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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

UofL Drama -- Volleyball -- Kelsi Worrell Dahlia -- TUESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

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Louisville's spaghetti junction featuring I-65, I-64, and I-71

Ever looked at spaghetti junction from an aerial view? Trying to follow what's going on at Louisville between the president Dr. Neeli Bendapudi, athletic director Vince Tyra, and football coach Scott Satterfield has felt like that.

We don't cover football here at Cardinal Couple but the happenings of Tyra and Dr. Bendapudi certainly impact UofL women's athletics. That being said, we've kept our eyes on these recent events including a Board of Trustees meeting last night that was behind closed doors (and some media challenged the BOT's authority on that) and a meeting with UofL Athletics this morning at 9:00. All we heard from the Board of Trustees meeting is that the BOT is taking no action.

Something big is happening. Usually something like this involves personnel issues at a high level that could range form bringing someone new on board to a higher-up departing. If you've been on social media lately, you've probably seen 100 theories and assumptions with many involving certain personnel packing their bags. Because none of these have proven true at this moment in time we won't share those here. We're here to give you the truth.

It is important to remember that our primary objective here at Cardinal Couple is to bring you the joy and excitement of UofL women's sports. That'll never change.

We will bring you more on this as it happens and how it may affect UofL women's sports.


Louisville's old basketball arena- Freedom Hall

So let's talk volleyball instead. 1-seed Louisville Volleyball is still dancing. They'll host one of the NCAA Regionals this weekend and here's what you need to know:

Location: Freedom Hall, Louisville Fair and Exposition Center
Date/Time: Thursday Dec. 9 and Saturday Dec. 11
Teams: 1-seed Louisville, 16-seed Florida, 8-seed Georgia Tech, 9-seed Ohio State
TV: ESPNU or ESPN+ depending on match

Freedom Hall during the Kentucky State Fair guarded by Freddy Farm Bureau

Louisville will face Florida on Thursday in one of the first matches of the NCAA Regional semifinals at 1:00 p.m. As the 1-seed, Louisville did not get any favors from the NCAA since the last match of this round starts at 7:30 p.m. Unlike the opening two rounds, this one will be aired on tv. You can catch the entirety of this match on ESPNU as well as streaming on the ESPN app.

Georgia Tech and Ohio State, which will begin approximately 30 minutes following the conclusion of the former match, was not given justice as this is one of two matches on the day aired at ESPN+. 

We will break the Louisville vs Florida match down later this week, but we'll go on and start discussing this match some. Louisville is 0-8 all-time against Florida (1985, 1988, 1991, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2018, 2019). Florida went a combined 53-12 with a pair of Sweet Sixteen appearances in 2018 and 2019.

The Gators are 22-8 this season and finished third in the SEC with a 14-4 conference mark.

Kelsi Worrell Dahlia

Photo courtesy of @minekasapoglu

In the mix of all the craziness yesterday we saw a familiar face with some exciting news. Kelsi Worrell Dahlia is now a world record holder! The Cardinal alum recently set the world record for the 100m butterfly with a time of 54.59. Her record time happened at the Pieter van den Hoogenband Zwemstadion in Eindhoven, Netherlands. The Olympic gold medalist did great things at UofL and continues to do great things!

Happy Tuesday and Go Cards!


  1. That's great news on Kelsi. As far as Tyra/Neeli, I wouldn't care if you never mentioned them again. I come here for women's sports, not two idiots who cant get along.

    Nick O.

  2. Hey, Vince...don't let the door hit you in the butt on your way out. UofL athletics are broke because of you. Go to FLA ST and screw up their athletic program.

    Blue Lou

  3. Sick and tired of all the drama.
    All I will say.
    Much thanks that I'll be able to watch the volleyball match as I can't attend 👍

  4. Is Jeff Walz staying? Is Dani staying? Yep, thought so. That's all that matters Nothing to see here, move along. Go Cards

    Curtis "Be Kind" Franklin

    1. Not only are they staying, they're teaming up on the Jeff Walz radio show tonight. DBK is joining the show as a guest.

      It will be on 93.9FM from 7-8pm. If you would like to attend in person, it's at Parlour Pizza at 2nd and Liberty downtown.

  5. Hello Friends!
    Arthur Here!

    Well, it looks like a soap opera going on in your fair city. I'm just happy for y'all that it isn't about women's athletes or athletics.

    Glad to read that Walz is throwing his support to Louisville Volleyball. He is wise to do so and I'd imagine Dani will do the same for WBB when her season is over.

    I've been through what y'all used to call Spaghetti Junction. Without meaning to, I think we ended up on the way to Cincinnati when we were trying to go to St. Louis. LOL

    Your friend
    #1 Clemson Fan
    Greer, SC

    1. YES, we are thankful Moe, Larry and Curly designed our local interstate system Arthur...and they also appear to be on our board if trustees.


  6. Florida is no joke in Volleyball.. Beware little birdies.

    1. The same "anonymous" who predicted we'd go down by UK?


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