Volleyball Flies High
Deep benches are useful in a few situations. In this case, Cardinal Couple is going to the bench to accommodate a player on the road. Case is travelling back from a well deserved vacation, so I'm moving up my usual Sunday write into the Saturday position.
UofL Volleyball also used some of their deep bench last night in a three set sweep of Boston College, 25-14, 25-12, 25-10.
|Jamie "Tigger" Vasilou has hops!
Jason Kennedy, of Boston College, was the coach looking for answers last night, while Coach Dani Busboom Kelly was going to the bench to achieve the multiple goals of spreading experience around to other players that don't get as much playing time, while also being respectful of a opponent. Since volleyball plays to a set score, the idea of "running up the score" isn't exactly a thing in the traditional sense but the general notion still works. If you're playing all of your starters with the game well in hand, it can be seen as a sign of disrespect to the other team.
|Melanie McHenry helped out with the
C-A-R-D-S cheer on Alumni night
Boston College is a team that, under Kennedy's tutelage, is better every year than they were the previous, but it's a testament to UofL's prowess this year that this match wasn't really competitive. Sean Moth, on the play by play really summed it up when the ACC Network Extra was showing the basic stats from set one on the screen. He pointed out that you could just look at the hitting percentages of either team and understand how the set went. Put together and the result is obvious even without seeing the actual score. BC had as many errors as they did kills in the first set, for a .000 percentage, while the Cards were hitting at a .480 clip in set one.
UofL cooled in the second set to a reasonable .250, but the Eagles went into the left side of the number line at -.091. BC would get back on positive, and even into triple digits in the third at .103, but UofL put down 14 kills out of 20 attempts error free for an eye-popping .700 percentage.
|Elena Scott laying out to save an errant pass.
In the final analysis, this was just a good old fashioned beat-em-down. With all due respect to Boston College, again you can see their improvement every year, they're still not in the same caliber of play with UofL at the moment. BC is solidly mid-pack in the ACC right now, a marked improvement of the near door-mat they were as recently as five years ago. The Eagles have another challenge this weekend, visiting South Bend and the seemingly resurgent Notre Dame Irish.
Meanwhile, Syracuse will be coming to LNFCU Arena after getting their own shellacking up in South Bend (25-15, 25-13, 25-17). That match will be Sunday at 1pm and should be on the ACC Network Extra.
(PHOTOS BY JARED ANDERSON)
Softball Fall Ball
No official results from Softball yesterday in their fall exhibition schedule, but our man-about-Floyd-Street Jared did make it over for a bit to snag a few pictures and give a basic report.
Softball will wrap up their fall season Sunday with an intra-squad scrimmage starting at noon. As this is exhibition play, no video coverage is expected, so you'll have to head out to Floyd Street to see it.
Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast
We're expecting three in the virtual studio today. Paulie, and I, should be joined by Daryl as Case is travelling as mentioned above, and Jared will be preparing for an afternoon at Football. I'm sure we'll have plenty to talk about with Volleyball, Field Hockey, and Soccer. Come join us at 11 a.m. ET!
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