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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Sandy is again struggling to keep up with this week's laundry


(Staff columnist Sandy Walker takes us on her weekly journey through the world of women's sports at UofL other relevant things. Make sure and stop by to see her at the Central Cardinal Club holiday boutique and fashion style show Tues., Oct.16th. at the PNC Club at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium along with other members of the CARDINAL COUPLE staff.) 



It is a messy, messy time of year with multiple weather temperature changes and periodic rain that keeps the dirty clothes piling up.   In addition, add all of the extra clothing needs due to all of the recruiting traveling going on from in house visits and official visits


We are at the crossroads where basketball activity is busy. For the fan, though, there are no games to attend.  There are only lots of internet rumblings and gossip about recruits visits and reactions to them -- both their official visit to the schools and at their homes.  Those of us who are eagerly awaiting the season’s first game find ourselves, while trying to fill in the building excitement, seeking out any piece of information to be found.  I hear that Jenny is
even bribing Coco to hide out in the stalls of various women’s restrooms and listen for new pieces of recruiting information.   

The recent and upcoming visitors, as well as other young ladies that Jeff is seeking can in the future become known as Louisville’s trail blazers

 and a member of a historical break out recruiting class or they can choose to individually be known as just another of the followers of early greats from other schools.   To all of those who sign on, welcome aboard and hang on as it is going to be a great ride as you make your own history!

( Editor note: Co-Co reports that Jeff Walz is in Springfield, Oregon today...visiting a potential Lady Card. Maserati, Lexus,!)

Sunday was the home visit of Emmonnie Henderson, where it was reported as a great visit, while Mercedes home visit was reported to have been on Tuesday as she was definitely saving the best visit for last.  Her expected official Louisville trip set for October 26.  One of our weekend visitors, Alex Harris – another post player -  committed to Penn State over Louisville & Michigan so my dual post game plan seems to be in tatters.   Included in the report is that Duke was also visiting Kentucky’s Becca Greenwell last night. Wonder what Jo Ann is telling recruits these days. Anyone with updates to these or other recruits information,   please feel free to send in comments.

Reminder of the Tip off Luncheon:
The annual Tip Off Luncheon is set for Tuesday October 23 with doors opening at 11:15 am.  The event will be held at the YUM! Center and was a sold out event last year so get your ticket reservations in as soon as possible.   University of Louisville women's basketball coach Jeff Walz will again be the featured speaker with team members also present (who are not in class).  Tickets for the event are $30 each on a first come, first serve basis.  You can call the U of L special events office at (502) 852-0706. See you there.

Pre-Season Rankings:
Lindy’s Sports picks UL women pre-season number 6. 

As long as several of the players are able to make a speedy enough recovery from earlier injuries they will maintain and improve upon the ranking.  Otherwise, I have total confidence in their ability to do as well or better as the season progresses.


The Louisville women's golf team will host the annual Cardinal Cup Monday, Sept. 17 and Tuesday, Sept. 18 at the Cardinal Club in Simpsonville, Ky. The Cardinals will host UTC, ETSU, UNC Wilmington, Illinois State, James Madison, Akron, Cincinnati, Maryland, Georgia State, Missouri, Bradley, UNC Greensboro, Charleston Southern and Rollins College for a 15-team field with 12 individuals also competing.

The teams will play 36 holes on Monday with an 8:40 a.m. shotgun start and 18 holes on Tuesday with an 8:40 a.m. shotgun start.  Information is directly from the University’s Official Golf Page located at

Golf Tournament Update:
The University of Louisville women's golf team leads the field with a score of 591 after two rounds in the Cardinal Cup held at the Cardinal Club Course in Simpsonville. The Cardinals shot a 294 in the first round and a 297 in the second round to move up four spots to take the lead. Cincinnati is currently second with a score of 596. Missouri and Georgia State are tied for third with a score of 599. Sophomore Emily Haas currently leads the field.



It is possible that this season on Glee we will be seeing authentic Louisville Cheerleading uniforms and swag.  The producers of the show have requested items for main character Santana, played by actress Naya Rivera.  Last season she announced that “she was headed to the Derby City after receiving a full cheerleading scholarship to U of L. The show also gave a shout-out to the Cardinals during the episode, saying the school has one of the top cheerleading programs in the country”.

Cheerleader Basic Requirements:

·         Incoming freshman ARE eligible to try out.
·         Transfer students with a minimum GPA of 2.0 are eligible to try out.
·         Current U of L students must be enrolled full-time (12 hours) to be eligible to try out.
·         Try-out packet must be submitted at the first round of auditions with a $40 fee.
·         There is NOT a point system. The coach makes the final team selections after advisement from current and/or former captains.



Lola Arslanbekova was selected as the Louisville Student-Athlete of the Week.
Louisville wins the Louisville Invitational by beating Miami and Lola with 21 kills and nine digs was voted as MVP. Teammates Kaitlynn James and Brooke Mattingly join her on the all-tournament team. U of L now has three wins over schools that   should win their respective conferences Check out for details.

Volleyball Promotions
Friday Sept 21 at 7:00 is Alumni Night at the YUM! Center.  Members of the UL alumni association can gain entry to the game against DePaul for $2.00. The squad is #10 in the nation in the latest Volleyball poll. 
Also: Post Game against Notre Dame on September 23 (2:00 match) there will be Post Match Youth Clinic.  This is a free volleyball clinic for K-8 kids which will be held on the court after the game by the staff and team.  Waivers are needed.  Additional information can be found at   Autographs from the team will be available after the clinic to participants.


Louisville Soccer moves up to 10th in the Nation. 
Behind first half goals from Courtney Holtz and Charlyn Corral,
 Charlyn Corral
Courtney Holtz                                 
The Louisville women's soccer team earned a 2-0 road victory over DePaul on Sunday afternoon at Wish Field.  With the win, the Cardinals improved to 6-2-0 overall and 1-1-0 in BIG EAST Conference action, while the Blue Demons dropped to 5-4-1 on the season and 1-1-0 in league games with the loss.


Also come check out Louisville forward Christine Exeter who last year was named BIG EAST Offensive player of the year. She is recently back on the UL field after playing for the Canadian FIFA U-20 World Cup games.



Big East Softball Champs were honored at Saturday’s UL football game.  


While I am aware that Nationals stockcar racing with NASCAR is not a University of Louisville women’s sporting activity – In this 40th anniversary year of Title IX I could not resist a shout out to Brad Sweet who on Saturday drove car # 38 in the Nationwide Series Dollar General 300 and helped to remind us there are still all too many folks out there that just can’t handle dealing with females who are attempting to be as successful as others in formerly all male dominated sports.   It is sad but on Saturday, while a lap down from the leaders, Brad blocked Danica Patrick for a number of laps and did not allow a standard courtesy pass until it was too late for her to challenge moving from the 12 spot to possibly a top 10 finish.  Way to go Brad! 


Cardinal Couple has been invited to set up a booth at this year’s Central Cardinal Club Holiday Boutique and Fashion Show. The event takes place Tuesday, Oct. 16th. from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the PNC Club at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.  There are a lot of neat silent auction items available for viewing or to place a bid on. Paul and Sonja will be distributing flyers and business cards, talking women's sports with whoever stops by. and offering people a chance to register for a piece of Cardinal memorabilia that we're giving away. Others of us who periodically contribute to the blog will be dropping by also.  If I can’t get finished with my laundry I can always bring it with me to hang dry.

There will be a silent auction, holiday shopping , a lunch Buffet ($16 per person), fashion show, free wine tasting throughout the day and dinner buffet ($20 per person). All proceeds benefit the Cardinal Athletic Fund and UofL  Athletics. For information call 502-649-2638 e-mail


                                                             SHE'S OUR ANGEL 

Angel McCoughtry made a 2nd quarter apperance at the UofL v UNC football game wearing her Olympic Gold Medal and getting a massive, standing ovation from the 55,000 in attendance. She also tailgated in the lot with Cardinal fans before the game and all this after leading her Atlanta Dream squad to a victory Friday night. 

The Dream is firmly ensconced in third place in the WNBA Eastern Division and will begin playoff battles after two more regular season tilts.  


  1. Volleyball is a top ten program this year. They'll handle the BIG EAST easily.

    1. At the risk of feeding into a potential overconfident attitude..."yeah, probably." I think we do need to watch out for Notre Dame, though. They're 7-5 at this point, I believe, but their non-conference schedule has been absolutely brutal. That win-loss record may be a bit misleading.

      Also, alas, that also means that our conference play won't help our RPI much, so all that they can do is to make sure they come out firing on all cylinders and keep winning. Really can't worry about anything else.

  2. Hats off to Lady Cards junior Shoni Schimmel, named as one of 25 players on the pre-season Wade Trophy watch list.

  3. Go get Mercedes, Coach Walz!

    Curtis Franklin

  4. Would someone be so kind as to identify each of the Lady Cards in the photo at the top of today's page - there's a few I don't recognize.

    1. forgot what Bria and Sara look like? It'd probably be easier if you indicated which ones you aren't sure of...there's a lot of girls in that photo!



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