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Saturday, February 1, 2020


Breaking News regarding tomorrow's game against USA: Reports indicate that Hailey Van Lith, Merissa Russell, and about a half a dozen more recruits will be in the building for the matchup.

On the final day of January, several Louisville women's teams were in action as spring seasons get underway and winter seasons wrap up.

Tennis Defeats Lipscomb

Louisville women's tennis continued their hot start to the season with a 5-2 victory over Lipscomb yesterday afternoon. The Cards swept the doubles matches to earn their first point and went 4-2 in the singles matches to claim the victory. Andrea Di Palma, Rhea Verma, Jelena Vujanic, and Dina Chaika won their matches, with Chaika needing a third set comeback to take the point. Diana Wong fell in two close sets (4-6, 6-7) and Raven Neely went down in her third set 10-5. I have no idea why Neely and her competitor, Kate Popova, played to such a high score, so if anyone else could chime in, that would be great.

With the victory, the Cards improve to 6-0. Louisville is back in action tomorrow afternoon at Bass-Rudd when they take on Furman at 12PM.

Swimming Upsets No. 4 Indiana

Louisville Swimming and Diving invited their neighbors to the north down to the Ralph Wright Natatorium for Senior Day. The Cards split with the Hoosiers, with the women claiming a tight upset victory (156.5-143.5) and the men falling a bit short (171-129). On the afternoon, 17 total seniors were honored, including Avery Braunecker, Casey Fanz, Molly Fears, Nastja Govejsek, Maggie Jahns, Grace Oglesby, Brianna Price, Michaela Sliney, Sofie Underdahl, and Lainey Visscher on the women's side. Louisville's swimming and diving women won eight total events on the day on their way to the win. 

The Cards will host the Louisville Invitational on Valentine's Day Weekend, their final meet before the Women's ACC Championships get underway on February 19th. More than a few Cardinals will be looking to qualify for the NCAA Championships so they can add their names to the rafters alongside the likes of Kelsi Worrell and Mallory Comerford.

Track and Field Underway in Ann Arbor

Louisville's Indoor Track and Field teams are currently taking part in the Power Five Invitational hosted by the University of Michigan. Only a few events went final yesterday, with Louisville's Kelsey Heyward taking second in the qualifying 60m hurdles. The majority of the races and all of the field events will be taking place today, and those are the events in which the Cards usually succeed. However, the field is tough in Ann Arbor, with the likes of Notre Dame, Michigan, North Carolina, and Mississippi State competing. The event will wrap up today.

No Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Today

Due to a variety of scheduling issues, both with the studio and individual hosts, there will not be a Cardinal Couple Radio Hour this week. We'll work to get back on track next week. In the meantime, be sure to tune in to these pages tomorrow for a preview of the matchup between Louisville women's basketball and the USA Olympic team.

Until next time, Go Cards!


  1. Most likely a misprint on Raven's score. All you have to do is win a set by two points, so it was probably 7-5 or a very unlikely 10-8. I'd bet on 7-5 being correct.


  2. Super pumped about today's Cards WBB vs USA WBB game. I thought you guys might have more about it in preview, and I know Jeff never gets a Sunday article up until after 10 a.m. but no mention or analysis in Saturday's article.

    Expected more, Cardinal Couple.

    Curtis "USA! USA! USA!" Franklin

    1. I'm sorry if our coverage hasn't met your expectations, Curtis. Let me assume the role of a Sunday Morning preacher here for a minute.

      It's an exhibition. It doesn't affect the national rankings, conference standings or Cards record one bit. It's a nice tune up for USA before they head to Serbia and a wonderful opportunity for the WBB squad to test their skills against professional. A great chance for Cardinal fans, basketball fans to see some of the greats in the game.

      Jeff Walz made a concerted effort to build the game on TV and radio. We don't do either of those media outlets and are satisfied that they gave their due diligence to the event.

      I have full confidence in our writers to cover what they feel is important with UofL women's sports and I believe they do a great job in our being the only website that provides daily coverage on that.

      Yes, Sonja and I will be there. I will recap it fully on Monday, Sonja will do her recap at Rivals. We didn't see the need to further promote an event that we've given coverage for leading up to it and are going to enjoy the day.

      We're excited for the day and what it is.


  3. WLKY just called Angel "Angel McCowty". Our local TV folks are morons. And, Walz is highly invested in USA Basketball, their coach of the year. I can't help but feel this is self-promotion for him with that program as well. I just pray that no one gets hurt. WBB has a tough road ahead of them the rest of this season and I question playing the game at this critical part of the season.

    Nick O.

  4. Hey Case, Thanks for not forgetting all the other women's sports programs. Those women work just as hard to excel as the basketball players. And, I always appreciate the positive comments of all. As Coach Walz would/has said, these are 18 to 22 year old women working to be the best at their sport and their chosen academic field.


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