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Monday, October 20, 2014

Volleyball downs NC State...Soccer falls to VA -- Monday Cardinal Couple


Talking to Tess Clark in person makes you feel short. The 6'3" freshman from Phoenix, AZ seems taller...and to see her with the young, aspiring Volleyball fans a foot shorter than her...seeking her autograph or just wanting to say "Hi" can be almost comical at times. 

Tess Clark on the court is no joke, however, and her 17 kills and six blocks helped lead Louisville to a five-set win in Raleigh, NC yesterday against the Wolfpack of N.C. State.

The Cards got a slow start in this one, falling behind 7-2 early in the
first game. Enter Lyndsay Palmer for UofL and five straight serving points to tie it. It was still tied at 15-15 before N.C. State went on a 7-1 run to distance themselves from the Cards and go on to win 15-18. 

Louisville regrouped in the second game and hit a phenomenal .591 from the floor...gaining a 21-12 lead and finishing up with a convincing 25-16 victory.

After the break, the third game stayed close until the Wolfpack broke open a 16-14 lead with a 4-1 run...the Cards tried a comeback with two Clark kills and got with two at 20-18 but eventually fell 25-20.

Faced with a do-or-die...Louisville went to Lyndsey Palmer again and seven straight service points gave Louisville a 14-8 edge. The Cards kept the momentum going and even the match up with a 25-14 beatdown. 

The fifth and deciding set remained close early with Louisville was aided by two Courtney Robison aces late and a net call to win going away 15-9. 

The Cards (13-7, 5-3) will take a little time off before returning to play on Sunday, Oct 26th. at Pitt.


The Louisville women's soccer team fell 2-1 to third ranked Virginia on Sunday afternoon at Dr. Mark
and Cindy Lynn Stadium. The Cardinals struck first but the Cavaliers countered with two goals in the first period to take the 2-1 lead at the half. Louisville played a man down the majority of the second period and still held the Cavaliers scoreless.

"Overall, I'm happy with our progress," head coach Karen Ferguson-Dayes said. "Of course we want to win, we always want to win every game we play. But to go down a player against one of the top five teams in the country and you do as well as we did, I think that has to be something that we continue to look at and have a belief in moving forward."

Louisville (6-7-2, 2-3-2 ACC) took a 1-0 lead in the 19th minute of play when freshman Alison Price received the ball on the edge of the box from sophomore Kari Weinland and sent the ball into the upper 90 over the Virginia keeper's head for her third goal of the season.

Virginia (14-1-0, 6-1-0 ACC) picked up the offensive pressure and tied the game at 1-1 just five minutes later. Makenzy Doe shot the ball off of the inside of the left post after receiving a pass from Morgan Reuther for the equalizer. The Cavaliers then took a 2-1 lead in the 43rd minute when Tina Iordanou buried the rebound from Louisville keeper Paige Brown's initial stop. Reuther was credited with her second assist of the game.


The University of Louisville WBB squad got some time in at the KFC YUM Center yesterday...scrimmaging against their men's practice squad during halftime of the men's Red/White scrimmage. 

We,unfortunately, missed it here at Cardinal Couple...but we've got some feelers out to see how it went. We'll update when we have more and if any of our readers got the chance to see it, we'd appreciate your comments on how they looked. 



  1. I love the volleyball team's uniform tops. Now if the sports would just let the women play while wearing shorts that covered their cheeks they would really look great.

    Suggest the men's Soccer team change their uniform bottoms into something similar. Might cause an attendance surge.

  2. Are their any pre- season basketball games this year? Season tickets and published roster do not show any?


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