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Saturday, August 21, 2021

Volleyball and Field Hockey Continue Preseasons -- SATURDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Volleyball Heads to Dayton for Exhibition

UofL Volleyball is set to continue their preseason today with an exhibition match against Dayton. The Cards opened the preseason with the Red and Black game earlier this week. During that game, Tori Dilfer went down with an injury and was held out for the rest of the match, though she returned to the sideline after a brief stint in the locker room. Thursday's soccer match saw some Cardinal Couplers have conversations with both her and Aiko Jones and we're assured that the injury was nothing major. That said, we'll keep an eye on whether Tori gets much playing time in today's exhibition or if she is held out precautionarily. 

The Cards and Flyers have played in each of the last three years, as they met in the 2018 NCAA tournament before playing early in the regular season in 2019. The tournament matchup saw Louisville take a 3-0 victory on Illinois' home floor before falling to the Illini the next night. In 2019, Louisville hosted Dayton in the Cardinal Classic, again winning in straight sets. Last season, the two came together in a pre-spring season exhibition. The Atlantic-10 did not play a fall schedule, so the February 2021 matchup was their first action of the year. Stats aren't available for that match. 

After Dayton stumbled in their opener against St. Louis, falling 2-3, they went on to win their remaining matches in the regular season. The team dropped just five sets in those eleven matches. They received a bye in the A10 Tournament and swept both Fordham and VCU for the championship. The Flyers then beat Towson in the NCAA Tournament before falling to Washington in five sets. 

Louisville will have their work cut out for them against Dayton, as the Flyers return the 2020 Midwest Region and A10 Player of the Year in Jamie Peterson. Louisville will have strength of their own, though, as they landed four players on the All-ACC Preseason First Team, the most in the league. The Cards will be led this season by those players, who are Anna Stevenson, Tori Dilfer, Anna DeBeer, and Aiko Jones. All four were lauded players last season, and the Cards' success will depend on their continued development and coordination. 

Today's match is free and open to the public if you feel like heading up to Dayton, but no video is listed. The match is scheduled for 4PM, and Jeff will surely give us all we need to know about it in tomorrow's writeup.

Field Hockey Hosts Alumnae Game

Field Hockey is the last fall team to open their preseason, as they return from a lake trip doing some team bonding to try to gang up on former players in today's Alumnae Game. As Paulie mentioned in last week's podcast episode, this can usually turn into a romp as one side is made up of players in peak college athletic condition and the other is not, but it's a fun event nonetheless. Today's match is at 1PM, so head on down to Trager Stadium to enjoy what should be a beautiful day. Louisville will open their official season tomorrow with an exhibition match against Bellarmine at Trager Stadium, also at 1PM. 

Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast

I'm out this week, as I'm headed to watch another group of vehicles turn left, but the show should be otherwise handled by the crew. This week, there's an actual game to recap, as well as plenty of preseason news. As always, you can check out the live stream of the show by going to the Cardinal Couple YouTube page and clicking on the live video. Jeff usually creates that about an hour before the show, which officially starts at 11 AM Eastern. If the live time doesn't work for you, there are plenty of playback options, so be sure to check out whichever is best for you!

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