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Monday, October 23, 2023

Mixed Results on Sunday for Louisville women's sports -- MONDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

It was a Sunday where University of Louisville women's sports were in action on and away from campus...the Cards going 1-2 in the three sports we'll cover today. A win in Blacksburg for the VolleyCards,  a loss for the Kickin' Cards in Winston-Salem and a loss for Field Hockey at Trager Stadium. 

Let's look at the action. 


The question these days is...what's happened to Louisville Field Hockey? Louisville hosted the Appalachian State Mountaineers and, despite two overtimes and a shootout, the Cards went down swinging to the visitors 2-1. It was Appalachian State's first win over a top-10 opponent in App. State field hockey history, 

The loss for the Cards was their fourth in a row. and the fifth straight game where they've managed only one goal.

The Mountaineers' were the first to score, putting up a goal in the second quarter...Louisville evened it up when Chloe Plumb scored for the Cards in the third quarter, but Louisville was unable to convert on 15 corners, a stat that has to have head Coach Justine throwing fits. The squad's ended regulation in a 1-1 tie. 

In Field Hockey, you do have tie-breakers, and the Cards and Apps went through two ten-minute sessions of then, unable to score. Up next comes the shootout, where each squad puts up five players, to each go individually against the other team's goalkeeper and try to score.

With the shootout tied at 2-2, the Cards missed on an attempt to take the lead, App State's Florene Koopman did mot, however, the the joyous Mountaineers stormed the field in a jealous celebration. 

Hey, it was mountaineers, after all, involved in shooting. Certainly they're going to have a better chance than birds with weapons, right? 

The loss drops Louisville to 12-5. The Cards will end the regular season at Boston College on Friday, Oct 27th. The Cards are 2-3 in conference and in a three-way tie for fourth place with Boston college and Syracuse. 

(Field Hockey photos by Jared Anderson)


A weird scenario occurred in Louisville WSOC's Sunday afternoon's soccer match at Wake Forest

The Cards were accessed the rare red card and the decision gave Wake a free kick right in front of the Louisville goal. They converted it with 16:37 left in the half and that was the lone score in the contest. 

What was very costly, is that...on a red card...that player who got the card is gone for the match and cannot be substituted for  the rest of the way. So, Louisville played with 10 ( or one short) for the final 61 minutes. 

The Cards were outshot in the match 8-2 and did not record a shot on goal in the match. Ravin Alexander had maybe the best chance to score when she fired a shot 12 minutes into the contest that sailed just barely wide right of the goal.

Louisville (3-9-5) will end the season on Thursday when Duke comes to visit Lynn Stadium  


#5 Louisville Volleyball (18-2, 9-1) travelled to Blacksburg, VA and down the Virginia Tech Hokies in four sets -- 25-19, 24-26, 25-11 25-19. 

A huge day for the Cards Charitie Luper, with 20 kills for the Cards


The Cards soared out to a 10-4 early lead and it looked to be a Cards easy win of the set upcoming. VT, however, got a timeout, regrouped and came back to take a 14-13 lead. Cara Cresse sparked the Cards front line play after that, though, and a 5-0 run gave Louisville an 18-14 advantage. Louisville ended the contest on a 7-5 run for the 25-19 victory


The second set was a back and forth affair the entire way. Louisville led 15-14 at the media break but VT was able to tie it at 20-20 and 23-23. A Louisville hitting error gave the Hokies a 25-24 edge and a VT ace serve gave Virginia Tech the 26-24 win and evened the match at one win each


The Cards came out of the halftime break showing offensive dominance at the net and that translated to a 15-7 lead at the media break,. The Card pushed that to 22-10 and went on to win easily 25-12. 


Louisville got good play from Reese Robins off the bench and PK Kong had a particularly good final set, as the Cards led throughout on were up by 10 at one point before coasting in with the six-point 25-19 win 

Next up, the Cards return home for a Friday night match at the LNFCU against Florida State. The action starts at 7 p.m.


Louie attends the event each year

You know women's basketball season is right around the corner then the annual women's basketball tipoff luncheon is on the horizon. That fun event is today, and will take place at the Galt House's Grand Ballroom. I heard the event is sold out...I'll see for myself, since Sonja and I will be in attendance. 

Doors to the ballroom open at 11:30 and the event begins at noon. Always a fun event to see all the players dressed up and the excitement in the eyes of the fans. 

Coach appears to be on the big screen watching himself)

I also heard that Coach Walz will be the keynote speaker. Gee, that's interesting. (He is every year). 

(23-24 WBB photo from our pal Karen "Tillie the Tour Guide" Nolan)


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