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Monday, September 25, 2023

A Fun Win and A Heartbreaker -- MONDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Hey, Cards fans, Jared here. Paulie is having some computer trouble so he asked me to step in for him while he takes his laptop to the computer doctor. He's hopeful to have his technological issues resolved later in the week.

Louisville sports were busy this week and yesterday was no different. For us, we turned our eyes to UofL volleyball and UofL women's soccer, both of whom had ACC match-ups going on. The "Kickin' Cards" were down in Coral Gables against Miami while the "Volley Cards" were at home at L&N FCU Arena. Both softball and lacrosse had fall scrimmages going on too.

Women's Soccer Falls in the Final Seconds

The hopes of earning a draw on the road to Miami and earning another point in conference play were shattered right before the final horn. The Hurricanes scored with two seconds remaining to defeat Louisville 1-0.

Miami was able to get a couple players past the Louisville defense on a sprint up the field. A pass from the right side of the field near the sideline to the middle of the box left the Miami attacker one-on-one against keeper Erynn Floyd. Unfortunately for Floyd, she was not able to get her hands on the shot. You can't blame the sophomore keeper who did have three saves on the day. The defense got beat hoping to ride out the final seconds.

Miami's Melissa Dagenais recorded six saves. Louisville had no shortage of shots with 13 total and six on frame. The Cards pressed forward much of the match and had good looks, but could not find the back of the net. Emma Hiscock came off the bench and provided an offensive spark with three shots (two on goal) but the Miami D proved to be too tough.

Louisville falls to 2-5-4 on the season and 1-1-1 in the ACC. They visit Notre Dame on Saturday.

Volleyball Defeats Boston College in Four

Boston College lost to two Louisville teams in two different sports in the span of 24 hours. Louisville football handled their business on Saturday and Louisville volleyball took a 3-1 (25-23, 25-20,23-25, 25-17) win against the Eagles on Sunday.

The best part of the match was libero Elena Scott recording her 1000th career dig. The Louisville native entered the match with 999 and got that coveted number 1000 just a few points into the first set. She's now up to 1022 digs. As a junior, we will see plenty more from her this season plus another year to go. She's on pace to break 1500 digs before she graduates. I happened to run into Scott and many other volleyball players last night at men's soccer and was able to congratulate her in person. She mentioned that her teammates were teasing her for "not getting one more" against Syracuse on Friday.

The Cards struggled with their hitting but improved each set- .167, .250, .268, 375. Anna DeBeer led the way with 18 kills but it was Aiko Jones with the high efficiency .381 hitting percentage with 10 kills. Charitie Luper added 15 kills, nearly jumping through the ceiling on several occasions. Cara Cresse recorded 12 kills on .348 hitting.

Surprisingly, Louisville was out-blocked by Boston College 11-7. It played in the Eagles' favor in taking the third set. Hannah Sherman, who earned her second straight start, made her presence known with a solo block and several block assists. Aiko Jones was also a part of five block assists.

Serving continues to be a concern. The Cards finished the match with six service aces and 15 service errors. Ideally, you want those to be close to even as possible and not 2.5 times more errors than aces, but Louisville was able to overcome that.

Dani Busboom Kelly decided to switch things up again, trying different looks and getting some bench players some reps. Hannah Sherman saw plenty of playing time in the middle blocker position. Reese Robins also saw action in two sets. Brigitta Petrenko and Ayden Bartlett both popped in for a few points here and there.

Louisville improves to 11-1 on the year and has started off 2-0 in ACC play. They hit the road to face Notre Dame on Wednesday night.

Spring Sports in Fall Action

Louie flying over Floyd Street

Louisville lacrosse and softball participated in some fall scrimmages yesterday. Lacrosse faced Cincinnati, Youngstown State, and Indianapolis in shortened matches. The Cards fell to Cincinnati 9-6 but defeated Youngstown State 16-3 and Indianapolis 13-4. Softball traveled up to Columbus for a double header against Ohio State. They took the first game 4-3 before falling in the second game 9-3.

Happy Monday and Go Cards!

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