Boston College Eagles embarrass Louisville, fall 65-75 Saturday, Jan 28 2023 

By Matthew Mueller

Card fans are again looking at another loss, this time coming from — of all teams — Boston College (10-11, 4-6 ACC). 

Same Story, Different Book

Despite having high hopes that they could pull off a win in their next four road games, the Louisville Cardinals (2-19, 0-10 ACC) fell to the Eagles 65 – 75,. 

El Elis still proves to be a strong carrier for Lousiville, leading the game with 17 points. He is still a proven shooter making 63% of his field goals and going 3 – 5 beyond the 3-point line. Ellis also led the game in assists, dishing out 5,  yet giving up three turnovers as well. 

Senior, Jae’lyn Withers continues to be a beam of support for the team too, scoring 7 defensive rebounds and scoring 16 points, going 2 – 4 from 3 and 6 – 12 from the field. 

Freshman, Mike James continues to show improvement this season, contributing 15 points.

Louisville looked better during the first half, ending with a 6-point lead. It felt like they had a bit more energy and fire going on internally as well. 

But here comes the fall

This doesn’t mean they fully eliminated their problems. This season turnovers continue to be a huge problem for the team. 

At the end of the first half the team had 9 turnovers, increasing to 19 as the second half started. It still feels like the team relies on Ellis and Withers to do it all, whether it be the facilitators, scorers, or general team leaders. 

You can make this list as long as you like honestly, but we were due to see changes long ago.

Head Coach Kenny Payne talked again in his post-game press conference about “the elephant in the room”– turnovers — and how it’s understandably hard to win basketball games when you turn the ball over 19 times in a game.

Boston College capitalized, producing 18 points; undoubtedly a big difference maker in the final score.

A change on the horizon

Louisville recently added Emmanuel Okorafor, a prospect from NBA Africa Academy, mid-season.

The big man that is likely to shake things up, he sees Louisville as a stepping stone into the NBA and has the drive and skill to help the team get a win. While he didn’t play in Boston, he’ll likely see minutes on the road at Notre Dame 

Can they pull out a win?

The Cards head to South Bend, Ind. to battle with Notre Dame (10-12, 2-9 ACC)on Saturday, January 28th to continue their road trip. After this, Louisville takes on Georgia Tech and Florida State at home.

If the Cards are going to have any chance to beat anyone and end this losing streak, it’s likely down to one of these three matchups. 

If we don’t see a win from one of those three, Cards fans might be left wishing for the end of the season (if they aren’t already).

Photo Courtesy // Matthew Mueller, The Louisville Cardinal //

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U of L Volleyball finish regular season undefeated, enters tournament as no. 1 seed Monday, Dec 6 2021 

By Daniel Rankin —

The University of Louisville Volleyball team finished off the regular season just as they started: beating Notre Dame and finishing with a perfect record. En route, the Cards picked up their second straight ACC Title.

Though they dominated their opponents in most cases, Louisville faced challenging ACC opponents in the University of Pittsburgh, a top 5 team, as well as 18th ranked Georgia Tech. The out-of- conference schedule was even better when they defeated the 2020 National Champion Kentucky Wildcats and top 10 teams like Purdue and Nebraska.

“We look back on those experiences and matches and reflect on what we did well,” said ACC Coach of the Year Dani Busboom Kelly. “Those gave us the life that we earned this spot have the pieces to get it done.”

Even with the demanding schedule, Louisville was clearly the best team in the nation all season, in many cases sweeping their opponents.

Being undefeated is an incredible accomplishment, and yet head coach Dani Busboom Kelly and her team remain focused on their primary goal and what lies ahead.

“Obviously, we’re very excited about getting the No. 1,” said Kelly. “Every draw is tough this year, and it feels like 20-25 teams can reach the final four. It’ll definitely not be easy to reach Freedom Hall.”

Freedom Hall is a reference to the Cards hosting the NCAA Regional Finals (Sweet 16 – Elite 8), thanks to their partnership with Bellarmine University. The U of L Volleyball team is scheduled to take on #16 Florida in the Sweet 16 at Freedom Hall this Thursday, Dec. 9 at 1 p.m.

Should the Cards advance, they will play the winner of the Ohio State and Georgia Tech match in the Elite 8.

Photo Courtesy of Adam Creech // U of L Athletics


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Notre Dame sweeps U of L men’s tennis Monday, Apr 12 2021 

By Riley Vance—

U of L men’s tennis (8-8, 2-5) travelled to Notre Dame on April 3 (10-8, 4-4) and returned home with a 4-0 loss. The Fighting Irish defeated the Cards 4-1 in a matchup earlier in the season. 

Notre Dame quickly snagged the doubles point with wins on courts one and three.

Matthew Che and Richard Ciamarra (ND) defeated junior Alex Wesbrooks and freshman Kyle Tang 6-0. 

On court one, junior Fabien Salle and sophomore Matthew Fung fell 6-1 to Tristan McCormick and Axel Nefve (ND). 

Junior Sergio Hernandez and senior Tin Chen were down 2-3 against Brandon Acona and William Howells (ND) when the double’s point was clinched. 

In singles, Salle was first to finish with a 6-1, 6-0 loss against Ciamarra (ND).

Notre Dame took a 3-0 lead when Connor Fu (ND) defeated Fung 6-1, 6-1.

The match was clinched on court six as junior David Mizrahi fell 6-2, 6-3 to Ancona (ND). 

Matches on courts one, three and four were left unfinished.

Chen lost his first set 6-4 and was starting a second set when the match was clinched. 

Hernandez won his first set 6-1 and was tied at 5-5 against McCormick.

Junior Josh Howard-Tripp was down a set and going into a second. 

The Cards were back on the road to face Clemson on Friday, April 9 at 5 p.m. and Georgia Tech on Sunday, April 11 at 12 p.m. 

Final Scores:


  1. Axel Nefve (ND) vs. Tin Chen (LOU) 6-4, unfinished
  2. Richard Ciamarra (ND) def. Fabien Salle (LOU) 6-1, 6-0
  3. Tristan McCormick (ND) vs. Sergio Hernandez (LOU) 1-6, 5-5, unfinished
  4. Matthew Che (ND) vs. Josh Howard-Tripp (LOU) 6-4, unfinished
  5. Connor Fu (ND) def. Matthew Fung (LOU) 6-1, 6-1
  6. Brandon Ancona (ND) def. David Mizrahi (LOU) 6-2, 6-3

Order of Finish: 2, 5, 6


  1. Tristan McCormick/Axel Nefve (ND) def. Fabien Salle/Matthew Fung (LOU) 6-1
  2. Brandon Ancona/William Howells (ND) vs. Sergio Hernandez/Tin Chen (LOU) 3-2, unfinished
  3. Matthew Che/Richard Ciamarra (ND) def. Alex Wesbrooks/Kyle Tang (LOU) 6-0

Order of Finish: 3, 1

Photo Courtesy of Andrew Lubansky// U of L Athletics

Notre Dame prevails over U of L women’s tennis Monday, Apr 12 2021 

By Riley Vance—

Women’s tennis (7-10, 3-8) faced a tough matchup April 3 against No. 26 Notre Dame (10-11, 4-8) and ultimately fell 4-3 to the Fighting Irish at the Eck Tennis Pavilion. 

Notre Dame ended up taking the doubles point with wins on courts two and three. 

Julia Andreach and Yashna Yelleyi (ND) defeated junior Dina Chaika and senior Chelsea Sawyer 6-2. 

The doubles point was clinched when No. 27 graduate student Raven Neely and sophomore Tatiana Simova fell 6-3 to No. 16 Ally Bojczuk and Julia Lilien (ND). 

On court one, sophomore Andrea Di Palma and junior Rhea Verma were down 5-3 against No. 17 Page Freeman and Cameron Corse (ND). 

To kick off singles, Neely secured a 6-3, 6-3 win over Bojczuk.

Notre Dame took a one-point-lead over the Cards as Corse (ND) defeated senior Nikolina Jovic 6-2, 6-2.

Louisville fought back on court five as Verma topped Andreach (ND) 6-2, 6-3.

Di Palma put the Cards in the lead with a 7-6, 6-2 win over No. 78 Freeman (ND).

The Fighting Irish then took over courts four and six to win the match.

On court four, Sawyer fell 6-0, 6-2 to Lilien (ND), and Chaika fell 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in a hard-fought match against Yellayi (ND). 

Women’s tennis traveled to face Georgia Tech on Friday, April 9 and Clemson on Sunday, April 11. 

Final Scores:


  1. Cameron Corse (ND) def. Nikolina Jovic (LOU) 6-2, 6-2
  2. Andrea DiPalma (LOU) def. #78 Page Freeman (ND) 7-6, 6-2
  3. Raven Neely (LOU) def. Ally Bojczuk (ND) 6-2, 6-3
  4. Julia Lilien (ND) def. Chelsea Sawyer (LOU) 6-0, 6-2
  5. Rhea Verma (LOU) def. Julia Andreach (ND) 6-2, 6-3
  6. Yashna Yellayi (ND) def. Dina Chaika (LOU) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3

Order of Finish: 3,2


  1. #17 Page Freeman/Cameron Corse (ND) vs. Andrea DiPalma/Rhea Verma (LOU) 5-3, unfinished
  2. #16 Ally Bojczuk/Julia Lilien (ND) def. #27Raven Neely/Tatiana Simova (LOU) 6-3
  3. Julia Andreach/Yashna Yellayi (ND) def. Dina Chaika/Chelsea Sawyer (LOU) 6-2

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

Photo Courtesy of Jermaine Bibb// U of L Athletics 

U of L baseball wins fourth game in a row Saturday, Mar 27 2021 

By: Hannah Walker–

The No. 6 Louisville Cardinal’s baseball team won against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on March 26. They played at the Frank Eck Baseball Stadium and won with a final score of 7-4. This is the fourth baseball game they have won in a row.

U of L junior Michael Kirian was the starting pitcher. He was fortunate enough to face 23 batters, make three strikeouts and have five groundouts during the first four innings pitched.

However, Louisville had a slow start to the game. Notre Dame scored a point during the bottom of the first inning, and the Cardinals didn’t score during the first three innings.

By the fourth inning, U of L finally scored 4 points and took the lead. Sophomore catcher Henry Davis singled to left field and gave junior outfielder Luke Brown the chance to score.

Not long after, junior outfielder Trey Leonard singled to center field, advanced to second and gave junior infielder/outfielder Cameron Masterman the ability to score.

Louisville continued to play at their best when sophomore infielder Alex Binelas made a homerun to right field. This allowed sophomore infielder Cooper Bowman to score a point of his own as well.

As the game carried on, the Fighting Irish continued to score many points. 2 points were made by them during the bottom of the fifth inning, and 1 point was made by them during the bottom of the eighth inning as well.

Nonetheless, the Cardinals were able to catch back up towards the final minutes of the game. During the top of the ninth inning, freshman infielder Christian Knapczyk advanced to third and freshman pitcher Ryan Hawkins scored.

Louisville continued to trail ahead when Binelas filed out to center field and Knapczyk scored during the top of the ninth inning. This allowed U of L to win on a three-point lead.

U of L will continue to play against Notre Dame during this weekend’s game series. They will play again March 27 at 2:00 p.m. and March 28 at 1:00 p.m.

Photo Courtesy of Justin Krueger// U of L Athletics 

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Jake Gelnovatch proves he is the Cardinals’ goalkeeper Monday, Nov 9 2020 

By John McCarthy–

The University of Louisville men’s soccer team found something in their senior goalkeeper. When the Cardinals were playing the Hokies on Oct. 30, Senior Jake Gelnovatch set a new career record with ten saves in the goal.

There is no ceiling for the senior going into the final stretch of the season. Although U of L lost a heartbreaker to Virginia Tech in overtime on Friday, Gelnovatch showed that he can provide quality defense in the Cardinal goal.

Gelnovatch has gathered quite the resume throughout his time at Louisville. He was part of the 2018 ACC Championship All-Tournament team, the 2018 and 2019 All-ACC Academic team, and was ACC defensive player of the week in 2019.

The senior from Earlysville, Va. did not see any playing time during his freshman season with the Cardinals but come sophomore year Gelnovatch showed he could play. He posted five shutouts in only eleven starts, and in 2018 he posted six shutouts in 15 starts. One of his shutouts came against No. 2 Duke in 2018.

U of L’s last regular-season game will be against Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. The season finale will be Nov. 6 at 7 p.m.

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U of L Football looks to redeem itself against Florida State Friday, Oct 23 2020 

By John McCarthy–

University of Louisville football is eager to bounce back from its 1-4 season start. Their comeback tour begins Saturday, Oct. 24 at Florida State.

The Seminoles are coming off a huge win over former No. 5 North Carolina. The Cardinals head to Tallahassee, Fla. after losing a hard-fought bout at No. 4 Norte Dame.

U of L has an extensive history with the Seminoles. Back on Sept. 17, 2016, the Cardinals were No. 10 in the nation at the time going up against the powerhouse No. 2 Seminoles. U of L smoked the highly touted Seminoles 63-20 behind Heismann Lamar Jackson.

Florida State leads the overall matchup between the two schools 16-4.  The Cardinals will look to change the narrative of their season while tuning down the Seminoles, who are coming off their biggest win the past two seasons.

File Photo // The Louisville Cardinal

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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.

File Photo//The Louisville Cardinal

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Louisville fought No. 9 Irish at Cardinal Stadium Monday, Sep 2 2019 

By Gabriel Wiest–

In Louisville’s second history match up against No. 9 Notre Dame, the Cardinals took a 35-17 loss. Cardinal Stadium was packed with a record 58,000 attendance eager to see head coach Scott Satterfield’s revived Louisville football team.

Louisville quickly introduced Satterfield’s new style of offense in the first quarter, focusing on simple rushing plays and quarterback flexibility. Junior Jawon Pass put up a fight against the Irish, scoring two touch downs along with rushing 61 yards.

Freshman Javian Hawkins rushed 71 yards within the first quarter helping the Cards secure three third-down conversions.

Louisville’s defensive line scrambled in the first, leaving the Irish wide open to make plays. Notre Dame scored two touchdowns leaving the score 14-14 at the end of the quarter.

Momentum immediately went down in the beginning of the second quarter as both teams adjusted play styles. Louisville’s defense gained energy from the offense’s plays buckling down for most of second.

Louisville and Notre Dame had back-to-back fumbles towards the end of the first half, resulting in a Notre Dame possession.

There were three consecutive fumbles resulting in turnovers, with possession going from the Irish, back to Louisville, then back to Notre Dame.

Notre Dame had the final say in the second quarter, cashing in on Louisville’s turn over with a touchdown leaving the score 21-14.

Both teams relied on their rushing game, with Notre Dame running 183 yards and Louisville running 161 yards in the first half.

The Cardinals were halted at the beginning of the second half after a fumble turn-over with the Irish taking the ball.

The Irish scored another touchdown in the third, leaving Louisville at a 14 point deficit. Despite Notre Dame widening their lead, Louisville’s defense kept up their heads up.

Going into the fourth quarter Louisville scored a field goal to narrow the Irish’s lead. Depth became a sizable issue with Louisville as players tired out against Notre Dame’s seemingly bottomless roster.

Coming back, Notre Dame scored another touchdown putting the score 35-17.

The Cards showed they are willing to compete with a revitalized energy from new coaching. Major weaknesses over the game were found in fumbling and turn overs which gave Notre Dame more opportunities to score.

Louisville will play Eastern Kentucky University at Cardinal Stadium on Saturday Sept. 7 at 7:00 p.m.

Photo by Adrianna Lynch / The Louisville Cardinal

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Who’s ready for some football and pumpkin spice lattes Tuesday, Aug 27 2019 

By Maggie Vancampen — 

Bump and run to the nearest television with your pumpkin spice lattes and football shaped cookies.

The Cardinals are facing the Fighting Irish on Sept. 2. The Cards have only faced the Irish once before back in 2014. Even though the Irish players are formidable, the Cards are still going to put up a fight. With a new coach and coaching staff, the players are energized and ready to run.

Tackle your friends and family because this is going to be one game you don’t want to miss.

By the way, Sept. 2 is Labor Day and a day off from school. Luckily the university has made it more accessible for students to get their fill of all things sports with the new Flight 23 plan. As long as students pay their monthly subscription of 10 dollars, students can get into all home games and matches free.

And if you’re going to the football games, stopping by a tailgate is a must.

The last time anyone could tailgate at Cardinal Stadium was Nov. 24, 2018 when the Cards lost to the University of Kentucky 56-10. This rite of passage is a must for all University of Louisville students to do at least once. From grilling to screaming it is an experience to say the least.

With six home games on the roster the Cards are wanting to turn the season into their comeback year starting with the Irish. With head coach Scott Satterfield’s positive experiences at Appalachian State and the Cards’ willingness to put in the work, hopefully the season is a positive one. Just like when basketball coach Chris Mack was hired, I think the football team will make a strong comeback and be better than before when former head coach Bobby Petrino was in charge.

“We want to be a multiple offense. We want to get in a lot of different formations and have a lot of different personnel groupings,” said head coach Scott Satterfield.

Grab your foam fingers and wave them in the air like you just don’t care. And yes, all punts are highly intended.

Graphic by Alexis Simon // The Louisville Cardinal

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