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 men’s baseball walks away with a win against UK Wednesday, Apr 21 2021 

 By: Hannah Walker–

The No. 3 Louisville Cardinal’s baseball team hit the road on Tuesday to Kentucky Proud Park to face the Kentucky Wildcats during Battle of the Bluegrass. U of L won with a final score of 12-5.

U of L sophomore Carter Lohman was the starting pitcher of the night. He was able to pitch for the first two innings with a pitching total of 42. He was also able to have one groundout and four strikeouts: leading to a great start on defense for Louisville.

During the top of the first inning, junior outfielder Trey Leonard made a hit from UK’s pitch. This allowed sophomore infielder Alex Binelas to advance to third as well as sophomore catcher Henry Davis. It wasn’t long that junior infielder/outfielder Lucas Dunn walked, Binelas advanced to third and Davis scored.

Following Davis’ score, freshman catcher Dalton Rushing doubled down infield line, Dunn advanced to third and Leonard scored.

U of L continued to score when junior outfielder Luke Brown grounded out to first base, Rushing advanced to third and Dunn scored. This put Louisville at a five-run lead going into the second inning with Kentucky at zero scores.

During the top of the second inning, Binelas singled through the right side, sophomore infielder Cooper Bowman advanced to second and Brown scored.

After Brown scored, sophomore infielder Levi Usher grounded out to first base, Bowman advanced to second and Brown scored again. UK still had no scores going into the fourth inning.

During the top of the fourth inning, Rushing made a homerun to center field and Dunn scored. UK tried to catch up to U of L during the fourth inning when they made one run, but Louisville had a 10-run lead going into the fifth inning.

U of L didn’t have any scores during the top of the fifth and sixth inning, but UK had one score during the bottom of the fifth and one score during the bottom of the sixth inning.

U of L started to score again during the top of the seventh inning when Binelas singled through the right side and Davis scored. UK continued to lag behind with zero scores made during the bottom of the seventh inning.

U of L didn’t have any scores during the top of the eighth inning, but UK was able to make two scores during the bottom of the eighth inning. Still, Louisville stayed in the lead with a score of 12 going into the ninth inning.

Neither the Cardinals nor the Wildcats made any scores during the top of the ninth inning. This led U of L to the win.

“We knew it was going to be a dog fight for all nine innings,” said head coach Dan McDonnell during a postgame interview. “Kentucky has a great offense and we knew they were going to score their runs. We fortunately scored enough to keep a gap between them up until the ninth.”

Louisville was supposed to play again April 23 at 6:00 p.m. against Pittsburgh at Jim Patterson Stadium, but the game has been cancelled due to a COVID positive case.

Photo Courtesy of Justin Krueger// U of L Athletics 

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U of L baseball takes a loss against school rival UK Wednesday, Apr 7 2021 

By: Hannah Walker–

The No. 5 Louisville Cardinal’s baseball team faced the Kentucky Wildcats at Jim Patterson Stadium on Apr. 6. Because of the Wildcat’s consistent offense throughout each inning, U of L lost with a final score of 7-11.

At the start of the game, Louisville kept a steady defense. Freshman Tate Kuehner was the starting pitcher, and he was successfully able to have a total of 52 pitches and 4 strike outs during the first two innings.

There were no RBIs (runs batted in) for either team during the first inning. However, that all changed when one of UK’s players made a homerun to center field during the top of the second inning.

Still, U of L stayed on the Wildcat’s toes when they had 3 RBIs during the bottom of the second inning. Junior outfielder Trey Leonard doubled to right field and junior infielder/outfielder Cameron Masterman scored.

Following Masterman’s score, infielder/outfielder Lucas Dunn singled to center field and Leonard scored. U of L continued to perform at their best when sophomore outfielder Levi Usher filed out to center field and Dunn scored. This tied the game up to 3-3 going into the third inning.

At the top of the third inning, UK broke the tie when they had 5 RBIs. U of L attempted to catch up during the bottom of the third inning when sophomore infielder Alex Binelas made a homerun to left field. This allowed sophomore catcher Henry Davis to score, but it wasn’t enough to take back the lead.

There were no RBIs for either team during the fourth inning, but that was no problem for UK. They were able to make 2 RBIs at the top of the fifth inning and continue to trail ahead of U of L.

U of L still pressed on when Davis made a homerun to center field during the bottom of the sixth inning. However, UK made a score of their own during the top of the eighth inning.

Although U of L stayed motivated till the end, it wasn’t enough to win the game. The Cardinals made 1 final score during the bottom of the ninth inning and lost.

“I had a Q & A session with our players,” head coach Dan McDonnell said during a post-game interview. “It was kind of a ‘who can tell me something that happened tonight,’ type of talk.” McDonnell continued to comment on how it wasn’t about pointing fingers at who messed up that night, but about teaching the game for future improvement.

U of L will play again on Apr. 9 at Jim Patterson Stadium at 6:00 p.m. against Florida State.

Photo Courtesy of Justin Krueger// U of L Athletics

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Louisville baseball is ready for the annual Battle of the Bluegrass game Tuesday, Apr 6 2021 

By: Hannah Walker–

The No. 5 Louisville Cardinal’s baseball team will be playing against their rival on Apr. 6 at 6:00 p.m. The Kentucky Wildcats will travel to Jim Patterson Stadium to play in the annual Battle of the Bluegrass game. You can watch the game on ACC Network or listen to the game on 93.9 The Ville.

After winning 2 out of the 3 games against Wake Forest this past weekend, Louisville will play to secure another win on their home field. Louisville won against Kentucky during the 2019 season in a weekend game series, but Kentucky keeps the series lead of 63-46-1 for the Battle of the Bluegrass.

After tonight’s game, Louisville will continue to play on their home field this week when they go up against Florida State.

Photo Courtesy of Justin Krueger// U of L Athletics

 

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UK & U of L basketball at odds over location of this year’s matchup Tuesday, Oct 20 2020 

By John McCarthy–

University of Louisville men’s basketball head coach Chris Mack recently expressed his concern regarding the location of U of L’s matchup with its in-state rival, the University of Kentucky this season.

Because of complications due to COVID-19, Mack suggested that playing Kentucky at a neutral site would minimize the risk of complications or restrictions.

John Calipari, head coach of UK’s men’s basketball, strongly disagreed with Mack on the rescheduling of this year’s commonwealth matchup to a neutral location.

U of L would have to host Kentucky at the Yum! Center this season without fans in attendance. Kentucky on the other hand would potentially be able to host fans and students when Louisville heads to Rupp Arena for the Cardinals and Wildcats 2021-2022 season matchup.

“Chris and I have talked and he expressed his concerns. While I understand the difficulty and the complications created by the pandemic, we are prepared to come to Louisville to play this season under the previously agreed terms,” Calipari said.

Via U of L and Kentucky’s contract, each school trades off home-court advantage year by year. If the 2020-21 matchup were to be rescheduled to a neutral site, it would cause turmoil prior to next year’s face off.

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U of L will be part of the new hub for healthcare innovations in Kentucky Monday, Nov 4 2019 

By Matthew Keck —

The University of Louisville and University of Kentucky received a $4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to improve healthcare technologies Oct. 31. This grant will be used to form a Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hub, which includes all eight of Kentucky’s public universities along with Kentucky Community and Technical Colleges System.

“One of the things to keep in mind is that the health care sector here in Kentucky privately employs over 30,000 of our fellow citizens,” said interim secretary for the Cabinet for Economic Development Vivek Sarin. “It’s one of the top sectors driving our total economy.”

The hub will be called the “Kentucky Network for Innovation & Commercialization,” or KYNETIC, and is one of five hubs funded by the NIH. The hub is designed to speed up the translation of biomedical discoveries into commercially viable diagnostics, devices, therapeutics and tools to improve patient care and enhance health, according to the NIH.

“This is not a trick but a great treat for every single person in the Commonwealth,” said President Neeli Bendapudi. “This will provide innovation to improve the health of Kentuckians and people around the world.”

According to NIH, selected hubs are required to match the federal funding they receive and develop partnerships with life science and economic development organizations. The KYNETIC founding members will provide a $2.56 million direct-cost match to help with the funding.

Each university involved will also partner with the Commonwealth Commercialization Center (C3), a science and technology nonprofit that supports invention and entrepreneurship across the state.

“Kentucky’s ability to win this grant — one of only a handful ever awarded nationwide — was made possible in large part because of the unprecedented collaboration between our economic development cabinet, public universities and technical colleges in creating our non-profit commercialization center, C3,” Gov. Matt Bevin said. “This grant further validates the significance of C3’s public-private structure and our decision to revitalize Kentucky’s innovation and entrepreneurial support system. Together, we can have a truly positive impact on the health of Kentuckians and people around the world.”

KYNETIC aims to bring innovations such as new pharmaceuticals, therapies, devices and other healthcare technologies to the market. They also aim to address issues like lack of healthcare in rural areas.

This new hub will also be an asset in expanding U of L Health’s current research and medical developments.

“With the acquisition of Jewish Hospital and other KentuckyOne Health properties, researchers at U of L will have additional opportunities to recruit patients for clinical studies to advance research emerging from KYNETIC,” said Bendapudi. “Projects developed through KYNETIC will have the potential to further existing U of L research efforts in optimal aging, improve access to quality health care in underserved urban and rural regions, and bolster efforts to both attract and retain top faculty and students at U of L.”

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The pay-to-play tipping point in Kentucky Monday, Oct 14 2019 

By Gabriel Wiest–

After California passed their collegiate Fair Pay to Play Act, Kentucky State Senator Morgan McGarvey is looking to follow in their footsteps.

If passed, the law would ensure that Kentucky’s collegiate athletics remain competitive against California. With California’s universities like UCLA being able to pay players starting in 2023, this could have a negative effect on Kentucky recruiting efforts.

Dozens of states are attempting to mimic California’s ground breaking act, including Illinois and Pennsylvania. On the federal level, the House of Representatives has also been toying with the idea of national pay-to-play legislation.

The NCAA commented in response to the California legislation stating that it is an existential threat to collegiate sports. However, public support for pay-for-play is at an all-time high.

McGarvey said, “When you see a place like California and all of it’s universities doing something like this we want to make sure that Kentucky is also positioned on the forefront of being fair to its college athletes.”

The California legislation includes prohibiting the NCAA from penalizing athletes for receiving compensation and prohibiting colleges from rebuking scholarships. These two key elements are at the foundation of McGarvey’s law.

Both the University of Louisville and University of Kentucky earn in the top 20 national revenue for the NCAA, amassing over $134 million each.

In context to basketball, U of L and UK both are the most profitable teams taking the one and two spot in accordance to NCAA revenue rankings. Louisville averaged $30.4 million and Kentucky at $22.9 million in the last three years.

With these massive revenues for in-state teams, if Kentucky colleges had the ability to compensate players, this could ensure collegiate recruiting dominance.

McGarvey also explained how the compensation of players is critical to the treatment of college athletes.

“We want to make sure that those athletes are getting treated fairly and that we continue that for years to come,” said McGarvey.

The bill will be introduced in the next session of the Kentucky General Assembly at the beginning of next year.

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