Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Several News and Notes Items -- WEDNESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
With there being few sports going on right now we don't have as much to report from a game-by-game perspective but the news coming out of Louisville athletics has been coming in waves lately. Today we have all the news for you ranging from new rankings, to All-Americans, to new records, to coach resignations.
WBB Moves Up in the Rankings
UConn (9-0) and Notre Dame (8-1) hold the top two spots followed by our beloved Cards. Baylor (7-0) and Mississippi State (9-0) round out the Top Five. Louisville joins NC State and Maryland as the only teams to reach 10-0 on the season so far.
Louisville is also one of 18 remaining undefeated teams out of the 351 D1 programs.
Women's Soccer All-Americans
Ekic was also named an All-American by the United Soccer Coaches Poll earlier this year. She scored seven goals and had five assists for a total of 19 points during her sophomore campaign.
Whitsett earned her first ever All-American honors. The freshman led the team with nine goals while also adding two assists for 20 points.
Mallory Comerford Sets American Record
Comerford took home the silver medal in the 200 free with a time of 1:51.81. She topped her own record set during the preliminaries which was 1:52.52. Knocking that much time off in such a short span is nearly unthinkable.
She is accompanied by her UofL companions Zach Harting, Marcelo Acosta, and Carlos Claverie at the 14th FINA Short Course World Swimming Championships in Hangzhou, China.
Ken Lolla Resigns
I spoke with a few of the players as well as some of our colleagues in Daryl Foust, Paige Sherrard, and Mike Gilpatrick. No one knew anything of it as it came as a surprise to all.
I had speculated early on that it was either to take a position with a professional team or to pursue something with his religious affiliations. The latter turned out to be true as more media releases came in the evening.
"Thirteen years ago, God blessed Tina and I with the opportunity to come to Louisville and be a part of this amazing Cardinal family and the Louisville community. We are forever grateful for the acceptance, support, and love we have received from the Louisville community. It has been an honor and a privilege to represent such an outstanding institution and special community. Recently, we have received similar promptings from God that it is time to seek new challenges. We have always been faithful to those promptings and we will move forward faithfully, knowing there is a calling we are to fulfill," said Lolla.
Many of us have a favorite coach and Coach Lolla has been mine. He and his family have been some of the biggest supporters of everything I have done post-graduation and I thank them for that. Best wishes to the Lolla family wherever life may take them.
Men's Basketball Hosts Lipscomb
Sorry Muffet, but you're wrong.
From what appeared to be a season on the rebuild forr the men's squad when Chris Mack to the job, there is now talk among fans and media that the Cards just might take the men's version of the Battle of the Bluegrass against the Kentucky Wildcats. Mack has certainly taken the program and fans by storm.
Happy Wednesday and Go Cards!
- Jared -