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Sunday, October 9, 2022

Field Hockey, Soccer, and Volleyball All In Action - Sunday Cardinal Couple

Swimming At SMU

The Swimming and Diving team competed Friday and yesterday at the SMU Classic.  A six team competition, the Cardinal Women finished in 3rd place overall.

UofL had several winners of races.  Paige Hetrick topped the field in the 200 backstroke.  Gabi Albiero finished first in the 100 freestyle with Christiana Regnauer touching first in the B-final.

Albiero, Regenauer, Tristen Ulett, and Hetrick teamed up to win the 200 free relay.

USC won the women's competition with 325 total points.  Michigan took second with 311, with Louisville finishing with 304.

The SMU Classic was only the 2nd meet for Swim and Dive, and the first multi-team event for the year.

Softball Beats EKU Twice

Softball continues their fall ball exhibition schedule.  Yesterday saw them face off with Eastern Kentucky University twice, and win both of them.

Our amazing photog, Jared, who seems to be able to fit 48 hours into each day, was in attendance.

The Cards won both games against EKU yesterday, the first by a score of 2-1, and the second, 8-2.  Lots of different fielding looks in these, Louisville pitched just about every pitcher in the bullpen with the exception of Taylor Roby.

On the injury front, Easton Lotus is still out recovery from the ACL that she suffered in the spring.  Hannah File looks to be fully back and playing at 100%, and Makayla Hurst saw playing time.

The fall ball schedule continues today with Kentucky coming to visit Ulmer Stadium at 1pm.  Admission is free, which is typical for Softball in any case with the exception of games against Kentucky.

More Softball pictures from Jared are at the end of the article.

Field Hockey

Continuing their road trip, Field Hockey heads to Lynchburg, VA to play 16th ranked Liberty.  The game will get underway at noon.

The Flames are at 8-4 on the season so far with no really awful losses.  The worst is probably to William and Mary, but they're not bad.  Otherwise, they've lost to two different then-1st-ranked teams in Northwestern and UNC and a 25th ranked James Madison.

They are mostly waltzing through the AAC conference, with a 10-0 beatdown of Georgetown, 4-0 over UConn, and 5-0 wins over Qunnipiac and Villanova.

Daniella Rhodes is the biggest offensive threat for Liberty, reaching the back of the cage 10 times on the season so far.

Look for Azul Iritxity Irigoyen of Argentina in goal.

Field Hockey needs to start putting together some wins.  While this is out of conference, Liberty are still a solid team.  After losing Friday to Wake Forest, Louisville is going to be falling down into bubble territory for the NCAA tournament, or maybe out of the bottom of it if they don't start putting some marks in the win column.  The path doesn't get any easier in conference, of course, as every team in the ACC conference is a perennial threat.  Duke, Boston College, and Syracuse are the remaining conference games, and they're all ranked teams, as is typical in ACC play.

Being at Liberty, today's game is only available on ESPN+.


Dr Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium plays host to 5-5-3 Boston College today.  Both teams will be looking to take a step upwards from the lower tiers of the ACC standings.

BC spreads their offense among several players, with Sam Smith leading the way with five goals on the season, but Emily Sapienza, and Ella Richards aren't far behind with four and three, respectively.

Wiebke Willebrandt of Germany, will likely be in goal with 51 saves and 19 goals against on the season.

Soccer also gets underway at noon and is on ACC Network.  For both Soccer and Softball, the crisp fall weather for the day should be great for going out an catching the competition.


Lastly, we have Volleyball in Syracuse today.  This one gets underway at 1pm, and is on ACC Network Extra streaming.

The Cuse are 8-7 overall, and 4-1 in conference with Notre Dame somehow knocking them out of the tie for the top spot in conference on Friday.  (Notre Dame isn't great, this year)  Friday's match between Syracuse and Notre Dame was a battle between two first year coaches.  Bakeer Ganesharatnam has taken over from the retiring, probably for good this time, Leonid Yelin, while Salima Rockwell takes over from Mike Johnson, who's services were no longer required at ND (he landed as assistant coach at Stanford).

Polina Shemanova of St. Petersburg Russia, is the name you will hear a lot in connection with Syracuse volleyball.  She's the offensive powerhouse of the team, hitting at a .249 clip on the season, but getting the bulk of the swings.  She isn't a terrible threat on the blocking side of the equation, however.  The other eastern European threat recruited by Yelin is Viktoriia Lokhmanchuk, of Zhaporizhia, Ukraine.  She is only hitting at a .211 average, but getting the second most swings.

Despite the Orange's success thus far in conference play, they shouldn't pose too much of a threat to Louisville.  I'm sure Dan Meske will have a blocking plan in place that will keep Shemanova in sight at all times, and shutting her down should slow the whole Syracuse team down quite a bit.

Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast

Daryl, Jared, Paulie, and myself were on the call yesterday.  I was starting to feel some side effect from a late Friday afternoon Covid and Flu shot, but the other three were chipper and in top form.  We all had fun as always, and had some good discussions primarily about the big three fall sports, Field Hockey, Soccer, and Volleyball.

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JARED went and got these Softball photos yesterday at the EKU scrimmage

(Photos by Jared Anderson)


1 comment:

  1. Looks like a very busy women's sports day. I don't "do" ESPN + but will follow WSOC and Volleyball from TV and PC. Good luck to all three.

    Nick O.


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