Spring Sports are almost here.
That may be tough to get your mind around this morning, as another cold, arctic blast descends upon our fair city, but UofL Spring Sports are practicing, in some cases already active, and ready to roll.
Yesterday at the Planet Fitness Practice Facility, five different sports were featured in the second of the Spring Sports Media Days. Softball, Rowing, Men's Golf, Women's Golf and Lacrosse all addressed the media. Players and coaches answered questions and the hour-long media opportunity gave us all more knowledge and information on these activities.
Paulie took part in the festivities and here's some of the things we heard.
Since we do women's sports here, we'll concentrate on the four women's Cardinal Athletic squads that were there. Dreadfully sorry that the "question asker" volume is so low in the video versions, I've added my audio feed link to these in case you want to hear the questions.
Softball opens the home slate of action with the Cardinal Classic (March 1-3), Visiting the "ville" are IUPUI, Missouri and Indiana State.
We look forward to great things in Holly's first season!
LINK: VIDEO LOUISVILLE SOFTBALL MEDIA DAY
LINK: AUDIO ONLY LINK
The Rowing Cards look to improve on their fifth place finish in the ACC last year and have Freshman of the Year Violette Legrand as one of many talented rowers returning. Derek Copeland is the head coach of the Louisville rowing squad and this team was ranked at #20 in the final US Rowing/CRCA coaches poll.
Copeland was joined by coxswain Perie Howard, the "race car driver" of the boat, in his terms and she discussed what her role is in the scheme of things.
Rowing has several student/athletes that are potential 202 and 2024 Olympic candidates and we see the "girls atop the water" having a huge season!
We're "still searching" for a video feed of the rowing segment and will add it when/if we find it. In the meantime, the audio is linked up below
LINK: LOUISVILLE ROWING WITH DEREK COPELAND AND PERIE HOWARD
The "chip and putt" Cards are #28 in the nation, according to GolfStat rankings, and head coach Courtney Trimble has a veteran team and a very talented freshman in Mairead Martin returning. Those two and Lauren Hartlage discussed the season, their time at Louisville and ACC competition.
Martin, from Kanturk, County Cork Ireland talked about what brought her to Louisville and her game. Coach Trimble is retiring after this year and spent time talking about her replacement, Whitney Wade Young.
The Cards take on Kentucky Feb. 10th in the Battle of the Bluegrass in Birmingham, AL. We'll be watching and keeping you up on their pursuits.
LINK: VIDEO FEED FOR SPRING SPORTS : WOMENS GOLF
LINK: WOMEN'S GOLF AUDIO WITH COACH TRIMBLE, LAUREN HARTLAGE AND MAIREAD MARTIN (audio feed).
Lacrosse was the final Spring Sport featured on this Media Day and head coach Scott Teeter brought student/athletes "Sweet" Caroline Blalock and Tessa Chad with him to discuss the Lacrosse schedule and review last season. Blalock was a Division I Region team selections as a freshman, plus the team's leading scorer.
Chad followed Teeter to Louisville from Canisius and was an integral part of Teeter's first season on the attack.
The Lax Girls are working hard in preparation for the season opener at Northwestern on February 8th. and we love to cover their home events, so we'll be keeping you abreast and appraised of their pursuits this season.
LINK: AUDIO FOR LACROSSE AT SPRING SPORTS MEDIA DAY
LINK: LOUISVILLE LACROSSE SPRING SPORTS MEDIA DAY VIDEO
WBB MOVES TO #3 IN AP POLL
In the latest AP WBB poll, the Cards were placed at #3, behind Baylor and UConn. The fall of the Irish dropped them to #5.
Louisville brings in Connecticut Thursday night for an epic matchup that we'll get you ready for here at Cardinal Coupe beginning tomorrow. 14,000 seats already gone for this one but there are ticket still available.
With ESPN coming in, and grabbing six media seats, Sonya and I will be pre-empted from our usual seats and, honestly, that was expected. Why ESPN needs six seats for three talking heads and maybe one "tech" is anyone's guess. You can play "Where's Waldo?" game day and see if you can spot where we end up.
I might just opt for the bourbon bar for this one....
Have a terrific Tuesday and tell someone you love them today.