No. 2 Women’s Volleyball Take Down No. 4 Pittsburgh Monday, Oct 25 2021 

By Daniel Rankin —
This weekend, the No. 2 Louisville Cardinal’s volleyball team faced the No. 4 Pittsburgh Panthers. Louisville won with a final score of 3-2.

Pitt started the match well, winning set 1 with a score of 25-19.  Louisville attempted to take the lead throughout the first set, but the Panthers were able to take the lead before the Cardinals had a chance to catch back up.

Set 2 saw the Cards putting immediate pressure on Pittsburgh with a 13-3 lead. During her team’s 10 point run, junior blocker Amaya Tillman had a strong performance with three straight kills and a block, and Tillman finished a match-high of 8 blocks. Pitt continued to battle back, but they eventually fell short. Louisville won the second set with a score of 25-20.

Set 3 was tightly contested when both teams were tied with a score of 25-25. However, the Cards were able to pull away and win the match 27-25, capped off by a kill from senior hitter Claire Chaussee.

Down to a must-win set, Pittsburgh was able to force a winner-take-all set after winning the 4th set with a tight score of 25-22.

In the fifth and final set, only needing 15 points to win, the Cards found themselves in a hole 8-6. However, this was Pitt’s last lead of the night after Louisville went on a 4-0 run. Tied at 13-13, the Cardinals finished the match with two points and a final block from graduate blocker Anna Stevenson.

Next up, the undefeated Cardinals embark on a three-game road trip facing the Duke Devils on Halloween night. The next home game will take place at L&N Federal Credit Union Arena on November 12 at 7 pm.

Photo Courtesy of Adam Creech // U of L Athletics

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Louisville men’s basketball schedule is out! Monday, Oct 18 2021 

By: Hannah Walker–

Louisville men’s basketball is almost here. On November 9, the U of L men’s basketball team will play their season opener against Southern University. The game will be at the KFC Yum! Center, and tipoff will be at 9:00 p.m.

This season, U of L will have 16 home games at KFC Yum! Center. If you would like to see these games in person, you can purchase tickets online at Ticketmaster. Students can also purchase student tickets on Ticketmaster for $15.00.

If you would like to see how the team is performing prior to the season opener, $10 tickets will be for sale to watch the scrimmages at the KFC Yum! Center. The next scrimmage will be on Oct. 16 at 1:00p.m.

Photo Courtesy of Adam Creech// U of L Athletics 

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Louisville Football Loses By One Point Against UVA Sunday, Oct 10 2021 

By: Hannah Walker–

On Friday, October 9, Louisville football played against the Virginia Cavaliers. Louisville lost by one point when UVA scored a touchdown with 0:22 on the clock. The final score was 33-34.

At the start of the game, Louisville won the coin toss and made the decision to defer to the second half of the game. Virginia received and made a touchdown early on with 12:33 on the clock.

However, Louisville quickly caught up to UVA when redshirt junior quarterback Malik Cunningham made a complete pass for 92 yards to Tyler Harrell; scoring a touchdown for U of L.

UVA was able to break the tie with U of L in the first quarter when they made a field goal attempt from the 25 yard line. However, Louisville sophomore kicker James Turner made a field goal attempt of his own from the 28 yard line. This put both teams at a score of 10-10 going into the second quarter.

During the second quarter, both teams battled to score points. Nonetheless, UVA was the only team that was able to score. With 11:37 on the clock, Virginia made a field goal from the 22 yard line; putting them in the lead at 10-13.

During the third quarter, Louisville quickly caught back up to the Cavaliers when they scored two touchdowns and two field goals. UVA made several attempts to catch up, but were unable to by the end of the third quarter. Louisville went into the fourth quarter with a score of 30-13.

By the fourth quarter, Louisville’s defense had let up on the Cavaliers. Virginia was able to score two touchdowns early on in the quarter; putting Louisville at a score of 30-27. Louisville tried to score more towards the end of the game when Turner made a field goal from the 40 yard line, but it was too late. With only 0:22 on the clock, Virginia made another touchdown. Louisville lost with a final score of 33-34.

Louisville football will be back on Saturday, October 23 when they will play against Boston College at Cardinal Stadium.

Photo Courtesy of Jessica Abell//Louisville Cardinal

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U of L competes in The Live In Lou Cross Country Classic Monday, Oct 4 2021 

By Daniel Rankin —

This weekend the Louisville Cardinals’ Men and Women’s Cross Country team competed in the 20th annual Live In Lou Cross Country Classic at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park. It is one of the largest college meets of the year with more than 2,600 runners from 140 colleges.

The Men’s 8k kicked off the day. Freshman Ian Kibiwot, with a time of 23:44.4, finished 15th overall; the highest for U of L. Junior Shadrack Kipkosgei (23:56.9) and graduate student Albert Kosgei (23:57.5) followed not far behind, finishing 21st and 22nd respectfully. Senior Ben Ewert rounded out the top four in 67th at 24:37.2.

Louisville finished 4th out of 36 in team points and satisfied head coach Dale Cowper. “The guys came out and did an excellent job,” he said.

The front four also came out and executed the race plan that assistant coach Eric Heins put together.

“[I’m] excited about the men’s result and mostly their effort,” said Heins. “This is one of our top finishes out here.”

In the Women’s 5k, senior Purity Sanga lead the way for the Cards, finishing in 27th with a time of 17:11.3. Behind her was senior Emma Bryant (17:41.1) in 56th, Ivine Chemutai (18:23.8) in 133rd, and Mattie Kindelsperger (18:42.5) in 179th; rounding out the top 4.

“Purity did a really nice job upfront,” said Cowper.”We’re excited about where Purity, Emma and Ivine will be.”

Up next for the Cardinals is the Texas A&M’s Arturo Barrios Invitational on October 16th. This will wrap up the regular season before the conference and regional championships in November.

Photo Courtesy of Daniel Rankin // The Louisville Cardinal

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Louisville Football Takes A Loss Against Wake Forest Sunday, Oct 3 2021 

By: Hannah Walker–

On Saturday, October 2, Louisville football travelled to Salem, North Carolina to play against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. Louisville lost by 3 points with a final score of 34-37.

At the start of the game, both teams dominated the field. Louisville won the coin toss and made the decision to defer to the second half. WFU received and made a field goal attempt for 33 yards with 12:05 on the clock. However, Louisville quickly caught up when redshirt junior quarterback Malik Cunningham rushed to the left for a gain of 7 yards; scoring a touchdown for the Cards.

Before the end of the first quarter, Wake Forest was able to score their first touchdown with 3:53 on the clock. Still, Louisville pushed to tie up the game when sophomore kicker James Turner made a field goal from the 42 yard line with only 0:12 on the clock. Both teams went into the second quarter with a tie of 10-10.

At the start of the second quarter, Louisville broke the tie when Cunningham rushed up the middle for a gain of five yards; scoring another touchdown for U of L. Nonetheless, the Demon Deacons were able to take back the lead when they scored both a touchdown and a field goal before the end of the second quarter. This put Louisville at a score of 17-20 going into halftime.

Louisville continued to fall behind when Wake Forest made another touchdown in the third quarter of the game with 3:59 on the clock. U of L was unable to score any points during the third quarter, and proceeded to the fourth quarter with a score of 17-27.

The Cards attempted to catch up during the last quarter of the game. Cunningham made a complete pass for 10 yards and freshman wide-receiver Bruce Huggins scored a touchdown. It wasn’t long after when Louisville made a field goal of their own from the 46 yard line. However, Wake Forest was able to take the lead once again when they made another touchdown with 3:52 on the clock.

Although Wake Forest took the lead again during the last quarter, Louisville continued to persevere. Cunningham made a complete pass up the middle for 75 yards to redshirt sophomore wide-receiver Tyler Harrell and scored another touchdown. This tied the game to a score of 34-34.

With only 0:22 seconds left on the clock, Wake Forest was able to break the tie once again with a field goal from the 29 yard line. This brought the game to a final score of 34-37.

Louisville football will be back at the Cardinal Stadium on Oct. 9 at 3:00 p.m. to play against the Virginia Cavaliers.

Photo Courtesy of Jessica Abell// The Louisville Cardinal

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Louisville Football Is On A Winning Streak Sunday, Sep 26 2021 

By: Hannah Walker–

On September 25, the Louisville Cardinal’s football team played an away game against the Florida State Seminoles. Louisville won with a final score of 31-23.

At the start of the game, Florida State won the coin toss and made the decision to defer while Louisville received. This worked out in U of L’s favor, when they made a touchdown with 13:37 on the clock. Junior, redshirt quarterback Malik Cunningham made a complete pass to redshirt sophomore, wide receiver Tyler Harrell for 59 yards and scored for the Cards.

U of L continued to score throughout the remaining of the first quarter. With 7:27 on the clock, sophomore kicker James Turner made a successful field goal attempt for 44 yards. Shortly after, Cunningham rushed for four yards and made a touchdown with 1:14 on the clock.

During the second quarter, Florida State attempted to catch up when they scored a touchdown with 13:30 on the clock, but it wasn’t enough to take the lead. Louisville scored another two touchdowns with the help of Cunningham; putting Louisville at a score of 31-13 going into halftime.

During the third quarter, the Seminoles were able to score another touchdown. However, Louisville remained stagnant in the third quarter with a score of 31-20.

By the fourth quarter, neither teams were able to score a touchdown. However, Florida State made a successful field goal attempt; bringing the game to a final score of 31-23.

Louisville football will have another away game on Saturday, October 2 at 12:30 p.m. against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.

Photo Courtesy of Jessica Abell// Louisville Cardinal 

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Louisville Football Wins Again On Home Field Saturday, Sep 18 2021 

By: Hannah Walker–

On Sept. 17, Louisville football played their second home game of the season against the Central Florida Knights. At a game that head coach Scott Satterfield called “One of the best football games you’re ever going to see,” Louisville won with a final score of 42-35.

At the start of the game, Central Florida won the coin toss and decided to defer to the second half. Louisville received and struggled during the start of the game when UCF made their first touchdown with 12:22 on the clock. However, Louisville tied the game up at the end of the first quarter.  Redshirt junior quarterback Malik Cunningham rushed to the left for a gain of seven yard; scoring Louisville their first touchdown.

At the start of the second quarter, UCF gained an edge on Louisville when they made another touchdown with 14:22 on the clock. Still, this didn’t stop Louisville. Louisville tied the game up again when redshirt freshman running back Jalen Mitchell rushed up the middle for a gain of two yards. This gave Louisville another touchdown.

Louisville continued to play strong throughout the final minutes of the second quarter, and they were able to take the lead before halftime. Cunningham made a complete pass for 1 yard to tight-end, redshirt sophomore Marshon Ford, and scored a touchdown with 22 seconds on the clock. Louisville went into halftime with a score of 21-14.

In the third quarter of the game, UCF tied the game with Louisville once again with 10:59 on the clock. However, with 4:57 on the clock, Louisville broke the tie. Cunningham rushed to left for a gain of one yard and scored U of L another touchdown.

By the fourth quarter, the fans felt as if it was a toss up on who would win the game that night. UCF made a touchdown at the beginning of the quarter, and Louisville made a touchdown as well. Sophomore wide-receiver Braden Smith made a pass for 45 yards. Freshman Trevion Cooley caught it and put both teams at another tie that night.

It wasn’t until the very end of the game, with 13 seconds left on the clock, that UCF’s pass was intercepted by freshman Jaylin Alderman. He returned for 66 yards and won the game for U of L.

“What a good performance by [UCF] as well as our guys,” said Satterfield during a post-game interview. “You know you don’t want to play three games in 12 days, but ESPN lives for games like that. You know, what a show we put on for everybody.”

Satterfield went on to compliment his team for their performance during the entirety of the game, as well as the coaches that helped to put all of the plays together that night.

Louisville football will play again on Saturday, Sept. 25 at the Doak Campbell Stadium against the Florida State Seminoles. Kickoff starts at 7: 30 p.m. ET.

Photo Courtesy of Jessica Abell// The Louisville Cardinal

 

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Women’s Volleyball Took Down Kentucky This Week In Top Ranked Matchup Saturday, Sep 18 2021 

By: Daniel Rankin —

The No. 5 Louisville Volleyball team faced in-state rival No. 8 Kentucky on September 15th; winning in a dramatic fifth and final set (3-2).

With a loud atmosphere and national television cameras at the sold-out L&N Federal Credit Union Arena, undefeated Louisville was enthusiastic to face the defending National Champion Wildcats. However, Kentucky was ready as well, and took the first set 17-25.

The second set was much tighter, with both teams trading the lead five times accompanied by twelve ties. Finally, a good run led to the Cards winning the set 25-20.

Building off that good momentum, Louisville started the third set strong, pulling out a dominant 13-5 lead. Holding off a massive surge from Kentucky, Louisville finished to win set 3 25-22; one set away from winning the match.

Kentucky was able to bounce back in set 4 after a 20-25 win, and the match went into a winner takes all set. Similar to most sets, the two highly ranked teams traded points back and forth; keeping the set very close. Down 9-7, Louisville broke through and finished the match with 8 points in a row; winning the final set 15-9 and the overall match 3-2.

Senior outside hitter Claire Chaussee finished with 18 kills, and opposite redshirt junior Aiko Jones had three aces leading Louisville in each category. 2020 ACC Defensive Player of the Year Amaya Tillman led both teams with 11 blocks, just two short of her career-high.

Now 9-0 on the season, the Cards travel to the University of Nebraska to face another top 10 opponent in the Cornhuskers today at 8:00 p.m.

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U of L Football Defeats EKU At First Home Game Sunday, Sep 12 2021 

By: Hannah Walker–

On Sept. 11, Louisville football returned for their first home game of the season against Eastern Kentucky. After losing against Ole Miss last week, Louisville gained redemption when they won against EKU with a final score of 30-3.

At the start of the game, EKU won the coin toss and decided to defer to the second half. Louisville received and led strong offensive plays throughout the first quarter. By 4:27 on the clock, redshirt junior quarterback Malik Cunningham gained 10 more yards and gave Louisville their first touchdown.

Louisville continued to play at their best throughout the second quarter. Two more touchdowns were made with the help of Cunningham, and EKU struggled to keep up. Still, EKU was able to score three points during the second quarter when they kicked from the 39 yard line. This put the score at 20-3 going into the third quarter.

The Cards improved with defense as the game continued, and they were able to push back EKU numerous times throughout the last quarters of the game.

The Cards also continued to play great offense throughout the third quarter; scoring another touchdown with 5:32 on the clock. Cunningham once again stepped up and made a complete pass for 30 yards to redshirt junior wide- receiver Justin Marshall. This led Louisville to a score of 27-3 going into the fourth quarter.

As the final quarter started, Louisville made it a priority to stop EKU from scoring during the final minutes of the game. They were successful in doing so, and won with a final score of 30-3.

Louisville will play at home again on Friday, Sept. 17, at 7:30 p.m. They will be facing the UCF Knights in hopes of continuing the start to their winning streak.

Photo Courtesy of Taris Smith// U of L Athletics

 

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Louisville Football Takes Loss To Ole Miss At Kickoff Game Tuesday, Sep 7 2021 

By: Hannah Walker–

The Louisville football team was back and ready to play at the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. They travelled to Atlanta, GA on Monday, Sept. 6, to face the Ole Miss Rebels at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. However, Louisville lost with a final score of 24-43.

At the start of the game, Louisville won the coin toss and made the choice to defend the east goal. Freshman kicker Brock Travelstead started with a kickoff of 65 yards, but Ole Miss was quickly able to return 11 yards.

It wasn’t long after kickoff that Ole Miss made a complete pass for 24 yards; making a first down early in the game.

Louisville continued to work on better defense, as Ole Miss’s offensive linemen continued to play at their best. Still, it was not enough. Ole Miss was quickly able to make their first touchdown with 11:55 on the clock.

After Ole Miss’s touchdown, the game slowed down with many penalties made from both teams. However, the first quarter ended with Ole Miss making a successful field goal attempt from the 47 yard line.

During the second quarter of the game, Louisville attempted to push back Ole Miss from making another touchdown. Still, Ole Miss was able to make two touchdowns, and a successful field goal attempt before halftime. Louisville went into halftime with a sore of 0-26.

After halftime, Louisville started to pick up speed when sophomore kicker James Turner made a field goal attempt from the 38 yard line with 12:35 on the clock.

Louisville continued to improve offensively as the game went on. Cunningham was able to make a complete pass to Smith for 4 yards, and it wasn’t long after that Louisville was able to make their first touchdown with 1:58 on the clock. This gave Louisville a score of 10-29 going into the fourth quarter.

The Cards were successfully able to make two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter of the game. Redshirt-junior quarterback Cunningham rushed for one yard; leading to a touchdown with 8:58 on the clock. Then, Cunningham made another rush for nine yards; making another touchdown with 3:58 on the clock.

Still, the final touchdowns were not enough. Ole Miss made two touchdowns in the fourth quarter as well, and continued to take the lead. This led Louisville to a final score of 24-43.

Louisville will play their first home game Friday, Sept. 11, at 7:00 p.m. They will face Eastern Kentucky in hopes of gaining their first win for the season after their loss to Ole Miss.

Photo Courtesy of GoCards// U of L Athletics

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