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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Softball Starts OKC Challenge -- WSoc Flies to BYU -- TUESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Softball Starts OKC Challenge

Softball began their week-long OKC Challenge well before many of us were awake yesterday.  The OKC Challenge is an event designed by the sports performance team that involves several workouts and obstacles that the student-athletes compete against each other in.  In short, it's a way to make workouts and conditioning more fun and competitive.

Carmyn Greenwood is captain of the red team.  Her teammates include Charley Butler, Taja Felder, Caitlin Ferguson, Cassady Greenwood, Payton Hudson, Chardonnay Harris, Elana Ornelas, Jenna Servi, and Jordyn Wolfe.

Maddy Newman is captain of the black team.  Her teammates include Lexi Carver, Rebecca Chung, Madison Ciaccio, Celene Funke, Eden Mayo, Taylor Roby, Paige Schindler, and Riley Schindler.

The red team took the win on the first day.  Day One featured exercises such as a 400 meter run and hanging from a rope/towel. Pretty much what Paulie does each morning after his third cup of coffee.

Head coach Holly Aprile goes into her second year as Cardinal Softball skipper with optimism but also with a couple of key departures to fill. Circle standout Megan Hensley has graduated, she led Louisville in home runs last year (13) and was third in batting average at ,314. She was 9-4 in her pitching efforts also. Sidney Melton has graduated as well. The excellent third basemen led the Cards in hitting at .338.

If you're hoping for some type of onsite coverage from us at Cardinal Couple I hate to tell you that it won't be happening.  The Cards met before 5:48 a.m., and started their event shortly before 6:00.  Some of us like our beauty sleep, which, based off the results in the mirror, we need A LOT more of.

Soccer Flies Out to BYU

Still a couple days away from their second round match against BYU, Louisville soccer heads out to the Beehive State.  BYU is located in Provo, Utah, not far south of Salt Lake City.

The Cards, who took down Lipscomb in the first round, advanced to their second ever second round.  Props to Coach Karen Ferguson-Dayes.  Coach KFD is the only coach in Louisville women's soccer history to lead her team to the NCAA Tournament. Today is a travel day for the team.

As the match gets closer we will give a breakdown and a preview of the match. Paulie is also hoping to get a phone interview with Coach Ferguson Dayes from Provo for Thursday's article .

Paulie also takes an early look at UofL WBB efficiency after three games. Be sure to check out the upcoming editions of Cardinal Couple for that. 

Happy Tuesday and Go Cards!



  1. Wow. Women's Soccer has their work cut out for them. Playing the last undefeated team in DI women's soccer, #4 ranked and at their place. I'd call a win in Provo an upset.

    You guys haven't exactly overwhelmed the readers with Van Lith news yet.

    Curtis "all sports. all the time" Franklin

  2. Hello Friends!

    Arthur Here!

    Well, it looks like our women's soccer squads hav similar second round type of matchups. with my Clemson girls out in California for UCLA and you Cardinals in Provo for BYU. I find it interesting that two of the top four ranked teams in Di women's soccer are in the west, in Stanford and BYU and then nothing until #20 in Santa Clara.

    I do think that the toughness of what Louisville has had to face this season, 10 schools that were in the top 25 gives you an advantage against BYU who I think has only faced 2 or 3 . For my Clemson girls, like you, a ACC foe potentially awaits us if we can handle business.

    I know we're both longshots Thursday but I can see it possible we both win. Let's make it so !

    My WBB Tigers are 2-2 to start the season. An easy win last night over a Alabama St. team that just didn't have too much going for it.

    We have some tough stuff ahead of us. Penn State, South Carolina and Maryland await. Hoping for the best.

    Your friend
    #1 Clemson Fan
    Greer, SC


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