Louisville women's tennis released their fall schedule this week. The Cards are set to start in about a month and half, but like past years, the true regular season and record won't be counted until the spring portion of the season begins.
Mark Beckham's squad will head up to Bloomington Sept. 22-24 for the Indiana Invitational Hoosier Classic. This is slated to be a hidden dual match format. Dual matches are often three pairs of doubles teams competing for a collective one point and six individuals competing for one point each.
A trip to West Virginia is next as the Cards will appear in the Martha Thorn Invitational Oct. 6-8.
The ITA Ohio Valley Regionals are next on the schedule Oct. 13-15. Tennessee has been selected as the host school for the event this year. Kentucky, Indiana, Purdue, Vanderbilt, Memphis, MTSU, and Dayton are also slated to appear at the event.
Louisville will close out its fall season at the end of October at the Jon Cade Invitational at Mississippi State.
The Cards will spend plenty of time away from the Bass Rudd Tennis Center this fall, but will certainly have plenty of events this spring.
ESPN Louisville ESPY's
ESPN Louisville held their version of the ESPY's, where they highlighted and feature athletes and sports of various levels here in the region.
The big award (for us, at least) was Female College Athlete of the Year. Rightfully so, Hailey Van Lith received the honor. The sophomore led the Cards in scoring at 14.4 ppg and was top four on the team in rebounds, assists, and steals. HVL also played a crucial role in the Cards' fourth Final Four appearance in program history. "Go f-ing win this sh*t, Hailey" will live on for a couple more years!
Another award to point out is the Kentuckiana Female High School Athlete of the Year- Brooke Gray of Ballard High School softball. Gray is a rising senior who helped lead the Bruins to a 39-0 record and a Kentucky State Championship from inside the circle. The lefty is still officially uncommitted so she is sure to be on the radar for Holly Aprile and Co.
In other news, we extend our sympathy to Paige Bueckers. The announcement yesterday indicated she will miss the entire 2022-2023 season due to a torn ACL. We have seen more than our fair share of major injuries among dozens of Louisville athletes over the years.
Also, thank you to Daryl for covering for me Tuesday. As if a cold and COVID-19 weren't enough to interrupt my July, food poisoning decided to help me kick off August. The unnamed restaurant where I contracted food poisoning then offered me a complimentary meal due to what happened. The irony of "Well it didn't kill him the first time so let's try again" is certainly worth a chuckle. I'm not 100% yet, but glad to be back!
Happy Thursday and Go Cards!