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Sunday, September 4, 2011



-Volleyball downs Eastern Illinois & Wichita State

-Field Hockey beats Davidson

-Women's Basketball ranked #7

Good Sunday morning, Cardinal Couple readers! David Watson here. I'll be manning the laptop for the next two days while Paul and Sonja enjoy the Labor Day weekend. Paul wanted me to make sure and report on volleyball and field hockey today and he also forwarded me a questionable article on the pre-season top 10 women's basketball rankings by College Sports Madness.

So, let's get to it!


Volleyball dominates Cardinal Crowne Plaza Classic

The skills of Lola Arslanbekova should be abudently evident to any UofL Volleyball fan. She put out a reminder to anyone who had any doubts yesterday in Cardinal Arena. UofL swept Eastern Illinois 25-12, 25-17 and 25-15 in the first of two matches yesterday and then disposed of Wichita State 25-20, 21-25, 25-17 and 25-16.

Arslanbeckova had 44 kills against the two Cardinal opponents. Both her and Brooke Mattingly were selected to the all-tournament team. With the sweep the Cards are now 5-1 on the season and they'll take I-64 to Lexington Wednesday to face arch-rival UK at 7 p.m.


Field Hockey rips Davidson 5-3

The Cards got a big effort from Hayley Turner Saturday afternoon with two scores and used a strong second half to oust the Wildcats by two at Davidson. Haley Jurich, Erin Schneidtmiller and Kaitlyn Soucy added goals for the Cards.

Louisville led 2-1 at halftime, despite being outshot by the Wildcats 9-8.

Turner's two goals came in the final half. She got penalty goal assists from Mallory Mason and Heather Stevens to give the Cards a 3-2 lead and an assist from Caitlin Collins to end the scoring with less than a minute to go.

UofL (2-1) travels to #11 Wake Forest for a Sunday game next .


College Sports Madness has released their Top 10 preseason poll and placed the Lady Cards  WBB #7 in the nation. Their top 10 is:

1) Baylor
2) Notre Dame
3) Tennessee
4) Connecticut
5) Stanford
6) Texas A&M
8) Duke
9) Georgetown
10) LSU

Four BIG EAST schools and the Cards will face five of the top ten listed. Here is their synopsis of Walz Ball.

7. Louisville 22-13
Synopsis:  Shoni Schimmel at point guard and Monique Reid are the key components that will be driving this group of five returning starters in Louisville. A highly motivated squad is expected to take the floor come October when practice begins in earnest. The loss at Gonzaga is one that Coach Jeff Walz will have his charges prepared for as long as the returning players have a highly productive off season.

OK, it's obvious the writer here knows about as much about Lady Cards women's hoops as my pet beagle does. We all expect Shoni to make the transition to shooting guard, Keisha Hines has graduated so five returning starters is wrong and the highly publicized and documented trip to Oregon and Canada just flew over the writer's head. I especially love the cryptic statement at the end about Walz having his charges ready...for a loss at Gonzaga? Who is this writing...a 1-800 psychic?  Nostradamus?

We'll wait for a few more credible magazine and publication reports that know women's college basketball before we go with this website's prediction. No mention of the powerhouse freshman class or Cierra Warren? College Sports Madness may be the right moniker for this venue - the writer appears to be either senile or gone mad. I'm surprised that he got the coach right...

You can read the entire article at I recommend you go out for ice cream instead.

1 comment:

  1. fyi: Cards are preseason No. 9 in Sporting News Magazine.


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