PAYTON VERHULST -- MCDONALD'S ALL AMERICAN
University of Louisville women's basketball signee for the 2021-22 season Payton Verhulst has been named a McDonald's All-American.
Verhulst, a 6'1" guard out of Bishop Miege High School in DeSoto, Kansas is one of 24 high school girls' basketball players to receive the 2021 award. Her squad is ranked #1 in the state of Kansas and her Bishop Miege Stags are 17-1 on the season. Verhulst is the #4 ranked guard in the ESPNW evaluations and was the 2019-20 Player of the Year in Kansas.
Payton brings an ability to create mid-range shots and is a definite threat from three-point range. She follows the tradition of Jeff Walz recruiting guard that can rebound well and she is strong defensively. A relatively tall guard at 6'1", her length causes problems for opponents when she is playing defense and she's an un-selfish teammate that can perform equally well in the half-court game or in a up-tempo setting.
She'll join several All-Americans currently on Walz's roster in Olivia Cochran, Liz Dixpn, Elizabeth Balogun, Hailey Van Lith and the WNBA bound Dana Evans.
We extend our most heartfelt congratulations to Payton for this special accomplishment and can't wait for her to arrive at Louisville and turn the KFC YUM! Center into "Payton's Place".
TAYLOR ROBY ACC SOFTBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
University of Louisville's softball student-athlete Taylor Roby has been named the ACC Softball Player of the Week for the period ending February 22nd.
Roby, who hails from Bullitt East High School in Mt. Washington, KY, had a wonderful week with the Cards, who have won their last three games. She batted .438 in the "Triangle Pod ACC Games" and the redshirt junior had three home runs. 10 RBI's and scored three times. She also had a one-hit shutout in the circle against Virginia in a 4-0 win back on Feb 21st.
On the 20th, Roby had a two-RBI home run to help Louisville down the Cavaliers 5-4
A dual-threat, Roby has driven in runs in four out of her last five games and leads the Cards with 17.2 innings pitched and in strikeout while in the circle with 10.
Our congratulations to "T.R." and we're confident that her future appearances will be "Taylor Made" for Cardinal wins! Things are going great for the Cards #8 !!
Have a wonderful Wednesday!