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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Signing Day -- Cards Host Central Michigan -- THURSDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Signing Day

Yesterday was National Signing Day, meaning several new commits for our Louisville teams for the 2020-2021 season.  It's great that we received a high number of commits yesterday but it means we can't give a detailed bio on each student-athlete.

We will, however, list the commits for the different sports that were announced.


Anna DeBeer is a 6-0 outside hitter hailing from Assumption High School, coached by Ron Kordes.  DeBeer is Miss Kentucky Volleyball.

Ayden Bartlett is a 5-6 libero/defensive specialist from Leavenworth High School, Kansas.

Phekran Kong is a 6'3 middle blocker from Washington High School, South Dakota.  Kong hails from the same hometown (Sioux Falls) as recent alum Maggie DeJong.

Brooke Smith is a 6-1 outside hitter from Leo High School, Indiana.

Ceci Rush is a 5'9 libero/defensive specialist from Providence High School across the river in New Albany.


Morgan Bentley is a 5-5 defending midfielder from Brookwood High School, Georgia.

Jessica Camken is a 5-9 forward from Cypress Bay High School, Florida.

Caitlin Elam is a 5-5 defender from Loveland High School, Ohio.

Emma Hiscock is  5-4 forward from Fenton High School, Michigan.

Riley Mulladay is a 5-5 forward and midfielder from Dublin Jerome High School, Ohio.

Holly Stalls is a 5-7 forward and midfielder from Collierville High School, Tennessee.

Savina Zamborini is a 5-7 forward and midfielder from here in town at duPont Manual High School.  Zamborini has played alongside current Cardinals Allison Whitfield, Emina Ekic, and Jolene Ballard.

Women's Basketball

Olivia Cochran is a 6-3 forward from Carver High School, Georgia.  Cochran is ranked anywhere between the #10 and #26 recruit based on which site you check.  Cochran's mom played in the WNBA and her dad played in the NFL.

Merissah Russell is a 5-11 guard from Cairine Wilson High School, Ottawa, Canada.  Russell is ranked #54 in her class.

Ahlana Smith is a 5-9 guard from Mallard Creek high School, North Carolina.  She played her freshman season at UCLA and her sophomore season at Gulf Coast State junior college.  Smith has two years of eligibility remaining.

(We'll knowSaturday if Hailey Van Lith, the #1 ranked guard in the 2020 class will join these three. She's due to announce between the Cards and Baylor at herr high school Saturday afternoon)

Mia Forsythe is an outfielder from Lebanon Trail High School, Texas.

Taryn Weddle is a catcher from Floyd Central High School, Indiana.

Vanessa Miller is an outfielder from Southport High School, Indiana.

Gabby Holloway is a pitcher from Cannon High School, North Carolina.

Sydney Bickel is an infielder from Sunrise Mountain High School, Arizona.

Swimming and Diving

Tristen Ulett is from Georgia Connections Academy, Georgia.

Olivia Livingston is from Gateway High School, Pennsylvania.

Paige Hetrick is from Bradford High School, Pennsylvania.

Kayla Wilson is from Flower Mound High School, Texas.

Paige McCormick is from Hudson High School, Ohio.

Not all sports have announced those who signed so I'm sure we will hear about more soon.  We will give more in depth coverage on each commit as their respective sports roll around.

Women's Basketball Hosts Central Michigan at 6:00 p.m.

#9 Louisville will play their third game of the season, all at home, when Central Michigan visits tonight.  The Cards and Chippewas have an early tip-off and will start at 6:00 p.m., and will air on ACC Network.

Central Michigan (0-1) opened their season with a double overtime thriller against Green Bay, falling 111-105.  They are a three-time defending MAC regular season champions and are favorites this year.

Louisville holds the all-time series 3-1.  Louisville last won Dec. 20 of last season at Central Michigan 72-68.

A new coach for the Chips, but one that has been with the program as an assistant for many years. Heather Oesterle replaces long-time head coach Sue Guevara, who retired at the end of last season.

Central Michigan, like Louisville, has a deep bench and can afford to substitute players at will.  Maddy Watters and Micaela Kelly have the most experience for the Chippewas.  The guard duo is dangerous from deep range and can be a major scoring threat.  The weakness for Central Michigan is their lack of size.  Only one player stands taller than 6-0- junior forward Kyra Bussell but she led the team in rebounds and points against Green Bay. Also, one to watch is freshman Molly Davis, a guard who hd the most assists and steals for the Chips in the Green Bay game.

For UofL, Jeff Walz explains what the Cards need to do well in the presser below.


Catch the game on ACC Network or listen to Nick Curran and AJ call the game on 790 AM -- WKRD

It is 70's night so dress accordingly. I wonder if Paulie has any leisure suits left from days when he was tearing up the mirrored ball, lighted disco dance floor at Babe's?

Happy Thursday and Go Cards!



  1. 70's night ! Should I wear my Superfly brim and mirrored boots?

    Curtis "All that and more" Franklin

    1. I'm contemplating my lime green checkered pants and 1978 UofL sweat shirt, Curtis. Just don't know if the pants fit anymore.



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