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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U of L football ends season with loss to UK Monday, Nov 29 2021 

By Hannah Walker —

On Nov. 27, U of L football had their final home game against the Kentucky Wildcats and lost with a final score of 52-21.

At the start of the game, Louisville won the coin toss and deferred to second half. UK received while U of L defended the south goal.

After just three minutes, UK made their first touchdown of the night. However, U of L quickly caught up when redshirt junior quarterback Malik Cunningham rushed up the middle for a gain of two yards, scoring a touchdown. This put both teams at a tie of 7-7, but UK scored a touchdown with only 01:18 on the clock.

During the second quarter, UK continued to dominate the field. The Wildcats made two additional touchdowns, and the Cards continued to struggle scoring. U of L went into halftime with a score of 24-7.

After halftime, U of L attempted to catch up to UK. However, UK scored two more touchdowns, putting the score at 38-7 going into the last quarter.

At the beginning of the fourth quarter, UK made another touchdown two minutes in. However, U of L pushed back when sophomore quarterback Evan Conley made a complete pass up the middle for eight yards to redshirt senior wide-receiver Josh Johnson, scoring a touchdown for Louisville.

Both teams scored two more touchdowns before the end of the fourth quarter. However, UK ultimately won the Battle of the Bluegrass.

Photo Courtesy of Adam Creech // U of L Athletics 

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Louisville football takes home a win against Duke Sunday, Nov 21 2021 

By Hannah Walker —

On Nov. 18, the Louisville football team played an away game against Duke University, and won with a final score of 62-22.

At the start of the game, Duke won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. Louisville received, and scored their first touchdown with 10:10 on the clock. Redshirt junior quarterback Malik Cunningham made a complete pass to freshman running back Trevion Cooley of 48 yards, scoring for the Cards.

Before the end of the first quarter, Louisville scored another touchdown. Cunningham made a complete pass to redshirt sophomore tight-end Marshon Ford for 20 yards,  and scored with only 00:58 on the clock.

During the second quarter of the game, Louisville continued to score. Before halftime, they made three more touchdowns, while staying in the lead for the remainder of the quarter. Duke attempted to catch up by making two field goals, but Louisville continued to stay ahead. The Cards went into halftime with a score of 35-9.

After halftime, Duke started to catch up to the Cards when they made a touchdown during the third quarter. However, Louisville continued to score as well. With 7:46 on the clock, Cunningham made a complete pass to freshman wide receiver Jordan Watkins for 19 yards, scoring a touchdown for U of L. It wasn’t long till another touchdown was scored when Cunningham made a complete pass to freshman wide receiver Ahmari Huggins-Bruce for 12 yards.

By the fourth quarter, Duke was able to score a touchdown early on. However, Louisville made two additional touchdowns as well. This gave Louisville the win for the night with a final score of 62-22.

Louisville football will be back on Nov. 27 to play against the Kentucky Wildcats for a battle of the Bluegrass. The game will take place at Cardinal Stadium and will start at 7:30 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Jessica Abell // The Louisville Cardinal

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U of L women’s basketball wins home opener Wednesday, Nov 17 2021 

By: Daniel Rankin–

On Nov. 16, the No. 15 Louisville women’s basketball team won in a dominant 82-25 rout against the Bellarmine University Knights.

Senior Forward Emily Engstler was the standout player of the night with 12 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks and 4 steals. With the ability to score inside the paint and from the 3 point range, Engstler is a player that many Cards fans should keep an eye on this season.

“I was really pleased with how Emily played,” said head coach Jeff Walz during a post-game interview. “She pursued the ball, she rebounded the ball, she knocked down shots.”

In the first quarter, Engstler and senior guard Kianna Smith made a combined 18 points and pushed the Cards to an early lead. Finishing the quarter strong, Louisville went into the second quarter with a score of 28-10.

Junior guard Norika Konno started the second quarter with a three-pointer, and the game began to fall out of reach for the Knights. With a successful defensive press led by senior guard Mykasa Robinson, the Cards held the Knights to just 2 points in the second quarter. Up 48-14 at halftime, Louisville was in complete control of the game, including Engstler, who already recorded her first double-double of the season.

By the third quarter, Louisville added another 16 points to the board and secured their win by the fourth quarter after a stellar defense done by the Cards.

Although the Cards won comfortably, there were still some struggles, most notable being the lack of three-pointers and the 14 turnovers during the second half.

“We have to be smart enough to stop firing them up when they’re not going in,” said Walz. “They have to make that evaluation themself.”

Walz said the team needs to read each other on the court and know when to make a three-point shot or recover from a turnover.

The Louisville women’s basketball team will be back at the KFC Yum! Center Nov. 17  at 7 p.m. to take on the UT Martin Skyhawks

Photo Courtesy of Taris Smith // U of L Athletics

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Louisville men’s basketball has a new season ticket option Monday, Nov 15 2021 

By: Hannah Walker–

After a year of reduced capacity, Louisville men’s basketball is finally back with a new surprise: reduced prices for season tickets.

Over the years, avid Louisville sports fans have been asked to donate money and pay for season tickets to remain part of the Cardinal Athletic Fund. The donations range in prices and the season tickets usually cost about $545 for upper-level corner seats.

However, this year the prices have dropped because of a new season ticket option: CardsPass. CardsPass now allows fans to have access to every home game for only $325. The pass ensures that you will have some of the best seats in the house during every game, and you are able to sit with your friends by “linking” your passes on the CardsMobile app.

To purchase a CardsPass, you can go to the GoCards website under men’s basketball to purchase your tickets today.

Photo Courtesy of Adam Creech//U of L Athletics 

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U of L football defeats Syracuse Orange Monday, Nov 15 2021 

By: Hannah Walker–

The Louisville Cardinals football team beat the Syracuse Orange 41-3 at home Nov. 13.

With the celebration of Lamar Jackson’s number 8 being retired, Louisville fans were excited for another day of college football.

At the start of the game, Syracuse won the coin toss and received during the first quarter. Louisville defended the south goal, and scored their first touchdown with 9:13 on the clock.

It wasn’t long after Syracuse attempted to catch up with a field goal from the 43 yard line. However, Louisville was able to keep the lead when redshirt junior quarterback Malik Cunningham made a complete pass for 33 yards to Tyler Harrell, scoring another touchdown for the Cardinals.

During the second quarter, Louisville built on its lead by making three touchdowns. Louisville went into halftime with a score of 35-3.

During the third quarter, Louisville continued to stay on top. James Turner was able to make a field goal from the 33 yard line, which brought Louisville’s score up to 38-3.

In the last quarter of the game, Turner made another field goal and brought the final score to 41-3.

Louisville football will head on the road to North Carolina as they face Duke University. The game will be on Nov. 18, and will start at 7:30 p.m.

Photo Courtesy of Jessica Abell//Louisville Cardinal

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U of L men’s basketball secures a win against Southern U. Thursday, Nov 11 2021 

By Hannah Walker–

On Nov. 9, Louisville men’s basketball won a home game against Southern University with a final score of 72-60.

Throughout the night, the top performers were sophomore forward Samuell Williamson, fifth year forward/center Malik Williams, sophomore forward Matt Cross and senior guard Noah Locke, scoring a total of 51 of the 72 points.

During the first half of the game, Williamson scored the majority of the points. He was successfully able to make three layups and several jumpers before halftime, putting Louisville at a two point lead going into the second half.

During the second half of the game, Locke was able to score the majority of the points while making three rebounds and three drive shots. After scoring 39 points during the second half, U of L was able to take the win for the night with a final score of 72-60.

Louisville men’s basketball will be back Nov. 12 to play against Furman University at KFC Yum! Center.

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U of L field hockey ready for the NCAA Tournament Thursday, Nov 11 2021 

By Daniel Rankin —

On Friday, Nov. 12, The University of Louisville Field Hockey team will face Harvard University in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Cards recently fell short of winning the ACC Tournament after losing to Virginia in the semifinals. However, the season was still successful. Prior to the loss against the Virginia Cavaliers, U of L was able to take down Syracuse on senior day; allowing them to move on to the ACC Championship. Overall, the Cards finished the season 16-3, an impressive feat given they had one of the nation’s toughest schedules.

“To be the best, you have to play the best,” said ACC Coach of the Year Justine Sowry, “Our ACC and non-conference opponents have stepped up their game which sets us up nicely for the NCAA tournament.”

The season’s most impressive wins included ranked wins against Princeton, North Carolina, Syracuse, Ohio State, Boston College, and Virginia. Louisville will be looking to build off their successful 2020 run, making the final four for the first time in program history and returning nine out of eleven starting players.

“Having great experience over the past couple of years and more depth could be an advantage, but it isn’t automatic,” noted Sowry, “We still have to work hard together to advance.”

Junior Forward Mattie Tabor explained that early exit in the ACC Tournament has given them extra motivation. “It’s now one and done time, and we can’t take any games off,” she stated. “We’re motivated as a team to fight for those 50/50 balls and take the next step forward.”

Should Louisville advance to the quarterfinals, they’ll face the Michigan vs. Maine/Miami (Ohio) winner on Nov. 14. While the Cards have never met Havard before, they’re familiar with potential opponents Michigan, taking a hard-fought 2-1 loss and Miami (Ohio) dominating 4-1 earlier the season.

The semifinals will be on Nov. 19 and the championship match on Nov. 21, with the University of Michigan playing host.

Photo Courtesy of Adam Creech // U of L Athletics

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Louisville football falls short to the Clemson Tigers Monday, Nov 8 2021 

By: Hannah Walker–

Louisville football lost a home game against the Clemson Tigers Nov. 6 with a final score of 30-24.

At the start of the game, Clemson won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. Louisville received and made their first touchdown early on in the game. With only 12:48 on the clock, redshirt freshman running back Jalen Mitchell rushed up the middle for a gain of 26 yards, scoring a touchdown for the Cards.

It wasn’t long after that Clemson scored to tie the game. Louisville finished the first quarter when redshirt junior quarterback Malik Cunningham gained 23 yards and scored another touchdown for U of L.

During the second quarter of the game, Louisville started with a decent lead. They scored a field goal from the 44 yard line with 10:32 on the clock, gaining a 17-7 lead. Clemson caught back up to Louisville when they made a field goal of their own, and a touchdown. This tied both teams going into halftime.

During the third quarter Louisville broke the tie when Cunningham ran 51 yards to score a touchdown for U of L. Clemson attempted to tie the game back up, but Louisville went into the fourth quarter with the lead.

During the fourth quarter, Clemson had their game face on. The Tigers scored two field goals and a touchdown during the final minutes of the game. This gave Clemson the win with a final score of 30-24.

Louisville will play their next home game against Syracuse at Cardinal Stadium on Nov. 13 at 12:00p.m.

Photo Courtesy of Jessica Abell// The Louisville Cardinal

 

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Louisville men’s basketball trounces West Georgia Friday, Nov 5 2021 

By: Hannah Walker–

Louisville men’s basketball beat West Georgia 103-51 on Nov. 3 at the KFC Yum! Arena

During the first half of the game, Louisville was able to take the lead. With sophomore guard/forward Dre Davis scoring nine points and senior guard Noah Locke scoring 10 points, U of L was able to have the upper hand when it came to offense.

U of L  also had great defense against West Georgia with the help of freshman forward/center Roosevelt Wheeler, who made a key defensive rebound early in the game. This led Louisville to a score of 54-28 going into halftime.

During the second half, Louisville continued to play at their best. Wheeler was able to make eight points during the second half, as well as junior forward Samuell Williamson who made six points. Louisville continued to do well with both their turnovers and their layups throughout the night, and this ultimately gave them the win.

Louisville men’s basketball will play again on Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 9:00p.m. at the KFC Yum! Center.

Photo Courtesy of Adam Creech// U of L Athletics 

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