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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Thursday Cardinal Couple



Word gets to us from an informed source close to the UofL WBB program that Starr Breedlove could be on the UofL campus by Saturday. Her academic pursuits went well this summer and she is purportedly VERY excited about joining her 2013-14 Cardinal teammates and enrolling in 1st semester classes.

( JEFF MCADAMS brings us the Thursday edition of CARDINAL COUPLE...providing a look at UofL women's sports that recently happened and that are on tap. We pre-recorded the CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO HOUR last night Jeff points was our version of "WHO'S ON FIRST" even though there isn't any softball going on right now. The finished product should be a joy to listen to Saturday at 11 a.m. on CRESCENT HILL RADIO.  -Paulie)

Last night, Paulie, Jenny and I pre-recorded the Cardinal Couple Radio show for this weekend due to scheduling conflicts.  Be sure to listen in Saturday at 11am so you can laugh at us...ok, mostly me...trying to keep track of what events will have happened by the time the show airs and which ones will still be in the future.  Hilarity ensues!

The Week That Was in UofL Women's Athletics

Women's Soccer

Women's Soccer split their season opening weekend.  With a 2-0 victory over Butler Friday, and a 5-4 overtime loss to Illinois Sunday afternoon.  Illinois is a good team, ranked...depending upon which poll you look at...and when...somewhere from 17th to 25th to "also getting votes".

Field Hockey

The Louisville Field Hockey team played a preseason scrimmage Saturday afternoon in Bloomington taking on our northern neighbors in Indiana... IU.

The teams played two 25 minutes sessions, a 20 minute session, and 10 minute overtime session, then the teams did two shootouts, with the first being a best of five and the other being a "sudden victory".  Even if the scrimmage were to reflect the actual playing time of a game, scoring would only be marginally related to expected results during regular season games due to the teams substituting more players in and out during scrimmages to get a chance to see different players in action against an outside opponent.  That having been said, the stated result of the scrimmage was a 4-4 tie.  UofL took the regular play periods with a 4-3 victory.  The 10 minute overtime session saw an IU goal to tie the overall score at 4-4.  UofL took the best of five shootout on a 3-2 margin, while IU claimed the "sudden victory" shootout on their first shot, preserving a notional tie.


The Volleyball squad also played a scrimmage game, in this case a mostly intra-squad scrimmage.  Anne Kordes' team "won" over Alex Wilharm's team two sets to one.  Again, scoring for an event of this nature is a bit nebulous as players switched back and forth between the two teams several times during the event.  And with Alex and another (male) practice player playing on Alex's team, the idea of scoring just doesn't mean a great deal for this event.  This was a good opportunity for a crowd of several hundred UofL Volleyball fans to see the 2013 squad, and learn the names and faces of some of the new players.  More importantly, it gave the team a chance to play in front of a crowd in a more realistic atmosphere for playing matches.

The evening also doubled as an opportunity to honor a number of UofL Volleyball Alumnae that were in attendance.

The Week that Will Be


This weekend sees Karen Ferguson-Dayes' team playing in Winston-Salem, NC against a couple of future conference mates in the ACC in the Wake Forest
Invitational hosted by, shockingly enough, Wake Forest.  This event will see the UofL squad playing a late afternoon/early evening Friday game against future ACC conference foe Virginia Tech.  First kick is at 4pm.  We'll also get to size up another future ACC conference opponent by playing against host Wake Forest in a Sunday game at 2pm.

Field Hockey

Field Hockey, coached by Justine Sowry, gets their regular season under way with a Friday evening game at future ACC conference foe Virginia starting at 6pm.  They follow that up with a noon start on Sunday down the road taking on the Richmond Spiders.


The Volleyball team will also be getting their regular season under way this weekend, and starting off with some of the most challenging opponents of their season at the Penn State Invitational in State College Pennsylvania.  First serve happens Friday at 4pm against past and future, but not current, conference foe Syracuse.  Syracuse is coached by former Louisville Head Coach Leonid Yelin.  UofL Volleyball fans may also remember one of the Assistant Coaches, Lana (Svetlana) Dukule, from her playing days here with the Cardinals.

Saturday evening, with a 7:30pm first serve, sees the Cardinals take on the #2 team in the country in Penn State.  The story of the night will be the matchup between Penn State senior Deja McClendon and her little sister, Louisville freshman Maya McClendon.  Those looking for some sister-on-sister spikes (or blocks) may end up disappointed, however.  Both Maya and Deja are primarily left-side hitters, so they'll probably spend most of the match on opposite ends of the net.

Cross Country

Cross Country is also a fall sport and gets underway Saturday with the Mid-America Opener in Evansville, IN.  The event starts at noon.

Two quick conference notes

While most sports at UofL will be playing in The American (AAC) conference this year, a few, including Field Hockey, will still be participating in The Big East.

Volleyball will be playing in The AAC, but there will be no conference tournament for Volleyball.  The regular season champion will get the NCAA tournament automatic qualifying bid.

One More Thing

We hear there's a football game on Sunday, too.  If you have time between all of these events, you might want to check in on that as well.

-Jeff McAdams



  1. Since football was brought up, has anyone seen the schedule posters that they usually have out by now? I have been checking at Thornton's but they do not have them yet.

  2. From: "Whitaker,Mary Beth"
    > Subject: Louisville Women's Basketball - Ball Kids!
    > Date: August 29, 2013 10:45:38 AM EDT
    > To: ""
    > Hello Season Ticket Holders,
    > I’m sending you this email to let you know ball kid applications for our 13-14
    season are now available. Coach Walz would like each of you to have the
    opportunity to sign up before the general public, so I am attaching the form for
    your convenience. You can email or fax back to me once completed, but please
    note that the application will be put up on our website on September 6th, which
    will open sign ups to the public.
    > If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
    > Thank you for your continued and loyal support of Louisville Women’s
    > GO CARDS!
    > Mary Beth


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