Thursday, August 27, 2015
Volleyball headed for a Champaign Jam -- Thursday Cardinal Couple
Three games in two days for the Wide Net Cards in Illinois Classic Tournament.
The southern rockers Atlanta Rhythm Section had a minor hit in 1978 with the song Champagne Jam. 37 years later, Anne Kordes and her Volleyball squad are headed to Champaign, IL to do a little jamming, setting and passing of their own in the Illinois Classic that starts Friday on the Illinois campus .
The Cards will start off with the Illini on Friday at 8 p.m. They'll have a bird battle with the Bluejays of Creighton Saturday at 1:30 and finished the birdfest later in the day against the RedHawks from Miami, OH at 5:30 p.m.
The Illini are ranked #8 in the nation, coming off a 3rd place Big 10 finish and 26-8 record. They advanced to the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA Tournament and return 13 letter winners. The Cards last saw Illinois in 2012 in the Big East/Big Ten Challenge and won a 3-2 match.
Creighton was picked unanimously to win the Big East this season after winning the Big East Tournament and going 25-9. They bowed out in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to Oregon State. It'll be the first time Louisville and Creighton have ever met in Volleyball.
Miami (OH) had a successful MAC season in 2014, going 12-4 in conference and 21-10 overall. They didn't make the NCAA last season...but return five starters and four players who had over 200 kills each. Louisville faced the RedHawks in 2008 and took a 3-2 match.
All matches at the Illini Classic will have free video, courtesy of Illinois Athletics. Links will be set up at www.fightingillini.com/watch to watch the webcasts.
The Friday match against Illinois will also air on WDWS in Champaign. To access that stream, visit www.fightingillini.com, then click on "Tunein Stream" under the "Watch/Listen" tab at the top of the page.
It looks like three very good tests for the Cards. Let's hope we can hoist a champagne toast to their Champaign successes Saturday night!
Click here to hear Atlanta Rhythm Section's Champagne Jam