#2 LONGHORNS NEXT FOR THE VOLLEYCARDS
|Jeff (center right) on block watch|
The Cards took care of business in Bowling Green last week, knocking off Samford and WKU to advance to the next round. A tough test, indeed awaits them Friday the 13th in Austin, TX against perpetual powerhouse Texas. #2 in the nation and a squad with many weapons and skills.
This is a Texas squad that may be the most athletic and tallest team Louisville has faced this season. A venue where the Longhorn faithful get loud, crazy and become the seventh player on the court. Louisville will need to be adept at the basics of Volleyball. Clean and accurate passing. Limiting the self-inflicted turnovers. Playing together and contesting each and every point. Getting AVCA East Region Aiko Jones plenty of kill chances and strong efforts from the rest of the "A-Team" -- Anna Stevenson, Amber Stivrins and Amaya Tillman. Maybe the biggest key is how well Claire Chaussee flies against the taller 'Horns.
|Why, yes, we ARE still dancing.|
Louisville has faced five of the sixteen squads that have advanced this season and has gone 2-3 against them. Cards wins were against Texas A&M (3-2) and Cincinnati (3-2). The losses came against Florida 0-3, Kentucky 0-3 and Purdue 1-3.
|"Whatcha think about UofL Volleyball this year, Dee?"|
"Not enough whistles and technicals, in my opinion."
We'll have more on the match between the Cards and Longhorns as it gets closer here at Cardinal Couple.
Yesterday's presser with Dani Busboom Kelly, Tori Dilfer and Aiko Jones is linked up below:
LOUISVILLE VOLLEYBALL PRESSER 12-10-19
ACC WBB NEWS AND NOTES
|Ms. WUF has stuff to dance about this season|
-- Four teams ranked in AP Top 25. Besides the Cards, who fell to #7 in the rankings, Florida State climbs to #8, NC State checks in at #9 and Miami squeaks in at #25.
-- Then there were three. After Louisville's Thursday loss to Ohio State, three ACC teams remain undefeated. FSU, NC State and surprising UNC. The three are 26-0 overall.
-- Thou shall not score. It is Georgia Tech leading the ACC (and the nation) in least points allowed this season. The Yellow Jackets are giving up just 42 points a game. Cortnee Walton, a staunch defender in her Louisville days, is an assistant coach on Nell Fortner's squad. FSU and NC State are tied for #20, allowing a mere 53.8 a contest.
-- That's my ball. Wake Forest leads the ACC (and the nation) with a rebounding advantage of +16.5 a night. Louisville checks in at #23 with a +11.3 "grabs" edge per game. Eight ACC schools are in the top 50.
-- I'll make that shot, Coach. The ACC has three scorers who have tallied 31 points per game this season. Freshman Kylie Kornegay-Lucas from Virginia. Jocelyn Willoughby, also from the Cavs and Bea Mompreimer (Miami) are the high scorers. Kornegay-Lucas also is the highest points-per-single-game scorer of all the freshmen in the NCAA with her 31.
-- Works in progress. Four ACC schools are below .500 in win/loss records so far. Notre Dame is 5-6, Virginia 4-5, Pitt 3-6 and Clemson 3-7.
With only a couple of actual ACC match-ups in the books so far, it's way-too-early to make bold predictions about how things will spin out in the conference. Maybe Jared Anderson will offer a few of his "yeah, that's probably not going to happen" predictions and prognostications in tomorrow's article. A lot of hoops still to be played, folks.
Today's question is this:
Evaluate how you think these Cards true sophomores in the picture are doing for WBB so far
Have a wonderful Wednesday !