Aug 13, 2013
The University of Louisville volleyball team opens up 2013 with a pre-season ranking of No. 19 in the first AVCA poll. Three of the Cardinals' opponents join them in the Top 25 with three more receiving votes.
Penn State, Minnesota, Kentucky are in the Top 25 with Pepperdine, Wisconsin and Northern Iowa receiving votes.
The Cardinals are coming off a historic season when they posted their sixth 30+ win season, won both the BIG EAST regular season and the BIG EAST Tournament, a school first to do both in one season. Head coach Anne Kordes was named the 2012 BIG EAST Coach of the Year and earned a second nod as AVCA Northeast Region Coach of the Year honors. Senior Lola Arslanbekova was named AVCA Second team All-American with fellow senior Gwen Rucker earning Third Team Honors. Arslanbekova was the BIG EAST Player of the Year and Rucker was the Tournament MVP. Arslanbekova, Rucker and fellow seniors Kaitlynn James and Tanya Lukyanenko all graduated,and all signed pro contracts. U of L had a record three players selected to USA Volleyball's A2 National Team, when Brooke Mattingly, Caitlin Welch and Hannah Kvitle all made the cut with Kvitle and Mattingly winning the gold medal in Dallas.
The Cardinals open with an Alumni Match/Scrimmage on Aug. 24 at 6 p.m. in Cardinal Arena. U of L will be away the first three weekends of the season with the first regular season match being the Active Ankle Challenge being Sept. 21 also in Cardinal Arena.
The Cardinals then face their conference journey at home as travel partners Memphis (Sept. 27) and Temple (Sept. 29) visit the KFC Yum! Center. UofL hits the road for SMU (Oct. 4) and Houston (Oct. 6), two old CUSA rivals-turned AAC opponents in Texas. Two Florida schools will swing through the KFC Yum! Center as USF (Oct. 11) and UCF (Oct. 13) visit before a daunting stretch of seven straight road matches starting with non-conference foe Wichita State (Oct. 15), followed by old rival Cincinnati (Oct. 18) before a non-conference matchup with Middle Tennessee (Oct. 22) to wrap up their non-conference slate. They return to The American with Rutgers (Oct. 25), Connecticut (Oct. 27), Temple (Nov. 1) and Memphis (Nov.3) on tap.
The Cards come home to the Ville to face Houston (Nov. 8) and SMU (Nov. 10) but then head right back out for a Florida swing with UCF (Nov. 15) and USF (Nov. 17). As the American doesn't sponsor a conference tournament the regular season concludes with three home matches - Cincinnati (Nov. 22, UConn (Nov. 27) and Rutgers (Nov. 29).