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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Tennis Update, Our Condolences and Walz -- Tuesday Cardinal Couple


Tennis Results

The UofL Women's Tennis team spent the weekend in South Bend, IN at Notre Dame participating in the Notre Dame Invitational.  Results for this extremely young team were generally good.  The format of this event is not the same as a typical head-to-head competition between two teams.  Only four players competed for each team, compared with the typical 6 or 7, and each team competed in four singles matches and four doubles matches against opponents from various of the other five schools at the event.  A typical college tennis competition features three doubles matches and six singles matches.

The Cards showed steady improvement through the weekend across both singles and doubles matches each day.  Starting off with an average day on Friday...The Cards went 2-2 in both the singles matches and the doubles rounds.  Saturday saw an improvement to 3-1 in both singles and doubles.  Sunday didn't have any doubles competitions, but Mark Beckham's youngsters cleaned up the singles matches with an unblemished 4-0.

The other teams in the event were host Notre Dame, Akron, Illinois, Purdue, and Tulane

The Women's Tennis roster only has a single senior listed, Manuela Velasquez, with all of the rest of the players being freshmen and sophomores.  The four players that competed at Notre Dame were freshmen Ellie Gerlach and Aleksandra Mally, along with sophomores Olivia Boesing and the lone international player on the team, England's Elle Stokes.

Women's Tennis will continue their play in Indiana this coming weekend, October 3rd through 5th at Purdue in West Lafayette, IN.

North Central Texas College Softball

We mentioned, briefly, at the end of the Cardinal Couple Radio Show on Saturday the tragedy that occurred in southern Oklahoma to the North Central Texas College Softball team.  The team was returning from a scrimmage with Southern Nazarene University in Oklahoma City when a semi truck crossed the median from northbound I-35 and impacted the driver's side of the passenger section of the NCTC team bus.  At air time, details were scarce, with the most important being that 4 people from the team bus had been killed.

The NTSB has a team in the area investigating, but the four dead have since been identified, and all were players on the team.  The four players were Meagan Richardson, Brooke Deckard, Katelynn Woodlee and Jaiden Pelton.  North Central Texas is a community college, so all of the team are freshmen and sophomores.  Of those killed, Katelynn Woodlee was a freshman, while the other three were sophomores.

There is no determination, as of yet, as to why the semi crossed the median into the oncoming lanes.

The thoughts of us here at The Cardinal Couple are with the families of these young women that were killed, as well as the rest of the NCTC community affected by this tragedy.




We get e-mails. A couple of days ago, they started rolling in about the possibility of Jeff Walz leaving Louisville to take the UT...or possibly some other job...

I think that Walz's tweet pretty well summed it up when he said he'd like to retire at UofL. In conversations with him...he always expresses a desire to make the program better each year. 

And, a million bucks a year can go a very long way in Louisville. 

Jeff Walz leaving Louisville? go recruit, ski, visit friends and family, coach USA squads,
watch his WNBA kids and attend away games. To take another job? The chances of that are just as likely as me being named his successor. Zero. I do expect him to get more involved in lawn care around 2025 or so. Maybe he'll let me operate the leaf blower. I got skills...


Monday, September 29, 2014

Volleyball takes Ga. Tech in 5 -- Monday Cardinal Couple


The University of Louisville Volleyball team improved their ACC record to 1-1 and 9-5 overall with a exciting five set win over Georgia Tech Sunday at the KFC YUM CENTER. The Cards took the first two sets 25-22 and 25-18 and appeared to be on their way to a three set sweep but the Ramblin' Wreck came back to capture the next two 18-25 and 24-26.

That led to set five...the Cards prevailing 15-10. Louisville's Janelle Jenkins led the squad with 19 kills and Tess Clark (18) and Maya McClendon (15) also paced the Cards.

Anne Kordes was pleased with the "W":

"Our middle blockers were unbelievable and we lived and died on what they did. Janelle

Jenkins and Tess Clark imposed their will in the fifth set and it gave us such a lift and confidence,"

said UofL head coach Anne Kordes. "Georgia Tech was a scrappy team and they came at us
y the score relentlessly.

 Every match will be like this in the ACC, so we will be excited for the rest of the day today and then concentrate on two tough matches we have coming up at Virginia and Virginia Tech."



Louisville Field Hockey has had trouble in Sunday games following Friday ACC contests. Yesterday was no exception...the Cards falling to 6-4 Liberty by the score of 2-1. 

Alyssa Voelmle scored six minutes into the contest, but Louisville was shut out the rest of the way. The Cards had two chances to tie at the end of the game but could not convert on a Voelmle shot and subsequent penalty corner attempt by Mallory Mason.

Coach Sowry discusses the loss:

"Of course it's disappointing we didn't get the outcome we desired today, however we controlled the tempo for the majority of the game," said UofL head coach Justine Sowry. "Our passing patterns and possession rates were excellent which was a drastic improvement from our previous game. We let ourselves down with a couple of defensive lapses and the inability to finish up front. Liberty was able to capitalize on their opportunities and we didn't - and that ultimately was the difference in today's game."

The Cards host Duke Friday night.



Louisville women's soccer got defeated by Miami, OH earlier in the season. They fared a little better against the Florida version...battling to a tie yesterday against the 'Canes. 

The University of Louisville (4-5-1, 1-1-1) women's soccer team played Miami (2-8-1, 0-1-1) to a 1-1 draw on Sunday afternoon at Cobb Stadium. The Cardinals came from behind when freshmanAlison Price scored the equalizer in the 86th minute, Louisville was unable to capitalize in overtime.

The Cardinals' offense bounced back after being held to just one shot on Thursday night, finishing the first period with five shots. Louisville held possession early in the first period, with a shot from freshman Kaela Dickerman in the fifth minute that went high. Senior Erin Yenney's shot went high in the 11th minute then Victoria Martinis had a shot go just wide in the 12th minute.

In the 26th minute, junior Lexie Niedoba's shot was saved by Miami goalkeeper Emily Lillard. Miami had a shot on goal in the 39th minute by Cardinal keeper Paige Brown made the save. Niedoba had another shot at the goal in the 44th minute but Lillard made the save.

Louisville finished the first half with a 5-3 shot advantage, while Miami finished with a 3-1 corner kick advantage. Brown finished with one save while Lillard finished with two.

Neither team was able to really get into an offensive flow early in the second period. Miami had the first opportunity in the 62nd minute with a shot from but Brown came up with the save. In the next minute, Yenney had a header go high.

The Hurricanes jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 74th minute, off a free kick from Natalie Moik from just outside the 18-yard box. 11 minutes later the Cardinals' Chatham DeProspo took a corner kick and sent it into the box, where Price was able to finish off a scrum with a shot into the back corner of the net, beating Lillard and knotting the score at 1-1.

Neither team was able to find the back of the net in the two overtime periods, ending in a 1-1 draw. Louisville finished the game with an 11-8 shot advantage, while Miami finished with a 5-3 corner kick advantage. Brown finished with three saves while Lillard finished with two.



Sunday, September 28, 2014

Making the grade -- SUNDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Now that the UofL women's fall sports squads are well into their schedules and conference play has started in three of the sports...let's take a little Sunday look at how well Louisville Field Hockey, women's Soccer, Volleyball and women's golf are doing...


At 8-1 and facing a Liberty opponent today that they should handle with ease...Justine Sowry's teams gets an "A". Their only loss is to a very good Virginia/ACC team. The Cards beat the #1 team in the rankings....North Carolina. They have a 14 game winning streak at the Trager. Impressive.


Now 4-5 and facing Miami on the road today, I'm giving the kicking Cards a C-. #5 FSU demolished them 6-0 in a game where it was 1-0 at the half. Youth galore on this squad that starts six freshmen. Good freshmen...but still learning. Wins over Ole Miss and Syracuse don't cancel out losses to Morehead, UK or Miami (OH). ACC Soccer could be very unkind to Karen Ferguson Dayes' babes on the pitch.


With a 8-5 record and game today against Ga. Tech...Anne Kordes' Wide Netters have performed about average, so they get a "C". Passing woes and inconsistent middle play have plagued this young squad and despite inspired play from Katie George, Janelle Jenkins and Maya McClendon...UofL Volleyball will be hard-pressed to achieve a .500 record in the talent rich ACC.


The "chip and putt" Cards have taken part in 3 tournaments and have two first place finishes and a fifth. They'll see the cream of the crop in the upcoming TarHeel Invitational and we'll see how Emily Haas, Katie Petrino and their eight teammates fare against the powerful ACC fivesomes. I'll give them a "B" so far...a strong finish in Chapel Hill would solidify that grade.

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The latest CARDINAL COUPLE Radio Broadcast should be available for listening later today at Crescent Hill Radio. We have almost 40 minutes of recorded interviews from Field Hockey, Soccer and Lacrosse and Worldwide breaks down Louisville Volleyball. Link below:



Saturday, September 27, 2014

Field Hockey wins...Volleyball falls -- Saturday CARDINAL COUPLE

Junior Elisa Garcia's unassisted goal in the sixth minute of overtime lifted the No. 11 University of Louisville field hockey team to a 2-1 win over host 16th ranked Wake Forest Friday evening. The Cardinals improve to 8-1 (2-1 ACC) while the Demon Deacons drop to 6-4 (0-2)
"To get a second win in the ACC says a lot about our team right now," said UofL head coach Justine Sowry. "Wake was the better team tonight but it shows our grit, toughness and resilience. We were pressured hard and didn't handle that very well. We will review the game and continue to grow as individuals and as a team. These ACC games are tough on so many levels and we have to recover well and get refocused for another challenging opponent on Sunday."

The teams battled through a scoreless first half in which the Demon Deacons outshot the Cardinals 4-1 and held a 2-0 advantage in penalty corners.

The Cards broke through at the 47:53 mark in the game. Senior Alyssa Voelmle's penalty corner shot was stopped by Wake's Valerie Dahmen, but sophomore Lotta Kahlert sent the rebound into the cage for her third goal of the season to give Louisville a 1-0 lead.

The Demon Deacons answered less than four minutes later when Krysta Wangerin connected on a feed from Madi Julius to tie the game at 1-1 at the 51:11 mark.

In the second half, Louisville outshot Wake Forest 5-2 and held a 3-1 lead in penalty corners, but the scored remained tied at the end of regulation. The teams entered a 15-minute sudden victory overtime period with the field cut down to seven players per side.

Each team registered two shots in the overtime period, but the Cardinals broke through when Garcia dribbled into the circle and delivered a shot past Dahmen for her third score of the season to give Louisville the 2-1 win.

(Thanks to Louisville SID department for the story)


The University of Louisville volleyball team dropped its ACC opener to Boston College
 in a five set loss (25-19, 25-22, 16-25, 17-25, 15-8). This was the first conference
 opening loss for UofL in five seasons and snapped a 34-conference match winning
 streak dating back two different conferences in a Big East loss to Notre Dame
 Sept. 23, 2012.

Sophomore Janelle Jenkins finished with 18 kills, while junior Roxanne McVey
 totaled 24 digs. Despite the loss, the Cardinals held a .164 to .152 hitting advantage.
 The Cardinals also outblocked the Eagles 10-5 but were aced five times.
Tess Clark led the block with six. Setter Katie George had seven kills and 14 digs
 and a block. The Eagles were led by Katty Workman's 21 kills.

"Without Katie George's heroics, we wouldn't have even been in the position to
 get to the fifth set and try to salvage the match," said UofL head coach Anne Kordes
 "We had some injuries and made some lineup changes but that is no excuse
 because we looked like we have never played volleyball together before.
 I am really leaning on Janelle JenkinsMaya McClendon and Roxanne McVey
 on defense so we can stay in system."

The Cardinals struggled with the Eagles' serve, getting aced three times in
 the first set. BC was able to keep UofL out of a rhythm and held them to
 a .167 hitting percentage. The Eagles hit .279 and used a 9-2 run late in the
 first set. Boston College went on two five-point runs in the set, as the Cards
 were unable to push back and eventually fell 25-19.

In the second set, UofL fell behind 8-1 early and tried to play catch-up.
 The Cards made it 17-19 at one point late in the set, before BC got to
 set point at 24-18. The Cards scored four points before a kill by Julia Topor
gave the Eagles the 25-22 win and a two-set lead going into the break.

In the third set, the Cards went on a six-point run early on to go up 8-3.
 BC was hampered by a .047 hitting percentage as the Eagles tried to
come back, but only got as close as 10-5. Janelle Jenkins had five kills
 in the set as the Cardinals rolled 25-16.

In the fourth set, a 14-6 Cardinal lead early proved to be insurmountable for
 the Eagles as the Louisville outhit BC .250 to .027 in the set. The Cards
 registered their first two aces of the match, one from McClendon and the
 other from Lyndsay Palmer. But the turning point was the eight Cardinal
 blocks as BC fell 25-17 to even the set score at two.

The decisive fifth set was close before the switch as the teams went
 back and forth. The score was tied at eight when Boston College pulled
away on a seven-point run to take the set and match.

The Cards will stay at home, and host Georgia Tech on Sunday at 2 pm.
in the KFC Yum! Center.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Women's Soccer Cards scalped by Noles 6-0 -- FRIDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

The fifth-ranked Florida State (9-1-0, 2-0-0 ACC) soccer
 team defeated Louisville 6-0 in Talahassee last night. (4-5-0, 1-1-0 ACC) 6-0 on Thursday night at the Seminole Soccer Complex. The Cardinals
 The Cards were held to a season low with one shot in the match.
 Florida State had 21.

Florida State held most of the possession in the first half
fwhich paid off with a goal by Megan CampbellMegan Campbell in the 16th minute of play.  The Cardinal defense held tight and Cardinal keeper
Paige Brown collected four saves in the first half.

Florida State held a 10-0 shot advantage in the first half.
  They also held a 3-1 corner kick advantage.
Could the Louisville defense keep the opportunistic FSU 
offense out of the goal in the final
45 minutes and find a way to break through the iron curtain
 the Noles were representing with their
back four? 

Sadly it didn't happen for Louisville

Cheyna Williams scored two goals in the first three
 minutes of the second half to break the game
 open for the Seminoles.  The Seminoles continued
 to dominate possession and control the clock
 throughout the second half.

 Brown finished with a season-high six saves.
 She needed 14 more.

A first test against one of the elite ACC women's 
soccer teams and a tutorial on what it will
take to climb onto that top rung of the ladder.
 The Seminoles seemed a step quicker, were
organized in their offensive attack and had little
 trouble breaking up any Cardinal attempt
to move to the goal. We've said it many times
 this season and we'll repeat it again. This
is a very young squad Karen Ferguson Dayes
 coaches...with 12 freshman on the roster. 

The question is...does Louisville learn and 
improve from this slaughter on national television
or do they sink even further down as the stakes
 and the opponent level increases?

The Cardinals will continue road play at Miami 
on Sunday, Sept. 28 at 1:00 p.m.

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Louisville Volleyball gets the ACC slate

 started tonight with a 7 p.m. match

against Boston College. The Eagles are 

5-6 on the season. The Cards ran the

table in the AAC last year (18-0) but 

the odds are astronomical that they can

do that in the tougher ACC. 

Maya McClendon and Janelle Jenkins
lead Louisville in kills this season. 


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Women's Soccer faces their toughest ACC test so far tonight -- Thursday Cardinal Couple


Never let K.B. drive you to South Carolina
A litmus test for Karen Ferguson Dayes' UofL women's soccer team this evening in Tallahassee. #5 ranked FSU (8-1) brings the Kickin' Cards into Seminoles Soccer Complex for a 7:00 pm match that will be shown on ESPN 3.

FSU is averaging 2.78 goals per game while allowing a scant 0.65 to their opponents. They played in the National Championship game last season and return a veteran lineup that has only lost to in-state powerhouse rival the score of 1-0.

The Cards (4-4) have had a mixed results season...defeating Ole Miss and Syracuse but losing to mid-majors Morehead and Miami (OH). A few defensive adjustments by Ferguson-Dayes resulted in a come-from-behind win over Kent State and shut out of Syracuse. 

Whether the duo of freshmen Inger (K.B.) Katrine Bjerke and Chatham DeProspro...who now anchor the back line... can slow down FSU's offense remains to be seen...they have been a part of allowing zero scores against the Cards in the last three halves of Louisville women's soccer action. Goalie Paige Brown is solid and makes very few mistakes in goal. 

The 'Noles allow less than 1 goal per game
The offense will need a boost from senior Erin (Yen) Yenney and freshman Isabella (Bella) Hubuda if Louisville expects to walk out of the 'Noles game with a "W". Louisville starts six freshmen. They'll need to perform like seniors tonight.

The squad expresses a new-found confidence and encouragement about their turn-around after winning two in a row. Let's hope it's enough to get them past a dangerous ACC opponent in FSU that has never lost to Louisville women's soccer. 

Be sure to catch K.B. and Yen on the CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO HOUR at CRESCENT HILL RADIO this Saturday @ 11 a.m. as they talk with Paulie about their respective careers at UofL and take the Paulie quiz! You can hear our most recent broadcast from 9/20/2014 at the link provided below:


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The University of Louisville women's golf team capped its three-day run at the Golfweek Conference Challenge on Wednesday with a fifth-place showing in Wolcott, Colo.

Louisville compiled a total score of 25-over-par 889 following its 7-over-par 295 in the third round. The Cardinals, who now have top-five finishes in all three tournaments this year, finished just eight strokes behind Campbell for fourth.

Katie Petrino led the Cards on the final day...shooting a season best, -1 under par 71. 


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Louisville Field Hockey spreads the wealth in win over OSU -- Wednesday Cardinal Couple

Six players score in Field Hockey win

Louisville Field Hockey showed their depth today in a 6-3 win over (the) Ohio State University Tuesday afternoon in Trager Stadium. Six Cardinals had a goal each in the win for Justine Sowry's squad. Louisville (7-1) might have been buoyed from rising to #11 in the polls...regardless, there was no letdown from the Saturday win over #1 UNC. 

Lotta Kahlert, Shannon Sloss, Becca Maddock, Hailey Netherton, Alyssa Voelmle and Mallory Mason all found the back of the net in a Cardinal win that had Louisville on top 3-2 at the half and never seriously challenged by the unranked Buckeye squad. 

Louisville's consecutive win streak at Trager Stadium now extends to 14 games. The Cards take it to the road again...with Friday action against ACC opponent Wake Forest in Winston-Salem and non-conference competition against Liberty on Sunday. 

Coach Sowry was matter-of-fact about the victory:

"It was an interesting game today," said UofL head coach Justine Sowry. "We kept reminding our team that if we didn't come out strong and focused today, Saturday's win over North Carolina would mean nothing to us if we couldn't back it up against another good opponent. There were some good things and some not so good things. We tried to keep the game very simple and play to our strengths and keep our identity."

The Cards outshot OSU 17-7 and had a 5-2 advantage in penalty corners.

1. 2:20 LOU  Lotta Kahlert(2) (unassisted) rebound off of defender stick 
2. 16:35 OSU  Wagner, Kaitlyn (4) Kile, Morgan pass from middle of circle to right side of cage 
3. 20:01 LOU  Shannon Sloss(5) (unassisted) off of rebound from GK pads 
4. 24:46 LOU  Becca Maddock(6) Nicole Woods pass from left side of cage to right side 
5. 25:44 OSU  Wagner, Kaitlyn (5) Humphrey, Maddy; Johnson, Peanut penalty corner shot 
6. 35:26 LOU  Hailey Netherton (3) Elisa Garcia deflected Garcia's shot into the cage 
7. 43:35 OSU  Johnson, Peanut (4) (unassisted) dribble into circle from right side, shot into left side of cage 
8. 45:01 LOU  Alyssa Voelmle(6) Becca MaddockMallory Mason penalty corner shot 
9. 69:47 LOU  Mallory Mason(4) Penalty stroke 


1North Carolina (32)6-19221
2Connecticut (11)6-18585
4Maryland (1)5-27122
5Duke (3)7-16743
6Boston College7-160111
7Penn State5-26006



The University of Louisville women’s golf team remains in a tie for fourth place at the Golfweek Conference Challenge following a 13-par-over 301 performance on Tuesday in Wolcott, Colo.
Louisville, which owns an 18-over-par 594 through two rounds, is in a tie with Denver still and now trails leaders Tennessee and Pepperdine by 12 strokes.

Laura Restrepo is continuing to pace the Cardinals, tying for ninth on the leaderboard. The junior, after recording an even-par 72 on Monday, totaled a 3-over-par 75 on the second day. Restrepo bogeyed three holes and birdied one on the front nine, before achieving par on eight of the final nine holes.