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Friday, May 25, 2018

Walz to Lead National Team Trials -- Sauer and USCMT Take Match One -- FRIDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Coach Walz to Lead National Team Trials

Jeff Walz will be spending his weekend in Colorado Springs at the Olympic Training Center.  The 2018 USA Basketball Women's U18 Team coach begins his journey of continuing is dominance outside of UofL.

A total of 35 athletes will participate in the trials to make the approximate- dozen player roster.  The auditonees come from all around the country, with the nearest one to Louisville being from Indianapolis.  None of the applicants have signed a letter of intent to Louisville.

Walz doesn't actually hand select the roster himself, but just holds the honors of preparing the team to compete against international opponents.  He will be assisted by Delaware's Natasha Adair and UCLA's Cori Close.  Jose Fernandez from USF and Joni Taylor from Georgia are listed as the trials coaching staff.

Sauer and USCNT Take Their First Match

Molly Sauer is currently overseas with the US Collegiate National Team (USCNT) competing in a 10-day, five-match tour.  They began the tour with a victory over a professional Chinese team, Shanghai Bright Ubest.

The US took the first set 25-22.  They then fell 25-17 the second and third sets  Sauer's team rebounded in the fourth set 25-20 and claimed the match 15-8 in the fifth set.

As always, Sauer is dressed in the libero uniform, providing her defensive expertise to the group.  She is one of 12 members on the team.

Baseball Faces Duke

After a 10-2 victory over 9-seed Wake Forest the 5-seed Louisville baseball team faces 4-seed Duke this morning at 11:00 a.m., in pool play.  The winner will advance to the semifinals of the ACC Tournament.

Louisville is currently projected to be a 2-seed in a region, falling just short of hosting an NCAA Regional this year and way off from hosting an NCAA Super Regional.

The game will be shown on the RSN Network. That can be several places, depending on what viewing device you are accessing it from. On Spectrum, it'll be Fox Sports South. That's Channel 70 for Louisville area viewers.

Mystics vs. Fever

The WASHINGTON MYSTICS improved to 3-0 with a 93-84 win over the Indiana Fever last night in Indianapolis. Myisha Hines-Allen, a reserve forward for Washington was an hour and a half from Louisville, and from accounts, a good-sized group of Cardinal and MHA fans made the trek up I-65 to see her play. Hines-Allen saw 11 minutes of playing time and gathered six points on 2-2 shooting and 2-3 from the foul line...and a couple of rebounds. She also was whistled for four fouls.  

Elena Della Donne led our nation's capital squad with 26 points and four other Mystics hit double figures in the win. After a tied first quarter, the Mystics grabbed a 51-44 halftime lead and held a 75-60 advantage after three before finishing nine points better than the Fever. Washington entertains Minnesota next, on Sunday.

Cardinal Couple Radio Hour

It appears it will be Paulie, Worldwide, and myself in the studio Saturday.  Case is not injured and is not preparing for another exam, he will be in Indy for part of the weekend. Some people turning left in cars or something like that.

Make sure to tune in to 100.9 fm (Louisville area) or on Facebook live at WCHQ fm to hear what us knuckleheads have to say.  As the Louisville sports season has nearly come to a close we will have plenty of time to talk about UofL summer activities and the WNBA among other things.

Happy Friday and Go Cards!

- Jared -


  1. Note: 2 of MHA fouls were charge/block calls. The broadcast announcer made several very positive comments about her play.

    Also, she would have more points except I see her still playing Waltz's team style of offense where she coninually looks for someone with a better shot to pass the ball off to but in the WNBA players most often take any level of open shot themselves.

    Once she gets acclimated to being a bit more selfish on offense you will see her points per game going up.

  2. The @NCAA has suspended @CoachJeffWalz for @UofLWBB 's next NCAA Tournament game for inappropriate comments and profane language toward committee members and NCAA staff seated at the scorer's table during the loss to Miss. St. in the semifinal game March 30th. Seriously? This is moronic. More tomorrow.



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