As always around this time of year, it is a very busy weekend in UofL athletics. The highlight of the weekend will be Saturday evening when the Louisville football team takes on the Murray State Racers. That game is at 7:00 pm ET at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Here in the Cardinal Catch Up, we focus on the “other” sports not named football or men’s basketball. It is a great one-stop shop to keep you informed on how the other teams at UofL are doing, and what they have coming up.
*The #24 ranked volleyball team (1-1) has a very busy weekend as they are hosting the Active Ankle Challenge in Cardinal Arena. They will host Tennessee State at 10:00 a.m. ET on Friday morning, and also face Cincinnati at 7:30 pm ET Friday evening. On Saturday, they will face Appalachian State at 11:00 a.m. ET, also in Cardinal Arena.
The fall sports season has now begun, and the teams at UofL are getting off to a great start. Surely, you are aware that the football team beat Miami 31-13 on Monday night. The Cardinal Catch Up focuses on the other sports at the University of Louisville. There are plenty worth keeping up with, and this is a short and simple way to find out how the other teams are doing, without having to read every detail of the games. However, if you want to do that, the press release is provided for you as an option.
*The men’s soccer team (1-0) defeated Maryland in their season opener at Lynn Stadium on Friday night. They jumped up all the way to #2 in the NSCAA Top 25. It is their highest national ranking since being #1 in 2011. Louisville sophomore midfielder Andrew Brody was named the ACC Player of the Week. They will host Cornell on Friday night at 8:30 pm ET, after the women’s match at 6 p.m. ET against Kentucky. Friday’s matches will be a “red-out” for the fans.
Starting this season, I am going to start bringing you the Cardinal Catch Up, which will update you on all of the “other” sports at UofL. We know that basketball and football get most of the attention, and for good reason of course. But this will let you know how the other teams are doing. I won’t write full stories on those sports, but will link the official press releases from UofL for the most part. I will at least tell you scores and records, just so you can stay informed on how the other teams are performing.
For example, you may not necessarily care about all of the details of a soccer or field hockey game, but you are interested to know how the teams are doing. This post will do that, just keeping it simple. And you will be provided with the press releases in case you do want the details of games and teams. It will be like a one-stop shop to find out how the rest of the teams at UofL are doing. Hope you enjoy!
If there was a team at the University of Louisville that entered this season with a lot of hype, it was the volleyball team. But after a rough start (2-6), some fans may have forgotten just how talented this team is, not to mention how tough of an early season schedule they played. If you haven’t taken notice lately, the Cards are on fire. They have won 11 of their last 12 matches, with 6 of those being 3-0 sweeps! Playing in their 4th match of a 7-game road trip, the Cards dismantled Rutgers 23-25, 25-10, 25-17, 25-20.
Emily Juhl had 21 kills and hit .528 with 2 blocks. Maya McClendon added a double-double with 12 kills and 13 digs.
Emily Juhl and Janelle Jenkins each had 13 kills to lead the No. 17-ranked University of Louisville Cardinals to a 25-23, 25-17, 25-11 sweep of host North Dakota State in the first match of the Fargo Doublewood Inn Classic.
“We got thrown for a bit of a loop early one with the heat in the gym,” said U of L head coach Anne Kordes. “ I thought we did a good job of composing ourselves and powered through it. Our middles were steady and that really opened up the outside hitters because their blockers could not ignore the middle.”
It is definitely that time of year again! Fall sports have started and there seems to always be something going on in UofL athletics. As a fan of EVERY UofL sport, I love that there are so many games and events to keep up with. It makes it much more exciting when every team is good, as is the case with the Louisville Cardinals. There are just a few events today, but here they are…
I believe that technically the “Year of the Cardinal” has closed its chapter, and now we are moving on to possibly Year 2 of that. If of course when we say “Year”, we are referring to the Sports calender, which is what I go by. So to me, we are now entering into the 2nd year of what could be the “Decade of the Cardinal” when it’s all said and done. But I digress…
By Justin Renck:
We always see the big time football and basketball recruits make a big deal about where they are going to college. They even get on TV just to choose where they commit to, and some may not even sign there eventually! So why can’t a volleyball recruit do the same?
Well, that is what Eleni Georgiafandis (from TN) decided to do. If a TV station wasn’t coming to her, she would just make her own video! She is class of 2014.
On Sunday afternoon, the UofL Volleyball team did something that no other Big East team has done since 2007 (St. John’s). They won both the Big East regular season and the Big East Tournament Championship! They swept Marquette, who was the host school, with scores of 25-19, 25-23, and 26-24. They improved their overall season record to an amazing 28-3!
By Justin Renck:
The Louisville Cardinals continued their amazing season today when they swept Cincinnati for the 2nd time in a week. They improved their record to 27-3, 15-1 in the Big East! In the match, junior Caitlin Welch set the single season digs record at UofL! She already has the all-time record at UofL, which she set in the last match with Cincinnati! And senior Gwen Rucker had a big match with 15 kills!
On Sunday, the Cards will attempt to win the Big East Tournament Championship when they take on host school Marquette at 2 pm ET. The game will be shown on ESPNU. This will be the Cards’ 7th appearance in the Big East Championship in only 8 seasons in the Big East.
The Cards have now won 11 matches in a row, and this was their 7th straight sweep! On November 9, the Cards swept Marquette at Cardinal Arena. Let’s hope for a similar result here! Go Cards!
By Justin Renck:
It has been a tremendous year for the UofL Volleyball team to this point. They won the Big East regular season title, and are now attempting to win the Big East Tournament and hopefully make a big NCAA Tournament run. You don’t have that kind of success without great players and a great coach, and those things were recognized at the Big East Banquet in Milwaukee, Wisconsin prior to the tournament starting.
Friday was a busy day for UofL teams. Here is a quick rundown of the action!
We all know it is the best time to be a Cards fan. This is a very busy weekend, highlighted by football and basketball. But here is the schedule for today. A huge pair of home UofL games with Volleyball and Women’s Basketball! Go Cards!
The UofL Volleyball team is having a great season! They are 21-3 and 10-1 in the Big East! They are also ranked 12th in the nation in the AVCA Coaches’ Poll!
This weekend, the Cards will host 2 big conference matches. Friday’s contest against Villanova will be at Cardinal Arena, and tickets are almost sold out! Sunday the Cards face Georgetown at the KFC Yum! Center!
The Cards are coming off of a long road trip, where they went 5-0! Come support the Cards this weekend!
By Bradley Jones:
University of Louisville field hockey fell to No.3 Connecticut Saturday afternoon in front of a home crowd at Trager Stadium. With the 2-1 loss, the Cardinals record falls to 7-6 overall and 1-2 in conference play. The Cardinals started the game with offensive pressure but were unable to capitalize on early opportunities. The Huskies (14-0) managed to score on two corner shots and take a 2-0 lead into half. The Cardinals rallied in the second half behind Becca Maddock’s team-leading eighth goal of the season but it wasn’t enough as the Huskies earned their fourth Big East victory of the season. The Cardinals return to action tomorrow as they host No.11 Iowa in the annual “Stick-it-to-Cancer” game at 1 p.m.
No.17 Louisville volleyball improved their record to 15-2 on the season after sweeping Seton Hall. The Cardinals swept the Pirates in straight sets 25-21, 25-23, 25-20, respectively. The Cardinals were led by the play of Kaitlynn James who had ten kills and no errors, Lola Arslanbekova who recorded 17 kills and eight digs and Caitlin Welch who had a match-high 18 kills. The Cardinals return to the KFC Yum! Center tomorrow to face Rutgers at noon and Monday when they face No.9 Texas at 7 p.m.
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The Louisville Cardinals men and women’s soccer teams, volleyball team, and field hockey team were all in action this yesterday both in away and home games. The men’s soccer team, in a game that was televised live on WHAS-11, took on arch-rival Kentucky at Cardinal Park. After a 90 minute, well fought game, the Cards fell to the Cats 1-0. In the first half the Cards took three shots, each missed. The Cards come out in the second half strong, but couldn’t land a goal to tie the game. Despite the loss and the cool weather, Fans were cheering loud for the Cards at tonight’s Red Out game.The Cards take on Ohio State next on Sept. 18th, 7pm, at Cardinal Park.
The Cards have a busy day on Friday. Here is the schedule…
It is a very busy weekend for UofL sports! Here is a schedule to keep you updated on what teams are playing at what times!