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Monday, June 17, 2024

10 UofL Women's Swim and Dive Student Athletes to compete in Olympic Trials -- MONDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

 10 UofL Women's Swim and Dive Cards headed to Lucas Oil for USA OLYMPIC TEAM trials

We all know that Arthur Albiero builds strong UofL swimming and diving squads each year at the University of Louisville . The 2023-24 women's squad was 9-1 in dual meets and also fared quite well in events like the Louisville invitational, NCAA Championships and ACC Championships, where the women finished second. 

In mid-June, the USA Olympic Trials will take place at Lucas Oil from Friday to June 23rd.  Ten member of the women's sqaud (and 21 Cards overall) will thry to make the USA squad. 

USA swimming has also rolled out a prime competing venue, creating the Lucas Oil pool in Indianapolis. which will also be able to hold 30,000 spectators. That's huge, considering the previous venue for Olympic trials was in Omaha and sat 15,000.

These women Cards will compete: 

-- Gabi Albiero (100 Fly,) (100 Free), (50 Free)

-- Summer Cardwell (200 Free, 100 Free) 

-- Mia Chitwood (100 Breast)

-- Julia Dennis (100 Free, 50 Free) 

-- Paige Hetrick (100 back, 50 Free) 

-- Lucy Mehraban (50 Free, 100 Free) 

-- Christina Regenauer (100 Fly, 100 Free, 50 Free)

-- Rye Ulett ( 100 Back, 200 back) 

-- Tristen Ulett (100 Fly, 100m Free, 200 Free, 50 Free)

-- Ella Welch (100 Fly)

We wish all our Cardinal swimmers the best of luck and great times as they compete to join the USA Olympic squad.


Sunday, June 16, 2024

Volleyball Roster Review - Sunday Cardinal Couple

 Volleyball Roster Review

What we here at Cardinal Couple call the summer slump is in full swing, and while it can be a little difficult to find topics to write about, it does give us the opportunity to review some information about the upcoming sports seasons and the teams.

Women's Basketball are being overachievers this year, with their full roster with pictures of each player, including the newcomers, already posted.

We have no such luck with Volleyball, but I'm pretty sure I can put together what the full roster will be.  So with the caveat that it's not officially official, lets take a look at what your 2024 VolleyCards will look like on the court.


First of all, let's look at who has departed.

Ceci Rush, who mostly played as a service specialist, graduated and decided not to use her Covid year.  Ceci is a native of the Louisville area, so I expect we'll still see her at LNFCU Stadium cheering on her teammates.

Ayden Barlett, also graduated and elected not to use her Covid year.  Seen on the court occasionally as a service specialist, but also in a full DS role.  AB has landed a assistant coaching gig at Louisianna Tech.  We wish her and the La Tech Bulldogs a great season.

Alexis Finnvold, has transfered to West Virginia and will be a setter on their squad.  I suspect this is a change to look for more playing time as Louisville has two good setters that will be on the squad this year including an incoming freshman, and it was unlikely that Finnvold would get much time on the court as a result.

Nina Moorer, has also departed, landing at Texas State University, which is a bit closer to home for her.  Primarily a left side hitter, and again, Louisville has a deep bench for left side hitting.  Combine that with having experienced a couple of,  really relatively minor injuries that nonetheless have kept her off the court, she decided her best prospects were elsewhere.

Aiko Jones, after six years of being on the Louisville squad, alas has no college eligibility left.  Now being married to an American citizen, she no longer is in the US on a student visa and can actually get gainful employment.  Consequently, she has put some of her photography skills to work with Churchill Downs during Derby, and is helping host various volleyball camps over the summer.  She is looking to claim a roster spot on one of the fledgling professional volleyball leagues here in the states.  She was spotted sitting on the baseline of a Columbus Fury match in the PVF, sitting with, I believe, the president of the Fury.  A spot on the Fury would be particularly great for her as her wife is working on a post-graduate degree at Ohio State.

Brigitta Petrenko, also has no eligibility left.  I don't have much about her current whereabouts or plans, but I'll be keeping an eye out at the Hungarian Women's National Team and suspect she'll pop up there.


UofL signed three freshman to National Letters of Intent in the fall, and at least two of them joined the team on campus in January.

Nayellis Cabello, a 6'0" setter from Florida arrived in Louisville in January, a sure sign of her commitment, to leave Florida weather to come to Louisville weather in January.  She and Elle Glock split time in the spring season at setting.  Both are excellent, and I expect this to be something of a position battle with training camp starts.

Ava Utterback, from the Indianapolis area, is a 6'0" left side hitter.  She also joined the squad in January, so we were able to see her play in spring play.  She's definitely got some hops, and a good pop in her swing.  With the long line of left side hitters on the Louisville squad right now, I wouldn't expect Utterback to get a huge amount of time on the court, but we might see her occasionally.

Payton Peterson comes to Louisville from Iowa.  This is the signee that I don't know if she is on campus yet.  Another left side hitter, and at only 5'10" you'd think she'd be at a disadvantage to get time in, again, the long line of left side hitters, but I saw her play in the Under Armour Next All-American event, and she's got the hops and the pop to hold her own.  She is also quite competent as an all-around six rotation player.

Sam Untiedt did not sign an NLI on signing day, suggesting she might be officially classified as a walk-on, but she's apparently impressive.  A 5'8" Libero/DS, she bolsters that already good crew.  I haven't had the opportunity to see her in actual action yet, but she has plenty of Minnesota state accolades along with a number of national All-American team nods from the likes of AAU and Breakdown.  She has joined the team on campus, I believe at the beginning of June.

Sofia Maldonado Diaz, will be a 5th year transfer to Louisville from Arizona.  She comes to UofL from Guadalajara, Mexico, and is a 6'0" primarily right side hitter, though it sounds like she can swing from just about anywhere on the front row, left, right, and center.  I haven't seen her play, yet, but I suspect this could be another position battle with her and Reese Robins.  Or, maybe we'll see both of them in a 6-2 offense.


On the left side, we get Anna DeBeer back for her Covid year.  Charitie Luper will also be a senior on the left side with no Covid option available for her.  And filling out this long line of left sides, Alanna Bankston will be a sophomore.

In the middle, it's a replay of last year with Phekran "PK" Kong and Cara Cresse likely being the starters, with Hannah Sherman ready to jump in when called on.

On the right, Reese Robins returns, and with Maldonado Diaz, I'll say it's nice to have options on the right.  Who gets the starting role?  Your guess is as good as mine.  How much has Robins developed and toned up in the off-season?  Maldonado Diaz is mostly a question mark for me.  So we'll see.

For setter, I think Elle Glock is going to find herself pressured to maintain the starting role, here.  I love hearing Jerome on the PA have fun with her hometown name of Wahoo, Nebraska, but Cabello may very well beat her out for the starting lineup intro.

Finally, for DS and Libero, it feels like we have a billion players in this role, but it's not that much of a logjam.  Elena Scott will be back and I think the only question about the Libero jersey is who gets it after Scott graduates this year.  Contenders are Kamden Schrand, Jessica Drapp, and Molly Urban.  If I were a betting man, I'd put my money on Schrand, but we don't have to worry about that until next summer.


Without the roster being officially official, I could be missing someone, but I think I have everyone that will be on the roster in the fall to give you a feel of what this team will look like.

As announced recently, Louisville will be part of kicking off the season in the AVCA First Serve Showcase when we play Wisconsin.  Nebraska and Kentucky will get the actual first serve in the earlier game of the evening.

And, of course, the Cards will really be shooting for a top four seed in the NCAA tournament at the end of the year which would ensure that all of their post-season play would be downtown at the KFC Yum! Center Arena since Louisville will be hosting the Volleyball Final Four this year.

There's quite a year ahead for this squad, and it has the potential to be really amazing.  The team has some great personnel and are gearing up for another deep run in the tournament.  I'm excited for the season to get started.

Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast

A good crew was on the CCRHP yesterday, with Case and Daryl both returning from some absences to join Paulie and me.  We understand, life overall gets busy in the summer.

Soccer released their schedule, so we had some discussion on that, which evolved into some exploration of coaching hot seats, and finally touched a bit on the Volleyball scheduling news with the AVCA First Serve Showcase.

Check out the fun at:


Saturday, June 15, 2024

Louisville Announces 2024 Soccer Schedule -- SATURDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Cards Look to Improve on Last Season

Louisville women's soccer didn't have a stellar season last year. As Jared mentioned earlier this week, the Cards finished 4-9-5 and have not been in the hunt for postseason play in quite some time. Unfortunately, this year's schedule doesn't exactly open things up for them. Louisville will play eight non-conference games before opening conference play on September 14th at Pittsburgh. While the Cards were lucky enough to avoid Florida State, who won the national championship last season, five of their ten conference opponents (including Pitt) finished in the top 16 of the coaches' poll. 

Louisville struggled last season. There's nothing wrong with saying that because it is true. The Cards finished 157th in RPI. That was better than only two ACC teams: Miami and Syracuse. Miami finished 174th and Syracuse, who went 2-14-2 on the season, was 248th. The Cards beat Syracuse at home 2-1 but lost to Miami 0-1 on the road. Louisville drew neither of those teams this season. 

I hear you saying, "Well the ACC is very good. It's no surprise they're all ranked highly." I agree that the ACC is always a difficult task, but the non-conference schedule isn't going to be a cakewalk either. Louisville finished ahead of just four teams on this year's schedule in the RPI last season. I have high hopes for Louisville, though. Last year they suffered from some bad luck and had a lot of youth on the team. This year, we'll see a more experienced lineup, both because of the rising level of returnees and because of some of this season's new transfers. 

Louisville will open the season at home in an exhibition against Butler (University, not High School) on Sunday August 4th. That match will be at 7PM and will be the first of two exhibitions that are publicized. Louisville frequently plays one or two closed-door exhibitions as well. The second will come later that week on August 8th, when the Cards travel to Richmond, KY to take on EKU. Butler was 118th in last year's RPI, while EKU finished 253rd. I'd rather play these exhibitions in the opposite order, but oh well. 

The regular season begins on August 15th with a game against one of those teams ranked behind Louisville last season, as the Cards welcome local foe Bellarmine to Floyd Street. The Knights are entering their fifth season in the ASUN conference and finished last year with an identical record to Louisville in both overall and conference games: 4-9-5 (3-5-2). 

The Cards will stay home for their next two games as well, bringing in UAB on the 18th and New Hampshire on the 22nd. All three games will be in the evening, which I'm sure players will appreciate as mid-August in Louisville is usually far from pleasant soccer weather. UAB finished just 10 spots ahead of the Cards in last year's RPI rankings, while New Hampshire was just eight spots behind. Both of these games will be interesting tests for Louisville in the young season. 

Louisville's next two games are both on the road and only about 20 minutes apart. However, I assume they'll come home between their match against NKU on Sunday the 25th and their match against Cincinnati on Thursday the 29th. Both of those teams finished ahead of Louisville last season, and NKU will be the Cards' first rematch of the 2024 season. Last year, NKU was part of Louisville's two-goal 0-3-2 start as the Norse accounted for the Cards' second 0-0 draw. 

The Cards wrap the non-conference slate with a trio of home games in the first week of September. Evansville and UT Martin represent the last two games Louisville will play against teams that finished behind them in the RPI standings in 2023. Louisville faces the Aces on September 1st at 7PM and the Skyhawks on September 5th at 7:30. The last game of the non-conference schedule comes against Dayton on September 8th. The time is not yet slated, but the Flyers were another contributor to last season's early skid and the Cards will aim to avenge a 1-2 loss. 

 After that first game at Pitt on September 14th, Louisville will get a 12-day break before climbing back on the bus to head to Blacksburg, VA. The Hokies finished just one spot ahead of Louisville last season in the ACC with 12 points to Louisville's 11. The two teams didn't play one another. Pitt will probably be looking for revenge after they were victims of Louisville's shocking start to the conference season when the Cards drew Virginia 1-1 and then beat Pitt 3-2. The first two road conference games will likely be very telling. 

The Cards return home briefly on the 29th to play NC State. The Wolfpack finished with 9 points last year and did not play Louisville. Louisville will get comfortable with the state of North Carolina after that, as they head to Tobacco Road for the weekend to take on UNC on October 3rd and Duke on October 6th. Duke had a bit of a head scratcher last season, spending most of the year ranked, but finishing with just 9 conference points and ending up 48th in the RPI. Louisville defeated them 1-0 to close the year. UNC is UNC and they'll try to reload after last year's top-ten team had among the most players taken in this year's NWSL draft. The Cards did not face the Heels last year.

The Cards will then play a flurry of home games (four, in fact) before the final game of the season is on the road. Notre Dame starts the homestand on October 12th before the next weekend hosts the new California members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. While Louisville avoided the national champion, runner-up Stanford will come to town with Cal in tow for games on the 17th and 20th. Whether Senior Day will come on Sunday the 20th or on the actual last home game of the season is yet to be determined. Louisville will host Boston College on Thursday the 24th at a time not yet announced. The Cards fell to Notre Dame 0-3 last year and drew BC 1-1. They did not play the former PAC-12 schools.

Louisville closes the season with yet another national semifinalist when they hit the road to take on Clemson. The Tigers lost to FSU in the Final Four and were the second highest ACC finisher in the RPI last season. The Cards didn't have any answers for Clemson last season, as the Tigers took a 3-0 home victory. Why Louisville is playing in Clemson, South Carolina for the second year in a row is beyond me. That game will be on Halloween night.

I haven't seen whether or not the league will expand the conference tournament in response to adding three members. It would seem prudent, but the ACC makes very odd decisions. If they don't, Louisville will struggle mightily to finish in the top third of the league. Even if they expand to eight teams, the Cards would be up against it. A 12-team conference tournament with the top-4 receiving buys would make the most sense, but see previous statement about ACC decision making. It all kicks off (pun intended) in a month and a half, so I'll be looking forward to seeing you out there.

Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast

I'm finally back in the chair today after a long time away. We'll have almost a full house, but Racing Louisville's noon start will have Jared occupied. There has been plenty of news over the last few weeks that we'll be able to discuss, so be sure to join us for the joy and excitement of Louisville women's athletics. 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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Until next time, Go Cards!


Friday, June 14, 2024


Four Cards Currently on Active Rosters

We're a few weeks into the WNBA season and several former Louisville Cardinals are currently active for their respective teams. Here's how these players have fared.

Dana Evans, Chicago Sky

One of the more well-known graduates from Louisville, Evans has played a crucial role for her team. In 11 games played, Evans is averaging 27.8 minutes per game. She's posted strong numbers with 9.9 points per game, 1.5 rebounds per game, 3.9 assists per game, and 1.4 steals per game. The Sky are currently 4-7.

Liz Dixon, Phoenix Mercury

Dixon is another recent graduate from Louisville, having been with the program during the pandemic. So far, she has played a reserve role averaging 12.4 minutes per game. Dixon has contributed so far with 2.5 points per game, 3.2 rebounds per game, and 0.8 assists per game. The Mercury are currently 6-6.

Emily Engstler, Washington Mystics

Having played only one season with Louisville, Engstler is the only one on this list that did not play all or most of her career with the Cards. Engstler has moved around the league some and is now on her third team. Washington is slowly easing her into the normal rotation as she has averaged 6.9 minutes per game across seven games. She is averaging 1.9 points per game, 2.1 rebounds per game, and 0.7 assists per game. The Mystics are currently 1-12.

Myisha Hines-Allen, Washington Mystics

A veteran to the WNBA at this point, Hines-Allen has proven to be a reliable contributor during her career with Washington. She is seeing 17.7 minutes per game, right on par with her career. Hines-Allen is averaging 7.3 points per game, 4.2 rebounds per game, 2.3 assists per game, and 0.7 steals per game.

There are several other former Cardinals who are free agents.

AD (formerly known as Asia Durr)- most recently with the Atlanta Dream.
Jazmine Jones- most recently with the Washington Mystics.
Arica Carter- most recently played overseas, most recent WNBA team is Phoenix Mercury.
Kiki Jefferson- most recently with the Minnesota Lynx.
Kianna Smith- most recently played overseas, most recent WNBA team is Connecticut Sun.
Kylee Shook- most recently with the New York Liberty.
Sam Fuehring- currently playing overseas, most recent WNBA team is Washington Mystics.

With just 12 teams in the WNBA, trying to maintain a career playing in the states is a tall task. With the expansion to 14 teams next season, we hope to see more former Cards playing in the pros. The 2025 expansion teams will be located in Toronto and Golden State (San Francisco).

Happy Friday and Go Cards!

Thursday, June 13, 2024


Good morning readers, its Daryl here a day early this week. Appreciate Jared once again for switching it up to accommodate me.  

UofL had a staff appreciation lunch this week and i won this sweet Lamar Jackson tshirt in a raffle after playing a bunch of yard games around the SAC.   It was a nice gesture for the university to gather new and tenured employees from administrators, to physical plant, to deans and even some new faces around athletics.  

Women's Basketball

Louisville women's basketball program announced Wednesday afternoon that they will face the Oklahoma Sooners in the ACC/SEC Challenge this winter at the KFC Yum! Center on December 4, 2024.   Tip off time and channel are still TBD.
This will be the third all-time matchup between Louisville and Oklahoma and the Cardinals hold a 2-0 advantage in the series history.    The first matchup is when the two teams faced off in the 2009 Final Four in St. Louis. Louisville overcame a halftime deficit to defeat the Sooners and reach their first national championship game in program history. The second matchup came in the 2013 Preseason WNIT Final and the Cardinals came away with an overtime win in Norman.

Most Cardinal fans will look at this matchup and immediately see the draw... a highly anticipated player suddenly decided to transfer midseason a few years back unfortunately for the Louisville program.  I know many of us at Cardinal Couple were excited to have Payton Verhulst in a Cardinals uniform and we got a glimpse of some potential greatness for us and we were really sad to see her go but of course we wished her well in her endeavors.   

In last year's ACC/SEC matchup against the Ole Miss Rebels, UofL won on the road 64-58. the Cards were powered by a 22 points third quarter and got the win for the ACC on the road, 1 of 4 teams to win on the road.   The first year of the challenge finished with an even split as both conferences came away with seven wins.

Wednesday, Dec. 4
Florida State at Tennessee
Mississippi State at Georgia Tech
Oklahoma at Louisville
Vanderbilt at Miami
Syracuse at Texas A&M
Virginia Tech at Georgia

Thursday, Dec. 5

Boston College at Arkansas
Alabama at Cal
Florida at Clemson
Duke at South Carolina
Kentucky at North Carolina
Ole Miss at NC State
Texas at Notre Dame
SMU at Missouri
Stanford at LSU
Auburn at Virginia

It looks pretty weird to see Oklahoma, Cal and Stanford on the slate but i am really looking forward to this matchup next season.  We are excited to welcome Payton back to the Yum Center, I hope she plays well but if I still want the Cards to win!     

As Always, 
Go Cards!


Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Former Cardinals WSOC star Callie McKinney handling the job as head coach of Bellarmine -- WEDNESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


The rise of Callie McKinney's soccer accomplishments off the field and at Bellarmine  since her playing days at Louisville have been meteoric, to say the least. From her playing days as a midfielder for the Cards in 2019, just five years later...McKinney is now the head coach of Bellarmine's Women's Soccer program. She arrived at Bellarmine in 2020 as a graduate assistant and was promoted to an assistant coach in 2021. 

Bellarmine was 4-9-5 in 2023, ending the season on a five-game losing streak. Those final three losses were at Owsley B Fraizer Stadium in Louisville on the Bellarmine campus, and it was clear that the program needed a change from head coach Paul Babbe The season had started with wins over three DI schools, but ended poorly for the Knights. 

(McKinley from her Louisville playing days)

McKinney, from Franklin, TN , played in 72 games at UofL ,..with 67 starts from 2015-2019. She also played professionally in 2019 with the Nashville Rhythm.

Bellarmine participates in the ASUN Conference .a 12 team conference with a wide range of schools.  Eastern Kentucky University and Austin Peay University in this area.are ASUN members... along with Bellarmine and Bellarmne went 1-7-3 in conference play in 2023. 

The Louisville women's soccer squad will face Bellarmine tn Lynn Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 15th..the Knights second game of the season.  

Bellarmine has no listing of any of McKinney's assistants yet...there are no former UofL or Louisville area players on the Knights roster for 2024, but several played are listed from nearby South Oldham High School (Crestwood) and New Albany (Indiana). . 

The Cards are 6-0 against Bellarmine lifetime in women's soccer but the two schools haven't met since 2004. The Cards will also face EKU in 2024, another ASUN member. 

We always love to see former Cardinals rise to new heights in their careers, and McKinney is one we are certainly proud of.  We wish her best of luck at Bellarmine in her new role. 


Tuesday, June 11, 2024


Happy Tuesday, everyone! I enjoyed a rare day off yesterday. Katy and I spent the weekend traveling for a wedding and baby shower and then got to celebrate our first anniversary yesterday. It's crazy it's already been a year!

We still have a couple months before fall sports start up, but after having a month off already, I'm ready to get back into the swing of things. The three major fall sports we cover at Louisville are volleyball, field hockey, and soccer. Each of these three sports is in a different chapter of their respective programs and therefore should have different goals for the upcoming season. Here's what the goal for each team should be. Also, keep n mnd that Daryl is going to be doing extensive women's gold coverage too. 

Women's Soccer

Photo courtesy of GoCards

Louisville women's soccer is coming off a 4-9-5 season where they failed to make the ACC Tournament or NCAA Tournament. They have not finished above .500 since 2019 and have three winning seasons in the last decade. They qualified for the postseason in two of those years but failed to win a conference tournament game either time. The Cards did win one NCAA Tournament in 2019, but that has been their best season since leaving the Big East.

The 2024 schedule was just announced yesterday but the roster hasn't been fully updated yet. Karsyn Cherry, Lizzie Sexton, and Erynn Floyd are the top performers returning from last season. With a lack of recent success, the goal for women's soccer is as simple as it can get: advance to the postseason. Asking for both ACC Tournament and NCAA Tournament births should be pretty simple, but let's start with at least one or the other for now.

Field Hockey

Photo courtesy of GoCards

Louisville field hockey has found plenty of success under head coach Justine Sowry. Louisville has won 12 games or more dating back through the 2012 season. Field hockey typically plays between 18-20 games in the regular season and the Cards typically have a top 15 strength of schedule, so that type of performance and success is hard to have year after year. Louisville has one Final Four appearance back in the slightly-altered 2020 COVID-19 season. Typically, Louisville has struggled in the NCAA Tournament, falling in the opening round more times than not.

We are waiting for the 2024 schedule to be released, but the roster is pretty much solidified with the exception of the incoming freshmen class. Key returners include Aimee Plumb, Chloe Plumb, Mia Duchars, Izzy Bianco. With plenty of veteran leadership on this team, asking for at least one win in both the ACC Tournament and NCAA Tournament is a reachable goal.


Photo courtesy of GoCards

Since the arrival of Dani Busboom Kelly, Louisville volleyball has reached new heights. The Cards have made three straight Elite Eights and a pair of Final Fours in the last three years. Louisville continuously finds themselves hanging out in the top five rankings. Even before the DBK days, Louisville was no stranger to ACC titles or making the NCAA Tournament, but we've reached the point of bowing out early in the tournament would be considered a letdown.

We already know the fall schedule and team roster. Nearly the entire regular rotation returned from last year. The schedule is once again brutal with matches against Pitt, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Nebraska, Stanford, Tennessee, Florida State, Creighton, and Wisconsin. Sink or swim is the theme this season. Louisville opens the season at the KFC Yum! Center in the AVCA First Serve Showcase. They could easily close out the season in the same arena. If the Cards can earn one of the top four seeds in the NCAA Tournament, then their entire path to an NCAA Championship would be downtown at the Yum!. In fact, with the success of the program the last few years and the talent of this year's team, a national championship is the goal without question.

We plan to have plenty of coverage for these three sports when August rolls around.

Happy Tuesday and Go Cards!


Monday, June 10, 2024

Elif Istanbulluoglu battles on...--MONDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


Elif Istanbulluoglu was one of the biggest, pleasurable new addition surprises concerning the Louisville women's basketball this past season. She played in all of Louisville WBB's 34 games and was a starter twice. She saw about 12 minutes a game and averaged almost four points a contest. Fans were drawn to her right away and she was always ready to respond to the call. 

She is also diabetic. 

Seven years ago, she and her parents were told of the condition,  so ,in addition to the strenuous exercise she must go through to battle on the court, she has the added pressures of watching blood sugar, diet and the other things that a diabetic lives with daily. And, Elif is doing it far from her home. 

She has learned to master it and not make it an over-rulng fctor in her life. She comments: 

 "I think it is very important to include sports in a diabetic lifestyle. Being an athletes requires following certain rules and discipline, just as diabetes management does. When I blend the disciplines of these two factors, a very easy and healthy lifestyle is created for meI." 

She isn't willing to give up and believes athletics and conditionng are a good thing for diabetics. 

We are lucky to have such a talented and dedicated young student-athlete at the Unversuty of Lousville and look forward to seeing her star continue to rise. 

Only 3.3 % of the total NCAA college student athletes deal with either Type1 or Type II Diabetes.  And these are self reported cases. How do you know you might need to be checked for diabetes? Here are some signs...

** Increased thirst and increased urination.**

** fatigue, blurred vision** 

**slow healing sores** 

 ** increased tingling in the hands or feet.**

 If you suspect you or a friend or loved one might be diabetic,  have a health care professioal give you a oral glucose tolerance test. 

Elif was the first of my interviews when UofL WBB had Media Day last year and that interview is still availalbe for listening here at this link... (Mobley and Istanbulluoglu).

We, here at Cardinal Couple, wish her the best of voluntary summer training work outs and "the Elf" will be counted on to be a leader and strong force on Jeff Walz's  2024-25 Cardinals WBB squad. 


Sunday, June 9, 2024

Track & FIeld Results

 Track & Field Results

As the NCAA Track & Field Championships came to a close yesterday, we officially close the book on the University of Louisville's athletic events.  Technically, the season turns over on July 1, but there are no events scheduled between now and then.  The composite calendar does list the US Olympic trials for track & field in a bit less than two weeks, but that, as the name would imply, is not an NCAA, and thus not an official University event.  We will, of course, keep our eyes on it for the possibility that some UofL athletes make the cut.

Two UofL women were competing yesterday.  As Case mentioned in his article yesterday, Jayden Ulrich took aim at her second event, the discus throw, and placed well.  Flinging the disc 63.05m, which translates to 206 feet 10 inches, Ulrich placed 2nd in the event, earning her a second First Team All-American honor in the process.

Ulrich becomes the first Louisville woman to place top five in multiple events at the NCAA Championships.

Also competing at the Championships was Soledad Jean in the high jump.  She completed 1.72m, five feet seven and three quarters inches, for a 23rd place finish.

The two competitors brought Louisville to an overall 22nd place finish on the women's side of the competition which is a program best, both in finish position, and points total.

Anna Stevenson Gets Olympic Alternate Nod

Anna Hall, nee Stevenson, was tabbed as an alternate for the USWNT roster for the Olympics in Paris.  I believe only one of the alternates will get to travel to Paris to be available to be added to the roster in the case of a player injury.  When that person will be named is unclear.

In the meantime, Stevie, a nickname she picked up here at Louisville, will be in the gym with the full team practicing with them and helping the overall team improve.

The middles that were named to the main roster are:
Haleigh Washington (Penn State)
Dana Rettke (Wisconsin)
Chiaka Ogbogu (Texas)

Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast

Paulie and I kicked it old school yesterday, with just the two of us like it was back in the days in the basement on a hill.

We discussed the track & field goings on, went on at some length about various coaching and assistant coaching roles, including a rumor of a new assistant here at UofL.  We also talked about the new event added to the Volleyball calendar - the AVCA First Serve Showcase, as well as the usual shenanigans and randomness.

I just got the podcast posted a few minutes ago at the time of this writing, so if it hasn't propagated across podcast systems widely yet, give it a few minutes and it should show up.

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Saturday, June 8, 2024

Ulrich Still Seeking Championship -- SATURDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Ulrich Places 4th in Shot Put

Jayden Ulrich won't be Louisville's first double national champion, but she'll still have a chance to be the first female Cardinal to place in the top-five in two separate events at the same national championship meet. Ulrich placed fourth in the shot put on Thursday evening with a throw of 17.89m (58'-8 1/2"). Her throw was not a personal best, but even her PB couldn't have touched Jaida Ross from Oregon, who threw 19.57m (64'-2 1/2"). Ross also holds the collegiate record, which she set last month, of 20.01m (65'-7 3/4"). That's a long way to throw a heavy ball. While it wasn't the goal, fourth is still a very impressive finish and earns First-Team All-American honors.

Ulrich will look to defend her spot atop the leaderboard in discus later this evening. That event is scheduled to begin at 5:05pm ET today. 

Natalie Lark also competed Thursday evening, but unfortunately failed to set a height in the women's pole vault. By qualifying for the national meet for the first time in her career, Lark earned an Honorable Mention All-American spot. The junior will look to get back to the event next season. 

Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast

It'll be an old school show for you today, as Paulie and Jeff take the (digital) airwaves. With the other three of us out for various reasons (I'd like to be able to talk without pain sometime soon), it will be a return to the basement on the hill and the origins of the Cardinal Couple Radio Hour. Paulie and Jeff will bring you all the joy and excitement of UofL women's athletics that they can find now that we're in the full midst of the summer slump.  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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Until next time, Go Cards!