FIELD HOCKEY FALLS, VOLLEYBALL SWEEPS
Two events in the University of Louisville women's sports realm took place for the top Cards teams ranked on the top 25 of NCAA DI standings. Let's look at the the action.
HAWKEYES HOLD OFF CARDS 2-1 AT TRAGER
It was a battle between #5 and #6 to start the day's action at noon on Floyd Street, with the #6 Iowa Hawkeyes coming to town to battle Justine Sowry's flock. A great day, temperature wise for an outdoor sport but it wasn't the outcome Louisville fans expected -- the #5 Cards dropping a 2-1 bird-battle to (12-2) Iowa. Iowa got the scoring started relatively early in this one with a sixth minute goal on their second penalty corner of the match. And, it was the nation's leading scorer (Dionne van Aalsum) picking up her 24th goal of the season on a redirect of her initial shot.
The lead would hold for Iowa for the remainder of the quarter and the first half.
In the second half, the squads battled through a scoreless third quarter and it wasn't until the fourth quarter, with six minutes remaining the contest, that the next goal was scored. Unfortunately for the Cards, it was Iowa and van Aalsum (called van Awesome by the Hawkeye faithful) getting the goal off a penalty corner.
Louisville would hit the board with 10 seconds remaining in the contest. Julie Koujizer fired a penalty corner shot that was deflected, but Rylie Wollerton was there for the rebound nd pushed it back it to cut the led in half. Unfortunately (for Cards fans), the Hawkeyes were able to control action for the final few seconds and pick up a big road win.
Coach Sowry did not provide any post-game remarks for Cardinal Couple, but she did have this to say about the contest...regarding the match:
"It was a great contest against another wonderful opponent Iowa is a very talented team. awe were looking forward to this game today, but obviously the result isn't what we wanted.. I though we played some real good hockey. Details matter. Iowa's got the wonderful goal scorer and she was able to put two on the board on us....I'm disappointed, but, at the same time we're right where we need to be and we're looking forward to the last couple of weeks of the season."
The Cards are home for the next two, facing Syracuse on Friday, Oct. 20th and App. State on Sunday, Oct. 22nd.
VOLLEYBALL CAVES IN THE CAVS IN THREE SETS
About an hour after Field Hockey's initial pass back, the LNFCU welcomed the VolleyCards back to campus and Louisville showed no hangover from the win over Pitt at KFC with a 25-16, 25-16, 25-17 dismantling of the Virginia Cavaliers
The Cards move to 16-2 in a match where Cara Cresse looked quite good for Dani Busboom Kelly's squad. C.C. had nine kills, a couple of serving aces and Louisville moved to 7-1 in ACC play with an impressive .438 average for the match.
The Cavs fall to 8-10 overall and 1-7 in ACC matches.
SET ONEThe Cards jumped out to an early 7-1 lead and were never serious challenged on the first set. Louisville pushed the advantage to 11-6 and forced a VA time-out when they soared to a 16-7 lead.
The Cards had a 22-10 lead when Virginia briefly ran off three point's in a row, but an Allana Bankston kill and blocks from PK and Cresse gave Louisville the set win.
The Cards got off to another quick start at 9-3 in the second set and only briefly sputtered when UVA got within three at 12-9. Louisville regained dominance, though, and went on a 6-2 run to enjoy a 18-11 advantage
At 21-15, Louisville closed out the set with a 4-1 run, featuring a couple of blocks by Cresse and Kong.
SET THREEThe set was tight early, evened up at 6-6, before the Cards enjoyed a 7-2 run to take a 13-8 edge they would not relinquish.
Louisville led 20-13 later on and then outscored Virginia 5-4 the rest of the way to take set and match.
Louisville next goes on a two-game road trip that will begin with a Thursday match at Wake Forest.