Fall Sports Final Stretch
Within 10 days, two of the major three fall women's sports will have concluded their regular season. The third remaining will still have a month left of action and in the final quarter of their season.
Women's Soccer will be the first to wrap up their regular season. Karen Ferguson-Dayes' squad has a road match this week at Virginia, then at Clemson over the weekend, before closing out the year at home on Oct. 28 against Duke.
With where the Cards sit in the conference standings and their overall record, Louisville's season could be completely over next Thursday. A once promising season has turned sour with a three-match losing streak and four losses over the last five matches.
Field Hockey will close out their regular season one day later. The Cards have three matches remaining, and like Women's Soccer, the next two are on the road with the season finale at home. The Cards visit North Carolina this coming Friday, will travel a little further north to James Madison on Sunday, and return home to host Syracuse on Oct. 29.
Louisville has had an excellent season so far, boasting a 13-2 record. Their 4-0 conference mark ties Syracuse for best in the ACC. The Tar Heels have had an up-and-down season but are still nearly unstoppable at home. The season finale against the Orange may be the showdown to decide the regular season victor.
No matter the result of the final three matches, Louisville will still have the ACC Tournament to go, and sit in prime position to make the NCAA Tournament.
Volleyball plays a longer season, but also starts a couple weeks later than the former two. Instead of a conference tournament, the ACC elected to play an extra weekend of regular season matches, something they have done since well before Louisville joined the ACC. The Cards still have plenty of action left, including a primetime match-up in town against #4 Pitt this coming Sunday. The Cards wrap up the end of their season on Black Friday, when Notre Dame comes to town.
Sitting at #2 in the country and only having dropped a total of five sets this season, the Cards are not only a shoo-in for the NCAA Tournament, but are one of the favorites to win the title. I'm not much of a betting person, but dropping a few bucks on the Cards to win it all sounds pretty enticing to me.
As much as we are excited for Women's Basketball to start -- 16 days until their exhibition against Union University -- I'm not ready to let go of the fall sports quite yet. Well, not until we are able to hang some banners and bring home new hardware!
If you haven't got your tickets yet for the Louisville women's basketball luncheon on Oct 29th at the Galt House, be advised the event usually sells out. A quick check of the Ticketmaster site for these still showed availability for "seats at a table" for $35 each.
Happy Tuesday and Go Cards!