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Friday, June 21, 2013

Friday Cardinal Couple -- Wolny selected for Great Britain Softball


-Alicja Wolny to play for Great Britain in European Women's Fastpitch Championships.

-Boltja receives BIG EAST award

Louisville softball first baseman Alicja Wolny has been selected to play for Great Britain's squad in the European Women's Fastpitch Championships. The games will take place in Prague July 7-13.

No language barrier here for the hard-hitting UofL of 17 named to the squad. Mind you, Wolny is from El Dorado, CA., not Liverpool or London, but her mother is a native of she was eligible to try out and will join the Brits against over 20 teams. The top four finishers in Prague will then go to the Netherlands for the International Softball Federation World Championships that will be held in August of 2014. Great Britain has finished second and third in the last two European Championships.

Wolny is understandably excited about the chance:

" I am honored to have the opportunity to compete for Great Britain. I wasn't ready to quit playing softball when my college career was over, so I'm really excited to continue playing the sport that I love. This is a dream come true for me." 

Alicja was a NCFA second team all-American selection after leading the Cards with a .423 batting average. She started all four years at Louisville and finished her career ranked in the top five in all-time hits, doubles, home runs, RBI, walks games played and started.

She can also hit a softball from Fern Creek to Fairdale. The chaps over in Merry Ol' England better make sure they warn residents surrounding their practice facilities that car and house windows could be in for a pounding.

Congrats to "the Big Wol"! Bring us back a picture of the Queen and a European Championship stuffed in your softball bat bag... 


Louisville lacrosse star Nikki Boltja has other skills beside scoring on the field. She recently won the BIG EAST Conference Scholar-Athlete Sports Excellence Award for Lacrosse. Boltja has a 3.62 GPA with a major in health and human performance.

She follow Katie Oliverio from UofL, who won the award last year.

Boltja is an All-American and finished her junior season with 63 goals and 11 assists. Unfortunately, she was not on campus when I interviewed Lacrosse head coach Kellie Young Thursday. The interview was a very good one and will
be played on  CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO HOUR on Crescent Hill Radio from 11 am - noon Saturday.

Coach discusses Lacrosse camps, her team and the transition ahead for well as giving me a great
description and demonstration of what is considered an illegal lacrosse stick.

No, she didn't pound me over the head with it. I was invited to one of the camps, they probably have other torture methods planned for me...

Make sure and catch Coach Young's conversation with Paulie on Saturday...or in the archives at Crescent Hill Radio.



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