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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Volleyball sweeps Alumnae...Field Hockey falls at Iowa....Dream block out the Sun


-Alumnae give Volleyball Cards a tough match

-Field Hockey Cards drop exhibition in Iowa

-Atlanta defeat the Sun...Rematch today

The University of Louisville volleyball team welcomed alumnae back to Cardinal Arena Saturday night for the annual Alumnae exhibition and swept the grads in three straight sets 25-17, 25-14 and 25-15.

"It was a great night and I am so excited to see all the alumnae from different eras get together and have so much fun. Our main change is to reach out and connect with all the former players who built our tradition." head Volleyball coach Anne Kordes commented after the match. "We had conference champions, Sweet Sixteen players, All-Conference, All-Americans and professional players in the gym tonight and we understand and appreciate what they built here at the University of Louisville."

Lola Arslanbeckova led the Cardinal attack with 11 kills and Caitin Welch added 13 digs.

Louisville begins the regular season in Atlanta this Friday when they'll play against Tennessee Tech in the Georgia Tech Courtyard Classic.


Justine Sowry debuted the 2011 Field Hockey Cards in Iowa for an exhibition match against the Hawkeyes but fell 2-1. The Cards trailed 1-0 at the half and didn't score until freshman Katlyn Soucy got an unassisted goal with just three minutes remaining for the final score of the game.

"Iowa is a tough Big Ten opponent who in the spring game gave us a lesson on how to play field hockey." Sowry said. "Today we were ready for them and played tough for 85 minutes. Although they had more possessions of the ball, we were able to develop our units all over the field."

Junior goalkeeper Erin Conrad had nine saves in the scrimmage. Iowa dominated the offensive starts with a 17-5 advantage in shots and 8-1 in penalty corners.

"There were so many positives from this game that I am really not concerned with the result." Sowry added. "We competed with one of the most improved teams in the country. We chose to rest some of our key players today, but on the flip side, we were able to play 17 players -including five freshmen- which is going to be invaluable as we move toward the opening weekend and beyond." 

The team is back in Louisville for an exhibition game against the Alumnae today at 2 p.m.


A three pointer by Sancho Lyttle...just her second of the season...tied the Atlanta Dream game against the Connecticut Sun with just 12.2 second left in regulation. The Dream took control of the overtime period and downed Connecticut 94-88 in Philips Arena in Atlanta. 
Angel with another big effort with 26 points and 12 boards. Lindsey Harding added 21, Lyttle 20 and Erika DeSouza 12 for the Dream...who have have won 10 out of their last thirteen.

The two teams square off again today in Connecticut at Mohegan Sun Arena at 5 p.m
Atlanta (13-12) forced the Sun into 21 turnovers in the win that led to 25 Dream points....including a costly miscue late in regulation by Kalana Greene that led to the Dream's tying possession. 


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