Sunday, October 31, 2021
Saturday, October 30, 2021
Cards Hold on to Beat Cuse 2-1
As we have often seen with this team, they come out of the halftime break with intensity. Yesterday was no different, as Louisville found themselves in attacking position just a couple of minutes into the half. After earning a corner, Karl had her shot saved, but another corner was awarded. This time, it was Kouijzer who took the reception, but she passed it instead of firing a first time shot. This proved quite fruitful, as Erica Cooper fired a shot towards goal, and the Syracuse defender who tried to block it away succeeded only in deflecting it past the goalie. Cards led 2-0.
Louisville's 2-1 victory gave them 16 wins on the season. That mark ties the school record for most wins in a season, and the Cards will certainly be hoping to break that record as early as next week. I'm sure they'd love to blow it out of the water by winning their remaining five potential games to snag the ACC and NCAA tournament titles, neither of which the Cards have ever claimed. Louisville will get the winner of the BC and UVA game on Friday at 1PM, as they automatically advance to the ACC Semifinals.
Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast
Friday, October 29, 2021
WSoc Falls to Duke 1-0 -- FH Senior Day vs #9 Syracuse -- More WBB Watch lists; FRIDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
Hello Louisville and hello Halloween weekend!
I do have a back-up plan, however... it'll work out!
Onto the Cardinal news and notes of the land..
WSOC Falls on Senior Day 1-0 Duke
FH Senior Day vs #9 Syracuse
UofL will honor seniors Alli Bitting, Erica Cooper, Mackenzie Karl, Sam Minrath, Camryn Pichea and Katie Schneider prior to Friday's contest versus the 'Cuse. Cooper, Minrath and Pinchea are Louisville natives.
The game will be televised on the ACC Network.
WBB Kick-Off Luncheon being held Friday afternoon
Olivia Cochran Named as 2022 Katrina McClain Award Candidate
Cochran was named to the All-ACC Freshman team last season after playing in 29 games with 25 starts, leading the team with 6.9 rebounds per game. She averaged 20.9 minutes, 9.9 points and 0.8 blocks.
Named after the two-time All-American and 1987 National Player of the Year, the annual award in its fifth year recognizes the top power forwards in women's NCAA Division I college basketball. A national committee of top college basketball personnel determined the watch list of 20 candidates.
The Cards will spend Halloween battling the Duke Blue Devils. The gang will cover this one more on Saturday's recording. TV says it is on the ACCNX.
Thursday, October 28, 2021
(Editor Note: It seems Jared, who you would normally read here today, broke the Internet and can't use his computing device to get us a article today. He was not keen about the idea of me just putting his phone number up here and letting readers call him to get the latest Cardinals women's sports news -- so I'm taking his day. -- Paulie)
WSOC ENDS REGULAR SEASON HOSTING DUKE
Louisville Women's Soccer ends their regular season Thursday -- bringing in Duke for an ACC match. It's Senior Day for Louisville and the Cards will say "Good Bye" to seven players.
Hanna Wise, Cassie Amshoff, Mikayla Hampton, Kiana Klein, Taylor Kerwin. Gabby Kouzelos and Delaney Snyder will make their final appearance on the Lynn Stadium turf for Louisville. It's always sad to see them graduate and go, and, Louisville women's Soccer is a better squad because of the contributions they've made to the squad.
For the Cards (7-6-2, 3-5-1) chances of making the six-team ACC Tournament disappeared on Sunday when they tied Clemson at Clemson. A win for Louisville would give them 13 points on the season, but not enough to pass Clemson, who is in sixth place with 16 points and owns the tiebreaker. And, UNC (15 points), Virginia Tech (14 points) and NC State (12 points) are all in front of the Cards, as well.
The Thursday schedule in the ACC also has Clemson at BC, Virginia Tech at Syracuse, NCST at Pitt, Wake Forest at Notre Dame, Virginia at FSU and UNC at Miami.
A Duke win would give them 22 points and improve their record to 13-2-1 and 7-2-1 in conference, so they are safely in the six-team tournament even if the Cards beat them. They are in third place in the ACC behind Virginia (25 points) and FSU (22 points). They are #1 in the nation in RPI and are coming off wins over FSU and Notre Dame -- so beating them will be no easy tsk for Louisville.
As far as the NCAA WSOC Tournament goes, the Cards are 59th in RPI in the nation. 64 teams will make the tournament, so, technically -- the Cards still have a chance of getting invited to the NCAA Tournament, depending on who you talk to -- especially if they can beat Duke.
Game time is 5 p.m. and will be shown on the ACC Network.
EMILY ENGSTLER NAMED AS CHERYL MILLER AWARD CANDIDATE.
Emily Engstler is one of 20 NCAA DI WBB student-athletes name to the Cheryl Miller Award Watch list.
The award is for the best small forward in WBB and Miller was certainly a superb one during her time at USC, scoring over 3,000 points in the early 80's.
Engstler joins the Cards after three seasons at Syracuse. She was named the ACC's Sixth Player of the Year last season, and averaged 10.5 p.p.g and 9.1 r.p.g..
Most expect Engstler to move into a starting role for Louisville this season.
AIMEE PLUMB NAMED NFHCA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Plumb scored twice in Friday's win over UNC and had the game winner with 10 seconds left in overtime. On Sunday, she had the only goal in the game for either team against James Madison, getting the winning goal four minutes into overtime.
The Cards are ranked #5 in the nation and have the sixth best RPI in the nation.
Louisville closes out the regular season Friday, when Syracuse comes to town for a 3 p.m. match. Louisville Field Hockey is 15-2 overall and 5-0 in the ACC.. This one is scheduled to be shown on the ACC Network. #1 in conference vs. #2, it should be a good one -- Daryl will have more on this one tomorrow.
Have a Tremendous Thursday!!
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
"OUR STYLE...IS TO WIN THIS YEAR." -- UOFL WBB
Tuesday was the annual Louisville women's basketball media day and it also happened to be the day before Jeff Walz's 50th birthday. As he gathered to meet with media representative in the media room of the Kueber Center Planet Fitness practice facility, he was pleasantly surprised by his 2021-22 squad with a small birthday cake, singing of "Happy Birthday" and funny glasses to wear. You may say Coach was a bit surprised, genuinely pleased and caught a bit off guard.
As for the nearly 30 minute questiion and answer session that ensued after the birthday celebration, Walz addressed a variety of subjects. You can hear the entire presserr at the link below:
Some of the topics Walz covered:
-- Coming to Louisville 15 years ago with newly appointed director of operations Becky Bonner, who he brought with him from Maryland, staying in the Galt House and wondering to himself "just what have I got myself into?". Wondering how to change the culture of a team that had never been to a Sweet Sixteen.
-- The contract extension. Having seven years is a huge benefit to recruiting -- being ableto tell prospective high school recruits and the parents that he'll be there for their entire collegiate time and how grateful he is to have the contract extension.
-- The depth. Walz spoke of how recent additions Chelsie Hall, Peyton Verhulst and Emily Engstler will add to the already deep squad and that they'll need to see significant minutes on the court. On Hall, he spoke of her ability to not only score, but get the ball to other players where they can score. He and the staff were impressed with her skills at Vandy, but even more impressed now that she is a Card.
-- NIL. He sees it as a great opportunity for the players who will play in front of fans who own or run businesses as potential opportunities' for them to connect. Granted, there isn't much he can do as a coach, per NCAA regulations, but there are some very influential season ticket holders in the fan base.
-- Hailey Van Lith. He sees the sophomore as the hardest worker on the team and the expectations go up on her to have an even better season than her break-out freshman year. It's a challenge she's eagerly accepted...now it's time to put expectations and hopes into results and positive ones.
-- Mykasa Robinson. She's shooting well and scoring more in practice She and Emily Engstler are glad to be on the same team instead of having to guard each other another year.
-- The need to have four or five players who can consistently contribute 15+ points a night.
The presser is a good and informative one, and I recommend you take the time to listen to it. Walz goes into much more than the few topics I've highlighted in today's recap.
It's getting closer. The WBB luncheon takes place Friday at The Galt House. It's nice to have events like these back, after last year, when COVID curtailed them.
Have a Wonderful Wednesday!
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Hailey Van Lith Named to 2022 Lieberman Award Watch List
Louisville Women's Basketball continues to bring in plenty of promising preseason news. Most recently, sophomore Hailey Van Lith was named to the 2022 Lieberman Award watch list.
The Lieberman Award, named after 1996 Class Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman, recognizes the top point guard in women's basketball. A national committee has narrowed the list down to 20 players based on floor leadership, playmaking abilities, and ball-handling skills.
The list will be shortened to 10 players in late January with the five finalists being named in late February. The committee will the announce the winner in March following the conclusion of the regular season.
As a freshman, Van Lith averaged 11.2 points per game, 5.2 rebounds per game, and 2.1 assists per game. She was viewed as one of the country's top freshmen and was a crucial part of the team's ACC regular season title, ACC Tournament runner-up, and Elite Eight appearance.
(Photos by Jared Anderson)
Louisville Volleyball remained #2 in the latest AVCA Poll, sitting behind the only other undefeated team in the country Texas. The Cards did receive three of the 64 voters' first place votes.
Wisconsin, Pittsburgh, and Kentucky remained in their spots at 3-5. Nebraska moved up to #6, giving the Cards victories over the current #4, #5, and #6 teams, as well as #12 Purdue and #14 Georgia Tech.
At 20-0, Louisville has tied a program record for best start to a season. The 10-0 conference record gives the Cards a two-game edge over second place Pitt, Georgia Tech, and Miami. Louisville currently holds a tiebreaker victory over all three teams.
The Cards will face Georgia Tech again on November 12 at the L&N FCU Arena. This one falls on Jeff's birthday so hopefully they'll be giving him a broom for his birthday. They also will have a rematch against Pitt the day before Thanksgiving at Fitzgerald Field House.
Also remaining on the schedule includes Duke twice (3-7 in the ACC), NC State (6-4), North Carolina (6-4), and Notre Dame twice (6-4).
Louisville has three remaining home matches, all on Friday nights. As of right now, none of the matches are sold out so I highly recommend you get some tickets to check this team out in person.
Happy Tuesday and Go Cards!
Monday, October 25, 2021
VOLLEYBALL, FIELD HOCKEY GET WINS ON SUNDAY
A busy Sunday of activities for three UofL women's sports squads ! #2 Louisville Volleyball got a huge win over #4 Pittsburgh at the LNFCU, Field Hockey pulled out an overtime win at James Madison, and Louisville women's soccer battled Clemson at Clemson to a two-overtime tie.
Let's get in to it...
This match went as far as you can go....in terms of Volleyball matches.
A wildly exciting, edge-of-the-seat, five set match between the visiting Panthers (18-2, 8-2) and the now 20-0,10-0 Cardinals squad. A packed house at the LNFCU saw a 19-25, 25-20, 27-25, 22-25,15-13 UofL win. The attendees got their money's worth and after the intense battle, the Cards emerge alone and atop the ACC Volleyball standings.
It wasn't the best of starts for the Cards. Pitt jumped out to an early 4-2 lead. The Cards settled down a bit, though, after that and battled back behind Anna DeBeer and Claire Chaussee to go up 8-7. After the squads traded a few points back and forth, Pitt went on a five-point run to give them a 15-11 lead, using the kill capability of Serena Gray. The Cards would get no closer than two the rest of the set and a kill from Pitt hitter Chinaza Ndee propelled the Panthers into a 23-18 edge. Pitt looked to Leketor Member-Menah to close the set out, and her two kills gave the Panthers a surprising, but convincing 25-19 win.
The Panthers were ready to bring the fight to the Cards and they hit a eye-popping .714 hit average in the set.
Louisville regrouped and got it back together in the brief break between the sets, Using three kills from Anna Stevenson and four unforced Pitt errors, the Cards went on a 10-0 run and took an early 13-3 lead over the visitors. This looked like a undefeated, #2 in the nation squad during this stretch. The Cards kept the 10-point edge advantage going an a DeBeer kill set the tally at 18-8. Pitt was not ready to give up just yet, though and a 3-0 Panther run cut the Cardinals lead to 18-11 and necessitated a UofL time out. The Cards pushed the advantage to 20-12 after the time-out, but Pitt roared back behind Member-Menah to make it 21-17. At 24-20 Cards, DeBeer closed out the set and half with a kill to even things up at one set apiece.
The Cards used an early 3-0 run out of the break to take a 5-2 lead behind DeBeer and Chaussee kills and a couple more Pitt errors. Louisville would hold the lead, alternating between two and four points, until the score reached 14-11 after another Pitt error. The Panthers then made it very interesting and pushed to Cards to a 17-17 tie. Louisville saw Pitt tie it at 24-24 after a Cardinals attack error, but the Cards took the set 27-25 behind Chaussee and Anna Stevenson kills.
The hopes were that the Cards coud close this one out in four sets, but, the gut was telling me that a five set match was probably going to ensue. Always trust the gut-feeling, right?
A very competitive, back-and-forth set that produced five ties and three lead changes in the first 17 points. Pitt held a 9-8 lead that grew to 17-14. The Cards took a timeout at that point and two Anna Stevenson blocks helped give the Cards a 21-20 advantage. Could it end in four sets?
Pitt answered with an empathic "No". A 3-0 run helped give the Panthers a 23-21 edge and the Cards called a second timeout. A DeBeer kill cut the lead to 23-22 but (there's that girl again, mama!!) Member-Menah came up with a resounding kill and then sent a service ace over the net to take the set 25-22 and tie the match up at 2-2.
The set went back-and-forth early, in terms of lead changes. The Cards were close, trailing by just one at 7-6 after a DeBeer kill, but Pitt pushed it to 8-6 after a Cards service error.
It was here where the Cards took control. A Pitt service error and Pitt attack error that resulted in a huge blok from Amaya Tillman and Tori Dilfer tied it at 8-8. Another Pitt attack error gave the Cards the lead and a Tillman kill pushed it to 10-8 Cards. Chaussee's kill made it 12-10 Cards and a DeBeer kill set the score at 13-11 UofL.
Pitt had one last run in them. They tied the set at 13-13 on a (guess who?) Member-Menah kill and big block after that. Would one of the "A" team Cardinals step up here? Or would it be Member-Menah or Ndee for the Panthers?
Hello, Anna Stevenson! Her kill made 14-13 UofL and her and Dilfer's block on a Kayla Lund kill attempt gave the Cards the "W".
Set and match to the Cards. A classic that Volleyball fans will not forget for a long time.
Chaussee and DeBeer led the Cards with 17 kills. Stevenson added 13 and Tillman came up with 12 kills and eight blocks.
(photos by Jared Anderson)
A bit of a break for UofL before their next match -- they'll travel to Durham and the Cameron Indoor Stadium to battle Duke on Sunday.
Cardinal Couple writer and photographer Jared Anderson saw this one as a "trap" game for Louisville. Thank goodness it didn't turn out that way, but it was another Sunday nail-biter
#4 Louisville Field Hockey and #25 James Madison engaged Sunday in a defensive battle that the Cards won 1-0 in overtime on an Aimee Plumb goal.
The Dukes and Cards had just one shot each on goal in the first half.
JMU increased the attack intensity in the second half, but the Cards defense and goalkeeper Mila de Kuijer held firm. A penalty corner as time expired gave the Dukes a chance to win, but the Cards denied the attempt.
In the overtime, the Cards drew a penalty corner four minutes into action and it was Plumb who collected a Julie Kouijzer feed and sent it into the net from the top of the circle
It's bad enough that this one was stuck on pay-per-view -- but the statbroadcast feed died at the end of regulation and I eventually had to contact Field Hockey S.I.D Lori Korte to find out the final outcome.
The C.A.A. conference isn't the ACC, I get that, and maybe Field Hockey isn't a big thing in Harrisonburg or on the JMU campus, but the days of gouging interested viewers who can't get to the game are getting old. You want to draw attention to your program? Put it on a platform where people can watch.
In postgame remarks, Coach Sowry felt the Cards were lucky to win the game against an opponent that took them out of the style and set Louisville plays.
The Cards come home to end the regular season against Syracuse on Friday. An important match for both, in conference standings and ACC tournament rankings.
The win puts the FH Cards at 15-2 on the season.
Louisville women's soccer fought the good fight against the Clemson Tigers for 110 minutes yesterday and ended with a 1-1 tie against the Tigers.
Louisville trailed the Tigers 1-0 after one half, but the Cards wasted no time in tying it up in the second half. 20 seconds into the final half, Ravin Alexander caught up with a Delaney Snyder venture into the Clemson box and beat the goalkeeper to the ball -- tapping it in for the equalizer.
A tie doesn't put the Cards into the six-team ACC post-season tournament. The Cards will end the regular season hosting Duke on Thursday -- and then hope the NCAA smiles down on them for the post-season NCAA Tournament.
(Sorry about the late article today. A power outage this morning in my area killed the internet for me)