LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- University of Louisville Athletics hosted its annual fall sports media day on Friday afternoon at Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium.
Head coaches and players from the women's soccer, field hockey and volleyball teams talked to reporters about preseason and their upcoming seasons.
Women's soccer head coach Karen Ferguson-Dayes was joined by senior All-ACC goalie Taylor Bucklin, junior defender Inger Katrine Bjerke and sophomore defender Gabrielle Vincent.
Ferguson-Dayes, entering her 17th season with the Cardinals, talked about the momentum her team gained late last season and how important it will be this fall.
"The goal this year for us is to build off the momentum we created last year. We had a great win over No.1 North Carolina, and we tied Duke, who ultimately went to the College Cup, and I think we feel like we need to continue to build off that momentum we created," Ferguson-Dayes said.
"The polls just came out for the Top 25. We are not in it, but within the Atlantic Coast Conference, eight of our ten ACC games are ranked in the NSCAA Top 25. Three of those teams are in the top four, so certainly we have our work cut out for us within the conference."
Field hockey head coach Justine Sowry, along with senior captains Lotta Kahlert and Erin McCrudden and junior Nicole Woods joined the media after a preseason morning practice.
Sowry is entering her sixth season at Louisville with a 65-35 record.
The past two seasons she has led the program through the transition into the ACC, which is considered one of the toughest, if not the toughest conference in Division I field hockey.
The Cardinals finished 13-7 overall and made their second-straight NCAA appearance last season. The team's recent success leaves Sowry in optimistic spirits for the 2016 season. However, she mentioned the the strength of the conference.
"Just incredibly excited for the season and playing in a conference that's the best in the country," Sowry said.
"We have seven programs in the ACC. All seven are in the top 10 or 11 in the country. The polls have not come out yet, but that's typically what's going to happen. So it's really more difficult to win an ACC title than a National Championship, which is crazy to think about."
Volleyball head coach Anne Kordes echoed the other coaches in regards to strength of conference as she answered questions about her 2016 volleyball team. She was joined by senior opposite Janelle Jenkins, junior middle blocker Tess Clark and sophomore libero Molly Sauer.
Kordes talked about how crucial non-conference matches will be for her team's RPI standings early on in the season.
"We had national rankings come out this week, and we're ranked No.23, and we're excited to open up the season with No.3 and No.4 in the second week," Kordes said. "We play No.3 Minnesota and No.4 Wisconsin, we play Kentucky who is nationally ranked, so it's a pretty competitive schedule right from the start."
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