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Friday, September 4, 2015

A Busy Friday - Friday Cardinal Couple

A busy weekend ahead for the various fall sports teams at UofL.

Let's get started with...

Field Hockey

Field Hockey swings out west for a noon local time start with the Cal Bears, which makes a 3pm start EDT.

The Bears are 1-1 on the season, with the best comparison probably being the 5-1 loss they took to Duke.

Duke, being an ACC team, is almost certainly quite a good team, so it's not surprising that they beat Cal, but the 5-1 gives us an idea of how much.

My takeaway is that, if we play well, we should come away with a good solid win.

This UofL team is still coming together, but I think they have the chops at this point to be able to get the win over Cal.  We're not aware of any sort of live stream available for this game, but we'll be keeping our eyes peeled for any posted and will tweet the URL for them.


The soccer team gets the annual matchup with Kentucky started tomorrow at 7:30 down in Lexington.

This is a quite good Kentucky soccer team.

They're not ranked, but they have beaten the then-ranked Washington Huskies in a 1-0 match to start the season.  A bit of a head-scratcher, though, they promptly lost a 2-0 game against South Dakota State. Beyond that, they beat a couple of less competitive teams in UNC Greensboro, and Toledo. They hung three on UNC Greensboro, and a whooping seven on Toledo. These two games, along with the super competitive Washington matchup were clean sheets for the Wildcats.

The Cards will be looking to play competitively with a team that is playing a very high level of soccer.


Volleyball has their first home match tomorrow night at 7pm downtown at the KFC Yum! Center.

Starting the home slate with Minnesota worries me quite a bit as they are still looking for their first victory of the season. They have taken two losses in the young season, to Texas A&M and to Stanford. Now, to be fair, those are both excellent volleyball teams with Texas A&M knocking on the door of the Top 25, and Stanford ranked second behind perennial powerhouse Penn State. The Golden Gophers have several offensive weapons in Sarah Wilhite, Daly Santana, and Paige Tapp. They also have at least two setters who can give them solid play in Samantha Seliger-Swenson, and Katie Schau.

I don't know Minnesota volleyball specifically very well, but the Big Ten volleyball tends to be big, slow, and powerful. This will contrast with UofL's small, and quick play, so look for considerable differences in playing style. If you watched any of the live stream last week against Illinois, you may have noticed a similar contrast in playing styles.

Volleyball will continue the ACC/Big Ten challenge Saturday night against a strong Wisconsin team who also has a surprising loss on their record book when they tangled with Western Kentucky on The Badgers home floor. Some of the sting from that loss may have dulled with victories the next day over Colgate, and College of Charleston.

Wisconsin is currently ranked 13th in the nation.


Thursday, September 3, 2015

Louisville Women's Basketball...A bit of fun for Thursday Cardinal Couple


Due to circumstances that involve me, Worldwide and Sam the Intern this week...we won't be doing the weekly CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO HOUR this Saturday on WCHQ 100.9 FM nor streaming live on the Internet at

I'll be out-of-town, so will Sam and Worldwide is involved in some kind of geeky-tech stuff update at his work that is taking up his Saturday and Sunday. We're pretty sure it involves the majority of his 20 electrical devices...

One of the fun segments of our weekly show is presenting the "Worldwide Quiz" to him and the listeners. So, I decided to put it on the site this week and see how our readers who may not hear the radio show do on it. 

(Cue pre-Quiz music...if you want to hear it...the link is below):

CARDINAL COUPLE Pre-Quiz music (The Gillette Cavalcade of Sports theme)

So...with no further adieu, here's the Worldwide Quiz and, as always, if you defeat Worldwide in the quiz, we'll have free bagels available at the studio from 11:30-11:31 a.m. Saturday...bring your own toppings and two forms of identification. Correct answers at the end of the quiz. No cheating! Keep your eyes on your own screen! 


1) Which of these are not a part of the 2015-16 freshman class? 

a) Asia Durr  b) Bea Taylor c) Erin DeGrate d) Taja Cole

2) Which UofL WBB player hails from the Atlanta area?

a) Syd Brackemyer b) Taja Cole c) Sal Mineo d) Asia Durr 

3) She was a participant on the 2015 USA U-19 team that won gold in Russia.

a) Taja Cole b) Anne Kordes c) Arica Carter d) Mariya Moore 

4) Which one of these wasn't on the 2015 McDonald's East Team?

a) Taja Cole b) Sam Fuehring c) Brianna Jones d) Asia Durr

5) How many of the girls on the 2015-16 roster are from California? 

a) 2  b) 3 c) 1 d) 4

6) Which assistant coach for UofL WBB also coached at DePaul?

a) Sam Purcell b) Samantha Williams c) Harrison Ford d) Steph Norman

7) Sam Purcell's favorite major league baseball team is: 

a) Houston Astros b) Chicago Cubs c) Atlanta Braves d) San Diego Padres

8) Jeff Walz made assistant coaching stops at all these schools except:

a) Maryland b) Connecticut c) WKU d) Minnesota

9) The current roster does not have a player from: 

a) New Jersey  b) Virginia  c) New Mexico  d) Ohio

10) Louisville won't play this school this regular season

a) Georgia Tech  b) EKU  c) California d) Kentucky


Either add ten points or lose ten...

He was the previous play-by-play radio broadcast announcer for Cards WBB before Matt Andrews: 

a) Sean Moth  b) Jim Kelch  c) Denny Crum  d) Paul Rogers

OK! So how did you do? Answers below.

1) B.
Bea Taylor was on the Andy Griffith Show. She could post up but was not great in the transition or from deep.  

2) D.
Asia Durr is from Georgia. 

3) B.
Mariya Moore got the gold! 

4) C. 
Brianna Jones. What a overlook! She should have...

5) A.
Mariya Moore and Arica Carter are California girls

6) B.
Samantha Williams was a Doug Bruno assistant

7) C.
Sam Purcell and I think the Braves John Smoltz rocked.

8) B.
Coach Walz likes Geno spaghetti sauce but never coached for him.

9) C.
No New (or Old) Mexico girls on the roster.

10) B.
No EKU on the roster this season.

Jim Kelch was the play-by-play guy for WBB before Matt 


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Kylee Shook was first 2016 commit for Cards...Lauren Cox sings -- Wednesday Cardinal Couple


As we found out yesterday...Sydney Zambrotta is the second commit of the 2016 UofL WBB class. Turn back the calendar almost six months ago for the first....6'4" post Kylee Shook from Colorado Springs, CO. 

She is already the leading shot-blocker in Colorado girls high school basketball history and still has her senior year to play. Shook is rated #53 nationally by ASGR and the #11 post for 2016 by

Shook's height is also complemented with her inside-outside skills and range out to trifecta arc. She's also on course to becoming the all-time leading rebounder for Colorado girls high school basketball. 

Regardless of how many more girls are added to the class of 2016...the current numbers being speculated are maybe 2-3...the Cards are already off to a strong start to complement the current roster of five freshmen, a red-shirt freshmen, three sophomores and a junior.

And you just never know what else the mad scientist might have down in the laboratory ready to spring upon an appreciative but unsuspecting fan base and the 2015-16 foes.  

The future looks bright indeed for Cardinal women's basketball. 

Future opponents will no doubt be "Shook" up by the Cards post play.



Speaking of recruits...I ran across a Lauren Cox singing and she's got a very good voice. Maybe a little Joni Mitchell here with some Sheryl Crow overtones. As Jenny points out, not the one playing high school hoops..but a great singer. Click the link below to listen: 



Monday, August 31, 2015

Sydney Zambrotta says "Yes" to Louisville WBB -- Tuesday Cardinal Couple


We told you a few weeks back to get to know the name Sydney Zambrotta if you are a UofL women's basketball fan. We hope you were listening...

Syd has become the second 2016 commit for Jeff Walz's WBB squad. The prolific 5'9" guard picked the Cards over Minnesota, Miami, Pittsburgh and South Carolina. After visits to the Gophers and Canes...she hit Louisville and the search was over. She saw and fell in love with the campus and her future teammates. 

The Cardinal staff fell in love with her early on and even more so over the summer during the AAU circuit playing for team New Heights. She had been strongly fascinated with the Cards as well...for several years. 

Syd is a lefty who is drawing some comparisons to former Card guard Shoni Schimmel in regards to her scoring prowess and flamboyant style of play. She popped for 63 points in a game as an eighth-grader.

She was spotted in a golf cart with Samantha Williams on campus by my illustrious co-host Jeff "Worldwide" McAdams on Sunday as he was headed to Field Hockey. I got the message from him and thought..."Hey, that's good! She's still here on a Sunday afternoon." 

Christ the King has turned out a few pretty fair hoopsters in the girls high school side. The names Sue Bird, Tina Charles, Chamique Holdsclaw and Bria Smith may be familiar to UofL WBB (or any WBB) fans. 

The Top-50 prospect will add depth and skill to a Cards guards contingent that is already looking very solid.

Welcome to the "Ville", Syd! 


Louisville Field Hockey takes the "D" out vs. Indiana in 3-0 win -- MONDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


Justine Sowry has gotten a reputation over the last couple of years as a excellent defensive coach in the NCAA Field Hockey world. That recognition was backed up yesterday at Trager Stadium...the Cards winning the "Battle of the Border" 3-0 over the Hoosiers. Louisville has won the last four times they've met 

The "D" belonged to Louisville against "Iniana" Sunday....Louisville giving up just six shots and only three shots on goal for the Hoosier in 70 minutes of play. Ayeisha "Mac" McFerrran also gets the first official shutout in goal in what looks to be a long and successful career ahead between the pipes for the Northern Ireland native.

The Cards, who are now 20-1 at Trager Stadium over the past 21 games, got on the board when senior Victoria Stratton took the ball into the circle and found sophomore Stephanie Byrne waiting to knock it past the defense for the score. 

Byrne would get her second goal of the game and third of the season on a penalty corner at the 19 minute mark of play...following up on Chili Garcia's shot and tipping it past the Hoosiers to make it 2-0.

The Cards would get their third and final score of the contest with about five minutes left in first half action when freshman Tess Hannah corralled a missed (Whole) Lotta Kahlert shot and put it past IU goalie Noelle Rother.

The teams battled through a scoreless second half...Louisville outshooting IU 7-2 and getting a 5-2 edge on corners. The Cardinal defense held strong to push Louisville to a 2-0 regular season record. 

Field Hockey heads to the left coast next where they'll face California on 9/4 and UC Davis on 9/6. Ironically, IU will be out there also...playing Stanford and California...all part of the five-day, six team contingent that will gather for games at the UC Davis Sports Complex. Also coming in are St. Louis and Miami (OH). 


Sunday, August 30, 2015

Volleyball takes two in Illini Classic...Field Hockey vs. IU today -- Sunday Cardinal Couple


Louisville picked up two wins in Volleyball yesterday in the Illini Classic...defeating Creighton 25-18, 18-25, 25-21, 23-25, 15-11 and Miami 21-25, 25-18, 26-24, 25-10

   -- Fairs fires on Bluejays in Cardinal win --

Although the Erin Fairs era at Louisville will only last one looks to be one that will have us mentioning her name a lot over the next several months. The fifth-year senior from USF had 21 kills in the five set win over the BIG EAST opponent.

After going on a 9-2 run to win the first game, the Cards watched as Creighton returned the favor in the second game...overcoming a 15-11 deficit to knock off Anne Kordes' crew. UofL trailed only once in the third game in getting the four point win.

Creighton rallied back in the fourth game...winning a back and forth contest when Maggie DeJong's kill attempt rolled off the net and out of bounds to give the Bluejays a two-point victory. The fifth game tie-breaker was Creighton's early until the Cards slammed their way from a 10-9 deficit to a 14-10 lead. Fairs had two kills in the roll...Katie George used one of her patented dumps to end it.

Janelle Jenkins was just getting warmed up and added 15 kills...stalwart Maya McClendon finished with 13 kills.

-- Red Hawks rocked in four after slow Cardinal start -- 

Janelle Jenkins became the force in the Cards' second game of the day...producing 23 kills and getting six blocks in the Cards 4 game win.

Louisville started slowly in game one...down 12-6...before rallying to take a 18-17 lead after four straight Jenkins kills. A Miami timeout righted the ship for the Ohioans...they exploded for a 7-1 run to take the first...helped by four Cardinal errors. 

In the second game, the Cards battled the RedHawks to a 14-14 tie before UofL and Jenkins seven kills forged ahead for the seven-point victory. Louisville stayed hot at the start of the third game and led by five at one point before a spirited Miami rally gave them a 21-20 lead. Knotted at 24-24, Louisville got a Maggie DeJong block and benefited from a Miami hitting error to win 26-24.

The fourth game wasn't close...Louisville jumping out to a 8-1 win and expanding that to a 15-point match-ending victory.  



Louisville vs. Indiana
Aug. 30, 2015 – 1:30 p.m.
Admission: Free
Series History: Louisville leads 10-7
Last Meeting: Oct. 26, 2014 – Louisville won 3-0 at Indiana
Scouting the Hoosiers: The Hoosiers are coached by Amanda Janney who is in her first season at the helm. IU’s key returners include: Karen Lorite, Nicole Volgraf and Kate Barber, who were selected to the Big Ten Conference's 2015 Players to Watch list. Indiana is coming off of a 9-8 campaign in 2014.
Live streaming: Fans may watch the Louisville/Indiana game online at The one-time subscription fee is $9.95 and can be obtained through College Sports Live.
Up next: Following this weekend , the Cardinals will head west for a pair of games. Louisville will face California in a neutral site matchup at UC Davis on Sept. 4 and will stay in Davis to play the Aggies on Sept. 6.


Our latest edition of the Cardinal Couple Radio Hour is available for listening at the link below: 



Saturday, August 29, 2015

It's win, lose and draw for Cardinal Women's Sports on Friday -- Saturday Cardinal Couple

A 1-1-1 day for the UofL women's sports program Friday. Field Hockey cancelled the Apps (Appalachian State) 8-1, Women's Soccer played to a 2-2 tie at Kent State and Louisville Volleyball fell in three sets to #8 Illinois 27-25, 25-23 and 26-24 in Champaign. The recaps below:


Louisville Field Hockey used a 27-2 shot advantage to win their first regular season game of the year over the Mountaineers 8-1 at Trager Stadium Friday night.

The Cards wasted no time getting on the board...Lotta Kahlert hitting a shot from the top of the circle just 1:14 into the match. Victoria Stratton found the back of the net on a penalty corner with 12:28 elapsed in the first half. 

The action was centered around the Mountaineers goal for most of the first half. Marigrace Ragsdale tipped a pass from Kahlert pass goalie Cristina Ceppi to make it 3-0.

Tess Hannah converted on another penalty corner for a 4-0 Cardinal edge 24:31 into the action. Two minutes later Elisa Garcia drove one between the pipes and the 5-0 lead took Louisville into the half.

The Cards held a 16-0 shot advantage (or 16-1...we thought App. St. got a shot off late in the first half) after 35 minutes and held a commanding 8-0 corner kick edge. 

Coach Justine Sowry substituted liberally throughout the second half....19 of the 21 Cards on the roster saw action...and Shannon Sloss scored an unassisted goal on a nice dribble-drive and shot to up the ante to 6-0 with 47:07 played. 

Erin McCrudden was the seventh Card to score...putting back a deflection on a penalty corner with 17 minutes to play. The Mountaineers hit the scoreboard when Jordan Van Cleave (a Louisville Ballard graduate) scored on a penalty corner against UofL back-up goalie Elina Pereira. 

The Cards closed out the scoring with four minutes remaining when Stephanie Byrne took a feed from Hailey Netherton and connected from the top of the circle.

Field Hockey will face IU Sunday at 1:30 p.m. In a game at Trager that preceded the Louisville contest, IU defeated Missouri State 5-1

We'll have a full report on the Justine Sowry post-game commentary on The Cardinal Couple Radio Hour on WCHQ 100.9 tomorrow morning at 11 a.m.



A hard-fought tie against Kent State Friday in Kent, Ohio in double overtime...the Golden Flashes surviving a Cardinal free kick with 25 seconds remaining in the final overtime. Louisville's Hannah Konermann getting the 18 yard attempt deflected by K.S.U goalie Katie Kingsbury.

The Cards hit the scoreboard first when Casey Whitfield connected 34 minutes into the first half. The Flashes tied a couple of minutes later and the team went into the half tied. 

Victoria Martinis scored three minutes into the final period and the lead held until K.S.U. knotted it up in the 65th minute. 

The Cards held a 22-13 shot advantage in the contest and 9-6 shots-on-goal edge to go 1-1-1 so far this season. 

Louisville will travel to Lexington next for a match against Kentucky on Friday, Sept. 4th. The contest is scheduled for a 6:30 kick. 



Anne Kordes' Wide Net Cards kept it close in all three games against #8 Illinois but lost in three consecutive sets... 27-25, 25-23, 26-24. 

Serving errors plagued the Cards in the contest...consider that the Cards had 12 of them and lost each contest by two points...two of the games going into overtime. 

Erin Fairs was impressive in her Cardinal debut and Molly Sauer had a successful intro to Louisville Volleyball as well

LOU - Leaders
KillsErin Fairs (13), Janelle Jenkins (7), Tess Clark (5)
AcesLyndsay Palmer (1), Gabbie Wiley (1), Ashley Pettibone (1)
BlocksTess Clark (4), Maya McClendon (3), Katie George (2)
AssistsKatie George (30), Molly Sauer (4), Roxanne McVey (3)
DigsKatie George (15), Molly Sauer (11), Erin Fairs (9)

The Cards will face Creighton first today, who knocked off Miami (OH) in earlier action. Louisville will complete the trip against Miami (OH) later today. 


BE SURE TO JOIN US TODAY FOR THE WEEKLY CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO HOUR. We'll discuss the events and play the sounds of the previous week in UofL Women's Sports.

Locally, we're on WCHQ 100.9 FM and on-line at:

The show begins at 11 a.m. EDT and it's live expect a few flubs and unexpected scenarios. It's part of what makes it the most unpredictable but fun and knowledgable hour in local radio.