Hello folks! Welcome back to your weekly review of Cardinal Athletics, TWICA! Apologies for missing the past few months, as I have been dealing with some personal issues as well as covering a bunch of high school sports for my local paper. But like MJ, I’m back! Without any further adieu, let’s get right into it!
The Cards participated in the annual Battle of the Bluegrass against UK on Tuesday to open up the spring season. The 2 teams ended up tying at 4 wins a piece, with the wins for the Cards coming from Mairead Martin, Carmen Griffiths, Carly Haines, and Gabbi Bentancourt. The Cards will retain the cup for this season due to the 2020 result.
This Week: IDLE
Men’s Tennis (2-2)
The Cards had 4 matches this week to kick off their spring schedule, and ended up splitting those 4 series. They defeated Dayton 6-1 and Bellarmine 7-0, but then lost to #11 UK 4-0 and Northwestern 4-2.
This Week: Sunday, January 30th at ITA Kick-Off Weekend in Orlando vs #14 UCF (10 AM)
Women’s Tennis (3-0)
The Cards opened up their 2022 spring schedule this past week with 3 matches at home, including 2 on Friday. They proceeded to go 3-0 in their slate of games, with wins vs Cincinnati (5-2), Marshall (4-3), and Miami (OH) (4-3).
This Week: IDLE
#9/#11 Swimming & Diving
The Cards took on NR/#14 UK this week in the Battle of the Bluegrass, and ended up sweeping the Cats. The #9-ranked men won 208.5-88.5, while the women won their top 15 battle 174-126. Congrats to the Cards on the huge wins!
This Week: Saturday, January 29th vs Cincinnati
Track & Field
The Cards traveled to Virginia Tech to participate in the Hokie Invitational. On day 1, some notable performances were from Sterling Warner-Savage (3rd in Men’s 60m with a 6.73), Katherine Coffey (7th in Women’s Weight Throw with a 17.66m), Grigoris Nikolaou (4th in Men’s Triple Jump with a 15.22m), and 3 top 8 performances in Women’s Pole Vault (Gabriela Leon in 3rd with a 4.42m which set a new school record, Auriane Viola in 4th with a 4.22m, and Aliyah Welter in 6th with a 4.07m).
On Day 2, some notable performances were Paul Kallenberg finishing 2nd in his Heptathlon debut with 5,594 points, Synclair Savage (7th in Women’s Long Jump with a 5.74m), 2 in Women’s High Jump (Emily Scott in 5th with a 1.66m and Soledad Jean tied for 6th with a 1.61m), Cade Richeson (7th place in Men’s Shot Put with a 17.58m), Jeremiah Willis (2nd in Men’s Long Jump with a 7.56m), Luke Nichols (1st place in Men’s High Jump with a 2.09m), Ty McPhail (tied for 4th in Men’s Pole Vault with a 5.05m), Katie Martin (9th in Women’s 400m with a 56.49), Emma Bryant (5th in Women’s 800m with a 2:15.27), Ryan Farrell (8th in Men’s 800m with a 1:52.72), Isiah Pantiere (7th in Men’s 200m with a 21.74), and the Women’s 4x400m relay team (Katie Martin, Kiyah Yeast, Je’Niya Burton, and Taylor Boggess) finishing in 2nd place with a 3:44.85. Congrats to the Cards for all their efforts!
This Week: Saturday, January 29th in the PNC Lenny Lyles Invitational.
Men’s Basketball (11-8, 5-4)
The Cards went 1-1 on the past week.
First off, they hosted Boston College, and came out on the winning side (snapping a 3-game losing streak in the process) 67-54. They were led by Sydney Curry (13 points and 7 rebounds), Noah Locke (10 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 steals), and Jae’lyn Withers (10 points and 5 rebounds).
🎥: Highlights from tonight's 67-54 win over Boston College#GoCards pic.twitter.com/5lqActMTvG
— Louisville Basketball (@LouisvilleMBB) January 20, 2022
Then, they hosted a very potent offense in Notre Dame. Although Louisville started out the first 20 minutes of the game hot, they couldn’t keep it going in the 2nd half, falling to Notre Dame 82-70. The Cards were led by Jarrod West (14 points), Malik Williams (11 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 steals), Withers (9 points and 9 rebounds), and Mason Faulkner (9 points and 5 assists). Hey, at least Louisville great Russ Smith had his jersey retired in a beautiful ceremony!
All roads lead 2️⃣ Home.
There will never be another like @Specter_Smit!#GoCards x #RUS2 pic.twitter.com/z3eoXsdgNb
— Louisville Athletics (@GoCards) January 22, 2022
"Man, the support this place has shown me. You guys have always been there. You guys have always had my back when a lot of people didn't believe."@Specter_Smit's full speech from today's ceremony.#GoCards pic.twitter.com/L4PEW0RSz9
— Louisville Athletics (@GoCards) January 23, 2022
This Week: Monday, January 24th at Virginia (7 PM, ESPN)
Saturday, January 29th vs #6 Duke (Noon, ESPN)
#3 Women’s Basketball (16-2, 6-1)
The Cards had 2 games on the docket for this week.
First of all, they traveled to take on #4 NC State in what could end up being a preview of the ACC Championship game. Although they fought hard for 3 quarters, there was just a collapse on both ends of the floor during the 4th quarter, and eventually Louisville fell 68-59. The Cards were led by Olivia Cochran (19 points and 7 rebounds), Emily Engstler (15 points, 11 rebounds, and 2 steals), and Hailey Van Lith (13 points and 4 assists).
Next, they played host to Wake Forest, and although the score seems close at first glance, the Cards had this game won midway through the 3rd quarter, eventually winning by a score of 72-60. The Cards were led by Van Lith (17 points, 6 assists, and 4 rebounds), Engstler (15 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and a block), and Liz Dixon (12 points on a perfect 5-5 from the field and 5 rebounds). A great bounce back win!
Highlights & recap from the Cards 72-60 win versus Wake Forest
📰: https://t.co/Jw1SmpH64g#GoCards pic.twitter.com/yTFzyRC0um
— Louisville WBB (@UofLWBB) January 23, 2022
This Week: Thursday, January 27th vs Florida State (8 PM, ACCN)
Sunday, January 30th Vs #21 Duke (3 PM, ESPN)
Well, that should about do it for this week. I know times for some of our sports teams may be tough, but let’s keep on supporting the players. As always, Go Cards!!