Saturday, July 31, 2021
Friday, July 30, 2021
FRIDAYS WITH DARYL
Welcome to the weekend! We finally made it!
The Louisville Bats are out of town which gives me the opportunity to check in with Cardinal Couple readers and listeners. As Jared informed, I will be out for radio again with a previous scheduled appointment. Getting all my check-ups in while I can before the fall season's kick off. UofL 'button-pushers' did get the tentative work schedule for womens and mens soccer, field hockey, volleyball. I was glad to see my name back on that schedule...
Our group chat has been consumed with all Olympics talk. We've all been tuning in to a broad variety of events. I've tuned in a lot for water polo, soccer, volleyball and the triathlons. Definitely have not caught enough gymnastics yet this year... I know it's been a hot topic for the general public. I'll save my preaching for after the games have wrapped up. Right now, I am enjoying the process of it all - especially the Opening Ceremonies!
The first recorded Olympic Games were held at Olympia in the Greek city-state of Elis in 776 B.C., but it is generally accepted that the Olympics were at least 500 years old at that time.
The thought of this long-standing worldly tradition of athletic competition gives me chills!!! Think of the thousands and thousands of athletes and the millions and millions of viewers over the years of these events. Plus i find it pretty magical that as a planet we can come together to speak the same language - the language of sport. It really is a beautiful thing.
As i mentioned, I tuned in for almost all of both the mens and womens triathlons. Cancer survivor, Kevin McDowell placed a historic national best 6th place for Team USA while the red white and blue found a bronze medal finish from two-time Olympian, Katie Zaferes. The transitions from one leg of the race to the next was my favorite part. Watching the athletes switch gear and have to follow particular rules in doing so was fascinating. And if you haven't seen it yet, the false start on the mens side was enough entertainment to last me until the next Summer Olympics. Seriously, if you havent seen it yet, go look it up now. I'll give you a hint... there was a boat involved.
All of this Olympics talk, I am glad to have picked up a new hobby to keep me active. A couple years ago I was invited by UofL to participate in the Annual Cardinal Press Box Classic. Even though I had not picked up a golf club at that point in my life, I said of course I'm participating.. How the heck do you turn down an opportunity to play along-side UofL coaches and fellow media members?! I spent about 6 weeks learning to swing a club and make contact with the ball to TRY and not look like an idiot. As someone who came from a softball background... you'd think putting the club to the ball would come like some second nature to me. ha. ha. jokes on me right?!
Just kidding, it wasn't so bad. We played best ball, the event coordinators paired me with a sweet and very patient soul that helped inspire my passion for the game and desire to want to drive that ball a solid 100 yards at a time. I have become a woman obsessed with the game of golf, to say the least. I will be participating in my second Cardinal Press Box Classic this coming Monday and I cannot wait to show Kenny Klein how much I've improved over these past two years! Golf played a huge part of therapy during the pandemic for me and my close friends. In fact, I celebrated my thirtieth birthday with a golf trip to Florida in May. I was disappointed to not see any gators while i was there, however.
I bet when you logged on to Cardinal Couple today, you did not know you were going to get the Daryl story. I hope I have not bored you..
I don't have much left in the tank to say this morning. Other than I hope you all have a cool place to stay in this blistering heat of the summer. It's so gross out right now so don't forget to stay hydrated and wear your sunscreen!
Have a great weekend out there, Louisville!
Go Cards and Go USA
Thursday, July 29, 2021
As we have seen all throughout the first week in the Olympics, Team USA continues to be in contention for the gold medal race and overall medal race, but Japan and China continue to be thorns for the Americans.
The big news in the Olympics continues to be centered on Simone Biles and the Norwegian Beach Handball Team. The two topics are unrelated. I'll save my thoughts for Saturday's radio-podcast, which can be heard live through YouTube, but I do stand in support of both Biles and Norway.
Rob Bennett Joins Golf Coaching Staff
UofL women's golf announced that Rob Bennett will join the team as an assistant coach. Bennett comes to Louisville after spending the last three seasons with Abilene Christian.
"We're excited to welcome Coach Rob Bennett to our coaching staff," said head coach Whitney Young. "His vision, passion, and experience will help us continue taking steps towards future success. We look forward to him making a positive impact on our student-athletes with his dedication, work ethic, and competitive nature."
During his time with Abilene Christian, the Wildcats rose over 60 spots in the national rankings. ACU set school records in scoring average, low single round score, and low tournament score under Bennett's guidance.
UofL women's golf is no stranger to the national rankings and competing in the postseason. Bennett could be the key into helping Coach Young continue to build this program and advance them further.
Daryl is out for our Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast this weekend, but is expected to have tomorrow's write so tune in. Like myself, she has been following all sorts of Olympics happenings when she's not pushing buttons and running the camera crew at Louisville Slugger Field.
Happy Friday and Go Cards!
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
CARDS TO TRAVEL TO SIOUX FALLS TO FACE WILDCATS
We don't usually get Louisville WBB scheduling news in July, but, it was revealed yesterday that the WBB Cards will make a trip to Sioux Falls, SD to play national runner-up Arizona on Friday, Nov. 12th. in an event titled The Invitational .
The game is part of a one-day doubleheader event . South Carolina will also be in attendance and will take on host South Dakota. All four teams participated in the 2021 NCAA Tournament and pre-season rankings have the Gamecocks at #2, the Cards at #6 and South Dakota at #25 .
Sioux Falls is the hometown of incoming Louisville WBB freshman Sydni Schetnan, so the Cards should be in good shape for ideas for local dining and sight-seeing options. The games will be played at the Sanford Pentagon, part of the 160,000 square-foot Sanford Sports Complex. It'll be Louisville WBB's first-ever appearance in the facility and the game will be broadcast on "the ESPN Networks"
Details for tickets will be available at a later date with details to follow. The basketball venue holds around 3200.
"We are extremely excited to tip off our season at the 2021 Sanford Pentagon Women's Basketball doubleheader," said Louisville head coach Jeff Walz. "To be able to compete against a tremendous Arizona team, as well as be a part of such a prestigious showcase for women's basketball, is an incredible opportunity for our team and program. As each month passes, we hope that the best fans in the country, Card Nation, will also be in attendance.
For more information on the South Dakota facility, go to: sanfordpentagon.com
Tuesday, July 27, 2021
Has the exhaustion of watching or following the Olympics hit you yet? I've been trying to follow as much as I can which has included some late nights and, on the weekends, early mornings.
As of yesterday, Team USA was doing alright. Swimming typically brings in a lot of medals and they've contributed to a heavy amount of the then-14 medals (seven gold, three silver, four bronze). Team USA was second officially (the Olympics goes based off number of gold) with Japan having eight gold medals and China with six. In total medals, Team USA sat second with 14, but China had a slight lead with 18.
Here is the breakdown of the 14 medals as of yesterday afternoon Eastern Time:
Fencing: 1 gold
Shooting: 3 gold
Taekwondo: 1 gold
Skateboarding: 1 bronze
Swimming: 2 gold, 3 silver, 3 bronze
Note: Team USA had earned other medals before I had gone to bed, but to prevent confusion, it was easier to give the medal count from the end of Monday July 26.
Softball will earn either a gold or silver in their 7:00 A.M. ET game today. Swimming still has plenty more to go with a plethora of Americans competing. USA women's basketball faced Nigeria at 12:30 this morning in group play so hopefully Paulie can give us an update on that. Team USA continues group play in beach volleyball. Gymnastics has plenty of Americans ready to vie for a medal. Women's soccer concluded group play early this morning against Australia.
Oh yeah, that's not even half of the sports Team USA is competing in today. However, we have some UofL news to cover.
Scott Teeter continues to build his program and some of his latest talented recruits earned some nice honors. Five incoming Louisville lacrosse players earned USA Lacrosse Girls' High School awards.
Bri Lang, Haley Reeck, and Marley Scott were named All-Americans. Lauren Figas was named the Jackie Pitts Award winner for Florida- South Atlantic Region. Tiffany Natoli joined Scott as being named Academic All-Americans.
Lang helped lead her high school to 2019 and 2021 Section Championships. A Section is similar to a District, for the Louisville area folks. Scott helped led her team to State Championships in 2018, 2019, and 2021. Reeck is a dual-sport athlete and was a team captain for lacrosse and soccer. Rigas helped her team to a State runner-up finish in 2019 and Section runner-up in 2021.
All five will be suited up in the spring for Teeter's squad and can help replace some important players that were recognized at Senior Day such as Caroline Blalock, Sarah Blalock, Ally Hall, Alex McNicholas, Shayla Scanlan, Maddie Birch, Jen Schaaf, Rachel Florek, and Allie Arcidiacono. A few of the recognized seniors have hinted at interest in returning next season with the extra year of eligibility.
The Cards finished the season ranked 24th in the country (out of 112 active teams) but failed to make the NCAA Tournament after a first-round exit to North Carolina in the ACC Tournament.
Lacrosse is not currently an Olympic sport but has appeared five times in the Olympics, most recently in 1948. With the sport rapidly growing interest there have been rumors it could join the Olympics as soon as 2024 or 2028.
Happy Tuesday and Go Cards!
Monday, July 26, 2021
IRISH, MCFERRAN ONE OF 12 COUNTRIES IN OLYMPICS
We take a great deal of pride here at Cardinal Couple when former Louisville women's athletic participants get the chance to compete on the world stage. Right now, arguably the biggest world stage -- The Olympics -- is underway and former Cardinals great Ayeshia McFerran is the goalkeeper for the Irish National team in the events at Tokyo.
McFerran has been called the world greatest goalkeeper and certainly earned the title at the University of Louisville with her work defending the net. Ayeshia spent four years (2015-18) in goalkeep for Louisville and complied 50 wins and 20 shutouts in her four years for the Cards.
The Cards made NCAA Tournament appearances in three of McFerrans's four years at Louisville and Ayeshia was named an All-American all four years she was at Louisville.
After graduation, McFerran returned to her homeland --Ireland -- and resumed her duties as the goalkeeper for the Irish National squad. The Irish qualified for the Olympics, one of 12 teams to do so, and were placed in Pool A for the Olympics, along with Germany, Great Britain, South Africa, The Netherlands and India.
Sadly, the United States did not qualify for the Olympics in Field Hockey. .
The 12 squads are involved in "pool play" currently and will play each member of their pool once. The top four teams in each pool advance to the quarterfinals. So far, the countries have played two games each and Ireland is 1-1 in Pool A.
The Irish began pool play with a 2-0 win on Saturday, July 24th over South Africa. The competition got much rougher yesterday for Ireland, going up against The Netherlands. The Netherlands are widely considered the powerhouse of Field Hockey and dropped Ireland to 1-1 with a 4-0 shutout..
Ireland returns to play on Tuesday when they'll face 2-0 Germany.
Standings in the pools are determined by a squad getting three points for a win, one point for a tie and no points for a loss. The Irish are tied, with three points, with Great Brittan in Pool A -- The Netherlands and Germany lead the way with six points and India and South Africa are at the bottom of Pool A with no points, so far.
We at CARDINAL COUPLE wish Ayeshia the best of good fortunes in the rest of the Olympic competition. !
Sunday, July 25, 2021
Volleyball Gets a Verbal
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Saturday, July 24, 2021
USA U23 3x3 Team Announced
Brief Olympic Update
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Friday, July 23, 2021
Happy Friday, Cards fans! We have finally reached the end of the work week and now have the weekend to look forward to. Bright an early this morning the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremonies began.
We've barely scratched the surface of the Olympics and excitement continues to build. NBC and Peacock seem to be doing a majority of the streaming and coverage of events. I'm excited to see current and former Cards compete among different sports, but I'm also thrilled we have baseball and softball in the Olympics again. Cheerleading just got approved to become an Olympic sport effective the 2024 Olympics. That's something to look forward to in the future.
However, we do have some current UofL news involving women's basketball.
Payton Verhulst Participating in the U19 World Cup
Fans are eager to see Payton Verhulst in a Louisville uniform this winter, but the highly touted freshman has other business to take care of first.
Verhulst is one of 12 members that will play for the USA Basketball Women's U19 World Cup Team. They are currently training through July 27 before they head over to Europe.
The FIBA U19 World Cup will be held in Debrecen, Hungary from Aug. 7-19. Italy, Australia, and Egypt are all on the schedule so far for preliminary play.
Since 1985, Team USA has compiled a record of 86-13 in U19 play including eight gold medals, one silver, and one bronze. Let's hope they add a ninth gold medal.
Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast
As of right now we are on for our Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast tomorrow. Daryl will be out, but I think the other four of us will be available. Our Cardinal Couple engineers Worldwide and Case have been working on setting us up using OBS as a replacement for Skype. OBS gives them more control on the audio settings and balance for each individual user.
Beyond the brief and simple explanation for the switch over you can check out the novel being written by our team of engineers on all of the benefits of OBS and how it will help us. Just don't ask me, I have a music degree.
Catch us at 11 a.m. Saturday ! Go to the Cardinal Couple You Tube page and click away.
Happy Friday and Go Cards!
Thursday, July 22, 2021
Happy Thursday, Cards fans! We've been switching writing assignments this week like musical chairs with Daryl and I taking some of the heavier labor with assistance from Case on Monday. Things still remain fairly quiet in terms of UofL news.
Many student-athletes have started making their way back to campus to begin training and conditioning. The commitment of being a DI student-athlete comes with much sacrifice including a condensed summer. I usually wake up at 6:40 to get ready for work and even many of these student-athletes have already been awake for quite some time for their morning workouts.
Katy and I had to plan out what was going to be on tv with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics having started. The lady of the house enjoys her time watching Big Brother and the Bachelor/Bachelorette (whichever is currently in season), but I gave her the talk that we'll be watching the Olympics on the big tv in the living room. Being the nice fiancé I am, I went out to buy an HDMI cable to hook up the second cable box to the tv in the bedroom so she could watch her show while I enjoy rooting for Team USA.
|Courtesy of US Soccer|
Speaking of the Olympics and Team USA, it was an ugly start for the Team USA women's soccer, who dropped their opening match in group play to Sweden 3-0. We do have to look at many of the members of the USWNT have been on the roster for the last two FIBA World Cups, if not longer, and may not have the same fresh legs as some of their opponents. Europe has really beefed up their women's soccer teams in recent years. But one loss doesn't knock them out.
Only 12 teams compete in the Olympics for women's soccer. There are three groups of four teams, labeled Group E, F, G. They received those three group names to avoid confusion with the men's Groups A-D. The top two finishes in each group advance to the next portion. The next top two finishers also advance, giving the next round a total of eight teams. Thankfully, Team USA still has Australia (ranked 9th in the FIBA rankings) and New Zealand (ranked 22nd). Sweden is currently ranked 6th with the Americans continuing to hold the top ranking.
|Monica Abbott, courtesy of NCAA.com|
Team USA softball also started the Olympics already. In fact, they're two games in already. In their opening game, Team USA (ranked 1st in the WBSC rankings) took down Italy (ranked 9th) 2-0. Then, at 8:00 p.m., ET, last night, the Americans went up against Canada (ranked 3rd). It was a close one as Team USA walked away with a 1-0 win.
Like the Team USA women's soccer, the softball squad features some veteran players. 38-year-old Cat Osterman and 35-year-old Monica Abbott are on the team this year. Both players pitched in the 2008 silver medal finish with Osterman also playing in the 2004 gold medal finish.
For softball, just six teams will compete in the Olympics this year: USA (ranked 1st), Japan (ranked 2nd), Canada (ranked 3rd), Mexico (ranked 5th), Australia (ranked 8th), and Italy (ranked 9th). The third and fourth place finishers in the round robin pool play compete in the bronze medal game will the top two finishers will battle it out for the gold.
I have no plans to stay up until 2:00 or 4:00 and I'm certainly not going to bed at 8:00 and trying to get up for some of the listed game times, but I will gladly watch games when and where I can.
|Believe it or not, I have photographed MBB|
On one last note and semi-tied to UofL, congratulations to former Card and current Bucks player Jordan Nwora on becoming a world champion as the Milwaukee Bucks won the NBA Finals Tuesday night.
Happy Thursday and Go Cards!
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
We've switched up the line-up this week, readers. Daryl checking in with you for Wednesday's coverage.
Students are back on campus gearing up for the start of the school year, student-athletes adding practice and team work-outs to the agendas. UofL starts classes on August 23rd, the athletic calendar kicking off with Women's Soccer vs Ball State Saturday, August 14th. For me, the two fall sports I'm most looking forward to are both ticketed sports this season so I wanted to remind everyone to get their tickets and get them NOW! Follow the link https://am.ticketmaster.com/uofl/buy for your fall sport ticket needs.
You can find the fall sports schedules to the RIGHT >>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Reading over the gang's coverage this past week, Jeff had an interesting feature article talking about women's vs men's coverage and the work dedicated to the operations of local and other national squads (check out Sunday's article to read what I'm referencing) I noticed this when visiting the WBB & VB ticket pages both through ticketmaster. I did click the WBB tickets first.. no particular reason why.. and was amazed to see this is what the selection page looked like... Super cool visuals of the KFC Yum! Center and downtown Louisville.
I'm probably going to have the Olympics on in the background at work for the rest of the week for Team USAs events which looks like Softball and Soccer to finish out the week and Basketball over the weekend. Tokyo, Japan is 13 hours ahead of the United States' Eastern Standard Time. So either set your DVR or alarm clocks! And Let's go TEAM(S) USA!!!!
Some personal business will keep me off the rotation until atleast next week so I'll sign off with well wishes to everyone reading this and as always, Go Cards.
Tuesday, July 20, 2021
WHERE THE ACTION IS
Louisville is home to some fine venues that fans of opposing teams have complimented. These stadiums can also provide a strong home field advantage.
Today, we'll take a look at some of the venues that house the fall sports.
Stadiums and Arenas
L&N Federal Credit Union Arena
|Photo from west end zone of arena|
The newest, well, most recently renovated, venue is L&N Federal Credit Union Arena, which is home to Louisville Volleyball.
Formerly known as Cardinal Arena, the VolleyCards have called this place home during two different eras. Cardinal Arena was the only home for Louisville during the days of Leonid Yelin as head coach as well as the early days of Anne Kordes as head coach. It wasn't until Kordes took over before Louisville started playing some larger matches at the KFC Yum! Center. By the time Kordes reached her final season in the fall of 2016, nearly every match was held at the KFC Yum! Center.
Dani Busboom Kelly came to Louisville in 2017, the same year UofL completely renovated the on-campus arena. Thanks to a generous donation by L&N Federal Credit Union, Cardinal Arena was renamed L&N Federal Credit Union Arena.
The newly-renovated arena now has a true arena-style feel with seating located a full 360° around the court. Most of the seating comes along the sidelines with a couple rows hanging out in each end zone, hovering above the floor and team benches. There is also a concession stand on the east side of the arena by the front entrance up against Floyd Street.
The 1,100-seat facility has seen plenty of sold out full house crowds with tickets being sold as standing room only before. Due to its small size, L&N Federal Credit Union Arena can be deafening for opposing teams.
The Cards have 13 home matches scheduled this year in the LNFCU.
Dr Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium
|Photo from northeast corner of stadium|
The newest facility on campus not including renamed venues or renovations is Dr Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium, which houses both Louisville Women's Soccer and Louisville Men's Soccer. The stadium named is often shortened to Lynn Stadium, which we will refer to it as in this article.
Constructed in 2014, the stadium is still considered one of the best collegiate soccer facilities in the country and has even been used by Louisville's professional soccer team, Louisville City FC.
Lynn Stadium uses natural grass on the pitch and is maintained daily by the grounds crew. Fans can view the match from all sides of the stadium with a majority of the viewing area being the chairback seats on the south side of the stadium. The east end zone is made up of bleachers that sit up against the offices and locker rooms. There is a grass berm on the north side and west end zone with a playground located on the north berm.
Prior to their time at Lynn Stadium, the Cards played at the Louisville Track and Soccer Stadium on Floyd Street, right across the street from L&N Federal Credit Union Arena. Lynn Stadium is also located on Floyd Street, but further down near Cardinal Stadium (football).
The press box is located on the south side with the chairback seating. The south side of the stadium features a large awning to cover fans from the elements.
The Cards have 11 home matches scheduled this year in Lynn. .
|Photo from west end of stadium|
Louisville Field Hockey is the only fall team to only have not seen a new stadium or renovations in recent years. Trager Stadium has been home to the Cards since its construction in 2000. The Cards chose to celebrate my sixth birthday with a venue-premier win over Ohio on Sept. 22, 2000. Sorry if that makes you feel old!
Viewed as one of the premier field hockey facilities in the country, Trager Stadium has hosted six NCAA DI championships and three NCAA DIII championships.
Trager Stadium has a state of the art astro turf. The synthetic turf is thinner and harder than a football field turf, allowing players to run easily and the ball to roll smoothly. The turf also absorbs water well to prevent flooding but also to allow enough water to remain for a suitable playing surface.
In 2008, there was an expansion to Trager Stadium, adding many bleachers to raise the capacity to 1,500. All spectator seating is on the east side of the stadium with the benches and press box on the west side. The end zones remain empty.
The Cards have nine official home matches scheduled this year in Trager.
We are fortunate to experience these venues first hand on a yearly basis either from a spectator standpoint or in the press box. Admission is fee for soccer and field hockey while volleyball is a ticketed event.
We highly encourage you to visit each venue to check out a game sometime. Of course, if attending games in person isn't your thing, UofL does an excellent job with airing their games on the ACC Network or ACC Network Extra.
Also, in regards to that photo at the top of Louie flying, why did I just find out that we used to have Louie "fly" in from the rafters at Freedom Hall? That's actually really neat!
Happy Tuesday and Go Cards!
Monday, July 19, 2021
USA Wins 93-62 in Final Tune-Up
Sunday, July 18, 2021
Some Travel Thoughts
A Twinge of Disappointment
A Bit of Pride
Saturday, July 17, 2021
Forrest and Schneider are NCAA WotY Nominees
No CCRH This Week
Friday, July 16, 2021
Good Friday morning Cardnation !
It feels like a great morning, it really does. We're in the all-star break in a couple sports (WNBA, mlb & milb), i have had the opportunity to see a live show again last weekend & it just seems like personally, it was a very rewarding week and i am looking forward to the weekend to relax!
When I started typing, I had no plan for what I would type.. my routine is to read up on the gang's posts from the week and see if any wheels start turning. With not much going on on the Cardinal sports front and pro sports reaching their halfway marks, I cant help but to look forward to the Olympics.
TEAM USA WBB
Team USA WBB faced the WNBA All-Stars a couple nights ago... it was an entertaining game if you did not get to see it, the All-Stars beat Team USA 93-85. The 3-point shooting contest was held at half-time, veteran guard Allie Quigley from the Chicago Sky won her third triples crown.
Team WNBA was coached by Lisa Leslie and Tina Thompson, both former WNBA greats and Olympic teammates of Team USA coach, Dawn Staley. Thompson is coach of Virginia's women's team and Staley coaches at South Carolina. They are all good friends who won Olympic gold together and are Naismith Hall of Famers.
After entering the 4th quarter tied at 66, the All-Stars beat USA 27-19 in the 4th quarter. This site is not an Arike Ogumbawale fan-site, lets make that clear.. but she had 8 of Team WNBA's 4th quarter total. She lead all scorers with 26 points in 26 minutes on the floor going 10-18 from the field and 5-10 from three point land which was good for the MVP honors of the game.
If you recall, Team USA team started prepping for the Tokyo Olympics in November of 2019 when they went on a college campus tour making stops at Stanford, Oregon and Oregon State, Texas A&M, Uconn & UofL was the last stop in February of 2020 before the national team began its Olympic qualifying tournament campaign. The IOC ultimately suspended the Tokyo Games on in late March of 2020 due to the condition of the global pandemic. Angel McCoughtry should've gotten the opportunity to play in those games, unfortunately, a season ending injury in May of 2021 sidelined her for competition. She was, however, in the broadcasting booth for the All-star events this past week along-side LaChina Robinson and company.
Here is the Box Score from Team USA vs Louisville WBB 2/2/2020
Final score? It was ugly..
Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird will be playing in their fifth Olympics. Taurasi has had a hip injury and did not play vs Team WNBA saying she wants to be ready for Tokyo. The Americans' Olympic opener is July 27 vs. Nigeria.
CARDS IN THE OLYMPICSThe University of Louisville is sending 10 athletes to the Olympic Games representing 10 different countries, in Tokyo, Japan.
The Cardinal contingent consists of Zach Harting (Swimming - USA), Tatiana Salcutan (Swimming - Moldova), Andrej Barna (Swimming - Serbia), Grigory Tarasevich (Swimming - Russia), Marcelo Acosta (Swimming - El Salvador), Murilo Sartori (Swimming – Brazil), Merissah Russell (Women's Basketball – Canada), Ayeisha McFerran (Field Hockey – Ireland), Ben Williams (Track & Field – Great Britain), Matt Hughes (Track & Field – Canada).
Thursday, July 15, 2021
Way Too Early Season Predictions
(EDITOR NOTE: Our columnist Jared Anderson likes to predict things. We all get a big chuckle out of some of his prognostications and occasionally, he's even pretty close to being right on a prediction. It's the old "even a blind squirrel finds a nut" theory with him. But, as always, a good read.)
It's time to start some debate on here. Now...we just wait to see which member of the Cardinal Couple team wants to smack me the hardest.
The fall sports schedules have been out for about a week now so it's time to take a swing (and probably a miss) at the final results for each team.
Women's Soccer is the first team to start their regular season for the 2021-2022 season and have plenty of home matches to ease the schedule. Here's how I see the contests going:
vs Ball State (W)
vs Western Michigan (W)
vs James Madison (W)
vs Northern Kentucky (W)
@ Saint Louis (L)
vs Western Kentucky (L)
vs Michigan (L)
@ Miami (W)
@ Syracuse (W)
vs Florida State (L)
vs Wake Forest (W)
@ Notre Dame (L)
vs NC State (W)
vs Boston College (W)
@ Virginia (L)
@ Clemson (L)
vs Duke (L)
Regular Season Record: 9-8, 5-5 ACC
The 15 points will be enough to get the Cards into the ACC Tournament as a low 7-or-8-seed, where they will bow out in the first round. Just to remind you, you get three points for a win and one point for a tie in the ACC. The top teams in the ACC are the top teams in the country and they're hard to beat, even on a good day.
The loss in the first round of the ACC Tournament drops the Cards to 9-9 and they miss out on the NCAA Tournament.
Volleyball has a pretty tough schedule with the additions of some highly-ranked non-conference opponents.. Here's how I see things going for them:
vs Cal Poly at neutral site (W)
vs Texas A&M- Corpus Christi at neutral site (W)
@ Arizona State (W)
vs Missouri (W)
vs South Dakota (W)
vs Northern Kentucky (W)
vs Purdue at neutral site (L)
@ Xavier (W)
vs Kentucky (L)
@ Nebraska (L)
vs Miami (W)
vs Florida State (W)
@ Clemson (W)
@ Georgia Tech (W)
vs Boston College (W)
vs Syracuse (W)
@ Virginia Tech (W)
@ Wake Forest (W)
vs Virginia (W)
vs Pitt (W)
@ Duke (W)
@ NC State (W)
@ North Carolina (W)
vs Georgia Tech (W)
@ Notre Dame (L)
vs Duke (W)
@ Pitt (L)
vs Notre Dame (W)
Regular Season Record: 23-5, 16-2 ACC
The 16-2 conference record is enough to claim another share of the ACC title, sharing the honors with rival Pitt. Multiple wins against ranked teams and a conference title give Louisville a seed in the NCAA Tournament. No stranger to getting wins in the postseason, the Cards advance to their second ever Elite Eight.
Field Hockey finished the season last year as one of the top teams in the country and made the Final Four. Their schedule, both in-conference and non-conference, are full of tough talent. My prediction for the Stick girls:
vs Ohio (W)
vs New Hampshire (W)
vs Pennsylvania at neutral site (L)
@ Princeton (W)
vs Indiana (W)
vs Liberty (W)
vs Virginia (W)
vs Iowa (W)
at Duke (L)
@ Ohio State (W)
vs Wake Forest (W)
vs Miami OH (W)
@ Michigan (L)
@ Boston College (L)
@ Northeastern (W)
@ North Carolina (L)
@ James Madison (W)
vs Syracuse (W)
Regular Season Record: 13-5, 3-3 ACC
A tough schedule featuring both teams from last year's national championship leads to a few tough losses, but Field Hockey wins the opening round of the ACC Tournament before falling in the semifinals. A solid record and a good resume gets Louisville back to the NCAA Tournament, but they can't match last year's finish as they fall in the quarterfinals.
The other Cardinal Couple folks will probably take a jab at some predictions either in the articles or on air. We'll continue to break the seasons down more in the next month as the start of fall sports creep closer.
Ideally, each team goes undefeated and wins the national championship, but that's easier said than done. WSOC needs to find a scorer like Ekic and Field Hockey a playmaker like Pastor (both have graduated and gone on to professional careers). Is there that talented freshman or key player from last year that will step up and say: "I will fill that role"? Time will tell.
If you've got a different "take", I'd love to hear from you about it. Leave a comment in the comments section.
Happy Thursday and Go Cards!