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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

USA Volleyball Collegiate National Team defeats Croatia -- Boyd to Visit -- TUESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


USCNT got a four-set win over Croatia in Maribor, Slovenia 19-25, 25-15, 25-20, 25-22 on Monday. Louisville head volleyball coach Dani Busboom Kelly, the head coach of the US squad and Amanda Green, UofL Volleyball player are participating in the European event. 

The USA squad defeated the Croatian Select team and got a big effort out of Stanford's Audriana Fitrzmorris, Kentucky's Leah Edmond and Green to take the match. 

"We made great adjustments from yesterday's match. It's awesome to see players that can adjust so quickly and learn so quickly. I thought our setting was much better and our offense just looked much crisper. The setting was awesome but that starts with the pass. We figured out these balls and another day in the gym against these servers allowed us to run a better defense" Busboom Kelly commented after the match. 

Busboom Kelly begins her second season as the Cardinal skipper in Cardinal Arena with the August 18th Red and Black Scrimmage. Louisville won the ACC in 2017 with an 18-2 conference mark and advanced to the NCAA Tournament with a 24-7 overall record. 

Green was a red-shirt sophomore in 2017 who appeared in all 31 Louisville matches and was third on the team with 273 kills as an outside  A 6'1" transfer from Marquette, she's the second Cardinal volleyballer to gain overseas experience this spring/summer...Molly Sauer went with USCNT to China earlier in the year.  


Jada Boyd, a 6'2" senior-to-be forward and student-athlete at Appomattox County High School in Virginia and the Virginia High School Class 1 State Player of the Year intends on visiting UofL as one of her four official visits. Boyd was in Louisville over the weekend playing in the Nike EYBL event and led her Boo Williams AAU team to a third-place finish. 

Boyd had six triple-doubles as a junior and scored 69 points and grabbed 33 rebounds in a loss last year. She's the #48 ranked 2019 player at Hoop Gurlz. 

Maryland has already offered Boyd a scholarship and she plans on visiting there, N.C. State, West Virginia and Louisville on her official visits.


Stumbled across this segment from the Indiana Fever that features Asia Taylor. She discusses the Fever, practice and other items in the clip. 

Despite the Fever's less-than-spectacular record this season, it's good to see that Asia has found a fit for this WNBA season and is excited to be back in the league. Indiana has five players on their 12-player roster that have i or less years experience. The recent addition of Cappie Poindexter, who was waived by L.A. seemed to help the Fever in their recent win at Minnesota. Always good to have a bit of experienced leadership on a roster full of young players, right? 

As Asia mentions in the clip, Wednesday's game in Indinapolis is against the Minnesota Lynx and it's "Kids Day". If you're headed to Indy for this one, be prepared! 




  1. Keep up the hard word Cardinal coaches! Enjoyed A-Tayy. She's a gem.

    Curtis "Play like A-Tayy" Franklin

  2. A marked difference from last year when the Cards stay pretty much local for the 2018 girls. Anyone want to speculate on the change in philosophy?

    Nick O.

    1. I think you grab local or in-state talent if you can get it. Seygan and Mykasa both were top 40 Hoop Gurlz ranked and got a 97 grade. Molly got a 90 and she's one of those hard-working paint presences (think Sara Hammond or Sam Fuehring) that you can't pass on. JMO.


    2. Plus there are no top 60 Hoop Gurlz ranked players in Kentucky in the 2019 class.


    3. Ha, ha, nice try Cardinal Couple. Look at it for what it is. UofL's attendance dropped last year for home games. Jessica Laemmle was the only local product with Duvall redshirting. Now, all of a sudden four girls from the state? Just like UK?

      Walz trying to keep up with Matthew Mitchell is the clear answer.

    4. Seriously? Keep up? To keep up with Matty, CJW would have to slow down. How'd Matty fair in the NCAA tournament last season?

    5. I guess he's worried that he's only thirs in the nation in attendance for 2018 and out-draws UK by mere 3200 fans per home game.


  3. Jada Boyd sounds like a definite scorer. And, the day that UK's home fan base for WBB reaches Louisville's will be the play that pigs fly and dogs write opera.

    Dave O


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