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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Tuesday Cardinal Couple -- It's Raining Women's Sport Activites


We have a special treat for you this Tuesday with a "two-fer" on articles. We begin with Sandy's laundry day...and she takes us on a merry ride through the spin cycle with her always informative and comprehensive look at Cardinal Womens' sports and beyond. Following her article is Jeff McAdams article on Volleyball.

It's like being in the same room with Cletus and Co-Co at the same time...OK, maybe not that dramatic...but a good thing..nevertheless!

Today’s Laundry Instructions and Tips from Sandy

Machine Wash, Normal
Garment may be laundered through the use of hottest available water, detergent or soap, agitation, and a machine designed for this purpose.
Machine Wash, Cold
Initial water temperature should not exceed 30C or 65 to 85F.
Machine Wash, Warm
Initial water temperature should not exceed 40C or 105F.
Machine Wash, Hot
Initial water temperature should not exceed 50C or 120F.
Machine Wash, Hot
Initial water temperature should not exceed 60C or 140F.
Machine Wash, Hot
Initial water temperature should not exceed 70C or 160F.
Machine Wash, Hot
Initial water temperature should not exceed 95C or 200F.

Congratulations to the 14-2 and  12th nationally ranked Volleycards whose win against Pitt at Pitt on Sunday was their 6th sweep (25-18, 25-12, 25-22) of the season.  The win also avenges last year’s loss at home against the Panthers and their first sweep of Pitt since 2008. 

Emily Juhl (formerly of Louisville’s Sacred Heart High School)
Emily Juhl contributed 9 kills and no errors which matched her season’s personal best.  Lola Arslanbekova continued her impressive season her 8th straight match with 10 or more kills while Brooke Mattingly and former Card basketball player Gwen Rucker each had 7 kills and 7 blocks shared between them.   Caitlin Welch (formerly of Louisville’s Mercy High School) lead all players with 18 digs.

                                                                                    The win is particularly impressive as Saturday was spent traveling from Tampa after their Friday night 3-1 win over the  University of South Florida Bulls who had won 7 of their last 8 matches.

Caitlin Welch

Their next match is at home on October 6 against Seton Hall and is being played at Cardinal Arena. The match starts at 12:00.  This is followed by  KFC YUM! Center matches on the 7th and 8th against Rutgers then Texas.

Yesterday the NCAA released this season's first RPI standings and gave UL a 4th seed.   The RPI (Ratings Percentage Index) is based on strength of both a team's winning percentage and strength of schedule.   To date Louisville  has 6 WINS over Top 50 RPI teams (6-2): Purdue (10), Kentucky (17), Miami (23), WesternKY (31), Duke (37), Illinois (43).   These rankings are used to determine post season seeding.  With the NCAA semi finals and finals being played in the Louisville YUM! Center we would love to see our team in those games.
Finally!!!  The Season Begins

Monday was the first day of basketball practice.  Let the games begin.
The week of September 21 brought the women’s basketball coaching staffs from Tennessee and Louisville to the homes of Mercedes Russell and Emmonnie Henderson.  The seniors are set to make a return trip to both schools this month.  Sydney Brackemyre and others are still in the mix.   The more the merrier, we will happily take them all.
Cardinal Arena Graphics
New 2012-2013 team graphics are up in Cardinal Arena.  Check them out in person at the upcoming volleyball game held at 12:00 this Saturday at the arena but in the meantime take a sneak peak at Coach Sam’s tweet .
Angel Update

Last Monday, the WNBA awarded Angel McCoughtry the 2012 WNBA Peak Performer Award for leading the league in scoring at 21.4 points per game. She also led the league in steals this season.
Extra Dirty Laundry Being Aired in the Courts
The associated press reports, as most following the story have expected, Former Tennessee Lady Vols media director (of 35 years) Debby Jennings has filed a lawsuit against the University of Tennessee and athletic director Dave Hart alleging that age and sex discrimination led to her forced retirement.  In May, Mr. Hart had released the statement “I concluded that she was insubordinate, disrespectful and fostered an atmosphere of negativity and division." 

At the moment we have a case of he said, she said which unfortunately will take more than a bottle of bleach to clean up. I don’t think it is possible to regularly cover and comment on any segment of women’s sports without at least acknowledging the ongoing internal battle between these parties as it represents many other such battles which have occurred throughout the history of women’s sports. 

A single hierarchy of administrators for both men’s and women’s college athletics is the norm throughout the nation and I personally believe that the consolidation of Tennessee’s departments would have occurred long ago without Pat Summitt’s undisputed strength and power base within the UT system.  With the combined tragic loss of Pat as the women’s head coach (and after this 1 year contract, the ending of her head coach emeritus position) and the financial difficulties being experienced by the schools athletic department, consolidation was inevitable. Ms. Jennings charges also state that 12 of the 15 employees laid off as part of the consolidation of the men’s and women’s athletic department’s were female and of the current athletic departments 23 executive staff and senior administrative staff level positions, only three of the positions are now staffed with women and none are African American. 

The associated press story can be found at:  Regardless of the outcome of the litigation (historically these types of fights result in a bit of truth and a bit of exaggeration alleged from both parties with no one really winning), a reading of the 40+ page Complaint includes an interesting history of women’s sports at the University of Tennessee.  A link to the complete complaint can be found at  or .

The soccer team traveled to South Florida and came away with the equivalent of kissing your sister. Junior middle fielder Angelika Uremovich’s late penalty kick brought the teams into a 1-1 tie at the end of regulation.  The teams remained tied for the two 10-minute overtime periods and ended as a draw.  In goal for Louisville was senior Chloe Kiefer
(Divine Saviour HS of Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin) who had four saves.

Chloe Kiefer

Next up is Villanova which will be in town this Friday for a 7:00 match. Georgetown is next with a 1:00 start on Sunday at Cardinal Park.


The Tennis team has been extremely busy.  A review of the news links at leads you to a history of their activities.  Most recently, Rebecca Shine rose through the singles tournament bracket of the Riviera ITA National Championship where she eventually lost in the semi-finals.  Earlier Gabrielle DiSimone of USC def.  Julia Fellerhoff of Louisville 6-7(4),6-3,6-4.
Julia Fellerhoff and Rebecca Shine combined for doubles play but were downed 9-7 by Florida State's Sargeant/Segarelli, who unfortunately were the tournament’s top-seeded doubles pair.

Julia Fellerhoff
Rebecca Shine
Pre-qualifying singles and doubles matches were once again hosted by UCLA with the actual tournament held at the Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades, CA.  Singles semifinalists, doubles finalists and consolation champions will receive automatic entry into the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships Nov. 8-11 in Flushing, N.Y.   Next the Cardinals will compete at Winston Salem, N.C. in the Wake Forest Invitational from Oct. 5-Oct. 7.
The women’s teams are so busy that they are meeting themselves coming and going.  These teams met up with each other in Chicago on Sunday and pretty much took over the plane coming home.  Perhaps it should have been renamed as a charter flight.   The soccer team also managed a safe flight home from Tampa on Sunday evening.
Last weekend our 2012 Big East Champion Softball Team participated in a Fall tournament with Bellarmine and EKU. The Cardinals defeated Bellarmine 10-0 and Eastern Kentucky 1-0 Friday evening at Ulmer Stadium.

On Sunday the team  defeated Murray State  7-1.   The full story can be read at 

Louisville will finish their “Fall Ball” this Saturday against Bellarmine and Tennessee State at Ulmer Stadium.  Saturday’s schedule begins at 12:00 p.m. with Louisville vs. Bellarmine, continues with Louisville vs. Tennessee State at 2:30 and finishes with a final game beginning at 5:00 pm with Bellarmine vs. Tennessee State.

The Cards return seven starters and 12 letter winners from their 55-5 season.  If this fall is any indication of what is to come this spring, it is going to be a great season.

Sandy W.


  1. I find it odd that you give so many links to UofL websites. do u work for them?

    1. Dear Anonymous. No I actually have a > full time none U of L job but contribute to the site as a former player and current fan of U of L women's sports.

      This is a U of L women's athletics blog therefore it does not seem odd to me that I send people to the appropriate U of L website (or other appropriate site) if they want additional information about something I have commented on. Nothing more, nothing less as I rarely have the skill or time to write complete stories but instead attempt to spread the word about various U of L women's sports related stories with the occasional drift into associated subjects. I am glad that you are reading and hope that you continue to do so. I am sure that Paul would welcome your contribution of articles to the site if there are appropriate topics of interest which you would like to share as there can never be too many fans of the Cardinal women's teams.

      Sandy W.

  2. Just a late reminder, Angel and the Dream on tonight. NCIS or Atlanta? Ziva or Angel? The decisions can be tough at times...


  3. Hope we get imani she is the next angel.

  4. Hope you didn't go with the Dream game. Pretty lack luster performance and one of the worst examples of sportsmanship I've ever seen from McCoughtry. After a collision with January she stood up and slapped the ball out of her hands. Wow. She is definitely out of control. Eventually, no one will want to deal with her. Even though she is one of the best, there is a lot of competition for positions in the WNBA.

    1. Was switching back and forth during commercials. Saw her drain the three at halftime to tie it. My guess is that, being a free agent after this season...she'll shop around for a deal. Not sure how happy she is in Atlanta. Missed the ball slap. Maybe she was doing her Ray Lewis?



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