Preseason All-ACC Softball Roster
Melton was one of five infielders to make it. The Columbus native has played left field, shortstop, and third base during her time at Louisville and is expected to start on the left side of the infield this year.
Hensley was the only utility player named. The Ashland, KY., native has made an impact as the top pitcher and has been an offensive juggernaut in her career.
Reigning NCAA Champion Florida State dominated the roster with five players named. Syracuse and North Carolina joined Louisville with two players. Duke, Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh, and Notre Dame each had one.
The Softball Cards begin their season Friday, February 8th when they travel to California to take part in the the Titan Classic. Their first opponent is Idaho State and they'll get in five games in three days on the Cal State Fullerton campus.
Preseason ACC Coaches Poll
The ACC softball coaches have submitted their votes and last year's National Champion Florida State is the heavy favorite to win the conference again. They received all 11 first-place votes they were eligible seeing as a coach cannot vote for their own team. Virginia Tech received the other first-place vote although they were voted to finish 10th in the poll. I think we're all scratching our heads as to why Notre Dame or North Carolina didn't get that.
Louisville is projected to finish fifth overall and third in the Atlantic Division behind the Seminoles and Irish. North Carolina and Pittsburgh were the top two for the Coastal Division. Louisville does not play Pitt this season.
Six Cardinals Selected for USA Field Hockey Teams
Six different Cardinals have been selected as part of three different USA Field Hockey teams. Taylor Stone, Katie Walsh, Erin McCrudden, Carter Ayers, Katie Schneider, and Meghan Schenider were all named to the different teams.
Stone and Walsh both finished their careers in the fall were picked for the US Women's National Development Squad. They are joined by 2016 graduate Erin McCrudden.
Ayers and Meghan Schneider were both named to the Under-21 Team and Katie Schneider was named to the Under-19 team.
WBB Prepares for Thursday
UConn is 18-1 on the year after recently falling to then-#7/8 Baylor. Baylor has now moved into the top spot in both the AP and Coaches Polls. The Huskies have Top 25 wins over Notre Dame, Cal, and DePaul.
UConn is averaging a whopping 81.9 points per game and their average scoring margin is +28.5 points. Typically their games are already over by halftime and the bench players come in for much of the second half (and still lead by more!).
|Walz took "the wee chair" on the road with
him last year to Connecticut.
Geno Auriemma's team is also one of the best in rebounding. They grab 42 boards per game and are no stranger to winning the rebounding battle. Their offensive rebounds (230) has been one of their lesser impressive stats on the year, but still a large number nonetheless.
UConn isn't perfect when it comes to efficiency,, as they do turn the ball over 11.6 times per game. Turnovers are something the Louisville defense has had no problem forcing other teams to commit this season. The Huskies also force 16 turnovers per game, which is slightly lower than expected for the history of this program. Louisville has struggled with turnovers in the past but UConn doesn't appear that they will do too much damage in that category.
Defensively, UConn has been good, but not great. They have shown cracks in the once-thought-to-be-unstoppable program. They steal the ball 7.8 times per game and get a little under four blocks per game.
Notre Dame put up 71 points on the Huskies, Baylor 68, Cal 66, and both DePaul and Oklahoma 63. The Cards, who are averaging 80.3 points per game, have a much stronger offense than several of those teams listed, especially when a few players come out hot.
Last time out, UConn hosted UCF and held court quite well with the 93-57 win.
|Why wasn't I invited to play Louisville this year?
Paulie will bring the final preparation and thoughts on Thursday's #2 vs. #3 here at the Couple.
We all know how talented our Cardinal student-athletes are on their respective surfaces of competition are. Last night, they got a chance to show off some other performance skills, though, at the 2019 Student-Athlete Talent Show.
Rowing took the crown. Check out the clip below that highlights the performances.
LINK: 2019 Student-Athlete Talent Show highlights
Happy Wednesday and Go Cards!
- Jared -