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Wednesday, September 20, 2023

2023 UofL Hall of Fame Class Announced -- WEDNESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Hello readers and Happy Hump day!

It's Daryl checking in with you before the (holiday) weekend LOL If you asked my friend group, they would tell you this weekend is definitely a holiday in our book. Its also my last week at the Bats for the season. So that means its officially official the Fall season!!!! Bring on the pumpkins!!!

UofL Athletics announced that it was time to recognize the 2023 Hall of Fame class of Cardinals. If there are some names that seem familiar to you, congratulations that means you are getting old. Heck, one of them was in my class when I was a student at UofL!  The class will be inducted on Friday October 27th.  

The memorable 2023 Athletics Hall of Fame class includes:

Carlos Almeida (Swimming, 2008-12)

Ibn Green (Football, 1995-99)

Matt Hughes (Track and Field, 2008-11)

Justin Marks (Baseball, 2007-09)

Sandy Pearsall (Softball, 2000-18)

Monique Reid (Women's Basketball, 2008-13)

Felton Spencer (Men's Basketball, 1986-90)

Lena Sokolowski (Volleyball, 2002-05)

For brand sake, we will just cover the Women’s athletics Class of 2023 HOFers

Sandy Pearsall (Softball, 2000-18)

Sandy Pearsall was tabbed to start the softball program at the University of Louisville when she helped christen UofL's Ulmer Stadium with a winning season, earning 2000 Conference USA Coach of the Year honors along the way. During her 19 seasons she guided the Cardinals to 718 wins, six conference championships, 13 NCAA regional appearances and four regional finals and served as a host site in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Under Pearsall's guidance, the Cardinals produced eight National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Americans, 101 all-league selections (27 All-Conference USA, 54 Big East, five American Athletic Conference, 14 Atlantic Coast Conference). Throughout her tenure, her teams produced 30 or more wins 17 times, tallying eight seasons with at least 40 victories, including a school-record 55-5 campaign in 2012.

Pearsall and her staff were also named the 2012 Big East Coaching Staff of the Year.

Monique Reid (Women's Basketball, 2008-13)

One of the top front court players in women's basketball program history, Monique Reid helped guide the Cards to unprecedented heights by leading the Cards to the national title game in 2009 and 2013. A forward, Reid finished her career with 1,725 points, which is the eighth-best total in school history. Appearing in 141 career games, Reid's name is etched in the UofL record books. She ranks second in free throws made with 430 and stands seventh in field goals made with 643. As a sophomore in 2009-10, Reid was named the Big East's Conference Most Improved Player after she averaged 18.4 points per game and 9.2 rebounds a contest. She closed that season with 188 free throws made, which is the second most in a season in school history.

A two-time first-team All-Big East performer, Reid led the Cardinals in scoring in 2010 and 2011, when she averaged 18.4 and 15.5 points per game, respectively.

Lena Sokolowski (Volleyball, 2002-05)

An All-American outside hitter...Lena Sokolowski lettered from 2002-2005 and still holds the record for in kills in a season, aces in a season and is second in both career total attacks and career kills (1861). She was a three-time Conference Tournament MVP and led the Cards to four NCAA Appearances, four Conference Championships and two Sweet Sixteens. She was a three-time member of the Ukraine National Team and played pro in Turkey and led her team to World Club Championship.

As a freshman, she was named to the C-USA All-Freshman team before being named to the All-C-USA Tournament. As a sophomore she was First Team All-C-USA, C-USA Tournament MVP, AVCA All-Midwest Region. As a junior, she was voted on the 2004 All-C-USA 1st team, 2004 C-USA Tournament MVP and the 2004 AVCA All-Midwest Region. In 2005, she was voted First Team All-Big East, Big East MVP, AVCA All-American and Volleyball Magazine All-American.

As Always
Go Cards!


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