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Monday, February 4, 2019

Women's Tennis remains undefeated -- Field Hockey All-Academic team -- ACC WBB REview -- MONDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


There is one undefeated squad on campus in the spring sports that have gotten underway and they reside in the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center. 

Mark Beckham's "serve and volley crew" went to 7-0 over the weekend with wins at Charleston Southern and Furman. The Saturday match against the Buccaneers in Charleston, SC was a sweep for the Cards 7-0. All six singles players won their matches, the "W"s going to, in seed order, Ola "Grandma" Mally, Raven Neely, Nikolina Jovic, Chloe Hamlin, Diana Wong and Dina Chaika. In doubles action, UofL picked up two of the three matches to win the doubles point in the contest.

Sunday kept the Cards in South Carolina and Louisville took to the court to face Furman. This one proved to be considerably tougher, UofL earning a hard-fought 4-3 win over the Paladins. 

And, just what is a might ask? Out of the court of Charlemagne in France came a foremost class of warriors that were known as the "Paladins". They were superb fighters and  trusted military leaders who championed their cause. 

The collegiate version of the Paladins lived up to that title against the Cards yesterday. Furman swept doubles competition to pick up a point and won two singles matches to force a tie at 3-3 with the Cards #6 seed Diana Wong yet to play. She pulled out a three set win (5-7, 6-1, 6-4) to gain the UofL fourth point and the match. In the other singles events, Ola took a loss, along with Chloe...Raven, Sena Suswam and Nikolina got wins.

The squad returns home for a few days before departing for a Friday, Feb 8th. match against Marshall. 


A nice achievement for Alli Bitting, Erica Cooper, Meche Pastor, Taylor Stone, Bethany Russ and Katie Walsh in being named to the 2018 All-ACC Academic squad. 

3.0 for the previous semester and a 3.0 cumulative GPA is the standard to be named to this squad, and the "Stick Girls" did it with one freshman (Cooper), three sophomores (Pastor, Russ and Bitting) and two seniors (Walsh and Stone). 

Louisvvlle finished the fall 2018 season 13-6 and ranked #14 in the polls. For 2019, the Cards lose four significant players on the squad in Ayeshia McFerran, Stone, Walsh and Maria Gomez...but return eight starters and four of their five top scorers. 

Justine Sowry has been the Cards FH skipper for seven years and accumulated 107 wins. 


Another tricky day in Atlantic Coast Conference with previously undefeated NC State falling to North Carolina 64-51 on Jim Valvano Court in Raleigh, NC's Carmichael Arena. 

The Wolfpack never seemed to be able to get it to together for head coach Wes Moore and North Carolina bounced back from a one-point halftime deficit to rule the second half. Sylvia Hatchell's talented trip of Paris Key, Stephanie Watts and Janelle Bailey combined for 53 points and 25 rebounds. For State, Kiara Leslie had 17 in a losing effort. 

The loss tosses "the Pack" into a three-way tie for the ACC WBB top spot with Louisville and Notre Dame at 8-1 in conference. 

-- #5 Notre Dame had no trouble with home-standing Georgia Tech, swatting the Yellow Jackets 90-50.

-- FSU protected their #24 national ranking with a 85-61 raking of Wake Forest 
in Tallahassee. Another one that was basically over at the half. Kiah Gillespie coming strong with the offense for the "Noles with 22 points. FSU improves to 7-2 in ACC play. 

-- Va. Tech kept up with the recent winning ways while getting 30 points out of Regan Magarity in the 95-86 win at Boston College. The Hokies have won their last two after an 0-6 conference start and Boston College falls to 3-5 in the ACC. 

-- Miami improved to a 7-2 ACC record with a 72-59 win over visiting Virginia. The 'Canes" got 24 from Beatrice Mompreimer, led by 12 at the half and maintained. The Cavs are 2-7 in conference and have lost five out of their last six against ACC foes. 

-- Duke did it in Durham downing Pitt 74-55. Haley Gorecki had 16 for the Devils, who are now 2-7 in conference action. Pitt is still 0 for ACC. 

Syracuse was on the bye week and heads to Louisville Thursday.

Top six in the ACC: 

Notre Dame      8-1
Louisville         8-1
NC State          8-1
FSU                 7-2
Miami              7-2
Syracuse          6-2

Is this what you expected the conference top six to look like as we entered February? 
Let us know in the comments. 

Have a Marvelous Monday and if you know any Patriots fans, give them a "pat" on the back for winning one of the most boring Super Bowls in recent memory...<IMHO>

This is a fun two minutes below though:

We hope your Groundhog Day weekend parties were a blast, as well. 



  1. All right WTennis! LOL. Why do you call Ola "Grandma?"

    Super Bowl=Super Bore. Unless you are a big defensive game fan, this was *blecchh*

    ACC WBB getting all tight now. This should be a fun conference season finish!

    Curtis "Fell asleep in third quarter, who won? Oh, Brady? (goes back to sleep)" Franklin

  2. It's almost as if one of us called NCST out as an imposter Saturday on the show...

    1. Probably that sly engineer who drive the train...


  3. Women’s tennis always has a strong start to the year. I’m concerned when they get to conference play and how they handle it.

  4. NCST was always suspect. Especially since Hunter went down in January.

    UNC is a pretty good team. Kea got in early foul trouble here at the Yum! and did nothing first half. She erupted second half.

    1. Agreed that NC State misses Hunter. UNC looked good Sunday. They could be a tough "out" in the ACC Tournament for anyone. The trio of Kea, BAiley and Watts are as good as any three in the ACC.


  5. And, Cards check in at #2 in the latest AP Poll. We'll look at that Tuesday.


  6. Polls are just polls play the games and we will see.
    Go Cards # 2
    PS watch out!!
    If kylee Shook put her Offense & Defense together look out. She can hit the three ball she's rebounding ,blocking shots playing the passing lane & getting bunnies. She's also trying to perfect a hook shot.
    Go Shook Go!


  7. BC and VT had an offensive explosion. BC shot 53% for the game and had a 16 lead with a minute left in the 3rd. VT hit 3 straight 3's including a buzzer beater BOMB by Dara Mabry to cut the lead to 9. That buzzer beater I remember thinking was going to be the turning point of the game. VT ended up winning 95-86. Va Tech was impressive. I'm hoping this devastating loss doesn't spill over to the Virginia game Thursday. If BC wins that one they will get an NIT bid and a winning record this year.

    1. A great turn-around from last year for BC and first year coach Joanna Bernabei-McNamee. Guard Taylor Ortlepp has serious game.

      Interesting side fact, Bernabei-McNamee was head coach at Pikeville a few years back.



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