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Sunday, May 19, 2024

Pros and Perroni - Sunday Cardinal Couple

Nicole Perroni Interview

No more game recaps, no more consecutive game scoring streaks, and no more schedule rundowns, but we work to keep things interesting.  Paulie and Jared were able to get down to Floyd Street yesterday to interview the extraordinary Nicole Perroni as she wraps up her time at UofL.

Perroni played all five of her eligibility years here at UofL, with the 2020 season being cut short for Covid and extra year of eligibility granted in lieu.  And she will go down as one of the Cardinal greats in Lacrosse.  She built a 54 consecutive game goal scoring streak, only broken in the final game UofL played in the ACC tournament this year.  That is a program record, as you would imagine.

Paulie and Jared caught up with Perroni on the Lacrosse field at the Louisville Lacrosse Stadium, unfortunately with a train passing by in the background, a perennial challenge with all of the Floyd Street sports venues.

You can check out the full interview on the Cardinal Couple Youtube channel:

Pro Volleyball Federation Season Wraps

The inaugural season for the Pro Volleyball Federation began in late January, and the Championship match of the post-season tournament was last night.

UofL had several alumnae playing in the league, with Tori Stringer (nee Dilfer) getting involved in the league early and playing with the Atlanta Vibe to start the season, and jumping over to the Columbus Fury mid-season.  Wilma Rivera had a great season with the Orlando Valkyries.  And finally Claire Chaussee took her impressive arm swing to the Grand Rapids Rise.

The final match last night, in which the teams were playing for a million dollar bonus, was between Chaussee's Rise, and the Omaha Supernovas.  Played at the CHI Health Center in Omaha, the Supernovas' home floor, the Supernovas did emerge victorious in three sets.  The Rise were the four seed in the four team tournament and had advanced after upsetting the Atlanta Vibe

Chaussee was named to the All-League First Team on Thursday, which also happened to be her birthday, and the day of the semifinals, so all in all, it's been a pretty good week for the Louisville alumna.

The PVF will be back next year with an already announced increase in compensation for players.  The pay for the league was in the realm of a sustainable annual salary in most markets, and the increase will make that even better, with some of the top players pulling down six figure salaries in the coming year.

The PVF will also be adding three more franchises next year, in Dallas, Indianapolis, and Kansas City.

Also in the works for 2025, however, is a competing pro league called LOVB, or League One VolleyBall.  The ownership model for LOVB is different from PVF, with LOVB owning all of teams and the league itself all under one ownership group compared to PVF's franchise model.

Anna Hall (nee Stevenson) has announced that she's joining the LOVB organization to play, though we don't yet know which team she'll be playing for.  LOVB will initially have teams in Atlanta GA, Austin Tx, Houston TX, Madison WI, Omaha NE, and Salt Lake City UT.

All in all, it's an exciting time to be a volleyball fan.

Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast

The guys put a bit of a bow on the Softball and Lacrosse seasons, discussed a bit of the future for those two programs before turning to the roster construction work for women's basketball.  And finally a quick run-down near the end of the announced fall volleyball schedule, in what was a good show.

We likely won't have a show next week as it appears that both Case and I will be out, leaving no one to engineering it, but this was a good one!

Check it out:

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