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Monday, December 2, 2019

Louisville Volleyball in NCAA Tournament, draws Samford -- MONDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


CARDS, BULLDOGS SET FOR THURSDAY 6 P.M. MATCH

There probably wasn't much doubt that the University of Louisville Volleyball squad would make the field of 64 at all, the major questions were who would they play, where and when? 


On last night's NCAA Selection Show on ESPNU, the drama played out until the very end. Finally, the final regional was announced, we saw Western Kentucky hosting and playing Kennesaw St. and then Louisville flashed on the screen to be facing Samford. 

A 6 p.m. E.T. Thursday match on Dec 5th. at Diddle Arena in Bowling Green for UofL Volleyball. Win and advance to play there again at the interesting selection of Friday at 6 p.m. It seems there is a basketball game on Saturday in the arena, so Volleyball has to play Friday. The Lady Toppers are bringing in Arkansas for hoops on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

The Cards gave WKU their only loss of the season back on Friday Sept 6th. in the LNFCU. A 3-1 set "W" for the Cards 25-18, 22-25, 25-22, 25-15. Before the cart gets too far in front of the horse, though...Louisville does have Southern Conference Tournament champion Samford to face first. The Bulldogs won the three-day event in Spartanburg, SC by beating The Citadel, Furman and East Tennessee State. 

Samford (24-5) has won their last 12 matches and went 15-1 in conference to win the regular season title as well in the Southern. They faced WKU in non-conference play and fell 3-0 in sets to the Hilltoppers. Other losses were against East Tennessee St., Northern Kentucky (who made the NCAA Tournament also) and Tulsa 

The main kill artists for the Bulldogs are Kelsi Hobbs (459), a 6'1" right side hitter who is a senior and sophomore Lauren Deaton (421), an outside hitter. Briana Holmes leads Samford in blocks with 128. Setting is the major job for Corinne Meglic (1260) and Emily Naubert is Samford's dig leader with 442. 


Where is Samford?  In Birmingham, AL. is the answer. No Louisvillians on the Bulldog roster but middle blocker Sierra Rayzer is from New Albany, IN. The junior played at Christian Academy (IN). 


Jeff McAdams was at the Selection Show viewing with the team and also got a few interviews after the selections. We have them at the bottom of  today's article. We'll also have more information later in the week about the bracket, Cards and WKU. 

A nice draw for Louisville, it would appear, for the first two rounds, but powerhouse Texas awaits if the Cards climb by Samford and (WKU/Kennesaw St.). 



-- Fans can purchase all-session tickets for $12 per ticket at WKUTickets.com 

-- Additional information on the tournament can be found at https://www.ncaa.com/championships/volleyball-women/d1

-- The bracket pairings can be printed from:  https://www.ncaa.com/brackets/print/volleyball-women/d1/2019 


Dani Busboom-Kelly on the draw: 

"We were excited to hear out name called. While we don't know much about Samford yet, we know they are good since they are in the field of 64. We won't have to worry about travelling and dealing with that, so, that is a huge plus for us. It will new new for us to play on the Thursday/Friday match in the first round but it is a quick turnaround for us."

Player/Busbooom-Kelly interviews on tournament: 
Tori Dilfer 


Aiko Jones

Dani Busboom Kelly 


paulie
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5 comments:

  1. All right, Volleyball ! A great draw location for fans! What are your guys plans on coverage of the matches and will we get TV or Internet viewing on these?

    Curtis "Dig. Pass. Kill" Franklin

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  2. Great time to be a Cardinal fan!
    I think we made the postseason in EVERY fall sport this year!

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  3. And Dana as ESPNW Player of the Week! How about that !

    Blue Lou

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  4. And #2 by a clear margin are those Cards, according to ESPN and other sites. A huge congratulations to them !

    Meanwhile, down here in the land of Sunshine, controversy swirls about the firing of Charlie Strong at USF. I think he just did a Petrino and decided to live off more money than a man can spend in three lifetimes.

    The ol' Charlie spirit was faded and gone. So, from defensive coordinator at South Carolina and Florida, to head coach at Louisville and Texas, to head coach at USF.

    He didn't get much done here at USF the last two ears after starting 10-2 and taking the Bulls to the Birmingham Bowl.

    Maybe he needed more time? That's a fleeting theory these days.
    Huge losses to Navy, USF, Wisconsin, SMU and Memphis certainly didn't help him, though. I sat through several of those in the 'Ray J' .

    They were painful

    Another guy who left Louisville and stumbled, fell back in 'it' and joins the ranks of Lee Corso, Vince Gibson, Howard Schnellenberger, John L. Smith and Bobby Petrino I.

    I know, not a guy's website, Paulie. But, it is a great example of something you say a lot, sir.

    "Be thankful for what you've got."

    Dave O.

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    1. I can dig it, Dave. I liked the guy.

      Meanwhile, let's give props to Emina Ekic and Brooklynn Rivers, who earn 𝐅𝐈𝐑𝐒𝐓 𝐓𝐄𝐀𝐌 𝐀𝐋𝐋-𝐑𝐄𝐆𝐈𝐎𝐍 honors for WSOC

      paulie
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