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Monday, August 3, 2015

Mavunga chooses Buckeyes -- Monday Cardinal Couple



STEPHANIE MAVUNGA HEADED TO OSU



Mavunga was the innovator of synchronized falling with
your hands up in the air while at North Carolina.  
The speculation is over on where ex-UNC center Stephanie Mavunga will finish her career as a student-athlete. 

Hello, Columbus...goodbye Chapel Hill. 

OSU head coach Kevin McGuff will have the Brownsburg, IN native for two years competing in BIG 10 action. She'll sit out the 2015-16 season and suit up for the Buckeyes after that. McGuff will have a powerhouse trio starting 2016 with transfer from Duke Sierra Calhoun, 2015 Co-Player of the year Kelsey Mitchell and Mavunga.


Mavunga spent the summer playing for TEAM USA at the Pan American games in Toronto. She was first team All-ACC last season at UNC and had 27 points and 14 rebounds in a win over the Buckeyes in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

And thus endth the distribution of the highly-heralded 2013 freshman class that arrived at Chapel Hill for Sylvia Hatchell. Allisha Gray is now a Gamecock. Diamond DeShields a Volunteer and Jessica Washington a Jayhawk.


Kevin McGuff is one of the "young guns" coaches...along with Jeff Walz, Matthew Mitchell and Quentin Hillsman that are in and around their second decade of head coaching. McGuff's successes at Xavier and Washington got him to OSU...where he replaced the veteran Jim Foster. 


The "old guard" of Geno Auriemma, C. Vivian Stringer, Kim Mulkey and Tara Vanderveer couldn't be blamed if they occasionally look over their shoulder to see who might be gaining on them. With Walz's stellar 2014 and 2015 classes and two NCAA Championship game trips, Hillsman's transformation of the "Cuse" into a powerhouse and Mitchell turning UK into a SEC contender year-in and year-out...this could be a very interesting 2015-16 season.

paulie
xxxxx 

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Howie hits the air -- Sunday Cardinal Couple



HOWIE LINDSEY SHOW STARTS MONDAY ON 93.9 FM



WE COULDN'T GET A CONFIRMATION
THAT HOWIE WILL HAVE A GUITAR-
PLAYING CHIMP ON HIS SHOW...BUT
IT WOULD BE COOL IF HE DID....
This couldn't happen to a nicer guy. 

Howie Lindsey is one of the most knowledgeable people of UofL athletics that I have ever met. Easy-to-get-along with, always a "glass-half-full" demeanor and someone that everybody seems to know. 

He's hitting the airwaves on 93.9 FM tomorrow for his own radio show. He'll have the 10-12 a.m. time slot Monday through Friday. 

This is good for us fans of women's sports at UofL because he is a fan (and a knowledgeable one) of hoops, soccer, volleyball and more. We hope that he can find time to cover them in his two hour segment.  

Howie hit town in 1997 as an undergraduate at UofL. From the Bowling Green area, he matriculated and eventually found himself working for Louisville Sports Report as the operations manager. When CARDINAL COUPLE grew wings and started in 2010, Howie was an inspiration to us because of what he had done at LSR and CSR. 


YOU PROBABLY WON'T HEAR MUCH
POLKA MUSIC ON HOWIE'S SHOW.
IT'S A DYING MUSICAL FORMAT. 
I remember Jack Coffee introducing him to us over at a Parrish House football tailgate party in the fall of 2003. Howie would host the football signing day parties over at the Parrish House when they were held there. It's grown into a large to-do over at the Brown & Williamson Club now. 

A few year later, we teamed up with him and Charlie Springer at Card Game as part of the Floyd Street Federation. He has always been there for us...one of the "good" corporate site guys that understands and supports the role of an independent in this genre...like we are. 



GRANDMA TAKES NOTES
DURING ONE OF HOWIE'S
BROADCAST. 
I hope that radio doesn't change him. It has happened to some who have made the step and added some sort of broadcast to their resume. I doubt it will. It seems every sports talk show in the area has had him on as a guest or guest host. He's battled "Daryl and Daryl" and Red and Blue Review...a fate I wouldn't wish on anyone. I doubt he'll be nervous. It will be interesting to see how he builds his own format and style for his two hours. 

I expect there will be a Soundcloud or some sort of show replay available...since I'll be working my regular job during those hours he'll be on the air. 

Howie...we're happy for you and proud of you over here at CARDINAL COUPLE. Have a blast and be yourself.

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COACH  TRIES TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF
WHO CHANGED HIS RADIO STATION TO
WCHQ 100.9. WE'RE PRETTY SURE IT WASN'T
SARA OR MONIQUE. 
Our Saturday radio show was great fun and Sam the Intern dropped in after coming back from the double-secret, highly classified mission we've had him on.  We played the Walz summer report in it's 20 minute entirety. Despite a snarky Worldwide in the early minutes of the show, this one was a lot of fun and it's available on the heavenly Soundcloud in case you missed it. Link below: 

CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO ON WCHQ 100.9


Saturday, August 1, 2015

Quick Hitters --- Saturday Cardinal Couple


ROWING, SOCCER, VOLLEYBALL and WALZ

Some quick hitters for you as we head into the weekend.

WALZ SPEAKS

A picture of Walz not sitting down...
Jeff Walz sat down with the media Friday afternoon and did a summer recap fro WBB, the U 19 squad and more. Our illustrious Sam the Intern attended (dressed as Napoleon Bonaparte) and captured the audio. We'll play it in it's entirety later this morning on the CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO HOUR on WCHQ 100.9 FM and streaming live on the internet at: 

WCHQ 100.9 FM

Some teasers:

- What is going on with Asia Durr? Walz reveals all!

- What did Walz think of Mariya Moore's performance in the U19 World Championships?

- What drove Emmonnie Henderson to take a year off from WBB and who did she meet with to discuss the possibility?

Join us for today's broadcast at 11 a.m.

VOLLEYBALL ON THE AIR! 

Louisville Volleyball will play on ESPN3 ten times during the 2015 season. Seven of the games will take place at the KFC YUM! Center...the Cards will also be shown in games at Georgia Tech, Miami and Florida State. 

Ten times to watch Katie George? Yes, please! 

LOUISVILLE ROWING ADDS TWO COACHES

Derek Copeland has announced he has added Emily Caflisch and Sheila Rinozzi to the Cardinal coaching staff. 

Caflisch comes from an assistant coaching gig and UNC while Rinozzi joins the Cards after two years as an assistant at IU. 

WOMEN'S SOCCER ANNOUNCES RADE TANASLOVIC AS ASSISTANT

Karen Ferguson-Dayes has brought in another assistant for the program by adding Rade Tanaslovic. He previously served at Columbus State University the last two years as an assistant coach and head goalkeeping coach for the WSOC program there. Columbus State went 21-1 in 2014 and allowed just 0.52 goals-against average and had 14 shutouts.

He played at University of North Georgia and has been recognized as the best goalkeeper in program history with a career average of 0.91 goals-against average. 

paulie
xxxxx



Friday, July 31, 2015

For the Atlanta Dream...this season has been a nightmare -- Friday Cardinal Couple


WHAT IN THE WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS IS GOING ON HERE?


If you haven't been following the Atlanta Dream very closely this summer...well, I can't say that I blame you. Things down south are going south for Angel and Shoni's team.

Alice Cooper wrote a song years ago called "Welcome To My Nightmare". It's probably on head coach Michael Cooper's playlist. 

A drubbing last time out from San Antonio where Michael Cooper came up with the brilliant idea to not start either Angel or Shoni. Granted, both came of the bench and Shoni racked up 12 points and seven assists...Angel added 14 in 20 minutes. They started in the WNBA All-Star Game...Coop.

Maybe it's reality check time. Your benching All-Stars? 

The Dream also traded the only All-Star center the franchise has ever known in Erika de Souza. An original member of the franchise. Who's next... Angela Taylor? Going to peddle Tiffany Hayes off to the Sun? Angel to the Liberty? Shoni to Seattle? 

Maybe it's a youth movement...sure, fine...we get that...Maybe the eye is on tanking the season and being in line for "Stewie" when they hold the next WNBA draft next spring. Maybe you owe a little something, something to your fans, though?


The fans are not showing up or buying season tickets to see Damiris Dantas or Roneeka Hodges. The fans aren't walking in that building to see Cooper's defense. They want Shoni, Angel and three balls. They want to be entertained.  

Atlanta is 7-11 and has lost their last three. Up next are powerhouses Minnesota and Phoenix. The top two teams in the West. Get out the aspirin...

Let's be brutally honest here. This is Angel's team. Turn her, Shoni and Tiffany loose in the second half of the season. Let them play the game the way they play in All-Star games. 

Cooper prides himself in being a defensive specialist. So, your giving up 100+ to San Antonio? Without Danielle Adams? In legal terms...the defense rests. 

There has been speculation that the KFC YUM! Center wouldn't mind hosting the Dream for a summer while renovations occur at Phillips Arena. That could be a fun summer here for women's basketball enthusiasts. Atlanta states they are open to all options for the Dream. It would be a great dress rehearsal to see if Louisville could support a full-time WNBA franchise. 

And maybe the new franchise could trade for Shoni and Angel. 


Loyal fans attend games no matter what the record of their team is. Attendance increases when your team is doing well. I really hope Atlanta can turn it around. They have 16 games left to do so. They are five games out of first place...behind the surprising New York Liberty. There's still time...but is there the motivation to do it?

I guess we can dream....

paulie
xxxxx

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Emmonnie Henderson to concentrate on track and field in 2015-16 -- Thursday CARDINAL COUPLE


HENDERSON TO PURSUE OLYMPIC DREAMS


Dual sport student-athlete at UofL Emmonnie Henderson has decided to put her basketball career at Louisville on hold this upcoming season to concentrate on making the US Olympic team as a shot putter and discus thrower in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janerio, Brazil.

" I wanted to take the year off from basketball, with hopes of returning, to focus on making it to the Olympics. It's been a goal of mine and I know I couldn't do it without the help of coach Dale Cowper and Jeff Walz, so I'm very grateful to them." 

"E" will throw in the indoor and outdoor track and field events for UofL. The indoor season traditionally runs from December through February and the outdoor season starts in March and ends in June. 

Henderson was to be one of the front-line veterans returning for Jeff Walz...which had only her, Myisha Hines-Allen and Cortnee Walton returning as players who played in the paint last season. UofL will have two freshmen in Erin de Grate and Sam Fuehring competing for playing time under the baskets...as well as Sydney Brackemyer, who sat out her 2014-15 freshman year with a knee injury. Mariya Moore, who can seemingly play all five positions for the Cards, might get some looks at the "4" now...in addition to her wing and guard skills. One never really knows about those last-minute additions and walk on, either...until we see them on the bench or at a practice. 

10 is a borderline comfort level number. Geno has done it with fewer players on the roster in the past...the persistent threat of injuries and those nights when it seems everyone has three fouls with 10 minutes to go make us hope for maybe a little more depth.

One thing is for certain...out of the 10 players currently slated to appear for UofL women's basketball in 2015-16...nine of them are freshmen or sophomores. 


Depth wise...Louisville loses about 10-15 of playing time in Henderson. As a reserve coming off the bench her first two seasons..."E" has been best noted for streak shooting, rebounding skills and being known as an aggressive defender that had a penchant for picking up fouls quickly. 

The dream to represent one's nation in the Olympics is a strong motivator and Henderson has shown significant strides in improvement at the discus...winning the ACC Outdoor Championships in the shot and discus and finishing third in the NCAA Championships in the discus.

She is ranked 12th in the United States in the discus and 23rd in the shot put. She was consistantly the Cards best thrower in both events and her discus skills improved over 25 feet this past season...making her a threat to win any event she entered. 

Jeff Walz weighs in on the decision: 

“Emmonnie expressed her goal of qualifying for a spot to compete in the 2016 Olympics,” head coach Jeff Walz said. “I truly believe this is the best move for her. We always tell our student-athletes that we want to look out for their best interests, and I think the best opportunity for her to make it to Rio to focus solely on track and field this school year.”  

We certainly wish "E" the best of luck in chasing the Olympic dream and hope to see her win many events this season in tosses for the Cards. How great would it be to see her competing in the Olympics and all of CardNation would love to see her return to the Cardinal WBB squad for the 2016-17 season. 

paulie
xxxxx

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Louisville Field Hockey --- IT'S AROUND THE CORNER ! Wednesday CARDINAL COUPLE


LOUISVILLE FIELD HOCKEY -- CAN THE UPSETS CONTINUE?


It was the intention to get down on campus this week and grab a Cardinal Couple preview of Louisville Field Hockey. 

Coach Sowry is on vacation, though. Well deserved, no doubt. She's been busy with summer camps and preparing for the 2015 season. Still about a month before the season. We can wait. We're hearing rumors of a combined preview with FH and WSOC on the same day in mid-August.

So...where would one hold this and who gets to go first? 

We'll offer today an unofficial prognostication on UofL Field Hockey. Subject to correction when I get in to talk to Coach....of course. 

First off, the upsets over Duke and UNC happened here last year. Significantly tougher to do that on their turf in 2015. 

The good news is that there will be 10 home games at Trager this year. Based on a preview of the schedule and Louisville's incredible win percentage at Trager over the last three years  (35 wins in 39 games for 90%)...these could end up 10-0 or 9-1....depending on how well they handle Virginia...who beat them in Charlottesville last year.

Add in a couple of road wins...maybe a sweep in California against
Cal and UC Davis (hint...West Coast Field Hockey hasn't caught up with East Coast yet)...and this could be a 13-14 win team entering the tough-as-nails ACC Tournament.


There are key scorers and defenders back from 2014...and a few names missing. A 2015 roster review shows the DuFour sisters missing.  We'll let Coach go into that when we catch up with her. 

What is impressive is that Chili Garcia, Shannon Sloss, Lotta Kahlert, Nicole Woods and Stephanie Byrne all return to provide Louisville a potent scoring attack. 

The defense returns starters Vic Stratton and Gianna Perrone but goalie Sydney King is graduated...leaving backup Elina Pereira as the only listed "keeper in the net." Only four defensive backs are listed and one is a freshman. 

At first glance, a roster of 18...compared to 24 from last year. 

Another NCAA run? We think so. Success on the road against UNC and Duke? Hopeful. 


Rare photo of a blonde
Justine Sowry
Playing in the "best by far" conference for D1 field hockey and already with the reputation of being a giant-killer...Justine Sowry is in the enviable and potential "mad scientist" role Jeff Walz enjoyed a couple of years ago. 

How well she mixes the test-tubes and applies the experiments remains to be seen... 

I think she'll produce a monster...Tobacco Road should be scared.

paulie
xxxxx

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Tuesday Cardinal Couple - Here's the Windup

The Hype is Getting Real


Lots of Quarterbacks...not so many offensive linemen
To hear Mainstream Sports Media (MSSM) here in Louisville over the past week or two, the world is standing still and people are on tenterhooks waiting for the UofL Football season opener in Atlanta on September 5th. Believe it or not, however, there's almost a full month's worth of UofL sports to happen before Football arrives on the scene.

I'm getting just as hyped as the MSSM is, but it's more for all of the other events that are coming down the pipe than for Football.

I thought I'd take the chance to run down the sports events that will happen between now and then to help you start getting into the Fall sports mood and maybe make some plans to attend some.  We will mention these again as the dates approach as we get back into the during-the-season swing of things, but here's the rundown on how things will get going.

Most of the sports that are competing early in the Fall season are women's sports, but I'm going to include the Men's Soccer games in here as they're the only men's sport that really kicks things off before Football starts.

Week 1

Wednesday August 12th

Women's soccer gets us started with an exhibition match at Northern Kentucky at 7pm

Weekend 1

Friday August 15th

Men's Soccer starts off the exhibition events here in Louisville with a 7:30pm game vs Lipscomb at Lynn Stadium

Sunday August 16th

Women's Soccer makes their Lynn Stadium debut with an exhibition game against IU at 5pm

Week 2

Tuesday August 18th

Men's Soccer continues exhibition play at Lynn Stadium. 7:30 first kick against UAB

Weekend 2

Friday August 21st

Regular season opener for Women's Soccer vs Wright State at Lynn stadium starting at 7:30

Saturday August 22nd

Field Hockey starts with an exhibition vs Iowa at Trager Stadium at 11:30am
Men's Soccer finishes up their exhibition schedule against Oakland in Rochester, MI with a 7:00 start
Volleyball hosts their one and only warmup, the Red & Black scrimmage at Cardinal Arena. No start time yet listed, but I expect mid-afternoon.

Sunday August 23rd

Women's Soccer at 1pm at Lynn Stadium vs Washington
Field Hockey wraps up their exhibition work with an Alumnae Match starting at 1:30 at Trager Stadium

Weekend 3

Friday August 28th

Women's Soccer takes their first road trip, visiting Kent State in Ohio with a 4:30 start
Field Hockey opens the official season welcoming Appalachian State with a 6:30 start at Trager
Men's Soccer also kicks off their real season at Lynn Stadium where William & Mary comes for a visit
Volleyball starts their season on the road in Champaign, IL with another TBA start time against the University of Illinois

Sunday August 30th

Field Hockey continues play at Trager with IU coming for a visit with another 1:30 start\

Week 4

Monday August 31st

Men's Soccer takes on the Cardinal-with-no-"s" when Stanford comes to visit for a 7:30 start in Lynn Stadium

Weekend 4

Friday September 4th

Field Hockey heads out west with a 3pm start vs the Cal Bears in Berkeley
Volleyball opens the home slate against Minnesota at 7pm (come early for UNC vs Wisconsin at 4:30)
Women's Soccer takes the first shot of the season vs UK at 7:30 in Lexington
Men's Soccer starts at the same time vs Stony Brook at Lynn Stadium

Saturday September 5th

Consuming oxygen (and other things) with Bon-nay and Gomer
Volleyball at 7 vs Wisconsin (UNC vs Minnesota is the early game at 4:30)
Cross-Country takes their first official run in Evansville at the Evansville Early Bird


OK, technically that last volleyball match happens after the 3:30 Football game on the 5th, but I wanted to get the full ACC/Big 10 Challenge listed.

Now really, with so many events happening in the month before Football gets started, isn't it a little silly to be consuming so much oxygen on that one sport?

JMcA