Panthers hand Cards eighth 20 point loss of season, fall 75-54 Saturday, Jan 21 2023 

By Matthew Mueller

After Louisville’s latest encounter with the University of Pittsburgh, the Cardinals continue their lowball season with a 75-54 loss at home. This adds to the already recording setting and appalling record of 2-17, 0-8 in ACC play.

A familiar crash and burn

Pitt controlled Louisville on the defensive side of the ball throughout both halves of the game. Greg Elliott led the way for the Panthers with 23 points, making 75% of his shots from the field.

Furthermore, Jamarius Burton showed off his passing game shelling out 11 assists. He led all players in assists in the game, and Pittsburgh as a team recorded 21 to Louisville’s 6.

The dark (and bright) spots

As far as game positives go for Louisville, senior El Ellis had a good night leading the team with 19 points and going 5/5 at the free-throw line. Senior Jae’lyn Withers grabbed an additional 7 rebounds and 8 points.

Louisville faded fast, trailing for the rest of the second half — winning energy just wasn’t present enough to keep the Cards afloat, especially with the Pitt threes continuing to rain down in the Yum Center. They shot 41% while U of L only shot 25%.

What is to be said about this game has been said a hundred times before this season — the team is in a rough spot, and has a lot to overcome if it’s going to be among the top basketball programs in the near future.

The team especially needs leaders, and right now it feels like there are none leading to the monstrosity of the season we’ve been watching.

While Ellis and Curry are the veteran players, it feels like that key leadership role is empty, and without it being filled to get new players fired up, we could be looking at the rest of the season being nothing but an uphill fight all the way to the end.

Trying to stay positive

To stay optimistic over the latter half of ACC play, let’s point out some positives:

The team has a week’s break to prepare for their next four games. All those opponents are currently sitting in the bottom half of the ACC, meaning there are potentially a couple of realistic chances to add some wins (if the team comes to play).

Payne and company also signed top NBA Africa Academy prospect Emmanuel Okorafor, a 6-9 guard. He is eligible to play immediately, and while he may not get immediate minutes, he could provide the Cards some much-needed energy and an answer to that leadership problem in the locker room. He averaged 9.2 points and 10.4 rebounds last season.

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Women’s volleyball downs Pittsburgh in 5 set bout, National Championship match set Friday, Dec 16 2022 

By Spencer Laws

Thursday, December 15th marked a pretty important day in NCAA DI women’s volleyball, not only for the University of Louisville. 

The Makings of History 

As the Louisville volleyball team (31-2)  knocked off Pittsburgh in five sets, the Cards become the first-ever ACC team to advance to the title game. On top of this, it’s the first time the team has gone to the championship in program history.

In overcoming this milestone and reaching this level, head coach Dani Busboom Kelly said “It’s something you hope you have the opportunity to do as a coach – we want to make a difference in young women’s lives and we want to compete to win. And you hope that you’re at this stage, able to capitalize on the opportunity and to be able to take advantage of the moment is just incredibly special.”

This achievement did not come easily; a very talented Pittsburgh squad put the Cardinals in many tough spots again and again. 

Set One 

Louisville started the first set by jumping out to a big 6-0 lead, forcing Pittsburgh to take a timeout very early. The Panthers rallied back to eventually tie the set at nine, but from there on out it was all Cardinals, rallying to pull ahead 19-12. The team ultimately iced the set with a final score of 25-18.

Cards 1-0.

Set Two 

Set two was a very different story than we saw in set one; neither team was initially able to jump out to a comfortable lead. 

The Cards started early, leading 4-1 — the only lead of the set for Busboom and company. 

Pitt battled back to overcome the deficit and take the lead for the rest of the set. Although they were never able to gain a lead of more than four. Leaving an opportunity for the Cards to capitalize on any mistakes. 

Louisville battled back being down 21-17 to get Pittsburgh within their sights only to be within a point, 21-22. In spite of the rally, Pitt was able to control the momentum and close out the set and tie the match. 

1-1 Tie.

Set Three

Pitt managed everything Louisville threw at them within the middle portion of the set, ending up with a lead of 20-18 heading into the all-important final few points. This is when the Cards closed out on the Panthers, grabbing the four final points to win 25-22. 

Cards 2-1.

Set Four

Louisville was controlling everything until the score was 21-22. This match showed viewers a great example of how much fight and heart teams like Pittsburgh possess. Desperation is when teams like this perform the best.  

The Panthers scored the final five points to close out the set and extend the match to a fifth, winning 25-22. 

2-2 tie.

Fifth and final set

The fifth set was an all-around dominant performance from the Cardinals, both offensively and defensively. Phekran “PK” Kong, was a significant difference-maker, recording 11 blocks to help the team jump out to a big 8-0 lead. This set displayed U of L’s stellar defensive ability, only allowing 2 total points and winning 15-2. 

3-2 Louisville advance!

All Around Ability

This team is crafted in a way to dominate and control all aspects of the game, and its balance is something you don’t see often. Almost every player has the innate ability to come up big when the team needs it the most to punish their opponents. 

You can see this in the different runs throughout this match, especially with outside hitters Claire Chaussee and Anna Debeer.

Chaussee had a game-high 25 kills, along with Debeer who recorded 15 kills. Combine this with setter Raquel Lazaro’s ability to put those players in position, and you end up with a dangerous combination. Lazaro finished the match with 49 assists. 

Their defensive prowess negated a lot of the different advantages Pitt may have had. Libero Elena Scott had a career-high 28 digs, pairing very nicely with Amaya Tillman’s seven and Aiko Jones’s six blocks. 

Lastly, the depth provided allows room for Busboom to add in different players, something that can propel this team to capture the title. We saw players like Ceci Rush, Alexa Hendricks, and Ayden Barlett ready in major moments in helping the Cards advance. 

The Last Dance 

The desire left from last year’s final-four heartbreak to eventual champions Wisconsin plays a huge role in this year’s run. 

Outside hitter and Louisville native Anna Debeer commented on last year’s loss and what it means to the team, saying “We’ve been there before last year. We know that feeling. We know how hard it is to get there and how much it hurts after that loss. So I think this whole year that’s been our goal. And the team has been on the same page since the very beginning and made it known that we want to win a national championship.”

This team has the ability with all the aforementioned skills and talent to potentially etch their names into greatness. 

No. 2 seed Louisville will take on No. 1 Texas this Saturday, December 17th at 8 PM E.T. on ESPN 2.

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Post Panther pummel, Louisville defense desires to down Demon Deacons Wednesday, Oct 26 2022 

By Spencer Laws

Head coach Scott Satterfield clearly meant it when he said in a previous press conference he would be paying special attention to the defense, as it was the shining star in Louisville football’s 24-10 win against Pittsburgh. The Cardinals pulled off a must-needed win, furthering their chance at a post-season bowl game.

A huge credit towards Saturday’s win includes the Card’s battle for turnovers. The defense had four takeaways compared to Pitt’s one, allowing just 10 points on 32 minutes of possession.

The offense, however, seemed very stagnant at times- only being able to muster up one touchdown in the first half, and compiling a season-low of 312 yards of total offense. 

Senior linebacker Yasir Abdullah had the performance of the game, tallying seven tackles, two tackles for a loss, an interception, and a sack that resulted in a scoop and score. 

It should surprise no one that Abdullah snagged All-ACC Linebacker of the Week honors, too. 

A Dual Threat School?

Something we saw Saturday that we haven’t seen before is somewhat of a revolving door at the quarterback position – second-string Brock Domann logged playing time in three different quarters Saturday.

Head coach Scott Satterfield was questioned about the quarterback situation going forward in his press conference Tuesday, October 25th, saying “I anticipate both guys probably playing throughout the rest of the season. Last week, they both did a great job in practice of getting ready to play mentally, that’s the biggest key, and I think that will happen again this week.”

Not a terrible thing to have two quarterbacks ready for all the game situations we head into more significant games.

Dissecting the Demon Deacons

The Cards are set back at home Saturday, October 30th against No. 10 Wake Forest. 

The Demon Deacons have only lost one game this season- a close overtime loss to Clemson. This is another huge opportunity for head coach Scott Satterfield to show he can keep up with the most efficient offense in the nation.

The Cards have always played the Demon Deacons tightly ever since joining the ACC (they’re currently up all-time 6-3). Card Nation needs to come out and be loud and create a hostile environment for Deacons to play in.

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U of L men’s basketball takes loss against Pittsburgh Monday, Jan 17 2022 

By Hannah Walker–

On Saturday, Jan. 15, Louisville men’s basketball lost in an away game against Pittsburgh with a final score of 65-53.

During the first 11 minutes of the game, U of L took the lead. Junior guard El Ellis and sophomore guard/forward Dre Davis gained a total of five points each during the first half of the game and the team’s offense was off to a great start. However, with 4:56 left in the first half, Pittsburgh took the lead with a score of 28-24 going into halftime.

During the second half of the game, Louisville made an attempt to catch back up. Senior guard Noah Locke was able to score seven points during the last half and fifth year forward/center Malik Williams scored eight points before the game ended. However, it was not enough to catch up to Pittsburgh. U of L travelled home with a loss to the Panthers.

Louisville men’s basketball will be back on their home court to play against Boston College on Jan. 19 at 7:00 p.m.

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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.

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Men’s soccer off to a bumpy season start Thursday, Oct 29 2020 

By John McCarthy–

Louisville men’s soccer collected another tough loss Oct. 24 at the hands of talented ACC rival Pittsburgh. The Cardinals find themselves in a 1-4-1 on the season, including a 1-3 record in the ACC standings.

Although the Cardinals’ record needs work, we have witnessed excellent improvement on the offensive side of the ball for Louisville this season. Junior Pedro Fonseca has been trigger happy and playing healthy. Fonseca has taken eleven shots attempts, booted for seven points, and has swished three goals so far this season.

Senior Elijah Amo has also been an important facet of Louisville’s offense. Amo has put up a pair of goals this season, sinking two of his three goal attempts this season.

On the defensive side of the field, it is no secret that the Cardinals’ goalkeeping needs some work. Louisville has tried to rotate in three different goalkeepers to try and accumulate more saves, but the struggle has continued.

The Cardinals mend to snap their two-game losing streak on Oct. 30 when they host Virginia Tech at 8 p.m. A win over the Hokies would give Louisville their second ACC win of the season.

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Louisville Volleyball looks to continue their domination Friday, Oct 23 2020 

By John McCarthy–

Louisville volleyball is off to an electric start to their season. The Cardinals are 4-1 on the year and look to continue their four-game winning steak come Oct. 23.

In the most recent American Volleyball Coaches Association poll, the University of Louisville made a huge jump in the standings last weekend. U of L hopped up to No. 6 in the nation and now sits comfortably in the top 15.

The Cardinals are also leading the nation in statistics categories as well. U of L is number one in the nation in blocks per set, fourth in hitting percentage, and fourth in opponent hitting percentage. A trio of highlight players for the Cardinals lead the team in key statistics. Sophomore Amaya Tillman is number one in the nation for blocks per set. Sophomore Aiko Jones is number five in the nation for blocks per set. Senior Anna Stevenson is number five in the nation for hitting percentage.

Jones was named player of the week on Oct. 13 and continues to be a standout leader for the Cardinals on the floor. U of L faces Pittsburgh on Oct. 23 at 7 p.m.

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Cardinals’ volleyball and field hockey off to historic starts Monday, Oct 12 2020 

By John McCarthy–

Volleyball and field hockey have started strong early in their seasons. Both sports are off to historic starts to their seasons for the fall 2020 semester.

University of Louisville field hockey has a sizzling 5-0 record and sit atop the ACC. Cardinals volleyball is headed on an upward trend as they improved their season record to 4-1.

U of L volleyball has won four straight games after losing the season opener against ACC rival Notre Dame.

Field Hockey:

Senior Mercedes Pastor has led the way for Cardinals field hockey so far this season. She leads the team in points and shots made. Pastor and fellow senior Meghan Schneider led the team in minutes played with 300.

As a team, the Cardinals have more than triple their opponent’s goal total. U of L has racked up 13 goals over their first five games while holding the opposing teams to only four goals collectively.

The Cardinals field hockey team will look to continue their hot streak when they head to Virginia to challenge the Cavaliers on Oct. 23. U of L seeks revenge over their loss from last year and try to keep their undefeated season record alive.

Volleyball:

U of L volleyball has come out just as fiery as they were last season. Freshman Ayden Bartlett has been a stand-out performer for the Cardinals so far this season. She has an impressive six assists through five matches and has a kill as well. Sophomore Aiko Jones continues to be a solid contributor to the Cardinals success. She leads the team in kills and aces.

The volleyball team will take on Pittsburgh on Oct.23. Cardinals volleyball has lost their last three matches against the Panthers. They look to snap their losing streak and keep their impressive season going.

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Georgia Tech v. Louisville Saturday, Oct 10 2020 

By John McCarthy–

The University of Louisville Cardinals football team took on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Oct. 9. The Cardinals (1-2) traveled to face the Yellow Jackets (1-2) for their third in-conference matchup of the season. Louisville went into Bobby Dodd Stadium looking to avenge their loss at Pittsburgh last week.

U of L’s offense came out strong early on in the game. Junior Malik Cunningham tossed a 3-yard touchdown to sophomore Marshon Ford to put the Cardinals on the board. In the second quarter, Cunningham continued the scoring of the Cardinals with a 2-yard rushing touchdown. Junior Tutu Atwell caught a pass from Cunningham to put the Cardinals up 21-7 midway through the second quarter. U of L led Georgia Tech 21-14 going into halftime.

Cunningham continued his stellar performance by putting the Cardinals on the board in the third quarter via an 11-yard rushing touchdown. Louisville led 27-26 going into the fourth quarter.

The final quarter was all Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets put up three touchdowns to close out the Cardinals 46-27.

Cunningham completed 19 of his 33 passes and threw for three touchdowns over 229 yards. Ford caught 5 passes for 89 yards throughout the night. Senior Dez Fitzpatrick caught a single pass for 36 yards.

U of L will look to bounce back Oct. 17 when they trek to Notre Dame to take on the Fighting Irish.

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