Despite a four-set loss at NC State over the weekend, Louisville volleyball didn't drop far. In fact, the Cards went from #5 last week to #6 this week. Louisville still boasts a 12-2 record on the season with ranked wins over Washington State, Kentucky, Penn State, and Dayton.
Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Stanford retained the first three spots in the rankings. Washington State jumped up to #4 and Oregon moved up a spot to #6.
Pitt, Texas, Florida, and BYU round out the final four spots in the top 10. Georgia Tech stayed put at #11. Florida lost their setter for the year and suffered another loss so they fell quite a few spots.
Louisville visits North Carolina and Duke this coming weekend and will return home to face Pitt on Friday, October 13. A Friday the 13th in October? Sounds like a great time for a Halloween promotion, ahem, UofL marketing...
We plan to have plenty of in-person coverage for the match against Pitt.
Fall Ball Softball
Louisville softball played a pair of home games on Sunday as part of their fall ball schedule. These games do not count for regulation play in any way, but is more a chance to test out different players in live action. The Cards squared off against Eastern Kentucky in the double header and took the sweep with 5-0 and 6-4 wins.
There's plenty of questions out there in terms of who will replace Taylor Roby (graduation), Hannah File (graduation), Korbe Otis (transfer), and Sarah Gordon (transfer), and I'm sure we will have more answers going forward.
For now, it appears that Holly Aprile's squad will have a plethora of available pitchers on the roster with Alyssa Zabala set to be the ace. Kentucky transfer Chelsea Mack saw a good amount of time in center field. Daisy Hess and Missouri transfer Riley Frizell both impressed at the plate.
There is an injury concern as Easton Lotus was not dressed. The rising junior tore her ACL in her freshman campaign but played all of last season. There were some complications with the recovery that resulted in another surgery, but she seems to be ready to go for the regular season in the spring.
Jeff and I hung out with SID Lori Korte Harmon in the press box and I grabbed a few pics too. It's always great to be out at Ulmer Stadium.
Here's a few extra shots from the games...
Happy Tuesday and Go Cards!