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Cyber defense team wins state title

By Sara Heath–

U of L’s Cyber Defense team won their state qualifier event on Feb. 15, beating Murray State University and Northern Kentucky University for the title. The team is currently ranked first out of schools in Kentucky, Iowa and Ohio.

The main goal of cyber defense competition is to secure a networked computer system while maintaining standard business functionality. In the competition, a team of hackers, known as the Red Team, attempts to break into the collegiate teams’ system.

“We were pretty confident going in, we knew that we had the potential to win, as long as we stayed focused and worked as a team,” said team member Kerrick Lawson.

The collegiate teams are scored on their ability to detect and respond to outside threats while maintaining the use of existing services, respond to business requests and balance security against varying business needs.  The competitions last eight straight hours.

“It’s exhausting to be on the watch for so many hours, looking for intrusion and how to secure our environment,” said team member Clayton Colwell.

The team will now advance to the regional competition at the end of March.

“The team will be focusing on getting comfortable with the network layout and operating systems we will be working with, as well as refining our defensive strategy,” said team captain James Corcoran.  “I also expect that the red team attacks will be more sophisticated”.

Members of the U of L’s Cyber Defense team come from the Cyber Defense Club. The club, which is open for all majors to join, focuses on learning the necessary information and defense tactics during meetings, all of which are self-taught by club members.

If the U of L Cyber Defense Team wins the regional competition, they will move onto the national competition held April 25-27

Photo courtesy U of L Cyber Defense Team

Photo by Austin Lassell

Men’s tennis defeats Murray and Morehead State

By Dalton Ray

The University of Louisville men’s tennis team defeated visitors Morehead and Murray State this past weekend. The season-opening doubleheader were both won by a 7-0 mark by the hometown Cards at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center on Friday.

The Cards opened the day against Morehead State by sweeping all three doubles matches. The junior duo of Sebastian Stiefelmeyer and Van Damrongsri defeated Jack Swindells and Ji Hoon Heo 6-2. Junior Chris Simich and freshman Eric Bonfre followed with a 6-1 victory over Nick Mercer and Gabriel Ruiz to seal the match’s first point for U of L. Junior Luis Elizondo and sophomore Jeffrey Brown teamed up to defeat David Clifford and Giovanni Samaha 6-4 to round out doubles.

Singles action saw Elizondo beat Heo 6-0, 6-0 and junior Michael Lippens defeat Mercer 6-1, 6-0. Stiefelmeyer, 6-1, 6-3, Damrongsri, 6-4, 6-2, Simich, 6-0, 6-4, and Brown, 6-1, 6-4, would all add victories in singles as well.

Against Murray in the second half of the doubleheader the Stiefelmeyer, Damrongsri and Bonfre, Simich duos would stay undefeated, as they both would win 6-0. Adam Taylor and Max McLean were the first duo to fall for the Racers followed by David Hess and Mateo Barroetavena. Chris Simich and Amaury Derognat capped the doubles sweep by defeating Aleks Mitric and Nicholas Mitric 6-1.

The Cards would win all six matches in straight sets in singles. Stiefelmeyer, 6-0, 6-1, Damrongsri, 6-1, 6-4, Simich, 6-2, 6-0, Elizondo, 6-0, 6-0, Lippens, 6-0, 6-0, and Brown (6-3, 6-2) once again would all pick up wins.


Men’s tennis grabs back-to-back in-state victories

By Sammie Hill–

Improving this season’s record to 12-8, the University of Louisville men’s tennis team defeated both Murray State University and Morehead State University 7-0 on Wednesday, March 21. These matches, played consecutively at home, demanded endurance and expertise from the Cardinals, who not only rose to the challenge, but also exceeded expectations.

“I’m really proud of the team,” head coach Rex Ecarma said. “To really dominate like that is a big deal.”

Sumit Gupta (above) and Van Damrongsri teamed up to win their doubles match over Morehead State.

These matches followed several tough losses on the road against University of Washington, University of Tulsa, Texas Tech University and University of Oklahoma.

“We learned a lot from our road losses,” Ecarma said. “We realized that it’s tough to play defense the whole match and win against a good team.”

With this knowledge, the team decided to adjust their game and approach Wednesday’s matches with an offensive mindset. This strategy produced positive results; after facing Murray State with intensity and focus, the Cardinals earned a 7-0 victory. To Rex Ecarma, the performances of several players stood out in particular.

“Robert [Hall] had a great match at 6-0 6-0,” he said. “Albert [Wagner] continued his offensive tennis, and [Michael] Lippens looked really good. Almost every single match, the guys really stuck with the game, being aggressive and trying to really control the match.”

Louisville carried the momentum they accumulated against Murray into the proceeding match versus Morehead State. Solidifying a sweep of the doubleheader, U of L maintained their offensive approach and defeated their opponent 7-0.
“Sometimes I’m concerned playing a second match,” Ecarma said, “but I feel like it’s a really good test for the players. I also got to sub out some players and put in some new faces. It was great to see Sumit Gupta and Van Damrongsri in the lineup. They looked really good.”

The ability to play two matches in one day against Division I teams exemplifies the stamina and strength of the Cards. The team did not settle for merely competing in these games; they set out to dominate, and they succeeded.
“When you look at the day as a whole, we won all 18 courts, and the guys played really fresh. No one looked tired,” Ecarma said.

The University of Louisville men’s tennis team will face Indiana University on Wednesday, March 28. The team hopes that the confidence they gained in this week’s doubleheader victory will persist into next week’s match, which will take place in Bloomington, Ind. at 3 p.m.

Photos: Eric Voet/The Louisville Cardinal


Cards football takes down Murray State

By Aaron Williams–

The University of Louisville Cardinals took control of their home opener against the Murray State Racers on Sept. 1 early in the first half by using a balanced offensive attack that was highlighted by two touchdown passes thrown by junior quarterback Will Stein in the first and second quarter and a touchdown run in by senior running
back Victor Anderson near the end of the first quarter.

“We got the win and that’s all that matters,” said Stein in remarks he made to the press following the 21-9 final. Stein’s first touchdown pass of the game and of the season came at the 5:10 mark in the first quarter when he completed a four yard pass to his former high school teammate junior wide receiver Scott Radcliff.

“That was his first touchdown and my first one of the year. It’s really special to throw to a guy like that,” said Stein in his postgame comments.
Stein went on to throw for 226 yards for the game.

The Cards ran the ball for an additional 159 yards over the course of the game. Louisville’s junior quarterback put it in the hands of Anderson with under four minutes to play in the first quarter and Anderson did not disappoint.

After an 11-yard rush from the Murray State 13 yard line, Anderson weaved his way through the Racer defense to grab the remaining two yards between himself and the end zone.

“The guys up front did a great job blocking and sealing the edge,” said Anderson in a postgame interview, “I just bounced it outside and used my speed to get to the end zone, but the guys up front did it all.”

Anderson rushed for 61 yards on nine carries for the game.

Louisville’s last touchdown came at 13:20 to play in the first half when Stein connected with freshman receiver DeVante Parker for a 39-yard pass, the Cards’ longest of the game, to the corner of the end zone. Parker displayed his raw athleticism as he climbed over interfering Racer coverage to make the catch with one arm.

Defensively, the Cardinals harassed Murray State’s key offensive contributors junior quarterback Casey Brockman, who threw three interceptions, and senior running back Mike Harris. Louisville sophomore linebacker Preston Brown seemed to have sophomore Racer running back Duane Brady’s number, making multiple tackles on him throughout the game. Brady only managed fifteen yards for the contest.

Senior defensive end William Savoy had one sack on Racer quarterback Brockman and senior defensive tackle Greg Scruggs, who started at game time despite injury rumors, recorded another.

Senior linebacker Dexter Heyman rounded out the Cards’ strong defensive performance, recording one of the three interceptions for Louisville.

The Racers managed to get in field goal range and put three on the board before going to the locker room at halftime and came out in the second half and scored six before botching the extra point. However, the Cards defensive effort was enough to hold the lead in a second half that found Louisville looking lost and out of rhythm at times on offense.

Coach Strong was sure to credit the defense and the young corners. “Defensively, even without [Greg] Scruggs, we are a limited number tonight. BJ Butler not playing at all, Brandon Dunn not playing at all. Roy Philon didn’t play tonight. There are four guys right there not playing,” said Strong, “I was very pleased to see Marcus Smith, Malcolm Mitchell and Randy Salmon. We had some guys that played a lot tonight on defense, but I was just very pleased with the way our corners played.”

Overall, the Cards, though out of rhythm in second half, did enough to get past the Racers and earn their first victory of the 2011 season. Will Stein summarizes the feeling of the game the best with his postgame remark,

“It’s good to be 1-0 and to feel that victory feeling. As a player I always feel like I could have done something better. We have to look at the film and see what we need to fix and correct that for next week.”

Photo: Michael Baldwin/ The Louisville Cardinal

Ready for the Racers: U of L to start season against MSU

By Aaron Williams

Louisville running back Victor Anderson pushes forward for extra yardage. Anderson will be returning healthy to the starting line up this season.

The 2011 Louisville Cardinals will take the field against the Racers of Murray State on Thursday, Sept. 1 at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium in a highly anticipated season opener that is set to be aired on ESPNU as part of the worldwide leader’s college football kickoff.

The Cardinals, who finished 7-6 overall last season with their final victory coming against the University of Southern Mississippi for the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl, return three starters on offense this season including senior running back Victor Anderson, who will look to fill the hole left by former senior running back Bilal Powell. Powell rushed for over 1400 yards last season while Anderson averaged 28 yards per game in 10 games played during a season that plagued him with injuries. Cardinal fans can look for a now healthy Anderson, who rushed for over 100 yards in a recent Saturday scrimmage, to make more of an impact against the Racers and this season.

Leading the offense will be junior quarterback Will Stein who has a slew of offensive weapons at his disposal, from freshman wide receiver DeVante Parker to senior tight end Josh Chichester. The Cards will be predominately young at the receiver position this season, but have junior receiver Andrell Smith and senior receiver Josh Bellamy to temper youth with experience. Offensive coordinator Mike Sanford addressed the inexperience of the younger players involved in the offense in comments he made to the media following an Aug. 20 scrimmage.

“We’ve got to look at who we are… and what we need to do and emphasize based on that tied in with the whole inexperience issue,” said Sanford, “We’re not going to have any excuses, we’ve got to play well.”

On the defensive side of the ball, the Cardinals return six starters. Sophomore linebacker Preston Brown spoke to The Louisville Cardinal about the Card’s ability to contain 2010 First-Team All-Ohio Valley Conference senior running back Mike Harris and stifle Racer quarterback Casey Brockman with notable injuries to the defensive line such as senior defensive end Greg Scruggs, sophomore defensive end B.J. Butler and sophomore defensive tackle Brandon Dunn.

“[The injuries] really shouldn’t affect us that much,” said Brown, who went on to explain the Cards will go with a three linemen look and assured that Louisville will be good in rotation defensively wise.

“If we just play sound and make tackles, we should be fine,” said Brown.

Brown also said the Cards will be looking to blitz to provide pressure that will help Louisville’s young cornerbacks such as freshman Charles Gaines, freshman Terell Floyd and freshman Andrew Johnson.

Student anticipation for the matchup is high.

“Definitely excited to see the new quarterback in, see who they choose, definitely excited to see the running game, see those guys get out and the wide receivers,” said John Dice, a freshman bioengineering major.

The Cards will take the field against the Racers at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1.