Saturday, November 22, 2014
We've been so caught up in women's basketball and volleyball these days that we're behind in bringing you some great news about the Louisville Softball and Lacrosse signing classes for 2015. We love these two spring sports...so here the newcomers!
Pearsall brings in five NLI's
Coach Sandy Pearsall is bringing in five Louisville signees for the 2015-2016 season. Coach indicates that all five have had Louisville on their radar for quite some time and offer a multitude of skills for the "Hit and Pitch" Cards.
-- Lillie Goetz 2B/LF Owensboro (KY) Catholic
No slouch here...Lillie was the 2014 Kentucky Softball Coaches Class "A" Player of the Year and is a member of the Louisville Lady Sluggers.
-- Megan Hensley RHP/OF Ashland (KY) Blazer
She's the 2014 Kentucky Gatorade Softball Player of the Year and a MaxPreps All-American. She also played on the Louisville Lady Sluggers.
-- Jordan Lane (Infield)..College of Central Florida
Jordan had a .374 batting average where she led her team to the 2014 NJCAA Championships second place finish. She also played for the Louisville Lady Sluggers.
-- Shelby McCombs pitcher Newark, OH.
Shelby was the Division II State Pitcher of the Year and also has a strong bat and can play multiple positions. She. too, played for the Louisville Lady Sluggers.
- - Jordan Vorbrink OF/1B Mercy Academy, Louiville
Jordan was considered one of the best softball players in Kentucky last season and was another member of the Louisville Lady Sluggers.
WE wish all five the best of luck and successful careers at the University of Louisville!
LOUISVILLE LACROSSE ADDING NINE FOR 2015
Coach Kellie Young is welcoming what she considers her best recruiting class in her seven years at Louisville. The future stars are:
-- Allison Ferrara (Morristown, NJ)
-- Meghan Siverson (Morristown, NJ)
-- McKayla Conti (Ocean Township, NJ)
-- Jody Julmice (Plantation, FL)
-- Sarah L'Heureux (Winter Springs, FL)
-- Alexandria Rich (Lebanon, PA)
-- Casey Cummo (Smithtown, NY)
-- Elise Koehl (Arlington, VA)
-- Madeline Beck (Louisville, KY)
Young develops them into winners, whether they're east coast, west coast, Canadian, Louisvillians or aliens...into hard nosed, team-dedicated players. She says:
"They're passionate, driven, and feisty players who already bleed red for the Ville. They will impact our defense, our midfield and our attack and will continue to push this program forward throughout their entire athletic careers."
They'll join a team that has been toughened by their first year in the ACC. A team that gets better each year. Spring Lacrosse can't get here soon enough!
DUKE VOLLEYBALL DOWNS CARDS IN THREE SETS
Volleyball went 0-3 last night to ACC powerhouse Duke last night in Cardinal Arena. Worldwide Jeff McAdams was there and will recap it on our radio show CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO HOUR this morning at 11 a.m. at WCHQ 100.9 FM and on the internet at www.crescenthillradio.com
Hoops talk and Volleyball will be featured, we'll have a Worldwide Quiz and comments from Jeff Walz, Bria Smith, Sara Hammond, Mariya Moore and "E" !! plus much, much more.
Louisville fell 25-15, 25-12, 34-32 to the #21 Blue Devils...the last game a wild affair with Louisville serving for set point four times and Duke serving for match point six times.
The Cards fall to 15-13 overall on the season and 7-9 in the ACC. The home stand doesn't get any easier for Anne Kordes' wide netters...they entertain #7 UNC in Cardinal Arena at noon.
NCAA FIELD HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SET
It looks like the ACC's Syracuse and BIG EAST's Connecticut will play it out for the NCAA Field Hockey title.
Syracuse upsetting UNC in a shootout after overtime and regulation and ended in a 2-2 tie. UConn stopping upstart Albany's bid 1-0.
We watched the replays. Those girls looked cold, cold, cold out there. In addition to increasing the field, the NCAA should also look at moving the championships to either a dome or a warm weather climate. Might increase attendance and interest?
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Five Cards reach double figures in 60 point rout
Belmont should have enlisted Saratoga, Aqueduct and Santa Anita Thursday night to help corral the thoroughbreds that ran past them in the KFC YUM! Center Thursday night before 7404 fans. This race was over before they reached the first turn...to use a horse-players parlance.
Up 8-3 two minutes into the contest after Taylor Mills' second trifecta, the Bruins stood by...watching helplessly at times it seemed...as Jeff Walz's ballers took off on a 30-2 run. It included a 24-0 stretch as the Cards sprinted off to take a 33-10 lead with 7:11 left in the half.
In the 11 minute whirlwind, seven different Cards scored and forced Belmont into 14 turnovers. The Bruins were getting no inside looks...when they were able to get the ball into the offensive set..and Louisville ended up scoring
28 points on turnovers in the first twenty minutes to take a 48-17 lead into halftime.
Freshman sensation Mariya Moore had 13 of UofL's first half points and Shawnta' Dyer came off the bench to add 10 more on 4-4 shooting. Louisville shot 56% in the half and limited Belmont to 30% shooting. The Bruins actually had more points from the three point arc (3 for 11) that the rest of the court (4-12).
The Cards started the second half on a tear also...with a 7-0 run and at the 15:36 mark...Walz had the starters on the bench...leading 59-19. Led by the inside play of Emmonnie Henderson...and using every player combination imaginable...Louisville pushed the lead to 79-25 after a Sara Hammond three with 6:21 to go.
|Caption this picture. Are the guys practicing a line dance?|
Shortly thereafter... Belmont head coach Cam Newbauer emptied the bench to give his reserves a KFC YUM! Center playing experience. Arica Carter hit a jumper with 17 seconds remaining to give the Cards a 62-point lead at 95-33 before Belmont scored with two seconds left for the 95-35 final tally.
Cam has a good squad and they'll compete as the front-runners for the OVC title this year. They just ran into a Cardinals team that was having a very good night.
It was a great overall and team effort by the Cards...all 11 players able to go scored and saw at least nine minutes of playing time. Louisville ended the game going 37-63 from the floor, a decent 58.7%...30 of those hoops coming from inside the paint. The Cards scored 48 points off turnovers.
The Bruins had almost as many turnovers (34) as they did points.
Moore led all scorers with 17 points...her average going into the game...and was joined in double figures by Hammond (13 in 18 minutes). Hines-Allen, Dyer and Henderson all had 12 each. Bria Smith and Megan Deines finished with eight each, Carter had six points and six rebounds, Jude Schimmel and Sherrone Vails added three points and Ariana Freeman hit a free throw.
Jude's time was limited because of a bumped knee in the second half while going for a loose ball...but she did return from the locker room later and Coach Walz proclaimed she was OK in the post game press conference.
Another scary moment occured when Dyer and Vails collided on the court but neither were injured. Same team, ladies...
What we liked
- Louisville committed only nine fouls in the game and Belmont attempted no free throws in the 40 minutes. The Cards cleared the 70% mark again from the charity stripe with 18-25 shooting.
- Dyer and Denies...(the "D" troops) came off the bench with very solid contributions...going 9-10 from the floor in 34 combined minutes. Dyer seems to "understand it" down on the block and reminds us more and more of the way Asia Taylor scored in proliferation inside last year.
- "E" with no fouls in 14 minutes. She jokingly explained (we think) in the post game player interviews that it was because Belmont's posts were blowing by her before she had time to react.
What needs work
Not much to discuss here. Maybe a better recognition and guarding of the three-point shooters early in the game and a bit more accuracy and a few more attempts from Louisville beyond the arc (they were 3-9...Belmont was 7-26...) but who can complain too much about a 60 point win?
The Cards return to action Sunday when they'll host Ball State at 2 p.m.
For Cam Newbauer, a long three hour drive back to Nashville where the Bruins will prepare for a Tuesday 10 a.m. tilt against Kent State in Akron.
95 points...only 9 of them from three point land and just 18 from the foul line. Looks like this "inside job" that Walz and the Cards are basing the offense on this year suits them very well...and Cortnee Walton should be returning soon to make it even more powerful. The maintenance crew at the KFC YUM! Center may have to "paint the paint" again before the season ends...if the Cards continue to frequent it with this current success and repetition.
Some highlights in the link below:
CARDS PUT BRUINS INTO HIBERNATION
Louisville Volleyball returns to Cardinal Arena for an ACC clash with Duke tonight at 6 p.m. It's the first of a three game home stand in the on-campus facility that will, in all likelihood end the 2014 season for the Volley Cards.
In case you still had any interest in it....the NCAA Field Hockey Final Four starts today. ACC foes #1 UNC and #4 Syracuse will face off at 2 p.m....then #3 Connecticut and ....Albany? will go at 4:45 p.m.
Albany slayed both Wake Forest and Maryland to get the semi-finals. David vs. Goliath here. Go Great Danes !!!
Catching up with Cam
To celebrate the return of former UofL WBB assistant
Cameron Newbauer to the KFC YUM Center as the head
coach of the Belmont Bruins...we contacted him and
asked ten questions. He graciously and quite eloquently
sent us this.
( We apologize in advance for the formatting in today's
1) Your feelings on returning to the KFC YUM! Center?
CAM:"I am very excited about our trip to the 'Ville tomorrow night. Sarah and I have so many great memories...from our time there and Sarah and I are looking forward to... seeing some good friends and great
people. We do understand this is a "business trip" and know it's one heck of a challenge for our team but our players are excited for the opportunity to play in such an atmosphere."
2) Who should we look for as your key players on the court against Louisville?
CAM:"We have seven seniors on our team and we rely pretty heavily on them. However after our last game, we will be making some adjustments to our starting lineup. Players to watch would be #13 Luffman-Hartsfield, #50 Sally McCabe, and #3 Frankie Joubran. 3) Your a dad ! Tell us about that.
CAM: "The birth of Chloe Joy has been such a blessing to Sarah and I! Cannot even begin to explain how amazing the experience has been. She will be making the trip tomorrow night as well but unfortunately she'll be dressed in Navy & Red." 4) What coaching skills you picked up from Coach Walz have helped you the most?
CAM: "Really learned a lot from Coach Walz. As you all know he is one of the best coaches in the country and his game tactics and brilliant. Jeff Walz taught me the importance of keeping your players loose on thegame days and not letting them get so uptight...you want them to be happy on game day! There are a number of plays, drills & game strategies I have stolen from him as well. Jeff continues to be a great mentor plus a great resource for me."
5) What will it take to turn Belmont into a major player on the NCAA scene?
CAM: "It's hard to turn a mid-major program into perennial NCAA tourney teams. But that is the challenge that excited me about this job. The key will be recruiting the right type of players who believe in what we are doing and the vision we have....as I learned a couple of years ago against Baylor If you players believe it, they can achieve it." 6) Your fondest memory of your time here?
CAM: "WE BEAT BAYLOR! And went to the Final Four. Really was so impressed with the fan support and how incredible Card Nation truly is." 7) A funny anecdote or story during your time here?
CAM: Off the top of my head, can't think of any really funny stories for some reason right now but I have a lot. Just drawing a blank on my best one.
( EDITOR'S NOTE...I'll embarrass myself here and admit
that I referred to Coach as "Cam Cameron" in a few of
my articles when he was here. Old guy syndrome...)
8) What you love about being the Belmont head coach?
CAM: "I truly love the players I get to coach every day. Are exceptional student-athletes and are a lot of fun to coach. It is great to face challenges with them and doing all I can to try and help lead us to where we have never been before"
9) What were you thinking..scheduling both Louisville and
CAM: "Haha! "
Well our players like challenges, big challenges, I guess you could say. I think it's a great opportunity playing....in such neat environments with big crowds. The David and Goliath mentality I suppose you could say and it's also just a fun experience for our team. Additionally, those two games are NCAA tournament atmospheres... hopefully... preparing ourselves for the future. 10) How do you beat Louisville? (without giving away game plan, etc...)
CAM: "Well, they are very athletic and they do use that to their advantage ... how they play on both ends of the floor. We must limit our turnovers because TOs lead to transition points in most cases. We also need to do our best to limit
their offensive rebounds. They have a lot of size and length so we must keep them off the glass if we are to have that chance."
( We sincerely appreciate Coach taking the time to share these thoughts and answers with us & hope Belmont can go the rest of the season undefeated...beginning Fri.)
Thanks to Louisville asst SID Ira Green for the following info
THE SERIES – Belmont vs. Louisville
The Cardinals boast a 1-0 all-time record against the Bruins after posting an 80-51 victory in Freedom Hall on Dec. 16, 2006. Chauntise Wright came off the bench and totaled 21 points and seven rebounds in 14 minutes. Angel McCoughtry registered five of the team’s 14 steals and helped UofL force 23 Belmont turnovers. Shaunda Strayhorn had a team-high 12 points to pace Belmont, which shot just 30 percent (18 of 60) from the field.
THE LOVELY AND TALENTED MARIYA MOORE IS AVERAGING 17 PPG !GAME FACTS - Belmont at Louisville Date: Thursday, Nov. 20 Time: 7:05 p.m. ET Site: KFC Yum! Center/Crum Court (22,000), Louisville, Ky. Video: The game will be available on CardsTV through GoCards.com. Radio: WKRD 790 AM will broadcast the game, with Matt Andrews (play-by-play) and Adrienne Johnson (analyst) calling the action. Series History: UofL leads the all-time series 1-0 (1-0 in Louisville). Louisville defeated Belmont 80-51 on Dec. 16, 2006, in Freedom Hall. Next UofL Game: Sunday, Nov. 23 vs. Ball State in KFC Yum! Center, 2 p.m. ET
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
OVC Preseason # 1 looking to get untracked
Ex-Cardinal WBB assistant coach Cam Newbauer will bring his 0-2 Belmont Bruins to the KFC YUM! Center Thursday night to face the Louisville Cardinals at 7 p.m.
The Bruins have lost a couple of close ones...playing well against Vanderbilt in Memorial Gym and being tied 58-58 with 2:07 remaining...only to see the Commodores go on a 7-0 run to win 65-58. The victory just wasn't there next time out in the Bruins home game against North Alabama either..falling 72-69 late after getting within 1 at 70-69 with six seconds left and missing a potential tying three at the buzzer.
This Bruin team is a senior-laden squad...seven of them on the roster and two of them leading the way. 6'1" forwards Frankie Joubran (Soph) and Jordyn Luffman-Hartsfield (Sr) lead the way in scoring with freshman center Sally McCabe. Luffman-Hartsfield went for 22 against Vandy and Jouban riddled North Alabama for 17. McCabe, who's 6'3", was in double figures in both games. Senior guard Taylor Mills is a three-point specialist along with Luffman-Hartsfield...the Bruins attempt 27 of them a game.
Coach Cam is knowledgeable of the Walz system and has had a couple of days..."interesting practices" as he calls it since the North Alabama loss to teach his team how to react to it.
|JLH can light it up from three point land.|
|Freshman center McCabe has been|
impressive in two outings.
Once again, I'll be happy with a 20+ Louisville win. And with 9,000 in the seats. I don't ask for much, huh?
I have "reached out" to coach Cam to do a little "Q" and "A" with us for tomorrow's article. There is interest there from him. We hope it comes to fruition. He was great on Walz's radio show last night. We hope he's 'not-so-great' Thursday night... but great after this one for the rest of the year. The Bruins also face Kentucky, Georgia and WKU in their pre-conference schedule.
They should nominate the man for sainthood status...
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Field Hockey Honors
With Field Hockey's appearance in the NCAA tournament, we now have word of All-Region honors for Cardinal Field Hockey players. Five Cards have received the honor.
Elisa "Chile" Garcia, Paige Monsen and Allysa Voelmle were tabbed for the first team, while Sydney King and Mallory Mason got nods for the second team All-Region.
None of the Cardinal All-Region team honorees are attackers, a testament to the Cardinal defending this season. Garcia and Monsen are midfielders, while Voelmle and Mason are defenders. Three of the five, Monsen, Voelmle and Mason, are seniors, while the Field Hockey team will still have the services of Garcia and King for another year.
Sydney King is the Cardinal GoalKeeper and also got a nod on my Cardinal Couple/Worldwide All-Syd team back in September. King is somewhat unusual by being a west-coast Field Hockey player, hailing from Newport Beach, California.
|Garcia was not nicknamed after this delicious|
meat, beans and tomato dish
The other three honorees all came to Louisville from the New England area, with Monsen being from Marathon, NY; Voelmle having come from Hershey, PA; and Mason claims Simsbury, CT as her hometown.
Volleyball Time Correction Correction
Sunday, November 16, 2014
FIVE STARTERS HIT DOUBLE FIGURES IN CARDS ROMP
With seven minutes gone in Sunday afternoon's game against UT-Martin, the Louisville women's basketball squad found themselves in the unenviable position of trailing the Skyhawks 8-7. The threes weren't falling and UTM was getting inside for easy baskets.
Jeff Walz called a 30 second timeout and inserted Megan Deines, Shawnta Dyer, Sherrone Vails and Arica Carter into the lineup over the next minute. That sparked a 19-2 run over the next seven minutes that put the Cards ahead 26-10 after a Mariya Moore free throw with 5:50 remaining in the half. The Cards finished the half on a 13-4 run, including a Sara Hammond three, to push out to a 39-14 halftime lead.
Defense did the job, especialy the Cards full court trapping which forced 17 UTM first half turnovers. For Louisville, it was just getting back to what they do the best...applying pressure and creating fast break, transition opportunities.
Consider this...Louisville had 22 points off turnovers and 24 points in the paint...while playing all eleven players available at least three minutes in the first half. Sara Hammond led all players with nine first half point. The Cards held the Skyhawks to 20% shooting and just 1-8 from the three point arc in the first half.
Louisville would push that lead to 37 after two Moore free throws made it 57-20 with 11:52 left in the game...a 18-6 start to the half.
|Shoni (top center standing)|
The Cards held a whopping 46-8 point advantage in the paint, 28-6 advantage in points off turnovers, 20-4 edge in second chance points and 10-0 points off fast breaks for the game.
Bria Smith and Myisha Hines-Allen led Louisville in scoring with 14 points each, Mariya Moore added 12, Sara Hammond finished with 11 and Jude Schimmel totaled 10. Off the bench Sherrone Vails, Shawnta Dyer and Megan Deines were good for four points each and Arianna Freeman and Emmonnie Henderson ended with 2 each. Arica Carter played but did not score.
The minutes were pretty equally distributed...Moore 31, Smith 25, Hines-Allen and Schimmel 24, Hammond 19, Carter 18, Henderson 15, Deines 13, Dyer 12, Vails 10 and Freeman 9.
Louisville shot 27-66 for 40.9% and went an encouraging 21-26 from the charity line for 80.8%. Threes were rough...just 2-11...one each for Hammond and Moore.
Attendance was announced at 7862..not bad for the home opener. Former Cardinal great Shoni Schimmel was in attendance to watch lil' sis and her teammates...#23 surrounded by adoring fans at halftime and during breaks requesting autographs and welcoming her back to the KFC YUM!. She almost seemed shy and embarrassed to stand up when Sean Moth introduced her during a timeout.
WHAT WE LIKED
- Myisha Hines Allen goes to the boards with aggression and runs the court well in the transition game. Her 7-11 shooting showed a nice touch inside, especially on followups.
- UTM got only one steal against the Cards while committing 23 turnovers. Louisville had 11 steals and turned the ball over only eight times.
- 21-26 from the foul line. Moore led the way...going 7-8, proving Walz's observation that she's a player that can go inside and get the foul and score to be a correct one.
WHAT NEEDS WORK
- Better recognition of shot selection in the early stages of the game. The Skyhawks were packed back in a 2-3 zone and Louisville was settling for outside shots early instead of passing and trying to score inside.
- Three-pointers. The Cards were 2-11 in trifecta land and most of them seemed hurried and early into the shot clock.
Louisville hits the KFC YUM! Center again Thursday night for a 7 p.m. tip against Belmont. The Cards welcome back former assistant coach Cam Newbauer...who has all five starters back from last year. Belmont was picked to finish atop their conference in the preseason coaches poll.
It's "Thirsty Thursday" too...where selected draft beers and soft drinks are only $2.
What else do you need to get out there?
LOUISVILLE VS UTMARTIN HIGHLIGHTS
The latest CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO SHOW is up and running on the archived SoundCloud. It's a good one...we cram a lot of sports into the hour. Hoops, Field Hockey, Volleyball, Cross Country and audio of Justine Sowry and Jeff Walz discussing the 2015 class.
CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO ON WCHQ 100.9 !!
Overtime goal end Field Hockey season at 15-6
A tough way to end an outstanding season.
Alex McCawley gathered a loose ball in the circle off goalie Sydney King's pads as she tried to prevent Lauren Becker from scoring and sent it into the net 3:42 into overtime to defeat Louisville 2-1 in Storrs, CT Saturday afternoon.
Stanford took a 1-0 lead just 3:12 into the contest when Becker scored on an assist from Kasey Quan. The Cards rallied to tie at the 24:58 mark when Chile Garcia connected on a penalty corner feed from Mallory Mason and assist from Paige Monson.
That completed the scoring in regulation...the Cards getting outshot by the Cardinal 5-3 in the second half but keeping the Stanford squad from scoring.
Justine Sowry sums up the loss:
"We are incredibly disappointed in the end result. We prepared for them well and we left it all out on the field, but we came up a little short. ..the whole group is devastated. I want to say how proud I am of our seniors adn our leadership group and what they've built over the last four years for this program. They have left a legacy that we will continue to build on."
No regrets. A team that defeated #1 and #4 in the nation and battled to the end.
HOOPS AT THE KFC YUM! TODAY
The University of Tennessee at Martin women’s basketball
team will travel to perennial powerhouse and nationally
ranked Louisville on Sunday, Nov. 16. Tip-off against the
No. 12 Cardinals is scheduled for 2 p.m. @ KFC Yum! Center
The Skyhawks (0-1) dropped their season opener at home
- snapping a nine-game home winning streak dating back to
last season - against Southern Illinois on Friday evening
falling 87-78. Three Skyhawks scored in double figures led
by the play of sophomore Ashia Jones. Jones picked up
where she left off last season, reaching double figures for
the 18th consecutive game while notching a career high 29
points along with 11 rebounds.
Jessy Ward also posted an impressive Skyhawk debut...
scoring 19 points while registering six assists. Jones and
Ward were joined in double figures by Katie Schubert with
Louisville (1-0) heads into the game fresh off an 89-69
victory over IUPUI on Friday night. The Cardinals were led
in scoring by Mariya Moore who scored 22 points in her
collegiate debut. Bria Smith and Myisha Hines-Allen also
scored in double figures, scoring 15 and 11 points.
Louisville leads the all-time series against the Skyhawks 3-
0. The most recent matchup occurred on Nov. 26, 2012
where the No. 6 Cardinals defeated the Skyhawks 79-61 in
The game will be broadcast on CARDS RADIO 790 AM and available at gocards.com
VOLLEYBALL FALLS TO WAKE
Jazmen Russell celebrated her senior night with 22 kills to lead Wake Forest to a 28-26, 25-19, 25-16 sweep of the University of Louisville in ACC volleyball action Saturday night in Winston-Salem, N.C.
"This was a disappointing loss, not because of our opponent because Wake played an outstanding match, but because I did not see any leadership from our leftside hitters," said UofL head coach Anne Kordes. "Russell played like the ACC Player of the Year tonight, you could tell she wanted to go out on her senior night on a high note. I need to see some leadership and we only have three more games for it to come out."
The Cards were led by Maya McClendon's 11 kills and Janelle Jenkins'nine kills and two blocks. UofL drops to 7-8 in the ACC and 15-12 overall. Wake Forest improves to 15-13 and 5-9 in the league. Wake had 56 kills to UofL's 39 and outdug the Cards 38-23.
In the first set, after neither team could pull away, the Cards ran off five straight to get set point. Wake Forest tied at 24, 25, and 26 and then a kill by Jazmen Russell, her ninth of the set gave the win to the Deacons at 28-26.
In the second set, Wake used a 6-0 run midway through to take a 17-9 lead. The Cards pushed back but had no answer for Russell, who had 11 kills in the set and had WFU hitting at a torrid .567. UofL scored once after set point to make it 24-19 but a kill by Kylie Long gave the win to Wake.
Wake Forest had a 7-1 run in the third set to go up 15-8. The Cards put together a little push late but after pulling to within four at 20-16, Wake ran off five straight for the 25-16 win and the sweep.