--By Jared Anderson
--File photo by Jared Anderson
Louisville volleyball continued the solid start to their season by going 2-1 at the Purdue Tournament, finishing behind the host. Their record moves to 6-3 following the weekend.
Game One: Louisville 3, Lipscomb 1 (25-20, 25-14, 28-30, 25-23)
The Cards dominated the first half before wearing down in the second half. Melanie McHenry led all scorers with 17 kills and received help from Jasmine Bennett's 14 kills and Megan Sloan's 10 kills. Molly Sauer recorded an impressive five aces. Freshman Emily Scott led the defense with seven blocks.
Game Two: Louisville 3, Xavier 0 (25-18, 25-15, 25-14)
The Cards recorded their fifth sweep in six wins, easily defeating Xavier. McHenry finished with 15 kills and was assisted by Claire Chaussee's eight kills. Wilma Rivera recorded 28 assists on the match and Sauer finished with nine digs.
Game Three: #19 Purdue 3, Louisville 2 (25-23, 17-25, 28-26, 13-25, 15-10)
Host Purdue held on to beat Louisville in a barnburner. Louisville's two victories in the match were by a large margin while the three sets they lost all stayed close. McHenry had another 17 kill outing and Sloan added 14. Rivera finished the match with a whopping 46 assists. Sauer was credited with 30 digs and had help from McHenry's 18.
The two-week road trip resulted in a 3-3 record with all losses coming to ranked opponents (#4 Florida, #7 USC, #19 Purdue) and all wins coming by sweep or 3-1. They return home to a sold out Cardinal Arena when they host Kentucky on Friday at 7:00 p.m. They then host Chattanooga on Saturday at 3:00 p.m., wrapping up shortly before the football game against Western Kentucky kicks off.
By Jared Anderson
Photo by Jared Anderson
Louisville volleyball (3-0) wasted no time in dismantling opponents en route to a Cardinal Classic Championship. The Cardinals swept Tennessee-Martin, Southern Illinois, and IUPUI all in about a 30-hour span.
Louisville defeated Tennessee-Martin 25-7, 25-17, and 25-12. They defeated Southern Illinois 25-10, 25-19, and 25-13. They defeated IUPUI 25-14, 25-12, 25-23.
In their first two matches, Louisville ht a few small bumps in the road in their second set. However, down the stretch they pulled. In their final match, the Cards trailed 18-11 in the third set before racing back to earn the sweep.
The Cards finished w=the weekend with 132 kills, opposed to opponents' 71. Louisville also finished with just 29 errors against opposing teams' 54 errors.
The three seniors on the team- Molly Sauer, Jasmine Bennett, and Wilma Rivera- earned All-Cardinal Classic Tournament Team honors.
Louisville hits the road for the next two weeks. Over Labor Day they will face ranked opponents Florida and USC in Gainesville while facing a tough Central Florida team in Orlando, just minutes down the road from Camping World Stadium where UofL football is set to face Alabama.
Their next home game will be against rival Kentucky on Friday, Sept. 14.
By Jared Anderson
Photo by Jared Anderson
No. 8 Louisville Field Hockey fell 3-2 in overtime to No. 24 Ohio State in Louisville's home opener. The Buckeyes rallied back in the second half to tie the game before claiming the win 90 seconds into overtime.
Mercedes Pastor put the Cards on the board in the 15th minute with her first career goal after receiving a rebound along the sideline and dribbled into the circle for an open shot.
Two minutes later, Erica Cooper scored her first career goal as well as she led a fast break down the pitch and sent her shot flying into the corner of the goal, just out of reach of the Ohio State goalkeeper.
After halftime, the Buckeyes came back. They scored their first goal off of a penalty corner in the 43rd minute. They evened the score with just over two minutes in regulation off of a shot across the circle into the goal.
In overtime, Ohio State gained possession first and capitalized with the sudden death goal to end the game.
The Cards drop to 1-1 and hit the road to face UMass-Lowell at a neutral site on Sept. 1.
--By Jared Anderson
--Photo by Seth Spalding
Senior wide receiver Jaylen Smith continues his recovery following an emergency appendectomy on Aug. 3. His recovery, which originally projected him to miss the first two games of the regular season, has been quicker than that. Smith could be back as soon as the opening game against Alabama on Sept. 1.
Louisville's leader in receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns from a year ago returned to practice on Aug. 21. He participated in drills, but was limited to no contact. Coach Bobby Petrino says that they will see how Smith progresses over the remainder of the week before having him participate in contact drills.
Once Smith is back to 100% and on the field, the offense should pick up. Jawon Pass will have key weapons in Smith, Dez Fitzpatrick, and Seth Dawkins this year.
--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo courtesy of the University of Louisville
Team USA just struck Gold.
The Americans, coached by UofL women's basketball head coach Jeff Walz, defeated Canada 84-60 in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship to win their 10th gold medal, and sixth against Canada.
Walz's squad trailed by four at the end of the first period. Canada finished the period on a 6-2 run.
The US pulled ahead in the second. They outscored Canada 25-13. In the third, the scoring was even more lopsided. The US led 64-40 heading into the last period. Both teams scored the same amount in the fourth.
Four Americans were in the double-digits scoring. They were led by Nalyssa Smith, with 18 points. Christyn Williams, Nazahrah Hillmon-Baker, and Ashley Jones were also in the double-digits. Smith also was tied for the team lead in rebounds.
The US leads the Americas in the tournament. The only other county to have a gold medal is Brazil. The Brazilian's two gold medals resulted in US silver medals.
Louisville tips off their 2018-19 campaign against Western Kentucky in Bowling Green on Tuesday, November 6th. They play their first game in Louisville on Monday, Nov. 26th.
--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo by Seth Spalding
Team USA will go for the gold.
Team USA, coached by UofL women’s basketball coach Jeff Walz will face off against Canada in the FIBA Women’s U18 gold medal game tonight.
Walz’s squad defeated Columbia 83-47 on Monday. The win was partially due to a 17-0 run in the second quarter. It gave the Americans momentum. It was kicked off by a three from Ashley Joens, who committed to Iowa State. Five points were from Nazahrah Hillmon-Baker (Michigan/Cleveland, OH). Two threes were also from Rhyne Howard.
The USA led 42-26 at halftime. Columbia cut the game to 11 points in the third with 4:54 left, but USA outscored Columbia 7-1 to close out the quarter.
“It was a great basketball game” Walz said, “We knew it was going to be competitive, and it was the one that we needed, because we needed to understand when you have breakdowns.”
Jenna Brown (Stanford/Smyrna, GA) led scoring with 17 points. Joens and Howard finished with 14, and Olivia Nelson-Ododa (Connecticut/Winder, GA) had 12.
“I thought that group out that was out there four us at the end of the first half really gave us the boost we needed, and then we were able to continue. It’s something we have to learn from and continue to grow, and hopefully take another step tomorrow night.”
Canada is second in points, fourth in field goal shooting, fourth in assists, and second in efficiency. Christina Morra leads the team with 14.8 points/game. She is tied for third in the tournament. Canada is ranked fourth worldwide.
Canada faced Columbia, El Salvador, and Mexico in group play. They defeated Columbia 73-49, El Salvador 81-52, and Mexico 65-54. A strong 22-7 first quarter put them ahead against Chile in the quarterfinals, with a final score of 98-52, and 15 points, 14 boards, and two assists led Canada against Argentina in the Semifinals. Four players scored double-digits in the 77-71 win to advance to the semifinals.
The game will be at Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera, in Mexico City at 9:30 pm. The game will be on Facebook.
Louisville Bats starting pitcher Robert Stephenson was named the International League pitcher of the week for the week of July 23rd-29th.
He started two games, and went 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA over 14 innings. He gave up only three hits, and the two runs were off a two-run home run surrendered in yesterday's 3-2 win over the Rochester Red Wings.
In July, Stephenson is 3-0 with a 1.33 ERA in four starts. This season, he is 10-6 with a 3.03 ERA in 19 starts.
Stephenson previously won the award in the week of July 27th-August 2nd, 2015.
The University of Louisville Women's basketball team announced its 2018-19 non-conference schedule Tuesday.
Jeff Walz's squad will face nine opponents that reached the tournament last season. Seven won more than 20 games, and six made the NCAA Tournament.
The Cards open the season against Western Kentucky on Tuesday, Nov. 6th. The game will be on the road. Louisville won't be at the KFC Yum! Center for the first five games.
They'll play UT Chattanooga on Nov. 9th, Boise State Nov. 19th, and Arizona State along with Hartford in the South Point Shootout Nov. 23rd-24th.
The Cards will play their first game in the Yum! on November 26th against Miami of Ohio. Then, Nebraska will come to town for the ACC/B1G challenge. Tennessee State will come to Louisville on December 2nd, UT Martin on the 4th, and Kentucky on the 9th. Northern Kentucky will end the non-conference homestand on December 15th.
The Cards will head to Central Michigan on December 20th, before beginning ACC Play.
One of the best opponents will be on January 31st, when Louisville hosts the Connecticut Huskies.
Bats Infielder Brandon Dixon became the sixth player in Louisville Bats history to hit for the cycle Tuesday. The Bats won the game, 12-5.
Dixon doubled his first at-bat in the first inning. Then, singled in the third, homered in the eighth, and tripled in the ninth. He finished 4 for 5 in the game.
Other Bats to hit for the cycle are Scott Schebler (7/26/2016), Chris Dickerson (7/26/2007), Anderson Machado (5/18/2007), David Bell (8/11/1995), and Stan Royer (7/19/1991).
Brandon Dixon is hitting .329 with six home runs and 21 RBIs for Louisville this season.
-by Mike Gilpatrick
Cincinnati Reds top prospect and Louisville Bats IF Nick Senzel will have season-ending surgery to repair a torn tendon in his right index-finger.
Senzel left the game in the first inning of Louisville's series opener against the Norfolk Tides.
Before the injury, Senzel had an 11-game hitting streak, where he hit .440 (22-for-50) since June 9th. He hit .310 with power in 44 games for Louisville this season. The average is 5th in the international league.
The injury was confirmed in an official statement from the Louisville Bats.