The news we've been waiting for over the last six months has finally been officially released. When I say "it feels like forever and a day" I'm not entirely wrong.
Liz Dixon and Elizabeth Balogun have both been ruled eligible for the upcoming season. The duo come from a messy situation at Georgia Tech and have three years of eligibility remaining.
Balogun is a 6'1'' guard and was named ACC Freshman of the Year last year. She led the Yellow Jackets in scoring and post six 20-point games. She is a three-point threat. Her clearance gives UofL a very strong option from "the deep".
Dixon is a 6'5" forward and was named to the All-ACC Freshman team. She led the team in rebounds with 192 and was third on the team in scoring.
"They are incredible young women, both on and off the court, and they already have a year of experience in the ACC, which is a huge plus. Adding them really helps our depth," said Jeff Walz.
The duo will play a big role in helping fill the shoes of departed Asia Durr, Arica Carter, and Sam Fuehring.
I'll leave some space for Paulie to add his expertise on the great news.
(EDITOR COMMENTS) This addition of a very capable guard and strong inside presence makes the Walz fortress even stronger and gives the Cards incredible depth inside and out on the court. If this doesn't make the Cards the pre-season favorite to win the ACC, then there are a lot of either blind or jealous voters out there.
E and Liz are huge additions and will help fill the gaps nicely that the graduation of "the terrific three" created.
I'll watch with interest on how the coaching staff uses the ocean of talent now on the roster. Scoring, rebounding, depth and defense are now present over on the left side of the Floyd Street practice facility. The building should probably be re-named" Fort Knox - North", because Walz has a wealth of valuable riches inside the structure.
Women's Soccer Postpones
They rescheduled for this morning at 10:00 a.m. Let's hope everyone is good to go for the match.
Syracuse is 2-4-1 on the year and the Cards are expected to walk away with three points in the end.
Louisville leads the series all-time 5-0-1. Last year, Brooklynn Rivers scored with nine seconds remaining in regulation to get the win, 1-0.
A sequence of the game winner from last year.....
As previously mentioned, women's soccer will play this morning at 10:00. It will be aired on ACC Network Extra.
Women's Tennis heads north to Bloomington to compete in the Indiana Invitational Hoosier Classic. The teams participating include Louisville, Indiana, Western Michigan, Xavier, Wright State, Cincinnati, Marquette, Miami (OH), Bowling Green, and Middle Tennessee. Singles begins at 10:00 with doubles starting around 2:30.
Women's Golf heads out to Big 12 country to participate in the Schooner Fall Classic. They'll go up against #2 Texas, #13 Florida State, #19 Illinois, #25 Alabama, Oklahoma, Baylor, Clemson, Houston, Miami, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, TCU, Texas A&M, and Texas State. A neat thing about this event is that it is one of the only collegiate women's golf tournaments to be televised on national tv- Fox Sports Southwest and Fox College Sports Central.
Field Hockey will go up against Boston College at 4:00 p.m., in Chestnut Hill. The #6 Cards look to bounce back after falling to top-ranked UNC last week.
Men's Soccer also plays NC State but they kick off at 7:30 at Lynn Stadium.
Not listed on the master schedule but worth mentioning is Louisville Live- a basketball hype event hosted at Fourth Street Live!, that features both the men's and women's basketball teams. It's similar to the Big Blue Madness hosted by Matthew Mitchell and John Calipari. I like ours better. Sorry, Guv.
Women's Tennis moves onto Day Two of the Indiana Invitational Hoosier Classic and it will go all day.
Women's Golf will continue play in the Schooner Fall Classic.
Softball travels to Lexington for a double header against Kentucky in some fall ball action. They start at noon.
Women's Golf wraps up play in Norman, OK.
Women's Soccer has an early kickoff in Boston College, kicking off at noon- a quick turnaround from Friday morning's match.
Field Hockey steps out of conference play for a match at Providence. Sitting at 4-3, Providence has been having a down year.
Volleyball hosts North Carolina at 1:00. The Tar Heels are currently 3-7 on the year.
Happy Friday and Go Cards!