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Monday, July 12, 2021

Nina Moorer verbals to Louisville Volleyball -- MONDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


When you think of Louisville Volleyball, the cadre of opposite and outside hitters that have channeled through the Cardinals program are an impressive lot, to say the least. A scan of the Cards 2020 roster reveals the names Anna DeBeer, Aiko Jones, Claire Chaussee and Nena Mbonu all putting up impressive numbers for the VolleyCards.  

Add another to that impressive list. 

Nina Moorer, a 6'0" opposite/right  side hitter out of Houston, TX has given her verbal to the 2022 Louisville Volleyball squad. This, of course creates the delightful dilemma of "Nina" compared to "Nena" on the roster.  One of you two leapers is going to need to have a nickname bestowed upon you -- to keep our Cardinal Couple Volleyball expert Jeff McAdams from falling into the net of confusion. 

Moorer knocks the ball over the net for Ridge Point High School in Missouri City, TX. and also toils for Houston Skyline 18 Royal Volleyball on the club circuit. 

She broke the exciting news Saturday on Twitter: 

So blessed to say I've verbally committed to continue my academic and athletic career at the University of Louisville! GO Cards ! 

Be sure to drop her a congratulatory message on Twitter, her handle is @NinaMoorer

She'll be the second Texan on the 2022 roster, joining (you guessed it) Nena Mbonu, who played for Klein High School in Spring, TX. In case you wondered, Missouri City and Spring Texas are a mere 45 minutes apart -- Spring being north of Houston and Missouri City south of the home of the Astros. 

Moorer was previously in Lutz, FL -- playing for Steinbrenner High School -- before the family moved to Missouri City. 

Pat Moorer at Louisville

Athletics run in the family, it would appear. Her dad (Pat Moorer) is a strength and conditioning coach for the Houston Texans of the NFL.

If the name Pat Moorer sounds familiar to any Cardinal Football fans, Pat spent four years right here in Louisville (2010-13) on Charlie Strong's football staff -- so Nina definitely knows the Louisville area from her childhood days. 

Pat followed Strong to Texas when the former Cardinal head football coach took the job for the Longhorns and also went with Strong to South Florida. As is the life of an assistant football coach, Pat and family have seen quite a few cities -- he was also at Florida, South Carolina and Illinois. He was a walk-on for the Florida Gators football team in the late 1980's but proved his mettle with 177 tackles in two seasons. (That's A LOT of tackles, friends..) 

Good ol' Charlie at Louisville

Whatever happened to Charlie Strong, while were digging up old bones? After Strong was terminated from the Bulls in 2019, he went to work for his old buddy Nick Saban at Alabama for a year and was part of that National Championship team, . When Urban Meyer decided to leave the college ranks to take over the Jacksonville Jaguars as a head coach, he contacted Charlie (who had coached with him at UF) and Strong is now a part of Meyer's staff at the Jags. 

Now that I've gone completely off the rails from the original intent of today's article, I'll stop the train and end with: 

We'll be watching Nina's senior season with interest before she gets to the 'Ville and welcome her to the Cardinal family! 

Have a marvelous Monday!



  1. I thought that last name sounded familiar. From what I remember, her Dad was pretty much a no-nonsense disciplinarian kind of guy when he has here with Charlie.

    I hope she turns out to be a good one. The 6'0" height is a little smaller that what I'd like to see on the front line, but if she's got "hops" that absolves a smaller height.

    Nick O.

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  2. Seems like a good fit. Hope the Volleycards can also find a top notch server like that girl who killed us in the NCAA tournament.

    Curtis "Be kind" Franklin

  3. That pic is NOT Pat Moorer. Pat was often mistaken for Charlie but that pic is former DC. Come on guys....


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