U of L’s men’s basketball strikes back with two successful wins Sunday, Feb 28 2021 

By Hannah Walker — 

The University of Louisville’s men’s basketball team quickly recovered from their recent loss against North Carolina when they won 69-57 against Notre Dame Feb. 23 at the KFC Yum! Center. U of L followed up their win with another victory as well on Feb. 27 against Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

With only four conference games left till the ACC tournament, the Cardinals showed up last Wednesday in pursuit of adding another win to their record this season. U of L sophomore guard Carlik Jones was seen playing both killer offense and defense during the first half when he scored 8 points, making 1 rebound and 4 assists.

Redshirt U of L forward Jae’Lyn Withers was also the talk of the first half when he made 8 points and 6 rebounds; setting up a well needed improvement for offense during a game with only 46.7% of points scored during the first half.

“I thought we got a little tired. We talked about it at half time,” coach Chris Mack said. “I thought a few of our turnovers in the first half we got the ball in the lane whether it was offensive rebound, or a drive and you could see that our guys were worn out.”

By the second half of the game, U of L’s points scored improved to a 50% with the help of Withers making 4 points during the second half and Jones making 10 points. However, U of L’s defense this night is what really pushed them to achieve their stretch of a 12-point win.

U of L’s men’s basketball team continued their winning streak on Saturday when they played against the Blue Devils. Duke is known for having killer defense during most games, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Cardinals from achieving their win. Jones continued to be the star player this night when he made 25 points in the game. Overall, two successful wins for U of L.

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NC State defeats men’s tennis in first ACC matchup Monday, Feb 22 2021 

By Riley Vance —

The University of Louisville’s men’s tennis team (4-2) faced a tough matchup against No. 19 North Carolina State on Feb. 19 (3-3) and suffered a 4-0 loss.

To kick off doubles, NC State’s Tadas Babelis and Robin Catry defeated sophomore Matthew Fung and junior Fabien Salle (6-3).

The Wolfpack took the doubles point with a 6-3 win over juniors Alex Wesbrooks and Josh Howard-Tripp.

The match on court two between senior Tin Chen and junior Sergio Hernandez and NC State’s No. 23 Alexis Galarneau and Robert Turzak was left unfinished (4-4).

For singles, Hernandez finished first with a 7-5, 6-0 loss against No. 95 ranked Babelis to give NC State a 2-0 lead over the Cards.

Tallying on another point to NC State’s score, No. 71 ranked Chen fell 7-6, 6-2 to No. 7 Galarneau.

To clinch the match, NC State’s Catry defeated Howard-Tripp 7-5, 3-6, 6-2.

Salle split sets and was tied 4-4 with Yannai Barkai in the third set when match play stopped.

J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center only features four tennis courts, so sophomore Matthew Fung and Wesbrooks had a late start into their singles matches.

Fung was up 5-2 when the match was clinched and Wesbrooks did not get a chance to play.

Men’s tennis takes on Wake Forest (7-2) Sunday, Feb. 21 at 1p.m. at the Wake Forest Tennis Center.

Final Scores:

Singles

  1. #7 Alexis Galarneau (NCS) def. #71 Tin Chen (LOU) 7-6, 6-2
  2. Fabien Salle (LOU) vs. Yannai Barkai (NCS) unfinished, 6-2, 5-7, 4-4
  3. #95 Tadas Babelis (NCS) def. Sergio Hernandez (LOU) 7-5, 6-0
  4. Robin Catry (NCS) def. Josh Howard-Tripp (LOU) 7-5, 3-6, 6-2
  5. Matthew Fung (LOU) vs. Robert Turzak (NCS) unfinished, 5-2
  6. Alex Wesbrooks (LOU) vs. Martins Rocens (NCS) unfinished

Doubles

  1. Tadas Bebelis/Robin Catry (NCS) def. Fabien Salle/Matthew Fung (LOU) 6-3
  2. Tin Chen/Sergio Hernandez (LOU) vs. #23 Alexis Galarneau/Robert Turzak (NCS) unfinished, 4-4
  3. Collin Shick/Yannai Barkai (NCS) def. Josh Howard-Tripp/Alex Wesbrooks (LOU) 6-3

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Javian Hawkins’ progression fuels Cardinals football Friday, Oct 30 2020 

By John McCarthy–

The University of Louisville football team has received a good amount of production from the running back position. At the beginning of the season, junior running back Hassan Hall appeared to be the starting back for the Cardinals. But after U of L’s 48-16 win over Florida State at home, sophomore Javian Hawkins is Louisville’s running back.

Glimpses of Hawkins’ skill set for the 2020-2021 season appear against the University of Miami. Hawkins carried the ball for 164 yards in the Cardinals’ loss to the Hurricanes, but he showed he could be a factor in the outcomes of big games.

Then came Louisville’s bout with Florida State on Oct. 24. Florida State was coming off a monster win against No. 5 North Carolina and was looking to make further strides in the ACC conference standings. Louisville had different plans, the Cardinals’ offense exploded for 48 points in the runaway victory against the Seminoles.

Hawkins shined in the must-win game against Florida State, just like he showed out against Miami will all eyes on the Cardinals. Hawkins carried the ball for 174 yards on only 16 carries, including a breakaway run for 70 yards. He also had three touchdowns in the Cardinals’ win. That is the second 70+ yard rush for Hawkins this season.

U of L will look to build off of their victory against the Seminoles. They host Virginia Tech Oct. 31 at Cardinal Stadium. Hawkins plans to keep his hot streak going, opening avenues for the U of L offense.

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Louisville handles Florida State 48-16 Monday, Oct 26 2020 

By John McCarthy–

The University of Louisville Cardinals blew out the Florida State Seminoles 48-16. U of L football has struggled in its last four games and rebounded well against the Seminoles. They settle down Florida State who entered their bout with Cardinals on cloud nine after upsetting No. 5 North Carolina last week.

Florida State got the game started with a touchdown only a couple of minutes into regulation. The Cardinals responded with ten minutes left in the first quarter via a nine-yard touchdown run by sophomore Javian Hawkins. Two minutes later, Hawkins turned in a highlight play in form of a 70-yard touchdown run, putting the Cardinals up 14-7. The Cardinals were able to sneak in another touchdown with two minutes left in the first quarter when junior Malik Cunningham completed a pass to senior Ean Pfeifer for a 13-yard touchdown.

At the 12:47 mark in the second quarter, Cunningham completed a bomb to sophomore Tutu Atwell for the 58-yard touchdown pass. A couple of minutes before halftime junior James Turner chipped a 28-yard field goal to put the Cardinals up 31-14 at the half.

Hawkins scored his third touchdown to start the Cardinals off in the third quarter. Then, with only two minutes left in the third, U of L forced a safety on the Seminoles to put the Cardinals up 38-16 going into the fourth quarter.

The fourth quarter was all Cardinals. Turner booted a 39-yard field goal only 45 seconds into the final quarter. Atwell grabbed his second touchdown after a two-yard run. Louisville snapped their four-game winning-streak in spectacular fashion with a 32-point blowout.

Cunningham was 16-24 on his passes, throwing for 248 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Hawkins totaled 171 yards on 16 carries. Atwell had a whopping 3 receptions for 129 yards.

U of L will faceoff with No. 19 Virginia Tech on Oct. 31.

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Louisville Cross Country schedule released Thursday, Sep 17 2020 

By John McCarthy–

The 2020 season schedule has been released for the University of Louisville’s cross country team. Louisville will compete in three meets this fall before the ACC Cross Country Championships.

U of L will begin their season on Sept. 19 when they head to South Bend, Ind. for the Notre Dame Irish Classic.

The Cardinals will be back home for their second meet. The “Live in Lou” Classic will be hosted at E.P. Tom Sawyer Park on Oct. 3. The Greater Louisville Sports Commission is putting on the event for the Cardinals and competing universities.

They will end their regular season at the University of Alabama-Birmingham for the UAB Blazer Classic in Hoover, Ala. The event will be held on Oct. 16.

The 2020 ACC Cross Country Championships will be on Oct. 30 at WakeMed Park in Cary, N.C.

Louisville has 10 letterwinners coming back to the men’s team with one newcomer to the squad.

The women’s team will have five returning runners, including 2019 All-ACC Performer Ivine Chemutai and two-time All-American Dorcas Wasike. The women’s squad will also have seven newcomers joining them for the 2020 season.

“I have never been more excited to announce a schedule than this fall,” head coach Dale Cowper said. “We are blessed to have the opportunities in front of us. Our students and staff and extraordinarily grateful for the effort our administration, medical experts and the ACC has put forth to support our cross country program.”

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No. 20 Women’s soccer takes steps in historic season Monday, Sep 23 2019 

By Jocelyn Kronoveter —

The Cardinals (7-1) broke their seven game winning streak by losing to No. 4 North Carolina 0-3. 

Last season the women’s soccer team lost their six game streak against Perdue in 2018, with a final score of 1-2. This year, the Cardinals will not be going up against the Boilmakers, however ACC competition will still be intense.

In her 20 seasons as head coach, Karen Ferguson-Hayes has brought up the team’s record nearly every year.

The women’s soccer team has now been to the NCAA tournament four times and finished near the top of the conference. 

In last year’s season, Louisville lost against No. 4 North Carolina, losing 1-5. 

Head coach Ferguson-Dayes commented on what the team will be looking for in terms of improvement, stating that energy in the second half was a weakness for the Cards, including not having as many substitutions for players as the opposing teams. Improving the teams stamina along with strategic play-by-plays is something to focus on moving forward in the season.

With Louisville facing off against Syracuse (2-4-2) next, soccer fans hold their breath in anticipation to see if they will win an ACC division game. Syracuse lost to Auburn, making them 0-1 in ACC play. 

The next match will be held Sept. 26 at Syracuse. 

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