USA 2, Italy 1
The Collegiate National Team (referred to as CNT) took the first two sets 25-21 and 25-21 against the Italians before falling in the third set 20-25.
Neither Coach Kelly nor Amanda Green were available for comment following the match. Green finished the match second on the team with seven kills.
USA 3, England 0
Dani Busboom Kelly was available following the victory over England 25-18, 22-25, 26-24.
"Fatigue is starting to set in and this is a long trip," said Kelly, "but that's why these players came here- to learn how to play overseas and to learn how to grind through a long trip maybe when you're uncomfortable. They did a great job of battling through that match and ending on a real strong note."
The CNT finished with a 10-5 set record, placing them first in the USA Teams Group Standings with 10 points. They advanced to the semifinals where the top two teams from the USA Teams Group and the EU Teams Group qualified.
USA 3, England 1
Northumbria, England, who the CNT defeated previously that day, was the 2-seed on the European side. The two teams met for the second time that day, but this time for a best-of-5 match. Team USA won 3-1 (25-20, 24-26, 25-14, 25-19). Besides the score no other results from the match have been posted.
The USA CNT will face the USA Mountain West Team in the finals today. These two teams did not face each other in group play, but the Mountain West Team downed the top seed on the European side Croatia in a five-set thriller. Croatia swept CNT earlier in the week.
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Change the Name?
Schnatter owns the naming rights to the Cardinal Stadium Football venue until 2040. He can choose to re-name it if he wants. The question has risen, how does UofL get rid of that contract? Is there a clause that includes morals or controversy that can be used as a loophole to free UofL from it. Can the University return to Schnatter the $5 million that he and his company paid for those naming rights. It's pretty much a guarantee that UofL could get much, much more on those naming rights these days, given the visibility and location of the current signage.
What will UofL do? What will Schnatter do? What would you what the stadium to be re-named? Is "Cardinal Stadium" a good enough name? Who else would step up to buy those naming rights if they were to become available again? Would you play in a facility that had that name associated with it?
This is a publicity nightmare for Louisville Football, Cardinal athletics and the University as a whole.
swift and sound decision on the issue. If Schnatter has any hope of starting to restore any positive public reaction and feelings about him, one would hope that he would dictate a name change or offer to sell his right- of-naming back to the University.
The board, at one time, was leaning toward naming Schnatter as the replacement for David Grissom as chairman when he retires. Now that the chances of that are as long-gone as a Josh Sowers home run to left-center, the board needs to move swiftly and concisivly to a decision that will satisfy the fan base, the players and all interested parties.
Share your thoughts with us in the comments section.
Cardinal Couple Radio Hour
For the first time in what seems like forever the entire "A" team will be in the studio Saturday! Yes, that means I'm back!... at least until I work the following Saturday again. All it took was taking days off Friday and Monday.
I will be bringing a special guest to the studio with me although she is a bit camera shy and might just pop in long enough wave at the camera. The famous Katy is in town for the weekend and she's joining me to see what really happens behind the scenes of The Cardinal Couple Radio Hour, which mostly consists of a lot of harassing Paulie and getting Case riled up about something.
Paulie promises a quiz for the lads to close the show and Worldwide Jeff will defend his dynasty of winning the quiz -- putting the prestigious one-eared bear toothpick holder on the line again for who scores the best.
Today is Friday the 13th! Don't step on a crack or walk under a ladder today. As someone who is superstitious, I am glad UofL does not have a game today because my bad luck might just rub off. Did you know Halloween falls on a Friday the 13th this year? Get it? Halloween will stay on its normal 31st day of October - a Wednesday this year.
Happy Friday and Go Cards!
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