Ellen Kehoe Ties for 1st; Women’s Golf Finishes 3rd in Bearcat Classic
Ellen Kehoe wrapped up a strong two-day performance on Tuesday with a 5-over-par 221 at the Bearcats Fall Classic, tying for first-place honors at the TPC River’s Bend.
Competing in her first three-round tournament in her collegiate career, Kehoe shot consecutive rounds of 1-under-par 71 on Monday before clubbing a 7-over-par 79 in the final day of the tournament.
The Campbellsville, Ky., native’s early scores were strong enough to keep her atop the leaderboard, but she fell to the eventual individual champion and Cincinnati’s Tara Liebert in a one-hole playoff.
A freshman, Kehoe had the best par-4 (4.10) and par-5 (4.75) averages and tied for the tournament lead with 11 birdies.
Junior Shannon Gramley had the Cardinals’ best third-round score, shooting an even-par 72 in the final day of the event. She totaled nine birdies over the course of two days and tied for the third-best par-4 score (4.17) to push herself into a tie for fifth. The 8-over-par 224 is tied for a collegiate best.
Classmate Louise Oxner shot a 1-over-par 73 in the final round and tied for 12th with a 16-over-par 232. She finished just four strokes shy of earning a top-10 showing.
Freshman Jacqueline Twitty wrapped up the Louisville Black team’s scoring finishers, tying for 29th with a 26-over-par 242.
The Cardinals, who tied for the best par-5 score, took third in the team race, while host Cincinnati won the title.
Louisville’s scoring team is scheduled to compete in the Tar Heel Invitational that runs from Friday through Sunday at the Finley Golf Course in Chapel Hill, N.C. Live stats will be available on Golfstat.com.
1. Cincinnati – 297-303-298; 2. Eastern Kentucky – 313-296-302; 3. Louisville B – 308-303-302; 4. Western Kentucky – 312-302-300; 5. Murray State – 319-307-307
t-1. Ellen Kehoe – 71-71-79; t-5. Shannon Gramley – 77-75-72; 12. Louise Oxner – 80-79-73; t-29. Jacqueline Twitty – 80-78-84; t-37. Meredith Moir – 83-85-78
Edwin Kibichiy Named ACC Men’s Cross Country Performer of the Week
Louisville’s Edwin Kibichiy has been recognized as the Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Cross Country Performer of the Week. Kibichiy led the Cardinals to a third-place finish at the Greater Louisville Classic on Saturday morning. Kibichiy clocked a season-best time of 23:55.21, trailing the winner by less than four seconds. Kibichiy has finished in the top three of all three of his races this fall. The Greater Louisville Classic sported a 24-team field with five ranked teams, including three among the top 10.
Volleyball Sweeps Boston College
Janelle Jenkins had 12 kills, three aces and two blocks to lead the University of Louisville volleyball team to a 25-12, 25-12, 25-17 win over ACC foe Boston College Sunday afternoon at the KFC Yum! Center.
“I thought that the difference in this match was Molly Sauer,” said UofL head coach Anne Kordes. You just don’t notice it. She runs to the ball and is in system. She gives us an opportunity to set up Katie for opportunities. It’s kind of fun to watch. Give the credit to her, it’s pretty amazing to watch. She calms everyone else down. I’m just really excited about Molly’s play. A lot of players played today and it was really fun to see. I thought we did a great job.”
Uof L hit .282 for the match with 7.5 blocks. Aniah Philo had 12 kills, an ace and two blocks. Molly Sauer had a match-high 17 digs. The Cards are now 4-0 in the ACC and 9-4 overall. Boston College is 9-7, 1-3.
Louisville came out strong in the first set, taking a 13-6 lead early and then slamming the door with a 12-2 run down the stretch. Aniah Philo hit .625 with 10 kills from the left side. Maggie DeJong had two blocks and Janelle Jenkins had five kills and two aces. Boston College hit .029 and had only six kills.
In the second game, the Cards powered to a 16-5 lead and then rolled to a 25-12 win after emptying the bench.
The Eagles came out of the break energized, staying within three at 11-8 when BC scored on a UofL blocking error. The Eagles stalled as the Cards broke open the lead at six at 19-13 when Janelle Jenkins scored. The Cards then rolled to a 25-17 win.
“I think Boston College is better than they played. There’s no doubt about that. I watched them play on Friday night against a good team. It’s over with now. We have a big week this week playing on the road. We haven’t been on the road in a little while. We use these opportunities to polish what we have been working on and we’ve got to stay focused.
The Cards head to Georgia Tech on Friday and then on to Clemson on Sunday as the ACC slate continues.
#9 Field Hockey Downs UMASS
Sophomore Nicole Woods‘ goal with 6:10 remaining in regulation lifted the ninth-ranked University of Louisville field hockey team to a 1-0 win over the University of Massachusetts Sunday afternoon at Trager Stadium in the Cardinals’ annual ‘Pink Game’. The Cards improve to 7-4 while the Minutewomen drop to 6-5.
“I’m so happy with this result today,” said UofL head coach Justine Sowry. “We were coming off of a really tough game in difficult conditions against Duke, plus travel back here. It’s like welcome to the ACC and what comes next. Today against a really good and well-coached opponent, we had to dig deeper than we’ve ever had to dig.”
The teams battled through a scoreless first half firing off four shots apiece while Louisville held a 5-2 advantage in penalty corners. UMass threatened in the opening minute of the second half when Sarah Hawkshaw’s shot sailed wide. Louisville would go on to draw four corners and register three shots on goal before the Minutewomen earned their only corner of the half with under nine minutes remaining in regulation. Shauna Rankin-Byrne’s shot was blocked and the Cards regained possession.
With about seven minutes left to play, junior Shannon Sloss, who had just re-entered the game, gained control of the ball around midfield and dribbled up the left side to the circle where she sent a pass to Woods who was waiting in front of the cage by UMass goalkeeper Sam Carlino. Woods connected on her fourth goal of the season to give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead at the 63:50 mark.
In the second half, Louisville outshot UMass 6-2 with freshman goalkeeper Ayeisha McFerran staving off several scoring opportunities. Ayeisha McFerran (7-3) picked up two saves en route to her fifth shutout of the season. Carlino (6-5) registered four saves for the Minutewomen.
In the game Louisville outshot UMass 10-6 and held a 9-3 edge in corners.
“I talked at the beginning of the game that you have to choose between one of two pains it’s either discipline or regret,” said Sowry. “Today we had to dig deeper and be a very disciplined unit. We were fatigued, you could tell that, but we stayed together and we were able to get it done. It was not pretty, but I’m just really proud of the effort that our team put forward and that we got it done.”
The Cardinals (7-4) will return to action on Oct. 9 when No. 2 Syracuse visits Trager Stadium for an ACC matchup at 6 p.m. The game will be shown on ESPN3.
Ten Louisville Softball Players Named NFCA All-America Scholar-Athletes
Ten University of Louisville softball players were named 2014-15 National Fastpitch Coaches (NFCA) Division I All-America Scholar Athletes. To be eligible for the award, student-athletes must have registered a 3.5 grade-point average or higher for the 2014-15 academic year as released by the organization Tuesday.
Louisville’s 2014-15 NFCA All-American Scholar-Athletes include: Whitney Arion, Brittany Duncan, Bridgette Flaherty, Kelsi Jones, Sidney Melton, Morgan Meyer, Madi Norman, Brittany Sims, Kayla Soles and Alison Szydlowski.
The Cardinals finished the 2015 season with a 30-19 overall record after making their 12th consecutive NCAA regional appearance.
2014-15 NFCA Division I All-America Scholar-Athletes