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Monday, September 26, 2022

A Volleyball Win and WSOC loss on Sunday -- MONDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

 The Cardinals women's squad that toured Tallahassee triumphed but the squad that challenged in Charlottesville came up short in Sunday action. Let's look at both.


Louisville'[s women's soccer squad fought the good fight against #2 UVA to start out Sunday  action for Cardinals women's sports squads and a ACCNX viewing crowd saw the Kickin' Cards hang tough with the #2 Cavaliers for 73 minutes in a scoreless tussle. But, UVA got a free kick for Alexis Theoret and she sent it to the left corner of the goal, getting it by Cardinals goalkeeper Erryn Floyd for the only goal Virginia would need in this one. 

The Hoos did score a second time -- a Cardinals foul gave Haley Hopkins a shot at goal and she converted for what turned out to be the last score of the match...with 7:58 left on the scoreboard. 

Give the Cards credit for taking the fight to UVA in this one. The squads were pretty evenly matched up in shots, with Virginia holding just a 8-6 edge. The big difference is that UVA had two shots on goal and made them both. Louisville had no shots on goal.  

The Cards altered their starting lineup a bit fot this one, putting Erryn Floyd back in goalkeep to begin. Floyd had six starts early in the season but did not start in the Cards last two matches. No word on whether their was an injury to Olivia Pratapus (who has started the last two games), or it was just a coaching decision to re-insert Erryn back in the net.


Two huge swings in UVA's favor (beside the two goals) were fouls and corners. The Cards were cited for seven fouls, while Virginia received just three. There was an even wide discrepancy in corners, with the Cavaliers getting awarded eight corners, to just two for Louisville. 

When it comes down to it, like in a lot of other sports we cover, whoever scores the most in a contest wins. The Cards have scored 10 goals in nine matches, while giving up 11. Only two goals in the last five matches, though, isn't going in the right direction. You can thank Maisie Whitsett for those goals. It's time a few others besides her started finding the back of the net. You have to consider and realize that the last three have been against ACC foes, though, and two of them were Top 10 in DI foes. 

Louisville (4-3-2) returns home to host Pitt on Saturday, Oct 1st, at 7 p.m. The Panthers are 10-1 and have only fell (surprisingly) to James Madison. Pitt was #18 in the latest poll...


Chalk up another match win on the road for #2 Louisville Volleyball and get out the broom for this one as well, as the Cards down FSU 25-17, 25-20, 25-21 in quaint Tully Gym. I can remember when WBB played in Tully, but, the Noles still have a very good product in the gym now in FSU Volleyball, and the Cards got a bit of a test from the Noles today. 

Set One started out pretty close, with the Cards leading just 12-10 after an attack error by Claire (In The Air) Chaussee. Louisville proceeded to score seven of the next eight points, though, to blow this one wide open at 19-11, aided by two Aiko Jones service aces and kills from Chaussee and Amaya Tillman. The Cards got the final two points of the set on a FSU serving error and Chaussee kill. 25-17.  

(We found out that Claire also takes some pretty good photos. Look out, Jared...I bet she doesn't take as many selfies as you do and I may have to consult with the Cardinal Couple Chimps ADVISORY board to see if we want to explore our options with her...) 

Set Two
started with the Cards jumping out to a 4-0 lead, and a PK Kong kill made it 9-4 Louisville. FSU still had a bunch of fight left in them, though, and they responded with six of the next eight point to climb within one point at 11-10. The Noles took a 16-15 lead, but the Cards rallied with the next seven points and buit a 22-16 lead. A Chaussee kill set the final set score at 25-20. 

(The Noles fans and pep band do the enjoyable "aaa-ooooh" Freddy Mercury chant during timeouts and in between sets and carry it off quite well. (If you're not sure what this is, watch the end of the movie "Bohemian Rhapsody. Heck, watch the whole movie, it's very good and had some excellent Queen music in it. ) 

Here's the clip:  AAAAAA,OOOOH !

Set Three began in favor of the Noles and they built an early 7-4 lead after an Audrey Koeing kill. Koenig would end up with an impressive 14 kills for FSU. Louisville would eventually tie the set at 11 and take a 12-11 lead on a (guess who?) Chaussee kills. Claire had 12 match kills to lead Louisville. The Noles stayed close for awhile, and trailed by just one at 19-18 and 22-21 but the Cards scored the final three points off a Jones kills and two Chaussee kills to take set and match

Nena Mbonu was interviewed post match by the ESPN crew and our hats also come off to her for stepping in and performing so well in DeBeer's time off. 


 Spring sports Lacrosse and Softball were involved in exhibitions yesterday on campus. We know LAX defeated University of Indianapolis 10-3 and GV State 14-8 over at the L.L.S. 

No report yet on how softball did against Bellarmine. 

Have a great Monday



  1. Where was the middle girl Cara Cresse yesterday for Volleyball? Impressive that the Cards won without her and Debeer

    Nick O

    1. She played part of the match at Miami. I kinda felt like she was not quite as effective as we've seen her be at other times.

      Switched to PK who had quite a match and continued that through the FSU match.

      That MB position is still pretty up in the air. Both players are good in the role, and you can watch them improve match by match.


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