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Friday, May 31, 2024

Volleyball Schedule Update; New FH Assistant -- FRIDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Some minor changes to the lineup this week due to various obligations. Today you've got Case instead of Daryl, who is out on Bats duty. 

KFC Yum! Center Matches Announced

The speculation surrounding which UofL volleyball matches will take place in the KFC Yum! Center can end as the University announced tickets for the six matches were on sale yesterday. Surprisingly, the late-season midweek matchup against Notre Dame will not be one of them. Only two conference matches will be played in the big arena: Stanford and Pitt. 

Louisville will open the season against Tennessee in the Yum! Center on Sunday September 1st. The Cards are on the road after that until the Cardinal Classic, which will be downtown (mostly) this season. Louisville's first three games of the season will be in the Yum! Center, as their Friday match against Northern Iowa and their Saturday match against Creighton will be there. Friday and Saturday's Rice matches against Creighton and UNI will also be in the Yum! Center, but Sunday's final match of the event (UNI vs Creighton) will return to L&N Federal Credit Union Arena.

The Nebraska match, as everyone expected, will be one of the matches in the Bucket. The match still doesn't have an official confirmation according to the schedule as to whether it will be on Saturday or Sunday (the 21st or 22nd of September). The following week, Louisville will host Stanford on September 29th. 

Louisville's last regular season match in the KFC Yum! Center will be nearly two full months later, when the Cards take on Pitt on November 27th in the second to last game of the year. Louisville is on the road at Stanford to close the season. 

That Pitt match might not be Louisville's last game in the Yum! Center in 2024, though. Louisville will hope to host in the NCAA tournament. The arena will also be the site of the 2024 Final Four on December 19th and 22nd, and the Cards would very much like to be part of that event. 

Schneidtmiller Returns to UofL

After a couple of years with Bellarmine, Erin Schneidtmiller has rejoined Justine Sowry's field hockey coaching staff at UofL. Erin has spent just a few years away from the city of Louisville during her life, as she joined Louisville's squad after graduating from Mercy Academy in 2010. After her collegiate career ended in 2013 with first-team All-Big East and All-West Region honors, she worked with Mercy's program and headed to Bremen, Germany to continue her playing career. In 2015, she returned to the States and served as an assistant at American University from 2015-2017. Schneidtmiller joined the staff at her alma mater in 2018 and worked with Sowry for three seasons. From 2018-2020, Louisville won 43 games and made two NCAA quarterfinals (and one semi). 

Schneidtmiller departed UofL to help usher Bellarmine into Division I. The Knights won seven games last season, including three over MAC opponents. Schneidtmiller said she was "thrilled to be returning" and cited the pride that her previous experiences as a student-athlete and a coach have brought her. She replaces Malachi Mahan, who was with the team for the 2022 and 2023 seasons. 

Until next time, Go Cards!

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