Friday, August 26, 2016
Let's play two...oops... five today! -- FRIDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
FIELD HOCKEY, VOLLEYBALL AND SOCCER
A popular term for a double-header is "Let's play two, today!" Ernie Banks of the Chicago Cubs was well-known for his quote...
"It's a great day for a ballgame...let's play two!"
If you're a UofL sports fan, take that...double it and add one...as five matches take place for the Cards today in three different cities.
Our tour begins in Bowling Green, OH with Louisville Volleyball starting the Bowling Green Hampton Inn Tournament action at 10 a.m. Our roving reporter Jeff "Worldwide" McAdams is on site for the action. We're not sure if he's actually staying in the Hampton Inn or not...but he will be in the Stroh Center to watch the wide-net proceedings. The Cards face Oakland...out of the Horizon League and owner of a 18-13 record last season. No TV that we know of on this one...check the Twitter feeds for Louisville Volleyball and Card Couple Radio for updates! Sidearm Sports also runs a stat-tracker you can access through the Bowling Green Volleyball homepage.
We jump from Ohio to Indiana next and land in Bloomington...where the Indiana University campus is located. Justine Sowry takes her flock of Field Hockey Cardinals to face I.U. in the first regular-season game for UofL. The Cards were winners there in 2014 and also defeated IU in Trager last season. It's the Battle of the Border and the #12 ranked Cards have built up a nice, little rivalry with those girls in Crimson over the years. 3 p.m. is the start time for this match on the pitch and it can be seen on the Big Ten Network Plus or at BTN2Go.com if you have access to it. This was a trip I made two years ago and was very tempted to go again this year. It's an absolutely beautiful drive from Louisville.
Next we'll head back to Bowling Green where Louisville plays their second match of the day...this time against Virginia Commonwealth (VCU) at 4:30. The Rams participate in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) and were 14-17 in 2015.
At 5:30, focus turns to Lynn Stadium in Louisville, KY where the women's soccer team looks to stay undefeated on the season when they go up against UAB. The Kickin' Cards down the Blazers 1-0 in the rain at Birmingham last year. This is where I'll be tonight, and after the women's game...the men's soccer team faces Butler around 7:30 or so. Our newest writer, Case Hoskins will be on hand and will have the write-up of the evenings activities in the Saturday edition of Cardinal Couple. He'll also discuss what he saw on THE CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO HOUR Saturday morning at 11 a.m. on Crescent Hill Radio. www.crescenthillradio.com
Two games for the price of one and it's also BOGO night (buy one ticket, get one free). There's food and beverage specials and a new playground for the kids on the north side of the field. The weather is looking perfect for tonight...get out and cheer Ken Lolla and Karen Ferguson-Dayes' squads on to victory!
It's just the start of a very busy week for UofL athletics. Volleyball goes again tomorrow and we'll talk to Worldwide via phone to recap and preview the action during our show. Sunday brings more women's soccer with the Cards hosting Toledo. Monday finds Field Hockey at Miami (OH) and men's soccer hosting Quinnipiac. Rest up Tuesday and Wednesday if you can...because Football starts the season Thursday night in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium against Charlotte. Friday features UK coming to Lynn to take on Cardinal women's soccer, Volleyball brings Santa Clara to the KFC YUM! Center and football heads to Syracuse.
(Pausing to catch my breath and wipe my brow...)
Oh, by the way...it's also Labor Day weekend next weekend.
So...grab your shin guards, net, shoes, seat cushions, cooler, sticks and balls of every size and get ready for competitive college athletics Louisville style. Fall sports comin' at ya in waves and we'll be here to give you the news.