Baseball Upside Down Regional
Friday play saw the Cardinals dispatch the University of Illinois - Chicago into the elimination bracket, though not without some drama. UIC would meet with Indiana, who found themselves unexpectedly facing elimination after losing to Illinois State. In the elimination game yesterday, Indiana stayed alive and sent UIC back to the Windy City. In the 1-0 game, however, Illinois State was still riding high in the pumpkin carriage and claimed the upset win over UofL, 4-2.
That means, in this topsy turvy regional competition, the 1 and 2 seeds of the regional, Louisville and Indiana respectively, will be facing each other today at noon with the loser heading home. The winner will turn around and face the Cinderella 3 seed, ISU, at 6pm. If Illinois State loses this evening, then the two teams fill face off in the "if necessary" game Monday at 1pm to decide the Regional. This is the same format as the Softball Regionals, it just is spread out a bit longer because a baseball game takes so much longer to play.
A Volleyball History Addition
Jared shared a bit of the UofL Volleyball program history Friday, and thanks to Sandy for reminding us that a number of the programs at UofL do have history prior to the "official" record books that UofL Athletics keeps, it's just awfully hard to find information on it.
|Sarah Drury in 2003
I would like to add one recognition from the mid-2000's that got missed, as well.
Sarah Drury, as she was known at the time, was a stand-out Defensive Specialist for Louisville (this is just before the Libero position was created). She started as a walk-on player, earned a scholarship her final two years, and after graduating went on to play for the US National Volleyball team from 2003 through 2008.
Sarah is the only player from Louisville to have been named to the main US National Team roster.
Today, we know Sarah as Sarah Drury-Petkovic, and she is the Director of Operations for UofL Volleyball, a position that she has held under both coaches Anne Kordes and current coach Dani Busboom Kelly.
Cardinal Couple Radio Hour
We brought back an intra-squad edition of the Cardinal Couple quiz, by popular demand. The theme for the quiz was Volleyball, obviously right in my wheelhouse, so the scoring bar was set pretty high, if I do say so myself. If you met or beat my score, brag in the comments, because you deserve it.
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