Cards Draw Dreaded Third Rematch Against GT
The Cards will get the first of those this evening when they play host to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in Freedom Hall. GT was able to sweep OSU, dashing the hopes of UofL fans that were looking for a longer match to take some life out of the legs of Louisville's next opponent. It wasn't particularly easy for the Jackets, nor have any of their three matches been so far. Though GT is 9-0 on sets in the NCAA tournament, at least one set in each of their matches has been decided by the minimum two points, and twice they have been forced past 25. In the last match, Georgia Tech managed to win by a total of only nine points. Louisville beat Florida by at least nine points in two of their three sets on Thursday.
As has been noted repeatedly, Louisville took down Georgia Tech in three sets in both of their matchups this season. The Yellow Jackets were 14-4 in conference, managing to finish fourth after a surprise run from Miami, but being punished much more by the schedule than the Canes. GT had to play Pitt and Louisville two times each, while Miami got both teams just once. Though GT was able to take one of the games off of Pitt, the Panthers picked up the rematch and GT stumbled against Notre Dame for their fourth loss. Their only non-conference loss came against UCLA, the 13-seed that was just beaten by Wisconsin.
In both matches, Louisville faced a balanced attack from Georgia Tech's Killer Bees (a fun squad nickname on a team named the Yellow Jacket): Mariana Brambrilla, Julia Bergmann, and Bianca Bertolino. The three were effective against Ohio State as well, combining for 36 of the team's 50 kills. Louisville will need to excel in their attack and blocking, as they have throughout the tournament and the whole season, to get a third win against a team with plenty of experience and film on them.
Tonight's match is at 6PM and will be carried on ESPNU, just as the Florida match was. There are likely tickets available for Freedom Hall, so check in if you can make it out. The winner of this one will take on the winner of Minnesota and Wisconsin in the penultimate match in Columbus.
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We're back this week with plenty to talk about, as always. The hot topic will, of course, be the victory over Florida and the upcoming match against Georgia Tech. We'll make sure to cover the closer than expected basketball game against Belmont and look ahead to tomorrow's top-15 game against Kentucky. As always, you can check out the live stream of the show by going to the Cardinal Couple YouTube page and clicking on the live video. Jeff usually creates that about an hour before the show, which officially starts at 11 AM Eastern. If the live time doesn't work for you, there are plenty of playback options, so be sure to check out whichever is best for you!
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