We report on the joy and excitement of UofL women's sports here. Thanks for checking us out! Click the picture of Louie to hear the latest Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast!!

Thursday, June 17, 2021



Hello readers! Daryl reporting here today. Calendar check... No, it is not the weekend already. It is still only Thursday. I am covering today's write up for Jared (he has definitely covered for me plenty of times in the past) and it's my pleasure to do so!   I want to thank you all for the comments on my post from last week... I appreciate the kind words and enjoy hearing from you! 

I did not end up at the Sky/Fever game this past weekend, unfortunately some car trouble on the way up kept us from arriving on time to see the game... I WILL get to a WNBA game this season to catch a former Card.  I'm not sure where or when but it will happen.  

As the seasons have all wrapped up for UofL sports, the university held its 8th annual Louie's Student Awards for the athletics departments.  This award ceremony recognizes teams and individual players on their achievements on and off the field while at UofL.   The full list of recipients below:

UPS Leadership Award - Female
Makenli Forrest
Track & Field

UPS Leadership Award - Male
Pedro Fonseca
Men's Soccer

Resilience Award - Female
Aliyah Welter
Track & Field

Resilience Award - Male
Max Kennedy
Men's Golf

Comeback Team Award

Humble & Hungry Award
Aliyah Welter
Track & Field

CardsCARE Award – Female
Kaylee Wheeler
Swim + Dive

CardsCARE Award – Male
Zeiko Harris
Men's Soccer

Cardinal Cup – Female
All Girl Cheer

Cardinal Cup – Male

Spirit Award – Cheer
Callie Pass

Spirit Award – Ladybirds
Hannah Sears

Highest GPA
Celene Funke

Meghan Schneider
Field Hockey

L1C4 Award
Celene Funke

A couple things stood out to me... I want to give a shoutout to Celene Funke after a multiple award evening.  Ive had the 'joy and excitement' of watching Celene grow into her role with not just the softball program but the whole university over the last 5 years.  "The Funk" was very visible in supporting other programs on game-days as well as making efforts for social change all the while maintaining an above average GPA.  I want to thank Celene for the thousands of hours she dedicated to the program.  I have so many great memories of her time with UofL...  congrats to Celene on the honor. 

The other award that stood out to both Jeff and myself was the Volleyball squad receiving the 'Comeback Award'.   Maybe I am unaware of the criteria for this award but I'm not sure I understand the award being given to a team that went to the Sweet 16 in back to back seasons.  Perhaps it was because the season was split between the fall and the spring?? Not entirely sure on that front but the volleyball squad raked in four of the ACC's five major honors when the season concluded.  I know the squad has a lot of expectations for next season.  Perhaps any team that 'came back' to campus for the season was the criteria for receiving the award?  I suppose in a COVID year, that is something to celebrate.  Congrats to Volleyball! 

Speaking of awards... Morgan Bentley, Sarah Hernandez, Gabby Kouzelos, Nadege L’Esperance, Delaney Snyder and Maisie Whitsett were named to the All-ACC Women's Soccer Academic Team.  The six recipients was a program best for Louisville. Congrats to UofL WSOC! 

Louisville Lacrosse placed seven student athletes on the All-ACC Academic Team also. Caroline Blalock, Allegra Catalano, Rachel Florek, Ally HAll, Bella Karstien, Alex McNicholas and Paige Richbourg were part of an all-time program best ! 

Congratulations to these Cardinals who embody the term "student-athlete". We are proud of your achievements here at CARDINAL COUPLE ! 

The ACC Honor Roll, which recognizes all student-athletes with a 3.0  for the current academic year will be released in July 

I am making it a short one today since I will be checking back in tomorrow to push a few buttons. Enjoy the weather out there today, Louisvillians!  It's supposed to remain in the 80s today before its another scorcher of a weekend.  Don't forget the sunscreen!

Go Cards!! 


  1. Great to see the academic successes, especially during a pandemic.

    Nick O

  2. It seems the media including here has dried up and dropped the Shimmel story. I figured I'd find something here but you all have run and hid from it too. What gives?

    1. We are a site that promotes the joy and excitement of UofL women's sports. The Schimmel incident is neither and we will not dwell on it.



Please leave your comments here. We ask you be respectful of other posts, no matter how ridiculous they may seem to you. After all, it is CARDINAL COUPLE.

Any attempts to advertise a product or other website here in the comments section without the prior consent of CARDINAL COUPLE will result in a bill rendered for advertising services and possible legal action. We're serious. No more bots.

Now, have your take...