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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Marisa Martin Pelligrina, Hollyn Barr sweep ACC Awards...Asia Back to Australia -- TUESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


UofL head Field Hockey coach Justine Sowry will tell you that this a new Field Hockey team this year and two of the newcomers have made an big impact on the Cardinal squad and are gathering ACC attention as well. 

Midfielder Marisa Martin Pelligrina has been named the ACC Offensive Player of the Week for her efforts against IU and Delaware last week and goalkeeper Hollyn Barr received the ACC Defensive Player of the Week. The Cards defeated IU 4-1 last Friday and then continued to hold home turf by taking down #3 Delaware, who was last year's NCAA Champions, 3-1. 

Pelligrina, a freshman from Mulheim an der Ruhr, Germany, had two goals and two assists in the win over the Hoosiers. The goals were her only shots of the game. On Sunday, she set up Whena Munn for the first score of the contest.  MMP ended the two-game series with two goals and three assists...worth seven points in Field Hockey's scoring system. 

(Since Coach Sowry told us that the team hasn't come up with a nickname for her yet...I'm going with "MMP" for now. Trying saying Marisa Martin Pelligrina fast six times...) 

For Louisville's opponents last week, hanging around the "Barr" proved to be costly...Hollyn Barr had six saves and allowed just one goal against the Hoosiers and seven saves and just one score allowed against the Blue Hens. The sophomore out of Lancaster, PA spent her freshman year watching Ayeshia McFerran defend the net last season but obviously picked up a few things and is filling in nicely for the currently-injured starter from 2016. 

The Stick Girls (2-0) will spend the Labor Day weekend touring the Buckeye state...with a contest at The Ohio State University on Friday and then visiting Kent State Sunday. No Labor Day rest for these warriors and the first half of September has Louisville playing six straight road games. After the Ohio swing, Louisville travels to College Park, MD for matches against American on Friday Sept. 8th and Maryland on Sunday Sept.10th. After that, they start ACC Conference play at Duke on Friday Sept. 15th and then hit Evanston. IL for a Tuesday Sept. 19th date with Northwestern. They'll finally get to take the Trager turf again on Friday Sept 22nd. against Wake Forest...the start of a four-match home stand. 



Louisville's lone representative in the WNBA this season...Asia Taylor has been playing a valuable back up role on the Washington Mystics squad this season...mostly to Elena Della Donne...but when it comes to Aussie hoops...the Columbus, OH native takes a back seat to no one. The leading scorer for the Sydney Flames last season, Taylor has decided to return to "the land down under" and play for them again at the completion of the WNBA season. 

Her current squad, the Mystics, have dropped to third in the East after a hot start to the season and are fifth overall in playoff positioning. Taylor has played 22 games this season...averaging about seven minutes a contest, 1.6 points  per night and 1.9 rebounds.

Sydney is a different story. She led the Flames in scoring last season with 16.2 ppg a night and was a key component in taking Sydney to their first WNBL title in 16 years. She and the Flames other "import" Jennifer Hamson led the Flames in rebounds as well....Asia grabbing 7.6 a night. Both will be back in Flames uniform this year. 

A-Tayy with another "Catching Up" interviewee...Tia Gibbs
Asia is one of the most popular players in the league...with her fellow league participants and the Aussie fans....singing autographs, posing for pictures and chatting with fans long after WNBL contests. 

When we spoke with her earlier this year for our "Catching Up" series here at Cardinal Couple...she had not decided whether she was going to return to the land of the roo, billabong and koala for another season...but it looks like things have been worked out 

We wish one of our favorite Cards the best of luck in the remaining WNBA season and with the Flames. Asia returns to Australia and that spells trouble for the other seven teams in the league! 




  1. Really happy for Asia. I will always wonder how good she could have been if she had not suffered that injury in high school.

    1. Agree Mike. She has stood the test of time, though. IF she had been healthy for that 2013 NCAA run, who knows -- maybe they beat UConn.

      -- The Real Joe Hill --

    2. Don't know about that. UConn had Moore, Dolson, Stewie. Sara had 15 for us but the Huskies shut the Schimmels down that game.



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