Multiple U of L athletes test positive after weekend party Tuesday, Aug 11 2020 

By Cole Emery —

The University of Louisville decided to temporarily suspend workouts for the men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey and volleyball teams due to multiple positive COVID-19 tests. U of L discovered through contact tracing the source of the rise in cases to be from an off-campus party that occurred on Aug. 1.

“It goes without saying that I’m incredibly disappointed and frustrated today with what’s occurred,” Director of Athletics Vince Tyra said. “We’ve noted from the very beginning that we have a strong commitment from our medical and administrative staff in the athletic department that we expect to be met with the same commitment from our student athletes and unfortunately we’ve had a failure in the recent week to do so.”

Tyra reported that there were eight positive COVID-19 tests among the four sports teams on Aug. 3. By Aug. 5, that number rose to 29. While in many of the cases, the athlete remained asymptomatic, some reported having headaches and fevers.

Since all student athletes tested for COVID-19 daily, the student athletes who tested negative and not identified through contact tracing will be allowed to return to on-campus workouts on Monday, Aug. 10. 

When asked if the school would consider punishing players in the future for disobeying COVID-19 safety protocols, Tyra said, “I think the answer is yes.”

Football workouts and activities have not been suspended since no football players have been identified to be at the party through contract tracing.

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Louisville volleyball sweeps Samford to advance in NCAA Tournament Monday, Dec 9 2019 

By John McCarthy —

Louisville volleyball defeated Samford  in the first round of the NCAA tournament Dec. 5 at E.A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green, Ky. 

This was an important first-round win for the Cardinals, who improved to 20-9 on the season. 

The Cardinals’ sweep of an impressive opponent in Samford, who was 24-5 before their loss to Louisville, proves that the Cards have potential to go deep into the NCAA tournament. 

Standouts for Louisville were freshman Aiko Jones and junior Anna Stevenson. Jones propelled the Cardinals with 17 kills and two aces, while Stevenson added 12 kills and four blocks. 

The Bulldogs marked the scoreboard first in the first set. Soon after, Louisville breezed to a 9-4 lead. Led by Stevenson’s ace and momentum-swinging block, Louisville went on a 5-0 run to go up 17-10. Samford fought back to 19-18 on the set, but the firepower of the Cardinals was too much and won the first set. 

The Cards controlled the second set. Samford called a timeout after the Cardinals shot out to an early 5-0 lead. The Bulldogs were able to bring the score to 12-8 midway through the set, but Louisville caught fire yet again with responsive 3-0 run capped off by a Jones kill. Samford called their last timeout after the Cardinals’ run and were able to put four more points on the board. In the end, Louisville ran away with the set on a 6-0 run. 

Louisville was hot to begin the third set, jumping out to a 10-3 lead. After a few sloppy plays by the Cardinals, Samford brought the score back to within two points. The Cardinals and Bulldogs traded points before a kill by sophomore Claire Chaussee stopped Samford’s run.

Following Chaussee’s kill, Louisville led 21-15. Louisville reached match point on an ace by junior Tori Dilfer, but the Bulldogs scraped up four points to make the score 24-22. With a timely Jones kill, the Cardinals closed the set 25-22.

The Cardinals will await the winner of the Western Kentucky University and Kennesaw State University match. Louisville prepares for two fierce competitors. WKU has been stellar this season, going 32-2 on the year and went undefeated in conference play. KSU has a seasoned roster and is 5-2 this season at neutral sites. 

The Cardinals will showdown with the winner of the WKU/KSU game Dec. 6.

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Volleyball clears Syracuse 3-0 Saturday, Nov 16 2019 

By Mariam Prieto-Perez–

Louisville volleyball defended their home court taking a 3-0 win over Syracuse on Nov. 15. The Cardinals improve 17-8 and 10-5 in the conference matches.  While Syracuse fall 10-12 overall and 7-8 in ACC.

The first set had runs by both teams. However, the Cardinals made it to the scoreboard first and took on an early 4-point lead. Syracuse responded taking their first lead at 14-13.

Syracuse was not able to hold  and the Cardinals gained a 2-point lead, taking the score up to 20-18. A kill by ­­freshman Amaya Tillman gave the Cardinals the set point, ending the set with a score of 25-19, bringing the score 1-0.

In the second set, the Cardinals had with another hot start. Louisville had a 7-3 run, and that put them at 20-11. Syracuse was not able to get another run, and the Cards cruised to a win at 25-15, bringing the score to 2-0

The third set saw the Cardinals run a 7-2 lead early on. Louisville was able to have a 10-point advantage at 18-8 before Syracuse could get a 4-1 run.  Syracuse upped their energy, but it was not enough to overcome the Cardinals. The Cards took the set point, finishing the set 25-15. The Cards brought a definite win, finishing the game 3-0.

U of L led the kills with a total of 41 kills, while Syracuse had 24. ­ The Cardinals hit .292 with five aces 41 kills and five blocks. ­­Sophomore Claire Chaussee and ­­­­freshman Amber Stivrins led the offensive, each producing 10 kills. Junior Alexis Hamilton proved important to the defense, finishing the game with 12 digs.

The Cardinals will be back in action on Friday, Nov. 22. They will face off against Notre Dame at L&N Federal Credit Union Arena at 7 p.m.

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Volleyball sweeps Virginia Cavaliers 3-0 Monday, Oct 28 2019 

By Gabriel Wiest–

Louisville swept Virginia 3-0 on Friday Oct. 25 with little resistance on the Cardinal’s home court.

The win against the Cavaliers comes as a conference win, expanding Louisville’s conference strength.

Leading the Cardinals on offense, Claire Chaussee had 10 kills. On defense junior Anna Stevenseon had eight blocks against Virginia.

In the first set, Virginia had the most energy they would have for the entire game. While this was their best moment in the game, it was still not enough to gain ground against the Cardinals. Louisville ended the set on top 25-18.

After losing the first set Virginia’s energy collapsed. Louisville took a win in the second set with ease, taking the set 25-13.

In the final set, Virginia still struggled against the Cardinals. UVA’s defense in particular, was simply overpowered by Louisville’s deep offense. Virginia fell again in the final set, solidifying Louisvilles victory 25-13.

The Cav’s struggled with errors over the throughout game, raking up 27 for the game compared to 12 from Louisville.

Louisville’s offense was impressive for the Cardinals, with seven kills from freshmen Amber Stivirnis, who also added three blocks showing versatility. Shannon Shields had 28 assists, helping put Louisville in scoring position for over a third of the scoring for the game.

Alex Hendricks played strong, with two aces up her sleeve against Virginia.

Louisville’s next home game will be against Syracuse Nov. 15 at 7 p.m.

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Cards Prevail in 5 sets to Open Conference Play Saturday, Sep 28 2019 

The Cards moved to (8-3) (1-0) on the season against ACC opponent, NC State in Conference opener. Melanie McHenry led the way with 29 Kills while teammate Aiko Jones added 15 Kills of her own and led the Cards with 3 Aces. Tori Dilfer led the Cards with a career tying high of 54 Assists.

The Cards went out in the first set and had a back and forth battle with NC State. With NC State up 21-20 the Cards used their first timeout. Melanie McHenry led Louisville out of the break with 1 of her 29 kills. Anna Stevenson had a kill to put the Cards up 25-24 but could Louisville never got up by two to steal the set. After a back and forth NC State took the first set 30-28.

Louisville found slight separation going up 7-5 with a kill by Emily Scott. With NC State battling back the Cards found a way to separate themselves with a 13-10 lead. With back to back kills from McHenry and Scott to go up 15-10 the Cards never looked back. Just giving up two more points to NC State before Scott finished it off with another kill taking the set 25-12.

14 ties in the third set and it looked like Louisville was going to take the set with a kill by McHenry to go up 21-18. But a kill by Scott to make it a 25-24 Cardinals lead would be their last point as NC State would take the next three and win the third set 27-24.

The Cards refused to go out in 4 sets in front of their home crowd. With an early back and forth Louisville put on for the fans. With the score tied 15-15 Louisville refused to see another tie after a kill from Anna Stevenson put them up 16-15 With back to back kills with fresh off the bench Aiko Jones the Cards jumped up 18-15 before taking the set with, yet another, kill from Melanie McHenry.

The Cards took care of business in the deciding fifth set. A kill by Claire Chaussee would be the last one of the night as it gave the Cards a 12-8 lead over NC State. With an attack error by NC States Melissa Evans, the Cards closed out it’s ACC opener in front of their home crowd.

Louisville looks to go (2-0) in ACC play this Sunday against the Tar Heels of North Carolina at 1pm at home in the, L&N Federal Credit Union Arena.

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Previewing volleyball’s 2019 outlook Friday, Aug 23 2019 

By Gabriel Wiest —

Louisville has been plagued with coach switch-ups in many sports, but volleyball has been left untouched. Head coach Dani Busboom Kelly will head into her third season with a national rank of No. 25.

The Cards will be looking to build on their success from last season (22-9), with a recruiting class ranked 16th in the NCAA.  The freshmen will pack in the heat during the 2019 season topping the ACC in recruiting polls.

HM All-American senior Melanie McHenry will be returning to the court along with starters sophomore Emily Scott and redshirt junior Piper Roe.

While the Cards have talent, it will be difficult finding someone to fill now-graduate Molly Sauer’s shoes. The Louisville alumna was named ACC Defensive Player of the Year and anchored the Libero position.

Louisville will face fierce competition with rival No. 7 Kentucky, a team the Cards fell 3-0 to last season. The women will also be challenged by No. 17 Purdue, who defeated Louisville 3-2. The Cards will face off against both teams during September.

Louisville will play No.12 Pittsburg twice. The Cards lost 3-1 to them last year.

The Card’s first game will be against Miami University on Saturday Aug. 24 at L&N Federal Credit Union Arena. Louisville has not faced the team since 2015.

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