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Monday, September 21, 2015

Field Hockey wins...Soccer and Volleyballl lose -- MONDAY CARINAL COUPLE


The Louisville Field Hockey team roared back from Friday's 5-0 loss to UNC by creating a shutout of their own on Sunday...5-0 over #19 James Madison in Chapel Hill.

It was something head coach Justine Sowry was glad to see:

"I'm very pleased with the bounce-back performance after Friday night. JMU started stronger than us and put us on our heels. As the game wore one we gained more confidence and started to play some great hockey."

The #9th ranked Cards began the scoring in the 11th minute when Vic Stratton connected on a penalty corner. Ten minutes later Stephanie Byrne got her team-leading fifth goal of the season off a nice feed from Abby Grimes. The 2-0 lead held to the half.

The Cards got the first of two goals from Nicole Woods eight minutes into the second half...she repeated the feat ten minutes later and Louisville got their final score when Woods set up Shannon Sloss with two minutes remaining.

Louisville outshot the Dukes 22-13 for their fourth shutout of the season.

The Cards (6-2) return home to face Wake Forest Friday night.



The Eagles scored both goals in the first half...including one with just five second left in the first half to send Louisville to 3-4-1 on the season and 0-1-0 in ACC Play. Taylor Bucklin drew the start for Louisville at goalie and had seven saves...the Eagles outshot Louisville 9-4 in shots on goals and 19-9 in shots.

The Cards take only their second shutout of the season as Karen Ferguson-Dayes continues to try and find a forward/scoring combination that can produce points.

Louisville will host Miami on Thursday night.



Louisville Volleyball continues to feels the jinx of Memorial Coliseum...not having won a match there since 2009...falling Sunday afternoon in a four-set 27-25, 18-25, 20-25, 23-25 loss to UK in front of a crowd of 3338.

Maggie DeJong's block in overtime gave Louisville the first game win in a contest where Louisville come from a 12-7 deficit to take a 18-15 lead...only to see UK at match point before a service error took the game to extra points. Erin Fairs had eight kills in the first game...the Cards hit for .256 against UK.

The UofL fortunes changed after that..UK blocking and a slow start for the Cards offense put Louisville behind 12-6 and then 20-13 in a game where Louisville dropped to .103 hitting in a 18-25 loss. 

After the break, UK's Kaz Brown and Darius Mack kept the block party going in game three and five Cardinal serving errors were too much to overcome. UK scored five of the final seven points of the game to go up 2-1 on the Cards with the 25-20 win.

UofL led for most of the final game before a late 5-1 UK run overcame a 22-20 Cardinal lead to give UK their seventh win of the season.

Louisville had 30 errors in the contest...and 14 service errors while actually getting 57 kills (compared to UK's 50). The Cards were led by Fairs and Janelle Jenkins 15 kills...but UK got 16 blocks from Brown and Mack alone.

A tough loss for Louisville in a contest where the Cards couldn't seem to overcome UK's front line height advantage or the play of senior setter Morgan Bergen.

The Cards will travel to Notre Dame next for a Friday match


In case you missed the CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO HOUR on WCHQ 100.9 FM yesterday, it will be available later today on the SoundCloud. We're never sure what time it gets check back if it isn't currently available. 

WorldWide and I had a great show....discussing UofL women's sports and we had exclusive interviews with Justine Sowry and Karen Anne Kordes' comments after the win over Cincinnati . 

Link below to listen to the archived show from Saturday:



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