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Saturday, July 27, 2019


As the days until organized competition for Louisville women's athletics grow ever fewer, we are still stuck in the summer slump. There has been a bit of news that has gone on in the last few days worthy of coverage here at Cardinal Couple, though, so let's take a quick look.

Jeff Walz Leads USA vs Belgium

Louisville WBB head coach Jeff Walz has been in charge of the USA's FIBA U19 Women's World Cup team this summer. If you didn't know that, you must be living under a rock, or this is your first time to this site. If so, thanks for joining us. The USA has advanced to the semi-finals and are playing this morning for the opportunity to advance to take on Australia in the championship game. Australia defeated Spain 64-55 earlier this morning. At time of writing, Team USA holds a narrow lead over Belgium, 33-26 at halftime. Tune in tomorrow for what should see a full write-up of today's game and hopefully later next week for a write-up of the championship game.

Swimmers Keep Swimming

Louisville swimmers continue to impress as they compete for their countries at the FINA World Championships. Two names that frequenters of the site know quite well have been solid this week as they compete in some of their best events. Yesterday saw Kelsi Worrell Dahlia advance to the finals of the 50m butterfly when she finished second in her heat (fourth seeded overall). Mallory Comerford was also in action yesterday, finishing seventh overall in the 100m freestyle. Fellow American Simone Manual posted a new American record of 52.04 on her way to winning the event. Dahlia will compete in the butterfly final today.

Gaby Vincent Inks Deal with Utah

Gaby Vincent is "officially" a pro soccer player. Despite making numerous appearances for Utah Royals FC this season in the NWSL, Vincent had previously been only a member of the "supplemental roster." The supplemental roster is exactly as it sounds, allowing players to be used for competition while others are away, doing things such as competing in the Women's World Cup. Earlier this week, URFC made it official and signed Vincent to a full roster spot, despite the fact that both players she had been replacing this summer have returned from National Team duties. Vincent has her work cut out for her to get playing time for the rest of this year, as one of those players that is in front of her on the depth chart is the USA's Becky Sauerbrunn. However, being signed fully means that the club sees some future for Vincent, which can be very motivating in itself. Vincent has played 585 minutes in 7 games (6 starts), during which time the Royals have allowed 6 goals. She has 36 clearances, a 45% success rate on tackles, and an 84% passing rate, with 92% passing in the defensive half. Gaby is set up for success in the league as long as she continues to receive opportunities. We wish the Cardinal Forever the best of luck as her career plows forward.

Cardinal Couple Radio Hour

The Cardinal Couple Radio Hour returns this week, as it does nearly every Saturday, for another look at what's going on in the world of Louisville Women's Athletics. Jeff will not be joining us this week, but we'll have Daryl taking his spot. Daryl, Jared, Paulie, and I will do our best to get you through one of the final weeks of the summer slump, and I'll be doing my best to master the show controls in Jeff's absence. We'll discuss the goings-on from this week and Paulie brings us a quiz based on the world travelling Jeff... Walz that is. Tune in to WCHQ at 11AM this morning for the show. Find WCHQ at 100.9 FM,, the WCHQ App in the App Store or Google Play Store, or follow along at Facebook Live. Links are on the sidebar of the site.
Until next time, Go Cards!

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