Women’s tennis defeated 6-1 by No. 35 Miami Tuesday, Mar 23 2021 

By Riley Vance —

The women’s tennis team (6-8, 3-6) traveled to Florida to face Miami University, but returned with a 6-1 loss to the Hurricanes (8-5, 5-3).

In doubles, Miami took over courts one and three.

Daevenia Achong and Florencia Urrutia (UM) defeated junior Dina Chaika and senior Chelsea Sawyer 6-2.

On court one, sophomore Andrea Di Palma and junior Rhea Verma fell 6-4 to Miami’s E. Perez-Somarriba and Isabella Pfennig.

Louisville secured a win on court two as senior Raven Neely and sophomore Tatiana Simova took down Diana Khodan and Maya Tahan (UM) 6-4.

Miami took the lead heading into singles.

The match on court one concluded first as senior Nikolina Jovic retired in the second set.

To give Miami a three-point lead, Verma fell 6-0, 6-1 to Khodan (UM).

Miami’s No. 87 Achong clinched the match with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Neely.

Tahan (MU) defeated Chaika 6-2, 6-4 on court six to tally another point for the Hurricanes.

Sawyer put the Cards on the scoreboard with a 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10-3) win over Urrutia (UM).

To finish the match, Isabella Pfennig (UM) defeated Andrea Di Palma (LOU) 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 1-0 (10-4) in a hard-fought match.

The Cards host Xavier on Friday, March 26 at 12 p.m. at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center.

 

Final Scores:

Singles

  1. #2 E. Perez-Somarriba (UM) def. Nikolina Jovic (LOU) 6-1, 3-1, retired
  2. Isabella Pfennig (UM) def. Andrea Di Palma (LOU) 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 1-0 (10-4)
  3. #87 Daevenia Achong (UM) def. Raven Neely (LOU) 6-4, 6-3
  4. Chelsea Sawyer (LOU) def. Florencia Urrutia (UM) 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10-3)
  5. Diana Khodan (UM) def. Rhea Verma (LOU) 6-0, 6-1
  6. Maya Tahan (UM) def. Dina Chaika (LOU) 6-2, 6-4

Order of Finish: 1, 5, 3, 6, 4, 2

Doubles

  1. E. Perez-Somarriba/Isabella Pfennig (UM) def. Andrea Di Palma/Rhea Verma (LOU) 6-4
  2. Raven Neely/Tatiana Simova (LOU) def. Diana Khodan/Maya Tahan (UM) 6-4
  3. Daevenia Achong/Florencia Urrutia (UM) def. Dina Chaika/Chelsea Sawyer (LOU) 6-2

Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2

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No. 6 Florida State prevails 4-1 over women’s tennis Tuesday, Mar 23 2021 

By Riley Vance —

The Cards (6-8, 3-6) traveled to Florida State University on Friday, March 19 and suffered a 4-1 loss against the No.6-ranked Seminoles (12-3, 7-2).

FSU secured the doubles point after taking over courts two and three.

On court three, Petra Hule and Giulia Pairone (FSU) outlasted senior Chelsea Sawyer and junior Dina Chaika with a 6-0 win.

The point was clinched when sophomore Tatiana Simova and senior Raven Neely fell 6-3 to Andrea Garcia and Nandini Das (FSU).

FSU’s Victoria Allen and Emmanuelle Salas were up 5-4 against junior Rhea Verma and sophomore Andrea DiPalma, but their match was left unfinished.

In singles, Neely secured the Cards their only point of the match as her opponent Anna Arkadianou (FSU) retired. Neely won her first set 6-3 and was up 1-0 in the second.

FSU bounced back with wins on courts one, four and six.

On court six, Garcia (FSU) defeated junior Jelena Vujanic 6-1, 6-3.

Bringing to overall score to 3-1, FSU’s Das secured a 6-3, 6-3 win over Sawyer.

To clinch the match, Pairone (FSU) defeated senior Nikolina Jovic 6-3, 6-4 on court one.

Matches on courts two and five were left unfinished.

Di Palma lost her first set 6-4 and was down 4-2 in the second against Salas (FSU), and Verma lost her first set 7-5 against Allen (FSU) and was up 4-1 in the second.

 

Final Scores:

Singles

  1. Giulia Pairone (FS) def. Nikolina Jovic (LOU) 6-3, 6-4
  2. Emmanuelle Salas (FS) vs. Andrea DiPalma (LOU) 4-6, 4-2, unfinished
  3. Raven Neely (LOU) def. Anna Arkadianou (FS) 6-3, 1-0, retired
  4. Nandini Das (FS) def. Chelsea Sawyer (LOU) 6-3, 6-3
  5. Victoria Allen (FS) vs. Rhea Verma (LOU) 7-5, 1-4, unfinished
  6. Andrea Garcia (FS) def. Jelena Vujanic (LOU) 6-1, 6-3

Order of Finish: 3, 6, 4, 1

Doubles

  1. Victoria Allen/Emmanuelle Salas (FS) vs. Rhea Verma/Andrea DiPalma (LOU) 5-4, unfinished
  2. Andrea Garcia/Nandini Das (FS) def. Tatiana Simova/Raven Neely (LOU) 6-3
  3. Petra Hule/Giulia Pairone (FS) def. Chelsea Sawyer/Dina Chaika (LOU) 6-0

Order of Finish: 3, 2

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Louisville makes a comeback in first game against NC State Saturday, Mar 20 2021 

By Hannah Walker —

The University of Louisville’s No. 7 baseball team won against North Carolina State on March 19 with a final score of 13-1. They played on North Carolina’s home field and will continue to play for a chance to win this weekend’s game-series.

U of L junior Michael Kirian was the starting pitcher. He was successfully able to face 26 batters and make 5 strikeouts within the first few innings.

Following Kirian’s pitching, U of L had a great start when two points were made during the top of the first inning. Sophomore catcher Henry Davis made a homerun and junior outfielder Luke Brown scored.

NC State struggled to score against Louisville when 3 more points were made by the Cardinals during the top of the second inning. Davis doubled down infield and sophomore infielder Cooper Bowman, freshman infielder Christian Knapczyk and sophomore catcher/infielder Ben Metzinger were all able to score.

No points were made for either team during the third or fourth inning, but Louisville continued to add to the score board when 4 points were made in the fifth inning. Metzinger doubled to left field and junior outfielder Trey Leonard, junior infielder/outfielder Lucas Dunn and junior infielder/outfielder Cameron Masterman all scored.

The Cardinals had high energy throughout the rest of the game when two more points were made during the seventh inning. Dunn made a homerun and sophomore infielder Tim Borden scored as well.

Two more points were made by Louisville during the eighth and ninth inning, which led them to a 12-point lead against NC State by the end of the game.

Louisville will play again March 20 at 2:00 p.m. against NC State in hopes of a consecutive win.

Photo Courtesy of Stephen Williams // U of L Athletics 

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Louisville baseball heads to North Carolina for this weekend’s series of matches Thursday, Mar 18 2021 

By Hannah Walker —

The No. 7 Louisville baseball team will be heading down to North Carolina for a weekend of matches. They will be playing their 17th game this season against NC State starting March 19 at 6:30 p.m. The two teams will also be playing at 2 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. on Sunday.

After taking a loss against Eastern Kentucky University on March 16, the Cardinals are hoping to win this away-game series. The last time these two teams played in a weekend series against one another, Louisville made a clean sweep and won all three games against the Tar Heels.

Sophomore infielder Alex Binelas was the star player this weekend last season, as well as sophomore catcher Henry Davis. However, after Tuesday’s performance, the fans are left wondering whether U of L will take home a win from NC State this year.

After the weekend series, Louisville will return home to play at Jim Patterson Stadium on March 23 against Western Kentucky at 6:00 p.m.

Photo Courtesy of Stephen Williams // U of L Athletics 

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Louisville baseball takes a loss against EKU after a weekend of wins Wednesday, Mar 17 2021 

By Hannah Walker —

Louisville’s No. 7 baseball team lost on Mar. 16 to Eastern Kentucky University at Earle Comb’s Stadium with a final score of 3-6. The Cardinals kept a steady tie with EKU for most of the game, but that tie was broken during the bottom of the seventh inning when Eastern scored three points.

Kicking the game off, freshman Seamus Barrett, starting pitcher for U of L, was successfully able to face 11 batters and have 1 ground out during the first couple innings; making a decent start for Louisville.

During the top of the first inning, Louisville made their first point when sophomore catcher Henry Davis singled through left field and junior outfielder Luke Brown scored. However, EKU followed this performance when they scored 2 points during the bottom of the first half.

It wasn’t long till Louisville started to catch back up to EKU on the scoreboard though. During the top of the second inning, junior infielder/outfielder Cameron Masterman made a homerun to left center; giving Louisville a one point lead.

Louisville continued to play at their best when sophomore infielder Alex Binelas filed out to center field and freshman infielder Christian Knapczyk scored during the top of the third inning. Still, EKU stayed on their toes when they made another point during the bottom of the fourth inning. This tied things up for a score of 3-3 going into the fifth inning.

No points were scored during the fifth or sixth inning, but EKU was successfully able to score three points during the bottom of the seventh inning. The game stayed steady during the eighth and ninth inning and resulted in a loss for Louisville with a score of 3-6.

Louisville will play their next game on Mar. 19 at 6:30 p.m. against the North Carolina Tar Heels on Bryson Field at Boshamer Stadium.

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Women’s tennis loses close battle against No. 27 Wake Forest Monday, Mar 15 2021 

By Riley Vance —

Louisville (6-7, 3-5) suffered a 4-3 loss against No. 27 Wake Forest (7-6, 3-3) Sunday afternoon.

To kick off doubles, Brooke Killingsworth and Anna Brylin (WF) defeated senior Raven Neely and sophomore Tatiana Simova 6-2.

Wake Forest clinched the doubles point as junior Rhea Verma and sophomore Andrea Di Palma fell 6-2 to Carolyn Campana and Eliza Omirou (WF).

The Cards took over court three as senior Chelsea Sawyer and junior Dina Chaika prevailed over Wake Forest’s Anna Campana and Peyton Pesavento (6-3).

The Demon Deacons had a 1-0 lead over the Cards heading into singles.

Sawyer put Louisville on the scoreboard with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Killingsworth (WF).

Wake Forest fought back on court six as Casie Wooten (WF) defeated Simova 6-1, 6-2.

The Cards evened the score to 2-2 when Verma upset No. 98 Omirou (WF) 6-4, 6-3.

Neely, Di Palma, and senior Nikolina Jovic all went into third sets.

Brylin (WF) defeated Neely 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, bringing the overall score to 2-3.

To clinch the match, No. 21 Campana (WF) overcame Jovic (6-3, 4-6, 6-3).

Although the Demon Deacons had already taken the match, Di Palma fought to tally another point for the Cards with a win over Campana (WF).

The Cards travel to face Florida State on Friday, March 19 at 12 p.m. and Miami on Sunday, March 21 at 12 p.m.

 

Final Scores:

Singles

  1. #21 Carolyn Campana (WF) def. Nikolina Jovic (LOU) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
  2. Andrea Di Palma (LOU) def. Anna Campana (WF) 2-6, 7-6 (8-6), 1-0 (10-4)
  3. Anna Brylin (WF) def. Raven Neely (LOU) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
  4. Chelsea Sawyer (LOU) def. Brooke Killingsworth (WF) 6-1, 6-0
  5. Rhea Verma (LOU) def. #98 Eliza Omirou (WF) 6-4, 6-3
  6. Casie Wooten (WF) def. Tatiana Simova (LOU) 6-1, 6-2

Order of Finish: 4, 6, 5, 3, 1, 2

Doubles

  1. Carolyn Campana/Eliza Omirou (WF) def. Rhea Verma/Andrea Di Palma (LOU) 6-2
  2. Brooke Killingsworth/Anna Brylin (WF) def. Raven Neely/Tatiana Simova (LOU) 6-2
  3. Chelsea Sawyer/Dina Chaika (LOU) def. Anna Campana/Peyton Pesavento (WF) 6-3

Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3

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Louisville denied bid to play in this year’s March Madness Monday, Mar 15 2021 

By Hannah Walker —

The University of Louisville’s men’s basketball program announced on March 14 that Louisville will not be playing in this year’s NCAA March Madness tournament. This comes after the Cards were denied a bid to play by the NCAA on Selection Sunday.

Kentucky and Duke also announced that they would not be playing in the tournament either. This will be the first time since 1976 that all three teams will not compete in March Madness.

After a hard season for Louisville basketball, head coach Chris Mack had to announce the ending of the season for his team March 14.

No one was prepared to not be extended an invite to the tournament this year, and the shock of the matter has everyone questioning on what they could do differently for the following season.

“We need to have a great off season in front of us. One that we needed last summer,” Mack said in a press interview on Monday, March 15. “When you welcome three new freshman, two grad transfers and you’re bringing back sophomores that didn’t play a year ago, you need an off season.”

Mack went on to speculate that if the team hadn’t been affected by so many positive COVID-19 cases, as well as injuries, things could have played out differently for them.

Still, Louisville basketball will have one last chance to play in the NCAA tournament, but only if another team drops out due to COVID.

Mack said that he does not see an incident like this occurring when the tournament is just around the corner. He also said that he would never wish for any team to be hit with new COVID cases, and that it wouldn’t feel as rewarding to know that they would be replacing a team that was supposed to be in the tournament.

Mack finally ended the conversation by speaking out on how he has been dealing with negativity surrounding his name as the head coach of Louisville’s men’s basketball program.

“The key is to have humility about any of these situations,” he said. He said he tries to be a supportive coach for his team and that they were dealt a bad deck of cards this season.

Nonetheless, his team is looking forward to improving their three-point shooting and defense in the following season in hopes of making it to the tournament next year.

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How to screen stocks Sunday, Mar 14 2021 

By Jacob Maslow — Branded Content

The science of stock screening has been around for more than a century, even since there were large, centralized exchanges where people could buy and sell corporate ownership shares. Indeed, some of the most effective screening methods are as old as the hills, but they are ever-popular because they give investors peace of mind. None of the methods listed below guarantees that you’ll screen out faulty, weak companies and screen in the best ones.

However, logic can be the best guide when you examine the reasoning behind each of the techniques. For millions of active traders and investors, it’s helpful to combine several of the strategies. Here’s the general philosophy behind each of the four major screening systems.

PE Ratio

P/E ratio, or price-per-earnings ratio, as a way of identifying financially strong companies is one of the simplest and most favored selection tools. There are two steps to calculating the number. First, find earnings-per-share by dividing the company’s earnings by the number of outstanding shares. Then, divide the share price (P) by the earnings-per-share (E). If the number is below 15, it’s said that the stock is a good buy. P/E ratios above 15 indicate an issue that is too expensive and thus does not represent a wise investment.

Penny Stocks

The most accessible screening tool of all asks a question: “is the share priced below $5?” If the answer is yes, then it’s classified as a penny stock and comes with all sorts of unique features, some positive and some negative. However, some traders only deal in this segment, while others avoid it. So many active investors opt of penny-shares because you don’t need a ton of capital to get started.

Here’s an example of using two tools at the same time. Look at a list of companies you’re thinking about investing in. Assume there are 250 corporate names on the roster. First, you might decide to eliminate all the non-penny offerings, and end up with (again, just as an example) 50 company names remaining. Next, you’d eliminate all the ones whose P/E ratio is above 15. Perhaps that would leave you with ten or so candidates, from which you could further screen or opt to purchase all of them.

News

The internet makes a news-search easy. Find all recent news stories on any corporation you have on your might buy list. Look for negative and positive news from within the past six months or an entire year. There are no hard-and-fast rules with this technique, but once you’re finished reading, you’ll have an excellent feel for how the organization is doing in terms of overall performance, profits, and prospects.

The Trend

Charts come in handy for research, and you’ll need them to find the price trend of the shares that interest you. This screen involves eliminating any company that is not in a current up-trend, defined by the 50-day moving average above the 200-day moving average. This simple method is often used as an initial screen by long-term investors.

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A&S freezes spending amid $1.6 million budget shortfall Sunday, Mar 14 2021 

By Eli Hughes–

Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences David Owen announced to A&S faculty on March 9 that a temporary spending freeze would take effect from now until June 30. This decision comes after A&S reported a budget shortfall of more than $1.6 million for the current fiscal year due to low enrollment this year.

“Enrollments in A&S fell below budgeted targets in the fall and spring semesters, and we are now projecting a revenue shortfall in the current fiscal year of $1,684,991, while expenditures are trending as budgeted,” Owen said in the email announcement. “I ask for your help to close this gap between revenues and expenditures.”

He went on to say that this shortfall can be addressed by increasing revenues through higher enrollment in late-start spring semester classes and summer classes, as well as by reducing expenditures through general funds spending freeze.

When The Cardinal reached out to Owen for comment he said this spending freeze will only affect non-essential expenditures.

“The spending freeze will not affect students or impact our academic mission. Its purpose is to reduce spending on expenses that are not immediately essential to our academic and research missions and that can be held off until next year,” Owen said.

Owen also said that the spending freeze was only one piece of the plan to address the budget shortfall, “We are striving to increase enrollments by offering more late-start spring courses than in the past and offering a wide-range of summer courses. We had previously set aside a portion of the budget for possible revenue shortfalls, and those funds will be used. Lastly, we will apply some of the funds carried over from last year to close this budget deficit.”

The underlying cause of this decrease in enrollment that led to the shortfall is not certain at this time but Owen attributes many of the problems to the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The budget shortfall is due to lower than expected enrollments in A&S, which I expect has multiple causes. Part of this is due to some students choosing to step away from their studies because of the many additional financial, personal, and emotional stresses created by the pandemic, and some may be because some students prefer in-person learning,” Owen said.

In the email, Owen laid out specific guidelines for what expenses the spending freeze would affect:

  • This applies only to general fund accounts.
  • Recurring expenses, expenses already incurred and all invoices received will need to be paid.
  • Does not impact current faculty tenure-line or term searches. Requests for staff hires will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • This will not affect any spending from research grants, RIF accounts and start-up funds.
  • This will not affect spending from endowments and current use gift accounts.
  • For all other general fund expenses, you should work with your UBM-I to request pre-approval.

Owen believes that this spending freeze can help the department address the financial problems it’s facing while still maintaining its academic mission.

“A&S faculty have worked tirelessly to provide the best possible online learning experiences possible during this past year,” Owen said. “Arts & Sciences degrees provide an exceptional value in the 21st century. By learning how to learn, A&S graduates are well-prepared for highly dynamic and unpredictable career paths, and A&S graduates have the knowledge and skills to tackle many of the challenges our communities face.”

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Women’s tennis falls 5-2 to No. 10 NC State Saturday, Mar 13 2021 

By Riley Vance —

The Cards (6-6, 3-4) returned home to face NC State (8-3, 3-2) on Friday and fell 5-2 to the top-10 Wolfpack.

NC State took the doubles point with wins on courts one and three.

Amelia Rajecki and Abigail Rencheli (NCS) defeated senior Chelsea Sawyer and junior Dina Chaika 6-2 to start off the match.

The doubles point was clinched when junior Rhea Verma and sophomore Andrea Di Palma fell 6-2 to No. 2 Anna Rogers and Alana Smith (NCS).

Senior Raven Neely and sophomore Tatiana Simova were up 4-3 against NC State’s No. 16 Jaeda Daniel and Adriana Reami, but their match was left unfinished.

To kick off singles, No. 35 Rogers (NCS) defeated senior Nikolina Jovic 6-3, 6-2.

NC State tallied another point as junior Jelena Vujanic fell 6-1, 6-3 to Rencheli (NCS).

Louisville fought back with a huge win on court three. Neely upset No. 38 Reami (NCS) 6-4, 7-5, to put the Cards on the scoreboard.

Courts two, four, and five all went into third sets.

The first to finish of the three was Di Palma who was defeated 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 by No. 23 Smith (NCS).

Next, NC State’s Lexi Keberle defeated Verma 7-6, 4-6, 6-0.

Even though the match was clinched, Sawyer picked up a 6-1, 6-7, 7-5 win on court four over Daniel (NCS).

Women’s tennis hosts Wake Forest on Sunday, Mar. 14 at 12 p.m. at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center.

 

Final Scores:

Singles

#35 Anna Rogers (NCS) def. Nikolina Jovic (LOU) 6-3, 6-2
#23 Alana Smith (NCS) def. Andrea Di Palma (LOU) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
Raven Neely (LOU) def. #38 Adriana Reami (NCS) 6-4, 7-5
Chelsea Sawyer (LOU) def. Jaeda Daniel (NCS) 6-1, 6-7, 7-5
Lexi Keberle (NCS) def. Rhea Verma (LOU) 7-6, 4-6, 6-0
Abigail Rencheli (NCS) def. Jelena Vujanic (LOU) 6-1, 6-3

Order of Finish: 1, 6, 3, 2, 5, 4

Doubles

#2 Anna Rogers/Alana Smith (NCS) def. Rhea Verma/Andrea Di Palma (LOU) 6-2
Raven Neely/Tatiana Simova (LOU) vs. #16 Jaeda Daniel/Adriana Reami (NCS) unfinished, 4-3
Amelia Rajecki/Abigail Rencheli (NCS) def. Chelsea Sawyer/Dina Chaika (LOU) 6-1

Order of Finish: 3, 1

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