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Saturday, April 9, 2016



Here at CARDINAL COUPLE, our mission statement is to report on the joy and excitement of Louisville women's sports. We did drift away from that in yesterday's column, but we're happy to return to it today with four very deserved and outstanding achievements. 


The senior splasher from Mt. Holly, NJ adds to her impressive list by being named the swimmer of the year by The Collegiate Womens Sports Awards committee. A nine time All-American and ACC Swimmer of the Year in 2015 and 2016...Worrell was chosen for the honor from a group of over 1000 college sports administrators and is now in the running for Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the prestigious Honda Cup. 

Her coach, Arthur Albiero, couldn't be prouder: 

"It is fitting for Kelsi to win the Honda award for swimming and diving. She earned her success through work ethic, a team-first attitude and a huge heart. During her four years at Louisville, she has captured our imaginations and allowed us to dream bigger as a program...she embodies the 'humble and hungry' approach that has impacted our swimming and diving program at all levels." 

The Honda Cup will be presented June 27th. in Los Angeles.


Louisville Lacrosse's sophomore goalkeeper makes the list that determines the most valuable men and women's lacrosse player of the year. She was added to the watch list with three other college lacrosse players. Kaylin Morissette, the Cards hard-charging senior mid-fielder and draw control specialist was previously named to the list. 

Five men and women's finalist will be announced on May 12th and the winner in each category will be revealed on June 2nd in Washington, D.C.

Read, who is from Gibbsboro, NJ, is third in the nation with a save percentage of .541 and fifth in the nation with a 6.49 goals against average number.  

She and her teammates have posted a 12-1 record on the season and are ranked #5 in the nation. They will do battle today in Chapel Hill, NC at noon against #3 North Carolina, who sits atop the ACC standings with a 10-2, 4-0 record. 


The Cardinal LadyBirds and Cheerleaders are nationally recognized at being the best in what they do and that bore out again yesterday when they took all three finals events in the NCA and NDA events at the Daytona Beach Ocean Center Bandshell.

The LadyBirds took the Dance Team competition over NC State with a awesome 9.75 score. In the Large Co-ed team events for the cheerleaders, Louisville finished #1 with a final grade of 97.20...downing runner-up Oklahoma State by almost three points. The All-Girl squad was also impressive with a victory over the OSU squad...taking the title 95.68 to 91.20. 

Louisville will compete in two more events today...Hip Hop for the LadyBirds and Small Co-ed for the cheer squad. 

Todd Sharp, Spirit Group Coordinator and LadyBirds coach was effusive in his praise for the results: 

" I am elated for all the amazing kids in our spirit program. They work so hard year around and to see them rewarded at the highest level is so satisfying." 


Louisville assistant volleyball coach Alex Wilharm is a hard guy to miss on the sidelines. The Iowa native stands around 6'5" or so and has a brilliant shock of red hair that complements his fiery and energetic pacing of the coaches area during events. 

He's also getting NCAA women's Volleyball recognition with the AVCA Under 30 Award. The award was created in 2009 to honor up and coming coaching talent in all levels of the sport. 

Wilharm arrived on the Cardinal's campus as a volunteer assistant in 2011 after graduating from Clarke College in Iowa, where he led his team to the national finals. After two years under Anne Kordes' tutelage he was promoted to assistant coach and has won the respect and admiration of Coach K: 

"He has proven he can make an impact in the gym, with recruiting and building relationships within our team and the university. He is a phenomenal representative of the University of Louisville Volleyball program and the athletic program. I also think he is one of the sharpest and youngest minds out there today and he is going to rise fast."


We'll be on at 11 a.m. for another edition of The Cardinal COUPLE RADIO HOUR on WCHQ 100.9 FM and streaming live on the internet at:

Today's format will be slightly different than normal...with WorldWide Jeff McAdams joining us live via phone from Louisville Spring Volleyball action. In the studio with Paulie will be Louisville Cardinal student newspaper sports editor and Cardinal Couple intern Sam Draut. 

A great show that will also feature the entire Jeff Walz interview Paulie recorded with Coach earlier in the week. We'll have lacrosse news and recap the Cards WBB well as comments from the wide net action from Worldwide. 

We'll also discuss Louisville Softball today against Virginia Tech at Ulmer and keep in mind that the start of the game has been moved to 2 p.m. and they'll just play one today...with a doubleheader Sunday. 

It should be a grand time...tune in and sing along, won't you?



  1. Natalie Romeo Nebraska sharp shooting POINT GUARD is transferring. She is very close friends with Mariya Moore. Probably doesn't mean much but sure doesn't hurt in trying to get her. She would be huge upgrade for us. Either she or Asia could be off guards as well together. Think she was Hoopgurlz top 60 but plays like top 25

  2. Nebraska coach was a real drill Sargent old school type and Romero loved her. She wouldn't have a problem with Walz style.
    Mariya played AAU ball with her. They are from neighboring towns in Bay Area We need makers and she's a maker

    1. Can she play Defense?

    2. Good point I have no idea. I know she's scrappy and tough and sees the floor well . Not sure if that translates to other side of ball. She said some teammates were soft and immature and didn't want to be coached.

  3. 2014 Hoopgurlz is a good class
    Alyssa Rice Kentucky big #20. Myisha Hines-Allen # 34. I'd say we got the better of that
    UCLA. Drummond #9, Hayes #24. Billings #38. All are bigs and Billings is the rising star and great production. Other two are fine but role players on a deep roster.
    Mariya Moore has easily played like top 20 player her first two years. She was #42
    Both Hines Allen and Moore have over produced ranking. Makes up for Syds tough injury #37. I'd say so far Arica #77 has played like a #77 player. Freeman in Colorado was unranked
    Virginia coach can recruit but has trouble with transfers. Venson #55 a point guard and overproducer is leaving. Virginia had 4 recruits in top 100 2014
    Pitt had 3

    1. Great analysis Wade. VA coach JoAnne Boyle has struggled in Charlottesville. Romero would be a great addition to Cards roster and who knows what Walz is looking for...but we've never been big about bringing in high-profile transfers like that since the days of Tia Gibbs and Candyce Bingham. TIJW...which translates into Trust In Jeff Walz.


    2. Boy was Tia Gibbs a nice add . Would have been fun to watch on defense if she didn't get slowed by injury.

  4. Jazmine jones plays offense & defense,Wow very athletic.Go lady cards

    1. Great to know she likes defense. Dang we need a guard like that

    2. Plus she's tall for a guard. We need some of that too

    3. Speaking of Virginia they just signed a 6'9" Nigerian that played most of her high school ball in Philly. Apparently she's a late bloomer who can easily dunk and has a huge wingspan .
      Has character too. She had several higher profile schools express interest late in the game and she only wanted to consider the schools that showed interest the whole way with her. She said she really has improved and didn't want anyone getting in late!


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