Saturday, December 4, 2021
Friday, December 3, 2021
FRIDAYS WITH DARYL
Good fall morning to all, we have another beautiful day in the 'Ville in the forecast. Hope you get the chance to step outside and smell the leaves! That is, until its time to get over to L&NFCU Arena for the NCAA Tournament match(es) as the VolleyCards are hosting the first round on the Cardinal's campus Friday evening.
We will cover the tournament match later as we have the ACC/Big Ten Challenge to cover from last night... so let's get to it!
Cardinals show out for the ACC in Annual Conference Challenge
WBB wins vs Michigan 70-48The Cards put on a show for the crowd of more than 7,300 on Thursday night. UofL got the victory 70-48 over Michigan.
End of 1Q 15-9 Cards
6-14 42.9% Cards
4-12 33.3% Michigan
Reb. 11-6 Cards
2-4 50% Cards
1-6 16.7% Michigan
**Both teams had 5 turnovers
Kianna Smith lead the opening quarter with 7 points and Engstler grabbed 6 rebounds. The two, along with Hailey Van Lith spent 9 minutes on the floor establishing the pace of the game for Louisville. Olivia Cochran and Liz Dixon anchored the Cardinal front court while Mykasa Robinson and Chelsie Hall provided the experience.
Photo: Jared Anderson
End of 2Q 24-6 Cards
7-16 43.8% Cards
2-10 20% Michigan
Reb. 11-4 Cards
4-5 80% Cards
1-5 20% Michigan
End of 3Q 19-17 Michigan
7-19 36.8% Cards
6-13 20% Michigan
Reb. 10-10 All
2-4 50% Cards
1-3 20% Michigan
Photo: Jared Anderson
End of 4Q 18-5 Cards
5-14 35.7% Cards
5-10 50% Michigan
Reb. 7-6 Cards
3-7 42.9% Cards
0-3 0% Michigan
|"we beat Michigan by how much, Fred?"|
FREE THROWS -- The Cards were 3-5 from the free throw line, good for 60% but doesn't meet our 70% efficiency we prefer... Kianna Smith and Norika Konno both made and missed one of their opportunities and Olivia Cochran made her extra point. We will give a lower case f
REBOUNDING -- UofL outrebounded the Wolverines 39-26. Engstler chewed up the backboards all evening for the Cards leading with 14. Olivia Cochran, Liz Dixon and Mykasa Robinson grabbed 5 of their own. that qualifies for a CAPITAL R
EFFORT/EXECUTION -- A second consecutive game of too many turnovers to our comfort, 5 in the 1Q, 19 times for the entire game while also turning Um over 24 times. The Cards had 32 points off turnovers and 16 second chance points. They also connected for 13 assists on 29 made shots. I'll award the CAPITAL E
DEFENSE -- The Michigan senior Naz Hillmon who averaged about 24 points a game this season was held to 12 points on 5-9 shooting and went 2-4 at the FT line. She also had 8 rebounds, an assist, 2 blocks and 2 steals but turned it over 5 times. As a team, UM had 24 turnovers. UofL had 15 steals, 3 blocks and 24 defensive rebounds. CAPITAL D -fence!
FINAL FRED TALLY: f-R-E-D
The winners will play Saturday 12/4 at 8:00 p.m.
Cards vs UIC
The Flames did alot of their losing earlier in the season.. They're 20-11 on the year, winning 12 of their last 13 matches. UIC has one of the highest-powered offenses in the country, ranking fifth nationally in total assists (1,548) and sixth in total kills (1,663) and rank 18th nationally with 202 aces on the year. The Flames' 12.69 assists per set this year rank second in the League and 34th nationally. UIC has tallied 4,401 total attacks this season, second in the Horizon League and 15th nationally.
Paola Santiago named Horizon League Tournament MVP and All-Tournament Team along with teammates Martina Delucchi and Sohila Wafeek. UIC's offense features six players with 120-plus kills, highlighted by two with more than 400. Santiago leads all hitters with 459 kills on the season and is hitting .212 with 56 blocks, 310 digs and 34 aces. Delucchi is second on the team with 410 kills, hitting .209 with 49 blocks, 357 digs and a team-high 41 aces. Wafeek has tallied 1,033 assists on the year with 246 sigs, 20 blocks and 32 aces.
We have covered the Card's accomplishments and accolades extensively this season, so you know what a historical squad we have coming into this year's dance. They will likely watch the opening match to scout a potential next foe, but will not overlook the Flames as it would not be possible to do so.. UIC has a 6-10 freshman on the right side who is impossible to miss. Her name is Salma Abdelhady and she was named to the All-Freshman Team in the Horizon League.
Tickets are sold out to Friday's match and only available to watch on ESPN+
NCAA Tournament results so far...
- Miami (FL) beat South Alabama 3-1
- Florida swept Florida A&M 3-0
Miami (FL) will face off with Florida this evening at 7 p.m.
- Purdue swept Illinois St. 3-0
- Dayton beat Marquette 3-1
Purdue will face Dayton at 5 p.m.
- Kansas swept Oregon 3-0
- Creighton swept Ole Miss 3-0
Creighton and Kansas will start at 8 p.m.
Cardinal Couple Radio Hour
I am still on radio hiatus likely through the new year. The gang are, as far as I know, on regularly scheduled programming for Saturday morning at 11 a.m.
As always, Go Cards!
Thursday, December 2, 2021
#5 Louisville Hosts #9 Michigan
Although there have been plenty of Top 10 match-ups this season (eight so far), #5 Louisville hosts #9 Michigan at the KFC Yum! Center tonight at 7:00 p.m., ET. This Big Ten/ACC match-up will be aired on ESPN as well as on radio on 790-AM WKRD with Nick Curran and Adrienne Johnson.
Coming home following a 3-0 trip out west, Louisville carries a 5-1 record on the year. The five-game win streak is highlighted by a 30.4 scoring margin in favor of the Cards. You can thank the tenacious Louisville defense for that.
The Wolverines put their unblemished 7-0 record on the line. They recently topped then-#16 Oregon State by nine and have two other games decided by single-digits, including an overtime victory against IUPUI near the beginning on November.
Michigan's entire starting five is a force to be reckoned with, but it's Naz Hillmon that's the true threat. The senior is one of the best players in the and is averaging a double-double at 23.9 ppg and 11.4 rpg. Her 0.623 field goal percentage (mostly around the goal) is one of the best the team. Hillmon won the 2021 Big Ten Player of the Year and has been named an All-American. Standing at 6-2, trying to find the right player to match up on her will be tricky. I suspect Jeff Walz and Co. will throw several different looks at her.
Michigan is outscoring opponents by 10.4 ppg, but allowing just 64.9 ppg so far this season has been a strong showing for the Wolverines. The defense is also forcing 13.0 turnovers per game while averaging 2.5 blocks per game. Hillmon has 10 on the year while Hailey Brown leads the team with 19.
This is the sixth all-time meeting between Louisville and Michigan. The Cards hold the 5-1 advantage including the last meeting- a 71-50 victory in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2019.
Louisville is rolling out new uniforms in honor of Oliver Lewis, an African American jockey who won the inaugural Kentucky Derby on May 17, 1875.
NCAA Volleyball First Round
We're just one day away from the first round of the NCAA Volleyball Tournament. 1-seed Louisville gears up to host the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) at 7:00 p.m. ET, Friday night.
The Flames are in the NCAA Tournament for the first time ever after claiming the school's first Horizon League title that featured upsets over 1-seed Milwaukee and 2-seed Northern Kentucky. UIC went 20-11 on the year and lost their only match against a ranked opponent, a 3-2 loss against then-#25 Marquette.
Daryl will have a full Friday column -- analyzing the WBB gams results and breaking down this VolleyCards match preview more for you tomorrow. Assuming things go as expected, Case will then break down another match preview the following day. Then, Jeff can recap that win on Sunday while breaking down a women's basketball game against Belmont on Sunday.
On Another Note
Besides photographing four UofL games in four days and a collaboration with the newly crowned Miss UofL, this weekend also has me back in action with my musical talents. I'll be out for our Cardinal Couple Radio Podcast Saturday since I have a dress rehearsal. (EDITOR NOTE: I can't wait to see the pictures of Jared in a dress).
Our annual Christmas concert will be this Sunday at 3:00 p.m., at Jeffersontown Christian Church. If you need a breather from sports or just need something to help get you in the holiday spirit please come out for the hourish-long concert. Free admission is always a plus, right?
So between four games, other photo obligations, and two days of instrument playing, if you see me sleeping under a table or on a bench somewhere, just mind your business or I might get grumpy!
Happy Thursday and Go Cards!
Wednesday, December 1, 2021
REGULAR SEASON COMPLETED -- VOLLEYBALL ENTERS NEXT PHASE
With basketball taking the court Thursday and NCAA Volleyball beginning for the Cards on Friday, let's take today to look at and marvel just how great, how far and how exciting this volleyball season has been.
There is no question or doubt that Louisville Volleyball performed better than any other DI team in the nation during the regular season. It's now time to finish the job and go get the next mission -- an NCAA Championship.
A team that is composed of so many different aspect of excellence in player personnel. Veterans who have been there since the start of the Dani Busboom Kelly era. Transfers added who have provided invaluable help, depth and talent. Freshmen and sophomores who have come in and performed brilliantly in their roles. A wonderful mixture of student-athletes who have jelled into an unstoppable force. Fitting that they sometimes wear the camouflage uniforms.
A unit on a mission. A mission that still has one objective left. To enter the post-season, win six matches and become National Champions.
A squad with so much talent that they have to be an enigma to opponents. Just how do you stop them? If you try to shut down one aspect or player on this Cardinals squad, someone else always steps up to take the role of leader and factor in defeating the foe.
A group that deserves your full attention, love support and backing. Forget about the football personnel changes/quandry for a few weeks. Re-focus from the return of a basketball coach. Share the love you have for a strong and talent women's basketball squad for a few weeks with the bonafide powerhouse of the 2021-22 season so far. Kindly divert your attention to THE program on the Belknap campus that is the news, that is the story and that is unmatched..
Remember the names. Jones, DeBeer, Stevenson, Hendricks, Scott, Chaussee, Dilfer, Tillman, Rush, Mbonu, Bartlett, Smith, Kong, Cresse, Stander, Morningstar, DeMarcus and Vasilou. All in, all united and one force. 28-0 overall. 18-0 in an ACC that sent six teams (almost 10% of the 64-team field) to "the dance". Salute and be proud of the genius of Dani, Dan, Chamberlain and their staff.
A tram that proved to be better than Nebraska, Pittsburgh, Kentucky, the Big Ten, Big 12, SEC and all points between. Doing it on the road, and in an arena 1/10th the size of where hoops performs.
Join that loyal fanbase hat has been there with them every step of the way. We're "all in" here at Cardinal Couple -- Jeff and Jared never miss a home match, Case and Daryl follow intently and proudly on internet and TV and your senile, old columnist here Paulie tries to keep you up and informed on social media. Join us, won't you?
There is a song out there, composed and recorded all the way back in 1983 that comes to mind. A song written before several of the Cardinal Couple staff were even born. Based primarily on basketball, the meaning is still relevant today. Rick Bartlett and Trese Osbourne with the Bobby Lanz Band. A song called Catch That Cardinal Spirit. Yeah, maybe not all the words apply directly to Louisville Volleyball in this song, but the general theme and idea is relevant. "We got it, and we want you to hear it." And, SPREAD IT !!! Join the party.
I invite and encourage you to "catch that spirit" for Louisville Volleyball, if you haven't already. It's one heck of a thing to have and experience. I can't wait for Friday to get here,,,,how about you?
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
ACC Volleyball Awards
The ACC announced their postseason awards for volleyball yesterday, and to no surprise, Louisville Volleyball's presence was felt. Dani Busboom Kelly was named ACC Coach of the Year, Tori Dilfer was named ACC Setter of the Year, and seven Cardinals were named to the All-ACC Teams.
Going undefeated in the regular season and winning the ACC by a whopping three matches (!!!) should make the ACC Coach of the Year decision unanimous. Coach Dani Busboom Kelly was given the award for the second straight year. DBK is the second Louisville coach to win ACC Coach of the Year after Anne Kordes received the honor in 2015.
Tori Dilfer also retained her award from last season, ACC Setter of the Year. Similar to a football team running their offense through their quarterback, the setter is crucial in order to run your offense efficiently. Wilma Rivera won the award back-to-back seasons in 2017 and 2018, meaning a Louisville player has held the ACC Setter of the Year title in four of the last five seasons. Katie George won the award in 2015, extended the Cardinals' streak to five of the last seven years.
Anna Stevenson and Anna DeBeer join Dilfer on the All-ACC First Team. All three repeated the honors from last season.
Claire Chaussee, Aiko Jones, Amaya Tillman, and Elena Scott were named to the All-ACC Second Team. Jones and Tillman were All-ACC honorees last year while Chaussee and Scott join the ranks for the first time. Scott was also named to the All-ACC Freshman Team.
Mabrey Shaffmaster (North Carolina) was named ACC Freshman of the Year, Mackenzie Cole (Duke) was named ACC Defensive Player of the Year, and Julia Bergmann (Georgia Tech) was named ACC Player of the Year.
All 15 coaches in the ACC participate in voting for the awards.
Louisville is one of six teams from the ACC represented in the upcoming NCAA Tournament. Pitt (2-seed), Georgia Tech (8-seed), Miami, North Carolina, and Florida State are the other five teams.
The top-seeded Cards will open the tournament on Friday night at 7:00 p.m., against the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC). Their match will follow the conclusion of Michigan vs Ball State (4:00 p.m.). The winners will face each other on Saturday at 6:00 p.m.
Season ticket holders have had an opportunity to put a request in for tickets already. The remaining availability for tickets will go on sale on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m., ET. We do not know how many tickets, if any, will still be available. We've had some issues with hyperlinks not working on the mobile browser recently, but the link to purchase those tickets Wednesday morning is listed below.
Although the NCAA does not require masks to be worn at their events, the University of Louisville requires masks to be worn indoors on campus, including sporting events. Please don't make the mistake of showing up without one as they will turn you away at the door.
Allison Daley to be Named to Canisius Hall of Fame
Louisville Lacrosse assistant coach Allison Daley has been selected to be a part of the next class to be inducted into the Canisius Hall of Fame. Daley is currently in her first season as a part of the Louisville coaching staff.
Daley was a four-year letter winner as a goalkeeper and holds the record at Canisius with 662 career saves. In 2011, she was named the MAAC Championship MVP. She was also named the MAAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2010.
Following her playing career, Daley played for Team Canada before becoming the associate head coach for them. When Coach Scott Teeter took the head coaching position at Louisville, Daley took over the head coaching duties at Canisius.
The Hall of Fame induction will be held Feb. 6, 2022.
Happy Tuesday and Go Cards!
Monday, November 29, 2021
CARDS WBB BOUNCE PAST RAMS 71-56
Louisville WBB finished their three-game western swing with a convincing win over Colorado Stare by 15 on Sunday afternoon in Fort Collins.
It was the "Smith out western" weapons of Ahlana and Kianna Smith who led Louisville in scoring with 11 points each and Emily Engstler added ten to raise the Cards record to 5-1.
Louisville eliminated any doubt early by jumping to a 24-10 first quarter lead. The Cards had three threes in the initial quarter as well, and were never seriously challenged in the game. Walz was able to go deep into the bench early and get everyone significant playing time.
The Cards went 28-53 from the floor for 53% and got 32 bench points in the win. it was 41-25 at halftime and Louisville had held the Rams to 10-24 shooting.
No Card saw more that 24 minutes (Olivia Cochran) and all 13 on the trip played at least four minutes.
Wins like this back up what we thought to be true at the start of the year, Louisville is a very deep and talented team that uses their defense to create scoring opportunities of the offense and has shown very good passing skills this season. The Cards had 14 assists on the 28 made shots and Olivia Cochran had six of those assists.
The Cards led 57-40 after three quarters and finished the win with a 39-22 rebounding edge over Colorado State, who was undefeated coming into the contest.
THE FRED REPORT
|(No rollercoaster ride for Cards vs. CSU)|
FREE THROWS -- The Cards were 10-13 from the charity stripe (76.9%) and Cochran scored all five of her points from the free throw line. That's good for a CAPITAL "F" --surpassing the 70% efficiency we like to see/
REBOUNDING -- A strong showing on the boards for Emily Engstler with eight and Kasa Robinson following with six and Norika Konno grabbed five. When you out-grab a foe a 17, that works for a CAPITAL "R" in the carom category.
EFFORT/EXECUTION -- Cardinal turnovers were a bit high, with 15. The Rams were face-guarding Hailey Van Lith but she sank all three shots she attempted. 20 points in the paint is good, but the main thing about the effort was that the Cards won the offensive boards battle 7-2. I'll grant the CAPITAL "E"
DEFENSE -- Another solid effort with eight steal and allowing the Rams just 38.9% shooting success. Colorado State had to work very hard in their offensive sets and didn't score more than 16 points in any quarter. We'll go with a CAPITAL "D" to close out the Fred Report.
FINAL FRED TALLY: F-R-E-D
The Cards come home, to face Michigan on Thursday in the ACC/BIG10challenge. A good team effort on Sunday for Louisville, against a CSU squad that I feel might make a little noise in the Mountain West Conference this season.
VOLLEYBALL #1 SEED OVERALL IN NCAA TOURNAMENT
Louisville Volleyball begins their quest to win the NCAA Volleyball Tournament with a Friday 7 p.m. match against University of Illinois-Chicago in the LNFCU. The Cards are the #1 overall seed in the tournament
Texas got the #2 seed, Pitt the #3 seed and Wisconsin rounds out the top four.
Ball State and Michigan are the other two teams that will compete in Louisville for a chance to advance to the Sweet Sixteen.
To see the entire bracket, go here.
Kentucky will start at home also, hosting SEMO and WKU made the 64 team field -- they'll open against South Carolina down at Georgia Tech.
We'll have much more on this in the upcoming days, be sure to check back!
Sunday, November 28, 2021
WBB Travels to Fort Collins
Volleyball Selection Show Tonight
Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast
Saturday, November 27, 2021
A slight schedule change as Jeff takes the Saturday write for Case who is a bit under the weather thanks to a Covid booster shot. Case expects to be back for the Sunday article.
|Mia Stander caught in the act of vandalism|
|#20 Rachel DeMarcus being the first onto the|
court to celebrate with her teammates
|Tori Dilfer with parents Cassandra and Trent|
Dilfer. Trent, of course is a SuperBowl
champion quarterback. Cassandra was a standout
swimmer at Fresno State.
|Anna "Steve" Stevenson celebrating with the|
ACC Championship trophy
|Freshman year manager turned team member|
Jamie Vasilou getting ready to jump out of the
|Emily Scott pondering whether she can Fosbury|
Flop over the net.
|UofL 2021 seniors with their families, coaching|
staff and AD Vince Tyra
Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast
Friday, November 26, 2021
The Cards hit .206 with 42 kills, five aces and 14 blocks. Anna Stevenson had eight kills and eight blocks. Senior Claire Chaussee added eight kills and a block and hit .368. Setter Tori Dilfer had 34 assists, an ace and two blocks. Libero Elena Scott had 12 digs and three aces.
Notre Dame hit .021 with 26 kills, an ace and seven blocks. ND played without their leading scorer, Charley Niego.. she has not played the last couple matches for the Irish. Caroline Meuth steped up in her place and had nine kills and five blocks. Setter Zoe Nunez had 20 assists and eight digs.
The 2021 DI Women's Volleyball Selection Selection Show is on ESPNU at 8:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 28. That's when the field of 64 teams will be announced for this season's championship. Of the 64 teams, 32 teams receive automatic qualification while the remaining 32 teams will be selected on an at-large basis by the Division I Women’s Volleyball Committee.
The first and second round will be December 2-4 in a single-elimination first round competition.
The gang should be on schedule for podcast this weekend. I will still be on hiatus, spending time with the fam.