Saturday, October 22, 2016
2 for 2 Friday For Louisville women's sports -- SATURDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
FIELD HOCKEY, VOLLEYBALL CAPTURE WINS
A great way to start the weekend with both Louisville Volleyball and Field Hockey going on the road, both in Virginia and getting wins! Let's look at them.
O.T Thriller for the Stick Girls
In a contest that statistically favored the Cavaliers, the Cards pulled through 10 minutes into overtime when freshman Minout Mink beat the coverage and took an Erin McCrudden feed to drive down the field, juke a defender and send a shot into the net to give Louisville a 3-2 victory. it almost never got to the extra session, as you'll read below.
V.T. took an early 1-0 lead on the Cards but Louisville got the first-half equalizer when the Cards capitalized on a penalty corner. Mink's shot was deflected but Shannon Sloss there for the rebound and guided the ball into the net. Louisville would take a first half lead when Mink took a Nicole Woods pass just outside the circle and found net success with 8:40 left in the first half.
The Cavs evened it up with 14 minutes left in regulation and appeared to win the match with six seconds left in regulation when it looked that they had scored off a penalty corner. Louisville called for the challenge and upon further review, the referees reversed the call and no goal was allowed.
That set the stage for the 15 minute, 7v7 O.T. and Mink's 14th goal of the season.
Ayeshia McFerran, who actually had to leave the contest for almost three minutes due to a penalty card, logged an incredible 12 saves in the match...Virginia out shot the Cards 22 to 12 and had 14 shots on goals...compared to Louisville's nine.
The Cards (14-3, 3-3) step out of conference next but stay in Virginia to face James Madison on Sunday.
Next, we go from Charlottesville to Blacksburg on our swing through Virginia to check in on Volleyball
WIDE NETTERS TAKE DOWN HOKIES IN 4 SETS.
Four Cardinals combined for 50 kills in the 25-18, 25-10, 22-25, 25-22 win over the Gobblers Friday night. Melanie McHenry led the way with 15...followed by Tess Clark's 14, Morgan Miller's 11 and Jasmine Bennett's 10.
Louisville broke open a close first set with an 8-0 run to seal the deal. The second set was never close...UofL taking a 11-2 early lead and pushing it to 20-5 to win by 15.
After the break, the Hokies regrouped to down the Cards by three. An 8-0 start benefited VT...Louisville climbed back to within one at 17-16 but the Techsters closed out the contest strong to force the fourth set.
Louisville seemingly had things under control with a 17-10 lead in the final set but the determined Hokies came back to tie things up at 22. The Cards were able to regroup and get the final three points to end the match.
(Worldwide will offer his in-depth analysis on this "W" in his Monday column).
The Cards (7-12, 2-7) get their second ACC win of the season and will head north to Pittsburgh next...they'll play the Panthers Sunday at 3 p.m.
GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN (We hope...)
We're taking a "bye" week on THE CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO HOUR due to scheduling conflicts but we'll be back with you on the 29th. for our Halloween edition of the show...(as if we weren't scary enough!) GO CARDS!