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Friday, September 27, 2013

Friday Cardinal Couple -- Soccer, Volleyball in action tonight


- Memphis comes to town to face Volleyball and Soccer

- Angel & Dream slip by Indiana in Game 1

Seems like old times for tonight.

The Memphis Tigers, conference mates for this season with Louisville in The American Conference, come to Louisville for games at the KFC YUM! Center (Voleyball) and at Cardinal Park (Soccer).

Both contests start at 7 p.m.

In Volleyball...the Tigers have fared well in the pre-conference slate (8-5) despite losing three of their top four hitters from last year.

Gee, that sounds familiar.

They were 12-19 in Conference USA last season and were picked to finish tenth in the pre-season AAC Coaches poll.

The series is extensive between the Cards and UM...spanning over four difference conferences and 35 matches. Louisville holds a 29-6 all-time advantage.

You get TV for this one, too...if you can't attend. WHAS Digital 11.2, Comcast 207 and Time Warner 432 will have the live feed.

In Soccer...the Tigers are looking impressive as well. They've built a 7-2-0 record in the pre-conference slate. Last weekend they ran the table in the Sunshine State...knocking off FAU and Florida Gulf Coast. Goalie Maryse Bard-Martel stands an impressive 0.88 goals against average and has four shutouts on the season.

Louisville looks to bounce back from a double-overtime 3-2 loss at Marquette last Saturday. The Cards (4-3-1) are led by senior Charlyn Corral..who has seven goals on the year...second best in the AAC.

Louisviile and Memphis have met nine times over the years...the Lady Tigers hold a 6-2-1 series lead.

It's also Louisville women's soccer alumni night at Cardinal Park.

Balanced scoring got it done for the Dream in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Tiffany Hayes scored 23 points, Angel McCoughtry added 18 points and the Dream beat  Indiana  84-79 on Thursday night for a 1-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.

Armintie Herrington finished with 16 points, grabbed seven rebounds and had five assists for the Dream. Erika de Souza had 10 points.

McCoughtry scored on a three-point play to give the Dream an 81-75 lead with 1:07 left.
The league's leading scorer made three free throws down the stretch to help Atlanta take the win.
Tamika Catchings led the Fever with 21 points, while Erlana Larkins had a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Karima Christmas and Shavonte Zellous each had 15 points.

It's the third straight year the teams have faced each other in the East finals

Game 2 is at Indiana on Sunday. The Dream split their two games at Indiana in the regular season.

The Atlanta run at the end of the third quarter was the game changer.
With the score tied at 56, the Dream scored the last six points of the third quarter.
McCoughtry made a running layup, Hayes scored on a layup and Alex Bentley made a jumper to close out the quarter strong for Fred Williams' crew..

Despite the Dream's third-quarter surge, they had a rough time pulling away from the Fever. Indiana stayed in the game with key baskets from Catchings and a couple of 3-pointers from Erin Phillips.

Hayes provided offense, while Herrington made several hustle plays to help give the Dream the edge. a side note...Indiana coach Lin Dunn looks like the proto-typical doting grandma, doesn't she? I almost expect her to greet the players during timeouts with freshly baked cookies...wearing an apron and toting a grandkid under one arm. We now also know what happened to one of Paulie's favorites from college WBB. Ex-UK coach Mickie the Mouse is an assistant for the Fever.

I says...Dream in three. Bring on Minnesota. And cheer up, Angel. The ESPN gals love ya.



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