We have seen plenty of news lately ranging from new rankings to weekly honors to contract extensions. Between that, the recent conclusion of the WNBA season, the start of the NBA season, the start of the World Series, and regular seasons for several fall sports winding down there's always the chance some news may have gotten buried.
Louisville Women's Soccer climbed to 12th in the Coaches Poll and 9th in Top Drawer Soccer. The ACC dominates the Coaches Poll. Virginia is 1st, North Carolina is 3rd, Florida State is 5th, and Duke stayed at 9th after their draw with Louisville last week. Clemson at 15th and Virginia Tech at 25th round out the rest of the ACC representation in the rankings.
Louisville Volleyball sits just outside the Top 25. Their first conference loss and the loss of Melanie McHenry did not help the Cards. They're in the receiving votes category and would be considered 27th. They're joined by Florida State and Notre Dame in that category while Pitt remains the only team in the conference in the Top 25 at 3rd.
Louisville Women's Swimming and Diving is 21st in the latest rankings as of last week. Their season is still early and rankings don't matter much until nationals roll around. Still, they're one of six ACC teams ranked with another receiving votes.
Hollyn Barr Weekly Honors
recorded a shutout against ranked Stanford last week. On Sunday, Barr recorded a career-high nine saves as the Cards took down Iowa in overtime. Barr has clearly won the starter job over Sam Minrath after the two split minutes in the early season.
Barr has paid her dues over the years, patiently waiting in a backup role behind goalkeeper Ayeshia McFerran for a couple of seasons before getting her chance this year to guard the net. It's good to see that patience and perseverance pay off for the Lancaster, PA redshirt junior !
Arthur Albiero Contract
Albiero receives a $50,000 raise in his base salary. He also receives incentive bonuses when his program finishes Top 5/10/25 at the NCAA Championships and based on their finish at the ACC Championships. His base salary should now sit at roughly $250,000 per year.
Louisville is the first program in ACC history to have both the men's and women's teams finish in the Top 5 in the ACC Championships in the same year. He's also had national championship winners in Joao de Lucca, Kelsi Worrell Dahlia, and Mallory Comerford.
Vince Tyra is hoping the contract shows Albiero that UofL wants the future Hall of Fame head coach for the rest of his career. As if the money is not enough, Albiero's son, Nick, is a junior on the team and his daughter, Gabi, has committed to join the Cards in the fall of 2020.
Minus the injury news it's not too shabby for most of the UofL women's sports right now. Oh yeah, we're also THIRTEEN days away from the UofL WBB season opener against WKU.
Happy Wednesday and Go Cards!