a coaching philosophy that stresses improvement and dedication to the sport. 


LACROSSE. Kellie Young has had unparalleled success at the university and she built the program from scratch. A program that achieves not only successes on the field but in the classroom and in community involvement. Coach tells it how it is and doesn't sugar-coat it...which is refreshing, can be revealing and is never mundane or blase. The polished and professional way her players handle interviews and sheer exciting nature of the sport and the physicality is something we're very grateful and thankful to be witness to...and they've built a press box! We're really grateful for that.... 

These are but a few of the sports that consist of the Louisville women's athletics roster. Admittedly, they are the ones we cover most frequency...but there are others just as important and achieving

The continuing successes of Louisville Swimming, a rowing team that is competing and matching up with the best in the nation. Golfers who give Louisville a chance to win any tournament they are in. Runners, hurdlers, tennis racket swingers, throwers...all very good things.

We're thankful for the joy and excitement of UofL women's sports and the ability to be able to witness it and write about it.

Thank you, student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans. Just for being you.

paulie


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