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October 2, 2013It's time for another lap around the world of UofL women's sports, the weekly look at the successes and challenges of the past week and a look ahead at what competitions UofL's women student-athletes will be taking part in.
We start this week with my favorite sport, Volleyball. There were two matches this past weekend, both at the KFC Yum! Center downtown with the start of conference play in The American conference. Friday evening saw an old friend come to town in Memphis. While The Cards continue to struggle a little bit with maintaining consistent play, Louisville was clearly the better team. Memphis picked up a win in one set, but it wasn't enough, with Louisville taking the match 3-1.
Temple University came calling Sunday afternoon, and they met the same fate as their odd-couple travel partner Memphis, taking the loss from the VolleyCards, 3-1. Again, clearly the better team overall, UofL did start out with a lot of unforced errors letting Temple take the first set. Coach Anne Kordes did get the team settled down a bit and brought the victory home in three straight sets after that.
Maya McClendon picked up her second consecutive Freshman of the Week award from The American Conference.
Volleyball hits the road again for a road trip, a brief one this time, down to Texas with matches Friday against SMU in Dallas, and Sunday against Houston in, oddly enough, Houston. Louisville will be trying to climb their way back up above the .500 record that they have now by tangling with a couple more conference-foes-for-a-year.
At the same time the Volleyball squad was dispatching Memphis downtown, the Women's Soccer team was doing the same at Cardinal Park on Floyd Street. Karen Ferguson-Dayes' squad did have a tougher time accomplishing the feat, however. The Kickin' Cards took overtime to hang a 3-2 loss on the Tigers.
The Women's Soccer team also had a Sunday afternoon game, but tangled with the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers. The Cards cruised out to a 3-1 lead in the first half, and added on an insurance goal in the second half, leading to the 4-1 victory.
Goalkeeper Paige Brown earned the American Conference Goalkeeper of the week award on the strength of her eight saves, four in each game.
The Women's Soccer team will also be heading down to Texas with much the same plan as the Volleyball team. SMU will play host on Thursday evening, and Houston welcoming The Cards in both Volleyball and Women's Soccer with simultaneous starts Sunday afternoon.
The Louisville Field Hockey team is off to one of their best starts ever beating Big East Conference foe Georgetown at a neutral-site game in College Park, Maryland. Louisville set the tone early on with a goal only 52 seconds into the game, heading to an 8-1 win over The Hoyas.
After inexplicably getting dropped in the Coach's Poll a spot to #17, Louisville had a Tuesday evening contest in Columbus, OH against Ohio State. While OSU put up more of a fight, The Cards got the win in the 6-3 contest.
Alyssa Voelmle picked up the Defensive Player of the Week honor from the Big East prior to the OSU game.
The Field Hockey team returns home to host Big East conference foe Temple on Friday at 6pm, followed up by a non-conference match against Indiana on Sunday at 1pm. Field Hockey games are all free admission at the Trager Field Hockey Stadium in Cardinal Park on Warnock St. between Floyd and Arthur Streets.
Mark Beckham's Women's Tennis team won 12 of 18 singles matches, and 7 of 9 doubles matches at the Miami of Ohio Invitational. The team also competed in the ITA All-American Championships out on the west coast in Pacific Pallisades, CA.
The Women's Tennis team will not be competing this coming week.
The Women's Golf team finished in 10th place in the Windy City Invitational that took place Monday and Tuesday. Katie Petrino and Laura Restrepo finished in a tie for 36th place. Emily Haas finished in 39th.
Women's Golf will also be taking a breather this week with no competitions scheduled.
Women's Cross Country
After a short break, the Women's Cross Country team will be back in action in your only chance to see the Louisville team compete on their home course at E.P. Tom Sawyer. Action gets underway at 10:15am.
Also Saturday, starting at 10:30am, you'll have your only chance to see the Rowing team in action in Louisville. The Red & Black Regatta is not an official competition, but it is a great event. Starting at 10:30am, there will be a greeting by Coach Derek Copeland that will include an introduction of the rowers and coaching staff as well as recognition of award winners from last year's competitions. Following the greetings and introductions there will be 6 intra-squad scrimmage races between approximately 11am and 12:15pm. Following the races there will be a cookout at the fantastic G. Garvin Brown III Rowing Center where fans will have a chance to check out another of UofL's amazing athletics facilities, as well as mix and mingle with rowers and coaches. The Brown Rowing Center is in Waterfront Park just upriver from Tumbleweed.