INTERVIEW WITH LOUISVILLE SOFTBALL'S HOLLY APRILE
One of the spring sports that was impacted by the COVID-19 Virus was Louisville Softball. The 2020 version of the "hit and pitch" Cards had just completed their first home stand of the season, where they won three straight games in the Red and Black Challenge.
A series with Boston College was scheduled to start on Friday, March 13th at Ulmer Stadium. It wold have been the Cards and Eagles first foray into ACC play, but the Eagles -- like all the other ACC teams -- got grounded and never left Chestnut Hill to travel to Louisville.
When the season was ended, Louisville was 10-13. The Cards were being led by the bats of the Greenwood sisters -- Carmyn and Cassidy -- plus Taylor Roby and Celene Funke at the plate. In the circle, Roby and Chardonnay Harris had seen the bulk of the pitching work and performed well -- Roby sporting a 2.00 ERA and delivering 44 strikeout while compiling a 5-7 record. Harris was 5-6 and had a no-hitter for Louisville.
I hope you enjoy this interview with Coach Aprile. We cover many things and appreciate the work of Louisville softball S.I.D. Lori Korte Harmon with arranging the opportunity to "holler with Holly" and share it with you:
LINK: Holly Aprile Interview
I can tell you that we have already confirmed that Louisville WBB associate head coach Sam Purcell will be our next interview -- we'll have that for you on Monday morning Cardinal Couple.
Over the years, I've been fortunate to have some very fun and informative chats with "Sam P" and it should be interesting to discuss this "social distancing" aspect of life these days with him.
DANA DOES IT !
News came out Thursday that junior point guard Dana Evans of the University of Louisville women's basketball team has been selected as AP All-American Second team selection.
She is the fourth Cardinal in history to receive either first or second team honors. Can you name the other three? Answer at the bottom of today's column.
Evans was the ACC Player of the Year and was influential in leading Louisville to the ACC regular season title.
Evans has a season that was remarkable. She led the ACC with 90 made threes for the season. Other accomplishments:
-- Led ACC in free throw percentage at 89%
-- Had 10 - 20+ points per game efforts
-- Was in double figures in 29 of the 30 regular season games.
The First Team All-American Selections:
Sabrina Ionescu -- Oregon
Rhyne Howard -- Kentucky
Lauren Cox -- Baylor
Ruthy Hebard -- Oregon
Megan Walker -- UConn
Just a personal observation here, but the west coast-Oregon bias here is pretty evident. Louisville, of course, defeated the Oregon squad in the Virgin Island and, do they really deserve TWO players on the first team? Boston or Dana deserved that Hebard spot, IN MY HUMBLE OPINION. South Carolina was the best team in NCAA WBB this here and to get just one selection (on the second team, while Oregon got three is ridiculous.
Joining Evans on the second Team:
Allyah Boston -- South Carolina
Chennedy Carter -- Texas A&M
Satou Sabally -- Oregon
Aari Mc Donald -- Arizona
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(Answer to the question we asked at the start of today's article: the First and Second Team All-American WBB players from Louisville.)
-- Angel McCoughtry three times, first team once -- second team twice)
-- Asia Durr two times on the first team
-- Shoni Schimmel -- second team once.