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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Thursday Cardinal Couple -- Cards will take the fifth


- LOUISVILLE gets #5 WBB national ranking

The Louisville women's basketball team earned its highest preseason ranking yesterday when the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll came out.  The Cardinals are ranked fifth in the poll.  The Cardinals were ranked No. 8 in last season's preseason poll, which was the previous high.

The Cardinals tip off the season in the preseason WNIT on Nov. 9.  Four of the Cards' possible opponents are ranked or receiving votes in the poll.  Oklahoma is ranked #14, LSU is ranked #17 while Gonzaga and Quinnipiac are both receiving votes.

#1? Why those dogs in Storrs....Geno's Huskies. That should surprise no one. Even aliens visiting earth with no concept of basketball have UConn #1 in their extraterrestrial polls. And, it's well deserved. Stanford, Duke and Tennessee are above the Cards. Forget that we beat Tennessee in the NCAA and lose only Mo, Shelby, and Sherrone from that team.

Poll voters can be such imbeciles at times...

Tennessee needs to show they can succeed with quality players. Mercedes Russell chose UT over
Louisville in a highly competitve recruiting war. She and the 2013 recruits join a team that...on paper, at least...look pretty awesome. Last I checked, they don't play games on paper. And #8 UK isn't going to throw up their hands and say:

"'re Tennessee. You're obviously better than we'll just let you win and settle for second place in the SEC."

Dance, I think I'm going to enjoy watching this UK team this year. Not saying that I'll cheer for them...but they have a lot of talent and are very, very quick.

Many are saying Stanford may not be the best team in the PAC-Howevermany this year. My buddy "no-call" Lindsey Gottlieb out there could take that conference. I don't think either Cal or Stanford could beat the Cards. Ain't skeered of no Bears or Cardinal. (Remember, hold the "S". They're an academic school...)

"I'm 99% sure the court is THAT way!!!"
That leaves the Dukies and Coach Joanie P. A train wreck waiting to happen. Other teams in the ACC scare me more. Sure they got Elizabeth Williams...who is a powerhouse...and depth. Chelsea Gray and Haley Peters return also. They also have to battle with UNC, Miami, Florida State, Maryland....yeah, yeah... the beat goes on. If they end the season in the top five...I'll drive to Duke and kiss the Cameron court. Wearing a Duke jersey. They scored 122 points against Glenville State last night in an exhibition game. They also gave up 77. Did either team bother to play defense? And who is Glenville State?

A school started by the guy on The Walking Dead???

Jeff Walz will tell you he doesn't care about preseason's where the team finishes. He's a man wise beyond his years and that proved to be prophetic last season.

This Louisville team will return to the Final Four. They may go in as a #3 or #4 seed from their region...but they'll get there. Unless Shoni runs off and joins the circus, Nita moves into a monastery, Bria hops on a space shuttle and the entire front line switches to lacrosse.

Not that Kellie Young would mind. Imagine Sara Hammond in the crease charging a petrified goalie.

Rank Louisville #33. It doesn't matter. Rank UK, KU, UT and TTU ahead of them. Makes no nevermind. It's the end result that matters. As Jenny mentioned yesterday...Baylor was last year's #1. The major difference this year is that UConn has a coach that is fairly certain of what he's doing most of the time and isn't prone to wardrobe malfunctions. If Louisville triple-teams a UConn player...I'm fairly certain Geno will show his kids how to find the open player. And, Chris Dailey is there to counsel and attend to the coat-tails.

It should be a very interesting season. Could there be a re-match of last year's championship game in Nashville this year? Notice I didn't say repeat. I definitely wouldn't want to sit through a replay of last year's championship game. To this day, I haven't even watched a replay or highlight reel of it.

Don't bet against "the Mad Scientist". I'll give you 13 reasons why. Look at the UofL roster.


For those interested...and in honor of Halloween...I've put some Breeders Cup picks for Friday's racing over at my largely neglected and seldom used personal website. They ought to put a real scare into you...(insert chilling, single note piano music from Michael Myers' movie.)

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Wednesday Cardinal Couple -- Catching up on the Cards


( Cardinal Couple columnist and radio personality Jenny O'Bryan checks in with the "hump day" edition of CC. Today, she looks at golfers, hoopsters, kickers and sticks!)


The golf team finished the fall season with a trip to San Antonio, Texas in the Alamo Invitational.  The team finished overall in 9th place with a score of 872.  Oklahoma won the event with an 840, LSU second with an 848 and Arkansas 3rd with a score of 851. 

Emily Haas led the team finishing tied for 17th.   Laura Restrepo finished tied at 22nd, Katie Petrino finish tied at 50th and Tara Lyons tied at 61st. 

The team will open their spring season February 17.
Congratulations to the women of golf as they finish up a strong fall schedule. 


Several polls were released on Tuesday with 3 of our women’s teams ranked. 

Soccer finished the regular season this past weekend earning a first round bye in The American Conference Tournament.  The kickin’ Cards finished the season with an overall record of 12-4-1 and were rewarded with an appearance in the polls. 

In the rankings for the first time this season the Cards came in at 24th in the Soccer America Poll and 25th in the Top Drawer Soccer Poll.  As Jeff mentioned in the Tuesday comment section the typical poll in soccer that is referenced is the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).   In this poll the Cards are getting votes but have not quite cracked the top 25. 

Regardless of the polling, the soccer team is getting some recognition for a great season played.  Having earned the first round bye, you can see your Soccer Cards at Cardinal Park on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. matching up against the winner of Memphis vs. Houston on Friday evening.   (Louisville beat both teams in regular season play). 

Get out and see the team this Sunday!


As we have been talking about on Cardinal Couple Radio hour, the Field Hockey Cards have had a fantastic season.    The team heads in to the final weekend of regular season play, at home at Trager Field, this weekend before Big East Tournament play starts next weekend. 

The most recent polling has the hockey team heading in to the final weekend ranked 14th in the nation!   Get out and support your favorite sticks this weekend and join the team for senior day against Kent State on Sunday. 


FINALLY, basketball season is here!  With one week to go before the lone exhibition game of the season for our basketball team, the first 2013-14 USA Coaches Poll was released on Tuesday.    The coaches ranked Louisville 5th in the nation coming in behind Connecticut, Duke, Stanford and Tennessee.    Check here for the full poll:

Connecticut enters the season as the prohibitive favorite to win the National Championship (’d that work out for Baylor?) and received all but one vote from the coaches, Tennessee receiving a lone vote. 


I’ll be writing for the Friday edition of Cardinal Couple this week.  I will take a quick look at the out of conference (OOC) slate of the schedule and giving you my predictions for the first half of the season. 

You want to weigh in?  Send me your thoughts at: or send information directly to Paulie at Cardinal Couple and I will include it in the Friday edition.  



Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Tuesday Cardinal Couple - Golf, Soccer, Volleyball and Lacrosse



A quiet early week for the women of Cardinal athletics.


The golf team is the only women's team competing during the week, at the Alamo Invitation in San Antonio, TX, but that event continues through today, so we have no final results to share.  Early results...posted after Sunday's play...has our very own Laura Restrepo in the individual lead after shooting a first round 67.  Other Louisville golfers were in 39th, 49th, and two tied in 63rd.  Overall the team was in 10th place.


Early week sees the release of conference honors.  In Women's Soccer, freshman goalkeeper Taylor Smith earned a spot on the American Conference honor roll for her second-half and overtime efforts in Louisville's 5-4 win over Cincinnati.  Taylor earned her first career win in the game.


Stop me if you've heard this one before.  Maya McClendon earned Freshman of the Week honors in the American for her two double doubles, and double-digit kills in all three matches UofL played this past week.  Maya is in second place in kills per set in conference with 3.58.

Emily Juhl earned an honor roll placement.  Emily has been on an absolute tear recently.  I think she just likes playing in the northeast...we'll see when they play at Temple, Friday night.  You have to go back to the Wichita State match, which we lost in 5 sets, to find a match where she hit less than .333.  She hit a phenomenal-for-an-outside-hitter .455 against UConn in the match Sunday afternoon, following up a stellar .528 on 21 kills in the Friday night match against Rutgers.  To top it off, thanks to Haley Pouliezos hurting her thumb in warm-ups before the Rutgers match, Emily played all six rotation in the last two matches and picked up 13 digs against Rutgers and 11 against UConn.


The Louisville Lacrosse team finished up fall play with the Duke Fall Invitational in North Carolina.  The Cards went 4-0 in the tournament, with games consisting of two 25 minutes halves.  Opponents for Louisville were first-year team Michigan, High Point, host Duke, and Winthrop.

Lacrosse has eight new freshmen on the squad this season.

                                                 DANA ALMQUIST           Stillwater, MN

                                                CAROLYN DOTTION-BUENAHORA   Huntington, NY      
                                                HANNA KOLOSKI           Lakeville, MN
                                                ANNE L'HEUREUX         Winter Springs, FL
                                                STEPH MCNAMARA      Melbourne, Australia
                                                ASHLEY PEACOCK        Croton, MD
                                                KAELYN SCHVOUNNS  Ashton, MD
                                                HEIDI SMITH                   Ashburn, VA

Monday, October 28, 2013

Monday Cardinal Couple -- Volleyball, Field Hockey get wins


- Stick Cards romp 'Nova 5-1

- Volleyball sweeps UConn

- Soccer will be #2 seed in AAC Tournament


Louisville Field Hockey improved to 13-4 on the season with a convincing 5-1 win at Villanova Sunday afternoon. The Cards are 5-1 in BIG EAST play and in a three-way tie for first with Connecticut and ODU.

Shannon Sloss contributed two goals in the victory, which dropped Villanova to 3-11 and 0-6 in the BIG EAST.

Louisville got their first score from Becca Maddock six minutes into the game. Three minutes later, Sloss picked up her first score. The Cards completed first half scoring when Mallory Mason found net on a penalty shot.

The Cards wasted no time making it 4-0 when the second half began. Sloss rebounded a shot from Victoria Stratton just two minutes into the final frame and drove it home for her second score of the afternoon. With nine minutes expired in the second half...Alyssa Voelmle also converted on a penalty stroke to make it 5-0 Cards.

The Wildcats got their lone goal with 10 minutes left in the contest.

The Cards return home for contests against Providence Friday night at 6 p.m. It'll be the BIG EAST regular season closer. Kent State comes in Sunday for Senior Day.

With the win, the Cards have clinched a spot in the BIG EAST Championships...which will be held Nov 8th and 10th at UConn.




Volleyball Sweeps UConn

Brooke Mattingly hit .500 against the Huskies.

Brooke Mattingly hit .500 against the Huskies.
    Brooke Mattingly had 12 kills and six blocks to lead the University of Louisville to a 25-13, 25-19, 25-16 win over UConn to stay unbeaten in the American Athletic Conference volleyball Sunday afternoon in Storrs, Conn. in a nationally televised match on ESPNU.   "Emily Juhl did a phenomenal job of filling in for the injured Haley Pouliezos and her passing kept us in system and allowed the middles to hit .500 and .625 which opened up the outsides on the pins. Juhl's serves kept UConn out of system and she is a heck of a weapon back at the service line," said U of L head coach Anne Kordes.   Juhl had 10 kills with 11 digs and three aces. Maya McClendon had her eighth double-double of the season with 10 kills and 11 digs. She also posted a pair of aces. U of L, 14-8, 9-0, hit .333 on the match and outblocked the Huskies 8-3 with eight total aces.   In the first set, U of L used a 5-0 run early and then slowly pulled away from the Huskies, who were hampered by .091 hitting. Louisville put together a 7-2 run late for the 25-13 win. The Cards hit .452 and had two blocks and four aces, three of which were from Juhl. Brooke Mattingly connected for five kills and two blocks.   In the second set, UConn tied at five and then built a 10-8 lead. The team traded points until Katie George served for four straight including an ace to give U of L some breathing room at 15-12 and force the Huskies to burn their final timeout. The Cards had a 9-4 run late for the 25-19 win.

In the third set, the Cards roared out to a 12-4 lead but UConn's .081 hitting quelled their comeback attempt as the Huskies fell 25-16.





The University of Louisville women's soccer team finished second in league play in the AAC...ending up there after UCF took down SMU 1-0 yesterday on the final day of regular season play.

The first opening round matchup will be played between No. 7 seed Memphis (11-7-0, 4-5-0 American) and No. 10 seed Houston (1-11-3, 0-9-0 American) on Friday, Nov. 1 at Cardinal Park in Louisville, Ky. Tiger freshman Valerie Sanderson is tied for top in the league with 13 goals on the season, while Cougar keeper Cami Koski has been one of The American's top performers between the pipes this year, totaling 90 saves and maintaining the highest save percentage at .818.

The Cards will get the winner of the Friday match on Sunday at a time to be announced.

Final AAC standings:

Championship SeedingNo. 1 UCF
No. 2 Louisville
No. 3 Rutgers
No. 4 UConn
No. 5 USF
No. 6 Cincinnati
No. 7 Memphis
No. 8 SMU
No. 9 Temple
No. 10 Houston

Louisville (12-4-1, 8-1-0 American) claimed the No. 2 seed, finishing second in the regular-season
standings. The Cards will host the opening round matchup of Memphis versus Houston on Nov. 1, and face the winner two days later in the quarterfinals. Louisville secured their spot following a 5-4 overtime thriller over Cincinnati on Friday. Heading into the Championship, senior midfielder Charlyn Corral is The American's individual points leader, tied for first in the league with 13 goals and standing alone at the top with 36 points, averaging 2.12 per game.

So...we get at least one more chance to see the Cards play at Cardinal Park for the 2013 season. Let's show up huge in attendance this Sunday to cheer Louisville women's soccer on in this one!




Sunday, October 27, 2013



I'm not sure if Jeff Walz is a poker player or not. If he is, he'd have to bet this hand of 2013-14 players pretty heavily. If the game was Texas Hold 'Em,. he'd be wise to go "all in". Cardinal fans might want to start checking out lodging in Nashville for the FINAL FOUR...because the deck is loaded and the dealer knows how to shuffle with the skill of a Vegas Blackjack card turner.

00hammond saraSara Hammond746-2F5JRMt. Vernon, Ky. (Rockcastle County HS)
2niamke monnyMonny Niamke655-5G4RS SORouen, France (Lindsey Wilson)

vails sheronne3 ( Sherrone Vails is injured)76


4slaughter antonitaAntonita Slaughter736-1G7SRLouisville, Ky. (Louisville Christian Academy)
10breedlove starrStarr Breedlove665-6G3SOTeaneck, N.J. (Trinity Valley CC)
12dyer shawnta'Shawnta' DyerClick here to hear it736-1F6RS JRMarion, Ohio (Marion Harding HS)
13walton cortneeCortnee Walton756-3F3SOSurprise, Ariz. (St. Mary's HS)
15deines meganMegan Deines736-1G3SOSpringfield, Mo. (Glendale HS)
21smith briaBria Smith705-10G5JRMassapequa, N.Y. (Christ the King HS)
22schimmel judeJude SchimmelClick here to hear it665-6G5JRMission, Ore. (Franklin HS)
23schimmel shoniShoni SchimmelClick here to hear it695-9G7SRMission, Ore. (Franklin HS)
25gibbs tiaTia Gibbs695-9G8RS SRLouisville, Ky. (Vanderbilt Univ.)
31taylor asiaAsia Taylor736-1F8RS SRColumbus, Ohio (Whetstone HS)
32henderson emmonnieEmmonnie Henderson736-1F1FREdwardsville, Ill. (Edwardsville HS)

The first thing that stands out when you look at this roster is depth.

Eight guards that will battle for three spots on the court. Keeping in the card playing tone of today's article, I'm guessing the first three cards that the dealer flips over are Shoni, Bria and Nita. After's anyone's guess. The three guards spot will utilize 120 minutes of 200 total for a regulation game. Divided equally...that's 15 minutes per Card guard. Although it's possible we'll see that in some of the non-conference games...and Walz has been known to go with a four guard bet is that in conference play (barring injuries and foul trouble) Jude and Tia see the most minutes off the bench at the 1,2, or 3.

We are hearing rave reviews on the play of Starr Breedlove in practice. Megan Deines drew the start early last season. Monny Niamke was the starting point guard for Lindsey Wilson two years ago.

Yep. Cards got guards. Enough to protect Buckingham Palace.

Moving inside...five "bigs" will compete for the other 80 minutes. This equals out to 16 per girl. Sherrone Vails has been dealt out of this hand with an injury...and she'd be one of the first two cards dealt, in my opinion, if healthy.

We'll go with Sara Hammond and Asia Taylor as the two that get to run out and slap Louie's hand when the lights go out at the KFC YUM! Center. Hammond is strong, smart and relentless in the paint. Word got to me that A-Tayy was looking the best of the entire team early on in practice sessons. A sore ankle has probably slowed down the Columbus conqueror a bit...but if healthy by Nov 5th., I expect to see her out there.

Cortnee Walton had some quality minutes last season (along with a few Homer Simpson head-slapping ones from the charity stripe) and should provide valuable minutes off the bench. Emmonnie Henderson is the first Lady Card to don #32 since Kala Faulkner strutted it back in 2007. If "E" comes through as most are predicting she will...she'll be surrounded by 3. 11, 32, 41 and ESPN after most games.

Shaunta Dyer is the "wildcard" here. She was playing so well last year before the knee went out. If she can return to that level, she could start all season. WE hope she can. will the final hand turn out when these Cards are being dealt in March? I hope three things happen:

1) I hope UofL gets to meet UConn 4 times. This means we've made the tournament. I don't think there is any doubt that the Lady Cards will.
2) I hope UConn is in a different region and across the bracket from us when March Madness arrives.
3) I hope I'm sitting on Media Row in Nashville in March watching the mad scientist at work.




Well, here's your chance...bucko. It doesn't look like the three writers for CARDINAL COUPLE are going to be able to attend the 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5th exhibition tussle between Pikeville and the Lady Cards WBB squad at the KFC YUM! Center. Work and stuff in the way. Dreadfully sorry, coach...

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2013-2014 SCHEDULE





DateOpponent / EventLocationTime / Result
11/05/13vs. PIKEVILLE *KFC YUM! CENTER11:00 a.m. ET
Preseason WNIT
11/21/13vs. OHIOKFC YUM! CENTER7:00 p.m. ET
11/24/13vs. FLORIDA STATEKFC YUM! CENTER2:00 p.m. ET
11/27/13at Western KentuckyBowling Green, Ky.8:00 p.m. ET
12/01/13at KentuckyLexington, Ky.1:00 p.m. ET
12/03/13vs. Missouri StateKFC YUM! CENTER7:00 p.m. ET
12/07/13vs. WRIGHT STATEKFC YUM! CENTER7:00 p.m. ET
12/14/13vs. AUSTIN PEAYKFC YUM! CENTER7:00 p.m. ET
12/17/13at Ball StateMuncie, Ind.7:00 p.m. ET
12/21/13vs. COLORADOKFC YUM! CENTER1:00 p.m. ET
12/29/13vs. SMU # TVKFC YUM! CENTER3:00 p.m. ET
01/01/14at Temple #Philadelphia, Pa.4:00 p.m. ET
01/04/14vs. Cincinnati #KFC YUM! CENTER2:00 p.m. ET
01/12/14at USF # TVTampa, Fla.3:00 p.m. ET
01/15/14vs. UCF #KFC YUM! CENTER7:00 p.m. ET
01/19/14at SMU # TVDallas, Texas1:30 p.m. ET
01/21/14at Houston #Houston, Texas8:00 p.m. ET
01/26/14vs. MEMPHIS # TVKFC YUM! CENTER1:00 p.m. ET
01/28/14at Rutgers # TVNew Brunswick, N.J.9:00 p.m. ET
02/02/14vs. USF # TVKFC YUM! CENTER2:00 p.m. ET
02/04/14at UCF #Orlando, Fla.7:00 p.m. ET
02/09/14at Connecticut # TVStorrs, Conn.1:00 p.m. ET
02/12/14vs. TEMPLE #KFC YUM! CENTER7:00 p.m. ET
02/16/14at Memphis # TVMemphis, Tenn.3:30 p.m. ET
02/19/14vs. HOUSTON #KFC YUM! CENTER7:00 p.m. ET
02/23/14vs. RUTGERS # TVKFC YUM! CENTER3:00 p.m. ET
03/01/14at Cincinnati #Cincinnati, Ohio2:00 p.m. ET
03/03/14vs. CONNECTICUT # TVKFC YUM! CENTER7:00 p.m. ET
American Athletic Conference Tournament
03/07/14TBA #Mohegan Sun ArenaTBA