The Louisville Cardinal U of L's Independent Student Newspaper 2019-02-21T02:11:07Z https://www.louisvillecardinal.com/feed/atom/ WordPress https://www.louisvillecardinal.com/media/2016/05/cropped-lc-logo-1-32x32.png Maggie Vancampen <![CDATA[U of L Named Top Producer of Fulbright Scholars]]> https://www.louisvillecardinal.com/?p=67205 2019-02-20T19:58:22Z 2019-02-20T19:58:19Z By Maggie Vancampen — The University of Louisville is one of the top Fulbright universities...

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By Maggie Vancampen —

The University of Louisville is one of the top Fulbright universities for the fifth year an email sent Feb. 11 said.

In 2018 U of L had 11 winners that went to nine different countries.

U of L was also considered a top producer in the 2010-2011; 2011-2012; 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 academic years.

Fulbright scholars are students that are graduating soon or have recently graduated. This program allows students to go and do their own research or teach English in a different country. According to their website, the program is an exchange program sponsored by the government. “It is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries,” their website said.

Charlie Leonard, director of the office of national and international scholarship opportunities, said, “We were pretty sure we would make the top producers list when we ended up with 11 Fulbrights last year.”

“Our university really pulls out all the stops to help students aspire to their highest potential. When we see our name on a list with institutions like Brown, Princeton and Georgetown, it’s very gratifying.”

The email said that 121 U of L students have been Fulbright winners since 2003. The email said this is more than other Kentucky universities combined.

To apply, Leonard said, “Students can apply as graduating seniors, graduate students, or recent alums. Some of our successful applicants have started participating in information sessions and getting practice on applications as sophomores or juniors.”

Bethany Smith from the office of the national and international scholarships and fellowships said, “Over 1,900 U.S. students, artists and young professionals in more than 100 different fields of study are offered Fulbright Program grants.” She said the student program operates in over 140 countries.

U of L has about 20 (one email said 21, the other said 22) semi-finalists so far for this academic year. They will receive their results by spring or early summer.

Fulbright photo from website

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Sam Combest <![CDATA[University searches for hospital partnership]]> https://www.louisvillecardinal.com/?p=67385 2019-02-20T03:07:30Z 2019-02-20T01:32:40Z By Sam Combest– The University of Louisville wants to find a partner to buy all...

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By Sam Combest–

The University of Louisville wants to find a partner to buy all local assets of KentuckyOne Health, including Jewish Hospital and the Frazier Rehab Institute.

The university announced the request for proposal for a deep-pocketed partner to buy the hospitals while U of L would provide medical and operational expertise.

The ultimate goal for this partnership is to expand U of L’s clinical healthcare footprint.

“This is a unique opportunity to invest in and deliver health care services, education, and research in conjunction with the University,” the proposal said. “The vision is to build and grow a highly integrated clinical delivery system strategically distributed across the Louisville community.”

The Joint venture would add 1331 beds to U of L’s current 404. It would also add five more hospitals to create a regional operation stretching from Saints Mary and Elizabeth Hospital in southwest Louisville to Jewish Hospital Shelbyville.

The combined operation would be a $1.5 billion concern.

“Ultimately the deal needs to make sense for everybody,” said President Neeli Bendapudi.

Kentucky One Health has been trying to sell Jewish Hospital and other regional properties since 2017.

There is no guarantee that U of L will find a partner or ultimately reach a deal with KentuckyOne Health and its parent company, formerly called Catholic Health Initiatives (now CommonSpirit Health), Bendapudi said.

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Joseph Garcia <![CDATA[Every kiss begins with Konsent]]> https://www.louisvillecardinal.com/?p=67291 2019-02-19T22:14:00Z 2019-02-19T22:13:59Z By Kyla Thomas — Kappa Sigma, Kappa Delta and Alpha Omicron joined with the PEACC...

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By Kyla Thomas —

Kappa Sigma, Kappa Delta and Alpha Omicron joined with the PEACC Center to host “Every Kiss Begins With K,” an event on consent prior to Valentine’s Day.  

“The whole premise of this workshop is let college students talk about relationship abuse,” said PEACC spokesperson LaMont Johnson. Before the discussion, a film called “Escalation” was played.

It followed the abusive relationship between a college couple. The movie showed some signs of an abusive relationship including extreme possessiveness, threatening to hurt oneself, deleting things from their phone and much more.

Both characters ultimately dismissed the behavior and eventually our female protagonist broke off the abusive relationship.

Unfortunately, shortly afterwards, her now ex-boyfriend broke into her house to talk, ending with the female protagonist’s death by her boyfriends hand.

The movie sent emotions through the audience resulting in a great conversation.

Freshman Daisy Tompkins said, “I felt like the film was a true depiction of how college relationships can be.”

“Couples only post the nice things on social media. In the film, their friends encouraged them and just belittled his behavior to being intense. It really shined a light how in our current age this barbaric behavior is still happening.”

Johnson reminded the audience about the importance of speaking up.

“When in an abusive relationship make sure to have a plan. Come to the PEACC Center so we can work out a plan together to get you out of that situation, and someplace safe,” Johnson said.

Johnson also made sure that everyone knew that abuse was not just a burden held by women.

“I want everyone to know that this doesn’t just affect women. One in four men are in an abusive relationship, and they need help just as much as the next person. Abuse isn’t going to just end with people helping women. It’s gonna end with people helping men as well.”

If  you or anyone you know might be suffering from an abusive relationship, the PEACC Center can be found on the third floor of the Student Activities Center and the National Sexual Assault Hotline is 1-800-656-4673.

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Conner Farrell <![CDATA[Madness ensues: Projecting where the Cards will fly in March]]> https://www.louisvillecardinal.com/?p=67263 2019-02-19T18:06:03Z 2019-02-19T18:06:03Z By Conner Farrell — In the men’s college basketball scene, March is always a treasured...

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By Conner Farrell —

In the men’s college basketball scene, March is always a treasured time. Conference tournaments tip off and the goal for every school is in sight: Cutting down the nets and winning the last game.

Before fans revel in long-awaited March Madness, they have to wade through a never-ending slog of bracketology. Who’s in? Who’s out? Who are the sleepers? Where will my team end up? These questions are all on the radar as conference play winds down.

For fans that don the red and black, there’s only one team to worry about: the Louisville Cardinals. At this point, it seems certain the Cards are set for an at-large bid on Selection Sunday. Losing a 23-point lead to Duke at home doesn’t help their case, but an 18-8 overall record and 9-4 record in conference play puts Louisville in a solid spot.

With that out of the way, let’s take a look at where bracketologists say head coach Chris Mack and his team will land in March.

What the experts are saying

In most approximations by certified bracketologists, U of L resides between a four-seed and six-seed in mock brackets.

According to ESPN’s Joe Lunardi, the Cards will be a five-seed in the Midwest region where Virginia will take the top spot. A fellow bracketology major, CBS’s Jerry Palm, has Louisville at a six-seed in the West region.

It should also be noted that the NCAA selection committee recently rolled out their top 16 seeds for the upcoming tournament. Their mock-up had the Cardinals as a four-seed in the West.

As of now, with a handful of regular season games to be played, Louisville could certainly work its way to a better seed.

Every game I write the resume

In an allusion to singer-songwriter Elvis Costello’s 1983 single, “Everyday I Write the Book,”  the Cards do the same with their tournament resume.

Standing with an 18-8 record and 9-4 in the ACC, U of L is one of only two teams in the top 25 with more than six losses. Examining those games, Louisville had no defeats to “bad” teams.

Four of the losses came from teams within the AP top 10 rankings, while three others are Quadrant 1 losses in the NET rankings. The one exception is the Pittsburgh Panthers.

Louisville is ranked No. 16 in the NET (as of Feb. 17) with four Quadrant 1 wins, alongside a Sagarin rating of No. 17. Out of all metrics, the most impressive the Cardinals carry is their strength of schedule. They have the fourth-toughest slate of games in the nation, ranking second among ACC teams behind Duke.

Wrap-up

Five conference games remain on Louisville’s slate, including two contests against Virginia. Besides winning both, a solid scenario includes U of L splitting the games with highly-talented UVA.

If the Cardinals can split the Hoos, along with taking care of business against Boston College, Notre Dame and Syracuse, they may be eyeing a three-seed in the NCAA tournament. And that’s regardless of their performance in the ACC tournament.

For now, U of L is aptly slotted at a five- or six -seed in the latest version of projections among analysts and will be looking to proliferate that projection portfolio come Selection Sunday.

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Matt Bradshaw http://louisvillecardinal.com <![CDATA[Women’s basketball eyes No. 1 seed in NCAA tournament]]> https://www.louisvillecardinal.com/?p=67340 2019-02-19T18:05:51Z 2019-02-19T18:05:24Z By Matt Bradshaw — Last year, women’s basketball earned a No. 1 seed in the...

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By Matt Bradshaw —

Last year, women’s basketball earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history. Louisville stormed its way to the Final Four and ended its postseason with a heartbreaking overtime loss to Mississippi State.

For the past month, it seemed like the Cardinals were a lock for another one-seed this year. They won nine straight games and topped the ACC with the best record in the conference.

The No. 1 seed is still in sight, though U of L recently hurt its tournament resume with its second loss of the season. The No. 2 Cards fell 79-73 to No. 20 Miami on Feb. 17, fumbling their outright advantage in the ACC. Notre Dame, NC State, Miami and Louisville will each vie for the top spot as the regular season winds down.

With four games remaining, two at home and two away, U of L holds a 23-2 overall record and 10-2 record in conference play. Three of those games should be easy wins for the Cardinals, coming against schools at the bottom of the standings in Virginia, Boston College and Pittsburgh.

One game will not be so easy, and that’s Louisville hosting NC State on Feb. 28. The Wolfpack remained the only undefeated team in the country before losing earlier this month. They still hold one of the best records in the NCAA, and the Cards must play on-point in order to beat them.

Sweeping the final four games of the regular season will not necessarily ensure a No. 1 seed, as the ACC tournament approaches soon after. If Notre Dame defeats Louisville in the conference tourney, then the NCAA selection committee could give the Irish a top-seed over the Cardinals.

For this reason, winning the last four games is all the more important. Notre Dame has three losses, compared to Louisville’s two losses, so the Cards need to maintain every advantage moving into the postseason.

Roster-wise, the team looks ready as ever for a deep NCAA tournament run. Their loss to Miami was tough, true enough, but Louisville can continue getting better. Four players scored in double digits against the Hurricanes, including senior Asia Durr with 16 points.

Miami won with offensive efficiency, scoring more than the home team despite taking 29 less shots. Free throws helped too, as the Hurricanes had 19 points from the line to the Cardinals’ six.

If Louisville can tighten the offense, along with defending the paint better, the Cards should have the ability to top the ACC tournament and earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAAs.

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Matt Bradshaw http://louisvillecardinal.com <![CDATA[Lacrosse starts 2019 with three tough losses]]> https://www.louisvillecardinal.com/?p=67266 2019-02-19T18:05:14Z 2019-02-19T18:05:14Z By Matt Bradshaw — Lacrosse started 2019 with three straight losses at No. 7 Northwestern,...

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By Matt Bradshaw —

Lacrosse started 2019 with three straight losses at No. 7 Northwestern, Marquette and No. 19 Denver. The program has never started a season 0-3, but records don’t always speak to the hard work student athletes put in to compete.

On the three-game road trip, the Cardinals held their own against tough teams in unfamiliar environments. Scott Teeter is guiding a young squad in his second year as head coach, and battling with ranked schools is an achievement in and of itself.

Louisville lost 21-11 to Northwestern in the season opener. The Cardinals were outplayed for much of the match, though they outscored the home team 7-6 in the second half.

“Northwestern is a great team and they exploited our youthfulness a bit,” Teeter said. “We did some positive things, especially there in the second half, but we just need to work harder and avoid costly mistakes.”

The Wildcats outshot the visitors 36-20, and the Cards ended with more turnovers at 19. Senior Tessa Chad led the way with a hat trick. Sophomores Caroline Blalock, Sarah Blalock and Kayla Marshall scored two goals each.

Two days later, Louisville traveled north and fell 15-12 to Marquette. It was a match of scoring runs as the Golden Eagles continued pushing their lead, while the Cardinals fought back with resolve to keep it close.

“A great learning lesson for a young team,” Teeter said. “You can’t spot a team a five-goal lead in the first ten minutes of the game. We need to compete at the beginning of the game. I am proud of how we responded and tied it late in the first half. Then we got into card trouble.”

Chad notched another hat trick alongside sophomore Ally Hall. Caroline Blalock recorded a team-high four ground balls, sophomore Alex McNicholas a team-high four draw controls and junior Lexie Ball seven saves.

The Cardinals traveled again and lost 18-2 to Denver. The conditions were snowy and Louisville struggled as they trailed 11-0 at halftime.

Up next, Louisville lacrosse hosts its home opener against Mercer on Saturday, Feb. 23 at noon.

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Matt Bradshaw http://louisvillecardinal.com <![CDATA[Women’s tennis starts its season with 9-2 record]]> https://www.louisvillecardinal.com/?p=67269 2019-02-19T18:05:10Z 2019-02-19T18:05:10Z By Matt Bradshaw — Similar to 2018, women’s tennis has started its 2019 season with...

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By Matt Bradshaw —

Similar to 2018, women’s tennis has started its 2019 season with a streak of solid wins. Louisville won nine matches in a row before falling to Nebraska and Wichita State last week.

Important to note is the Cardinals winning their ACC opener against Pittsburgh on Feb. 10. Louisville swept the visiting Panthers 7-0, showing great improvement in doubles play.

“ACC wins are hard to come by and, today, we played the best tennis we’ve played the entire year,” head coach Mark Beckham said on beating Pitt. “I couldn’t have written it any better than that. If I had to choose a date to play our best tennis, I would have picked today to set the tone.”

Up next, Louisville women’s tennis begins its rigorous ACC schedule by hosting Syracuse on Friday, Feb. 22 at 4 p.m. Thirteen conference matchups follow against some of the toughest teams in the country.

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Quintez Brown <![CDATA[SGA elections are here: Your vote is your voice]]> https://www.louisvillecardinal.com/?p=67277 2019-02-19T00:46:05Z 2019-02-19T00:46:04Z By Shelby Gardner — We are in the midst of Student Government Association elections. It’s...

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By Shelby Gardner —

We are in the midst of Student Government Association elections. It’s time to decide if you’re going to vote. Whether you like SGA or not, you should reflect your opinion with your vote.

Some U of L students, like Eric Lynum, are simply not interested in voting. He hints that SGA’s approach to elections lacks clarity for students.

“I don’t really know a lot about the candidates. I don’t want to vote for someone who I don’t know much about,” said Lynum.

This outlook is likely because people don’t realize how SGA functions, or the power that SGA truly has.

Kayla Goodman, incumbent SGA Vice President for the School of Music counters this narrative.

“SGA speaks for the students at U of L. We listen to their struggles and we make resolutions to try and get more resources, make things that students feel would improve the university or change things that students have trouble with or view as an issue,” said Goodman.

Goodman lists off some things that SGA did recently to make changes in the school.

“SGA was instrumental in the SAC update and making it more accessible for students, the Cardinal Cabs to help with student safety, the water bottle fill-up stations in various locations across campus and the female menstrual product stations across campus, amongst many others,” said Goodman.

You may think that change would happen regardless of a student government, but Goodman disagrees.

“SGA has a pretty big say in what the university does. The resolutions made and passed through various boards and Senate go directly to a Provost or Dean to get feedback and to get it put into action.” said Goodman. “The university staff and faculty use SGA to get a more clear picture into what the students want or need to be successful and they take into account what is said in SGA to make the university a more student-centered place.”

It’s your right to vote or not.

Some students not directly involved in SGA think that student government is imperative to the intricate workings of our university. 

“In the last chapter meeting for my sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta, we had quite a few SGA candidates come and speak to us about their platforms. A lot of them I agreed strongly with. I don’t have much time left at U of L, but I definitely want to see some changes before I graduate,” said junior music performance issue Mackenzie Eck.

“I believe many of these candidates are capable of making a difference on campus. As a U of L student, I feel that it is my duty to vote so I can do my part in helping these changes be possible.”

It is especially crucial to vote for your specific school.

“Voting in SGA elections is very important. Councils from schools with large voter turn out tend to carry more weight in senate settings and often have a larger budget than councils who don’t,” said Goodman.

The students that we elect are responsible for representing the diversity, creativity, and rigor that our university cultivates. When you vote in a student government election, you decide who the faces of U of L are. You trust the decisions they make will enrich your own college experience.

Being active in college elections is also beneficial for being socially and politically conscious in national elections. According to the 2019 candidate bios, a little over 25 percent of candidates are political science majors. 

The SGA candidates are likely to be politically engaged, what about student voters? It is understandable that the students who take the time to cast their vote about who represents their school would do the same for their country.

Students have lots of opinions about their education. Vote in SGA elections starting on Monday, Feb. 18 until 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 20. All students, regardless of college, will be able to vote for the “Top Four” University-wide officer positions: President, Executive Vice President, Academic Vice President, and Services Vice President.

Students in the following colleges will also be able to vote for their college council officers: College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education, College of Business, School of Music, School of Nursing, School of Public Health, and Kent School of Social Work.

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Gabriel Wiest <![CDATA[2019 SGA Election Nominees]]> https://www.louisvillecardinal.com/?p=67196 2019-02-19T03:47:41Z 2019-02-18T20:45:51Z By Jocelyn Kronoveter and Gabriel Wiest– Voting for the Student Government Association election began Feb....

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By Jocelyn Kronoveter and Gabriel Wiest–
Voting for the Student Government Association election began Feb. 18 and ends Feb. 20. The candidates for the top four spots spoke at a Feb. 13 forum at the Chao Auditorium.
The Cardinal gathered these quotes from the 2019-2020 candidates.

Presidential Candidates
Dion Copeland is a sophomore Education major.
“I’m proud to be one of the presidential candidates for this years campaign. I am the college of education and human development president, an SOSer and Vice President of Shades,” an LGTBQ organization. “I have a lot of experience working with many different students from diverse populations and various backgrounds and I appreciate all the of motivation and support in my campaign to become president.”

SGA Debate 2/13/19

Jordan McGinty is a freshman Criminal Justice and Political Science major.

“One of my goals is to increase campus security and having more guards on campus,” he said. McGinty said he wants more security cameras and better lighting on campus. He would also strengthen mental health support by providing more counselors to cut down on wait times. “I would like to have weekly meetings with President Neeli depending on what issues we’re focusing on. I plan on getting more involvement at sporting events and getting more people involved at RSOs and Greek life,” he said. “The more people are involved the more likely they are to wear a campus shirt and be a proud cardinal”

Jasper Noble is a junior Political Science and History major.

“I don’t think it’s an exaggeration at all to say the university is emerging from a crisis, and I think the passion and vigor in which we have emerged from this crisis is exceptional,” Noble said. “The leadership that we have now is trying to make serious positive change on this campus and is doing a great job, but the only way they will actually continue and follow through with all the promises that they’ve made is if we have representation that understands what all the students need and how we can make campus work for everyone.”

Executive Vice President Candidates

Kayla Payne is a sophomore Political Science major.

“I believe this position suits me the best because I am wholeheartedly invested in supporting students through diversity initiatives, through platforms that have any number of ideas that have to do with things such as access to mental health resources, access to affordability and issues such as dining and housing. Diversity is a really big part of my platform, but I am an advocate for all students,” she said. “The issue is that students of color are not represented on campus, I can’t preach or point that out enough, it is a very difficult conversation to have. It has to do with how we are incorporating them at the beginning, we need to give them more resources so that they know what they can get involved in.”

Curtis McCoy is a junior Physical Education and Health major
McCoy did not speak at the SGA debate and has no responded to Cardinal emails for comment.

Academic Vice President Candidates
Sabrina Collins is a sophomore, Arts and Sciences major
“Marginalized students on campus don’t feel comfortable in the classroom, and if you don’t feel comfortable that is going to hinder the way you learn. For example, gender language in syllabi makes trans students and non-binary students feel very uncomfortable learning in the classroom because it is clear to them that the professor isn’t creating the course with them in mind,” Collins said. “Students have come to me with issues, and I sit down with them and talk about ‘okay, what can we do to solve this problem?’ “
Cash Collins, Law Student
“I’ve seen U of L and SGA achieve great things, but there is still progress to be made. Now that state funding is tied to academic success, U of L must do more, we must invest in online classes, we must invest in diversity initiatives, we must invest in classroom infrastructure,” Collins said. “Retention is notoriously difficult problem, there is no easy answer. Rather, it takes a multilateral approach to tackle it. Students succeed when we are excited and proud to be in a classroom, we succeed when we have all the information, we succeed when we feel like we belong.”
Jensen Smith is a sophomore Biology and Chemistry major
“I want to get students more involved and more comfortable in the classroom setting that they’re in. Another issue that I want to try and start up is I want to increase the intersectionality of the academic programs,” Smith said.
Zach Pennington is a sophomore History and Political Science major.
Pennington says he wants more courses to count towards cardinal core requirements. “I agree with the other candidates, retention is a huge issue, especially with at-risk populations. I cannot speak for the thousands of other students and know what is going through their head, so reaching out for students in those groups and asking them ‘hey, what would help you stay at the University of Louisville? How can we bring you more into this community that we have?’”
Molly Baldock is a sophomore Political Science and Finance major.
“Retention is one of the biggest issues that the vice president deals with, our numbers are down and we need to figure out why,” she said. “As a finance major and being in the College of Business I believe I am specifically able to tackle this, looking at the numbers and seeing which groups are falling behind and which groups are coming back; looking at minority students and seeing how that applies and looking at ‘at-risk’ students and so I really think that it takes an analysis and looking at the numbers and deciding what is best to do from there.”

Services Vice President Candidates

Will Baird is a sophomore Accounting major.

“Services is such a broad and fantastic vice presidency to run for, I think that the effectiveness that vice presidency can have on a single year term is much more than the academic vice president, which is why I chose to run,” Baird said. “The current SVP has done a lot to increase funding towards ULPD and so on sight at all affiliated properties now there will be a ULPD presence 24/7, which I think is super awesome and is something that I would continue to support,” he said. “I am advocating for changes in the rave guardian system just because it is kind of difficult to get a full picture of all the crime that happens because rave guardian alerts are simply for active crime.” He suggested an app with a map of where crimes have taken place within the last 24 hours.

Lydia Burns is a junior Math and Political science major.

“So we have a really great relationship between ULPD and UMPD, the campus has started to do some projects where those organizations are partnering up together which I think is really exciting and should continue to happen to increase the amount of police that are on campus especially during the night time. I think we need to do a better job at lighting areas near residence halls, such as Brandeis Avenue to Fourth Street where community parks are because that’s where a lot of the robberies are happening.” She said expanding the lighting along the L-trail will create a safer environment for students.

Matthew Woodward is a sophomore Education major
“I want to take all aspects of the student body services and set tangible goals that we can see, I want to make it something more specific that I am able to work with the administration on,” he said. “Being an education major, my focus is on learning. As students, how can we focus in the classroom when the services around us are not functioning properly? What I want to do with my experience so far is to is increase the transparency, efficiency, and advocacy in SGA and focus on those main aspects of what services is all about.”

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Riley Vance <![CDATA[Men’s tennis sweeps doubleheader against Purdue and Austin Peay]]> https://www.louisvillecardinal.com/?p=67316 2019-02-18T02:00:14Z 2019-02-18T01:57:02Z By Riley Vance — Men’s tennis (9-3, 1-1) completed its second doubleheader of the season...

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By Riley Vance —

Men’s tennis (9-3, 1-1) completed its second doubleheader of the season this weekend, defeating Purdue 4-1 and Austin Peay 7-0. Louisville’s victory against Austin Peay marks their third consecutive win over the Governors.

“We’ve been on the road six straight weekends, five of them flights where it’s really far away, so it’s great to be home,” head coach Rex Ecarma said.

In their match against Purdue, the No. 3 doubles team of Alex Wesbrooks and Federico Gomez finished first with a 6-3 win.

No. 2 Brandon Lancaster and George Hedley followed with a 6-3 victory to clinch the doubles point for the Cardinals.

In singles, No. 3 Fabien Salle lost the first match (6-3, 6-2) to the Boilermakers.

Louisville picked up momentum with a 6-4, 6-3 win by No. 5 Gomez and a 6-2, 6-3 win by No. 2 Lancaster.

No. 4 Sergio Hernandez Ramirez battled for a 6-4, 7-6 win to finish off the match for the Cards.

“Being on the road six straight weekends, sometimes it can break a team down,” Ecarma said. “But I think it actually made this team tougher. We’re really fortunate to beat Purdue. A couple of things go their way and they win.”

In their match against Austin Peay, freshmen Marcus Sulen and Hernandez Ramirez brought in the first win at 6-0. Following them, seniors Hedley and Lancaster won 6-1 to quickly finish the doubles portion of the match.

The Cardinals continued their winning streak in singles as No. 2 Salle finished 6-1, 6-0.

Wesbrooks wrapped up his match with a 6-1, 6-1 win at the No. 6 spot.

Finishing third, No. 3 Gomez won 6-2, 6-0, followed by No. 4 Hernandez Ramirez at 6-3, 6-2.

Freshman David Mizrahi brought the Cards up to 6-0 overall with a 6-2, 6-4 victory.

In the end, Louisville swept Austin Peay 7-0 as No. 1 Lancaster topped his opponent 6-3, 7-5.

“I was really proud of this team,” Ecarma said. “We had a really hard-fought win against a very good Purdue team. To come back and play very efficiently, very focused, with very few errors shows the growth and maturity of this team.”

Men’s tennis hosts Northern Kentucky and Xavier for another doubleheader on Thursday, Feb. 21 at noon and 6 p.m. at Bass-Rudd Tennis Center.

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