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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Cards fall to Cats in Volleyball...Dream still rolling...


-Cats down Cards in volleyball

-Atlanta beats Sun behind Angel's 35

-Angel loses her shoes

Tough night for the Anne Kordes coached UofL Volleyball team in Lexington Wednesday the Wildcats sweep the Cards in straight sets 25-22, 26-24 and 25-11. Not a lot of positive to take out of this one - UK's superior height advantage on the front line kept the Cards at bay on kill attempts...Gwen Rucker leading the way with only 7.

The Cards fell behind early in game one to UK but managed to get a 6-5 lead after a Rucker kill and tie the contest at 15-15 before UK went on a 5-0 run and held on for the 25-22 first game win.

Louisville jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in game two but UK rallied to take a 7-5 advantage. The Cards kept it close the rest of the way....actually regaining the lead at 24-23 and being a point away from securing the second game. UK would have none of it though, and captured the final three points of the contest to take a 26-24 victory and go up 2-0 on UofL.

Despite grabbing a 3-1 advantage in the final contest, UofL could not keep the big Wildcat hitters at bay and saw Kentucky (6-2) tie the contest at 4-4 and then go on a 7-1 run to breeze out to a 11-5 lead. The Cats increased upon that the rest of the way...leading 18-8, 20-10 and capturing five out of the final six points for the lopsided UK win to take game, set and match.

UK's tall front line kept Cardinal stars Lola Arslanbekova and Emily Juhl stifled for most of the night...the Cards managed only 28 kills in the three games...compared to UK's 49....and the Cats recorded 22 blocks, Louisville 8.

The Cards (5-2) head to Ohio next for a Friday evening match against Ohio U. in the Bobcat Classic.


Atlanta stays on a hot streak...the Dream downed the Connecticut Sun 85-74 Tuesday night behind the 35 point effort of #35 Angel McCoughtry.

"She was superb." Atlanta coach Marynell Meadows said. "When the stakes are high, she's at her best. She's played well against Connecticut. She's shot the ball very well every time we've played them. She's just really a great player." 

With the loss, Connecticut (20-13) dropped a game behind first place Indiana in the WNBA Eastern Division. The Dream (19-14) rest in third place...half a game ahead of fourth place New York. The New York Liberty will have a lot to say about the final standings in the East...they host Indiana on Friday and go to Connecticut Sunday. The Dream face Indiana Sunday in Atlanta to close out the regular season. A New York sweep could push them past the Dream...if the Dream loses to Indiana.


Speaking of the talented Ms. sure to check out this cute video linked below of Angel playing a nine year old girl for her shoes in a game of 'HORSE'. The young lady drew the honor of playing Angel when her mother won an auction designed to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness. Thanks to CARDINAL COUPLE reader Jeff for the find... The link:

(Let's hope Coach Walz doesn't catch this clip....he'll have #35 on the next plane to Louisville practicing shooting drills and running the steps at the KFC YUM! Center.Either that...or he has his first recruit for the class of 2020...)

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