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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Thursday Cardinal Couple -- Cards ride the Tiger tonight...sign right here, young lady...All Apologies


- LSU to face the Cards WBB team tonight in the YUM!

-Volleyball signs some gems

-WBB gets all five verbals?

-All apologies

Jefferson Starship wrote and recorded a song back in the mid-1970's called "Ride the Tiger" (Link below)


Tonight in the quarterfinals of the Preseason WNIT...the University of Louisville women's basketball team gets to ride the tiger as well...LSU comes to the YUM! with height, talent and a top #20 preseason ranking. (Thanks to UofL sports information for the write-up...)

The No. 4/5 Louisville women’s basketball will face No. 16/14 LSU in the
semifinals of the preseason WNIT Thursday night at the KFC Yum! Center at 7:00
p.m. The Cardinals advanced in the preseason WNIT after defeating Quinnipiac
100-52 in the second round.

Sara Hammond led four Cardinals in double figures with 20 points and 11 rebounds
for her second consecutive double-double of the season.  Antonita Slaughter
finished with 19 points, connecting on 5 of 8 from behind the 3-point line. Jude
Schimmel scored a career-high with 16 points and pulling down six rebounds. 
Asia Taylor rounded out the leading scorers with 12 points.  Shoni Schimmel
dished out 11 assists in the win.  The Cardinals set a school record by scoring
100 points in back-to-back games.

Hammond leads the in scoring and rebounding with 15.5 points and 11.0 rebounds
per game.  Jude Schimmel ranks second on the team in scoring with 13.5 points
per game.  Taylor and Slaughter rank third on the team in scoring with 12.0
points per game.

LSU advanced to the semifinals after defeating Saint Joseph’s 80-64 on Sunday in
the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. DaShawn Harden finished 12 points and game-high nine rebounds and seven assists. Senior forward  Theresa Plaisance
added 15 points and seven boards. As a team, LSU drained 16-of-22 from the line
and got several quality paint looks. The Lady Tigers shot 46.2 percent from the
floor and tallied 16 assists. Harden leads the team in scoring with 19.5 points
per game.  Plaisance leads the team in rebounding with 7.5 per game and ranks
second on the team in scoring with 16.5 points per game.  Ballard rounds out the
double figure scorers with 15.0 points per game.

The game will be carried live on the Cards Radio with Matt Andrews and Adrienne
Johnson, carried locally on WKRD 790 AM. The game will also be streamed live on

Thursday’s promotion is Thirsty Thursday. Tickets are discounted to $6 from the
original $10 price.  Head coach Jeff Walz will purchase one beer for the first
2,500 over the age of 21in attendance.  It is limited to one per person with a
valid ID. Bud, Bud Light and all soft drinks will be $2.

I've already been informed by Coach Walz that beers will cost me $20 tonight I won't be pounding them down at the media table. Maybe I can get my 'ol buddy ex-Mayor Jer to grab us a couple. In any event it should be the toughest test of the year so far for the Cards WBB squad and how they'll deal with the LSU height should be interesting to watch unfold.

What has the mad scientist developed in the laboratories?


Congrats to Anne Kordes for signing a stellar Volleyball class for 2014.


Tess Clark

Tess Clark
  Maggie DeJong, a 6-0 middle blocker from Sioux Falls, S.D. and Tess Clark, a 6-4 middle blocker from Phoenix, Ariz. have signed National Letters of Intent to continue their volleyball careers at the University of Louisville according to Cardinal head coach Anne Kordes. DeJong comes to Louisville from Roosevelt High School where she played for Holly Lynch as well as her club, the Sioux Falls Kairos Elite where she was coached by Mitch Lunning. Last summer, DeJong led her AAU team to a fifth place finish in the 2013 AAU Nationals. She was named an Under Armour All-American and was selected as a Prep Volleyball Senior Ace. Surpassing her 1000th career kill, she was named KDLT's Athlete of the Week. In 2012-13, she was the South Dakota Gatorade Player of the Year and led Roosevelt to the State Tournament Championship. She led the Rough Riders to a 24-5 record and the Class AA state title as a junior. DeJong recorded 374 kills, 315 digs, 107 blocks and 32 service aces while posting a hitting percentage of .433 and a kill percentage of .533. A Class AA first team All-State selection, she notched 46 kills, 37 digs and 12 blocks in the Class AA state tournament, earning a spot on the All-Tournament team. In 2011-12, her team was state runners up and she was named first team All-City and All-State as well as being named to the Second Team All-State Tournament. "Maggie is one of the fastest athletes that I have come across in a long time in the recruiting process ," said Kordes. "She is as efficient off one foot as any middle I have ever seen, both in front and behind the setter. She is also a great ball control player which is uncharacteristic in a middle blocker which means she is going to be able to play all six rotations. Because of her athleticism and her quickness, she is very versatile to the point where she can fill in at different positions if needed. She is a middle now, but she has the ability to play outside or right side. She is very competitive kid and will be a fun athlete to coach."

Clark comes to the Cardinals from Horizon High School where she played for Coach Valorie McKenzie. Playing for Revolution Volleyball Academy for Amanda Liebermann, she helped win the 2013 Arizona Region 17-Open Championship. As a member of AZU-16 Premier, she was runner up in the Fiesta Classic Toule rnament. On AZU 15 Premier, she won the Colorado Crossroads Championship. As a part of USA Volleyball, she was named to the 2013 USA Junior National Champion 17 Gold All-Tournament Team when her team finished third in the Gold Division. She attended the 2012 High Performance Camp and that same year, and finished third in the USAV Junior Nationals. Her high school highlights include making the 2013 Nike Tournament of Champions All-Tournament Team after her Horizon team finished third. In 2012, Horizon won the Arizona State Championship and she was an honorable mention all-state selection.
"I had the opportunity to coach Tess on a High Performance team when she was 14 years old," said Kordes. "I knew there was a ton of potential there. She is a strong middle who is extremely agile. She is extremely competitive. She is going to have the opportunity to come in and be a force on the block. Tess has a very high natural arm swing and with her 6-3 frame she goes over people. Tess is a winner and has won state championships with her high school teams and vied for national championships with her club team as well. I love the idea of bringing in a player who is used to winning. She can make an impact on our program right away."


It also looks like Coach Walz will get the four wings and a side order of dazzle that has verballed to the Cards for 2014. This pleases us greatly. Talent, talent and more talent!

WE can't wait till Syd, Ariana, Myshia, Arica and Mariya get on campus and continue that great UofL womens' basketball tradition.

Note: No official release from S.I.D. on all five prospects submitting documents yet. We have it on good authority, though, that all is well and accomplished.

Thanks to Bill the Goat for manning the fax machine in Coach Walz office. Maybe he ate the letters of intent...


I did have the fortunate opportunity to run into UofL head Field Hockey coach Justine Sowry last evening. As always, a wonderful delight to be able to talk to the charming, witty and beautiful Justine.

She did gently call me out (in her own ubiquitous way) on a comment I made in an article a few days back about pulling a goalie in the game with seven minutes to go and The Flock trailing 1-0.

After a patient and informative explanation, I now fully realize why she did what she did and I am wiser for it.

Therefore, I would like to retract the questioning of the decision and thank Coach for the reasoning and theory behind it. What was I thinking?


Just remember, folks....when a esteemed head coach of a program makes a decision and a unpaid, volunteer columnist/co-owner of a website offers an alternative one...put all your money on the coach.

Contrary to rumors circulating out there...I will NOT be coaching UofL Field Hockey next season...nor will Justine Sowry be swapping job with me and writing CARDINAL COUPLE. This is probably sad news for Jeff and Jenny...but a great relief to the UofL athletic department and Tom Jurich, Kenny Klien, Lori Korte and field hockey fans worldwide.

(But...she still owes me a UofL Field Hockey ballcap. Or I'll start wearing my IU one to games next season...)

All and any other coaches are invited to send us po' boys any UofL sportswear or accessories.

That address for mailing is...

PO BOX 91521
Louisville, KY 40291



FINALLY, TODAY....this just in from those creative minds in South Bend.  LINK BELOW



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