Highest Finish in UofL History

Another impeccable year, not only in the classroom, vaulted University of Louisville athletics to a 26th-place finish in the 2016-17 Learfield Directors' Cup Division I final standings. It is the highest placement for the Cardinals in the Learfield Cup standings, which measures department-wide success in college athletics based on a university's finish in NCAA championship events.

In addition to 15 teams qualifying for postseason play, 12 programs finished their respective seasons ranked in the top 25 nationally.

Since the Year of the Cardinal in 2012-13, Louisville has steadily climbed the Learfield Directors Cup standings. The Cardinals, who are enjoying four-consecutive years in the top 30, have matched or improved upon the school's best finish each year.

2016-17 Points of Pride

Fabulous Four

Four Cardinals reached the pinnacle of their sports this season and earned lofty personal recognition. Quarterback Lamar Jackson became the youngest winner of the Heisman Trophy – college football's highest honor. Pitcher/first baseman Brendan McKay, who is the Cardinals' career strikeout leader and a potent cleanup hitter, was named the Golden Spikes Award winner. It is the first time a school has featured both award winners in the same academic year.

ACC Swimmer of the Year Mallory Comerford, who holds eight UofL records, tied for the NCAA Championship in the 200 meter freestyle with Olympic champion Katie Ledecky. The 2016 ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year for Men's Cross Country, Edwin Kibichiy captured the 3,000m steeplechase title at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Community Service Leaders

UofL student-athletes amassed over 11,000 service hours through its CardsCARE community outreach program during the 2016-17 year, a total which ranked among the top five in the nation in the NCAA Team Works Challenge. In that Team Works Competition, field hockey placed first nationally in the 85-day competition.

Over the course of the year, UofL athletics dedicated time and charitable work to more than 130 organizations. Included in that, athletics teams helped raised more than $700 for the Charity of Choice (Metro Parks Adaptive & Inclusive Recreation) during the 7th Annual Student-Athlete Talent Show.

Academic Excellence

Six University of Louisville athletics teams -- men's and women's basketball, football, men's and women's golf and men's tennis – received NCAA Public Recognition Awards for ranking among the top 10 percent nationally in Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores for the most recent four-year period from 2012-16, including five teams with perfect scores. Louisville men's basketball is one of only two schools to have perfect multi-year APR scores each of the past four years.

Collectively, the Cardinals posted a 3.18 GPA during the 2016-17 academic year, with 19 of 23 teams achieving a 3.0 or better for the 2017 spring semester.

In a Draft of Its Own

Louisville is the only school in the nation to have players chosen in both the last four NBA drafts and the last four NFL drafts. Guard Donovan Mitchell was selected by the Denver Nuggets with the 13th pick overall in the 2017 NBA Draft first round and was subsequently traded to the Utah Jazz. Long snapper Colin Holba was a sixth-round pick in the NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers, while Josh Harvey-Clemons was picked in the seventh round by the Washington Redskins.

Additionally, Brendan McKay was taken at No. 4 overall in the MLB Draft - the highest selection in program history - to highlight five baseball players that were selected within the first six rounds.

Fablelike Facilities

While already possessing an array of playing venues that are among the finest nationally, UofL is in the midst of one expansion project and is planning another. On the heels of completing the new 40,000-square-foot Thorntons Academic Center of Excellence, the Cardinals broke ground on the expansion of Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. It will enclose the north end zone and provide another 10,000 seats that include 1,000 club seats, 70 premium boxes, and 12 exclusive field level suites and the Pepsi Club, a premium low-level club. The football complex will double the size of the team's weight room and conditioning center, creating space for team workouts, a players lounge, improvements for coaches' offices and the team locker room, and expansive theatre-style meeting areas.

UofL is also in the early stages of a major expansion project for Jim Patterson Stadium, home of the Cardinals' baseball team that is fresh off its fourth College World Series appearance since 2007.


Eighteen UofL sports – 10 men's and eight women's – had teams or individuals participate in NCAA postseason competition in 2016-17.


Twelve UofL athletics teams finished their respective seasons ranked in the top 25 in the national polls, including baseball's No. 5 showing in all major polls.


CBS Sports has recognized the UofL Athletics program among the top seven nationally in its annual “Best in College Sports” review in four of the last five years, including a No. 7 ranking in the 2016-17 season. The Cardinals were at the top in 2012-13 and were second in the 2014-15 ranking.

2016-17 Individual Accolades

  • Asia Durr
    Women’s Basketball
  • Myisha Hines-Allen
    Women’s Basketball
  • Edwin Kibichiy
    Men’s Cross Country *
  • Ayeisha McFerran
    Field Hockey *
  • Erin McCrudden
    Field Hockey
  • Lamar Jackson
    Football *
  • Stacy Thomas
  • Kirsti Harrison
  • Tim Kubel
    Men’s Soccer
  • Mohamed Thiaw
    Men’s Soccer
  • Andrej Barna
    Swimming & Diving
  • Avery Braunecker
    Swimming & Diving
  • Trevor Carroll
    Swimming & Diving
  • Sophie Cattermole
    Swimming & Diving
  • Carlos Claverie
    Swimming & Diving
  • Mallory Comerford
    Swimming & Diving
  • Andrea Cottrell
    Swimming & Diving
  • Casey Fanz
    Swimming & Diving
  • Nastja Govejsek
    Swimming & Diving
  • Etay Gurevich
    Swimming & Diving
  • Zach Harting
    Swimming & Diving
  • Abbie Houck
    Swimming & Diving
  • Alina Kendzior
    Swimming & Diving
  • Matthias Lindenbauer
    Swimming & Diving
  • Grace Oglesby
    Swimming & Diving
  • Josh Quallen
    Swimming & Diving
  • Alex Sellers
    Swimming & Diving
  • Grigory Tarasevich
    Swimming & Diving
  • Lainey Visscher
    Swimming & Diving
  • Dolly Nyemah
    Women’s Indoor Track & Field *
  • Emmonnie Henderson
    Women’s Indoor Track & Field *
  • Damar Robinson
    Men’s Indoor Track & Field
  • Holly Hankenson
    Women’s Indoor Track & Field
  • Edwin Kibichiy
    Men’s Outdoor Track & Field *
  • Jerin Allen
    Men’s Outdoor Track & Field *
  • Emmonnie Henderson
    Women’s Outdoor Track & Field *
  • Holly Hankenson
    Women’s Outdoor Track & Field
  • Trevor Troutman
    Men’s Outdoor Track & Field
  • Martice Moore
    Men’s Outdoor Track & Field
Major Award Winners
  • Brendan McKay
    Golden Spikes Award
    Dick Howser Trophy
    John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year
    ABCA National Player of the Year
    Baseball America National Player of the Year
    D1Baseball National Player of the Year
    Perfect Game National Player of the Year
    Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Year
  • Lincoln Henzman
    NCBWA Stopper of the Year
  • Emmonnie Henderson
    USTFCCCA Southeast Region Women's Field Player of the Year
  • Lamar Jackson
    Heisman Trophy
    Maxwell Award
    AP National Player of the Year
    Walter Camp Player of the Year
  • Mallory Comerford
    ACC Swimmer of the Year
  • Devin Hairston
    ACC Defensive Player of the Year
  • Lauren Hartlage
    ACC Freshman of the Year
  • Edwin Kibichiy
    ACC Outdoor Men's Track Performer of the Year
  • Lamar Jackson
    ACC Player of the Year
    ACC Offensive Player of the Year
  • Brendan McKay
    ACC Player of the Year
  • Rachel Pease
    ACC Sportsmanship Award
  • Brittany Read
    ACC Defender of the Year
  • Damar Robinson
    ACC Men's Indoor Field MVP
  • Dorcas Wasike
    ACC Freshman of the Year
  • Drew Ellis
    ACC Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year
  • Colby Fitch
    NCAA Elite 90 Award
  • Edwin Kibichiy
    ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year
  • Dan McDonnell
    Baseball America National Coach of the Year
    ACC Coach of the Year
  • Justine Sowry
    NFHCA West Region Coach of the Year
Professional Draft Picks
  • Brendan McKay
    MLB Draft 1st Round, 4th pick
  • Drew Ellis
    MLB Draft 2nd Round, 44th pick
  • Lincoln Henzman
    MLB Draft 4th Round, 117th pick
  • Devin Hairston
    MLB Draft 6th Round, 174th pick
  • Kade McClure
    MLB Draft 6th Round, 177th pick
  • Colby Fitch
    MLB Draft 13th Round, 383rd pick
  • Logan Taylor
    MLB Draft 16th Round, 477th pick
  • Riley Thompson
    MLB Draft 25th Round, 752nd pick
  • Donovan Mitchell
    NBA Draft 1st Round, 13th pick
  • Colin Holba
    NFL Draft 6th Round, 213rd Pick
  • Josh Harvey-Clemons
    NFL Draft 7th Round, 230th pick
  • Daniel Johnson
    MLS SuperDraft 1st Round, 11th pick
  • Stefan Cleveland
    MLS SuperDraft 2nd Round, 26th pick
  • Michael DeGraffenreidt
    MLS SuperDraft 3rd Round, 60th pick
  • Romilio Hernandez
    MLS SuperDraft 4th Round, 80th pick

2016-17 Team-by-Team Finishes

Sport Conference Finish NCAA Finish National Ranking
Baseball Atlantic – 1st College World Series NCBWA – 5th
      Baseball America – 5th
M. Basketball ACC – t-3rd NCAA 2nd Rd. AP – 10th
      USA Today - 14th
W. Basketball ACC – t-4th NCAA Sweet 16 AP – 13th
      USA Today – 12th
M Cross Country ACC – 7th -- --
W Cross Country ACC – 4th NCAA – 31st --
Field Hockey ACC – t-3rd NCAA 1st Rd. NFHCA – 9th
Football Atlantic – t-1st Citrus Bowl CFP – 13th
      AP – 21st
      Coaches – 20th
M. Golf ACC – 11th -- --
W. Golf ACC – 7th NCAA Regional --
Sport Conference Finish NCAA Finish National Ranking
Lacrosse ACC – t-5th NCAA 1st Rd. IWLCA – 20th
Rowing ACC – 5th -- --
M. Soccer Atlantic – 2nd NCAA Elite Eight NSCAA – 6th
W. Soccer ACC – 10th -- --
Softball ACC – 2nd -- --
M. Swimming & Diving ACC – 2nd NCAA – 11th CSCAA – 10th
W. Swimming & Diving ACC – 3rd NCAA – 6th CSCAA – 10th
M. Tennis ACC – 7th NCAA 2nd Rd. --
W. Tennis ACC – 14th -- --
M. Indoor Track & Field ACC – 5th -- --
W. Indoor Track & Field ACC – 4th NCAA – t-18th NCAA – t-18th
M. Outdoor Track & Field ACC – 5th NCAA – 22nd NCAA – 22nd
W. Outdoor Track & Field ACC – 6th NCAA – t-32nd NCAA – t-32nd
Volleyball ACC – 10th -- --


  • Louisville set a school record for wins in 2017 finishing with a 53-12 mark overall after making the program's fourth College World Series appearance, including the third in the last five seasons.
  • The Cardinals closed the season ranked No. 5 in every major national poll, their highest end-of-season ranking in program history.
  • Louisville won its third straight ACC Atlantic Division championship.
  • Brendan McKay became the program’s first National Player of the Year, sweeping all seven major honors, including the Golden Spikes Award and Dick Howser Trophy, and became the highest MLB Draft selection in school history going fourth overall to the Tampa Bay Rays.
  • Dan McDonnell was named as the Baseball American National Coach of the Year, while Lincoln Henzman was selected as the NCBWA Stopper of the Year.
  • McKay was named as the ACC Player of the Year, McDonnell won his third straight ACC Coach of the Year honor and Devin Hairston was selected as the ACC Defensive Player of the Year.
  • Five different Louisville players earned All-America honors in 2017, including a trio of first team selections in McKay, Henzman, and Drew Ellis.


  • Louisville (25-9 record in 2016-17) is one of four Division I schools in the nation which has won 20 or more games in each of the past 15 seasons. The Cardinals accomplished the feat while facing the nation’s third-toughest schedule by the RPI.
  • Louisville is one of just three schools that have been ranked in the final Associated Press poll in each of the past seven years (also Kansas, 17 years; Duke, 10 years). Ranking 10th in the final AP poll, UofL has appeared in seven consecutive final AP polls from 2011-17, matching the longest streak in school history (also attained from 1977-83).
  • Louisville earned its 42nd NCAA Tournament appearance as a No. 2 seed in the event and No. 8 seed overall. The Cardinals were among a league-record nine ACC teams that were selected to participate in the 2017 NCAA Championship, with league member North Carolina earning the title.
  • Louisville posted a 12-6 record in its third season in the ACC, finishing in a three-way tie for second in arguably the toughest league in the nation with six of its members ranked among the nation’s top 25 teams. Louisville has won at least 10 league games for 10 straight seasons.
  • Louisville defeated the regular season champion of four different conferences last season in Kentucky (Southeastern), Purdue (Big Ten), Wichita State (Missouri Valley) and Texas Southern (SWAC). Three other non-conference opponents that UofL beat were second or third in their respective leagues in Grand Canyon (WAC, T2nd), Old Dominion (C-USA, T3rd) and Southern Illinois (Missouri Valley, T3rd).


  • Louisville secured a 29-8 overall record, marking the seventh-consecutive season the program has tallied at least 20 victories. The win total is tied for third most in school history.
  • The Cardinals advanced to the seventh NCAA Sweet 16 in program history, their fifth in the last seven years.
  • Louisville handed Tennessee its first NCAA Tournament second round loss in the Vols’ program history.
  • The Cardinals collected and then surpassed 800 program victories during the year, moving into a tie for 39th all-time on the Division I wins list.
  • Louisville registered five victories over AP top-25 teams in 2016-17: No. 17 Kentucky, No. 25 Syracuse, No. 14 Miami, No. 23 USF, and No. 17 NC State.
  • Asia Durr (first team), Myisha Hines-Allen (second team), and Mariya Moore (second team) earned Blue Ribbon Panel all-ACC honors, making Louisville the only school in the ACC with three combined selections between the first and second teams.
  • Myisha Hines-Allen, Mariya Moore, and Asia Durr each reached 1,000 career points in 2016-17, the third time in school history three teammates reached the plateau in the same season.


  • The women's cross country team finished 31st in its first NCAA Championship appearance. Senior Edwin Kibichiy took eighth at the NCAA Championship, earning All-america honors and securing the best individual finish in school history.
  • At the NCAA Southeast Regional, the women's cross country team placed second to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship. Edwin Kibichiy finished 11th to advance to the NCAA Championship for the third-consecutive year.
  • The women's cross country team registered its best finish at the ACC Championships since joining the league, placing fourth. Edwin Kibichiy set a new school record to finish second, leading the Louisville men's team to a seventh-place finish.
  • Edwin Kibichiy was named the 2016 ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year for men's cross country. Bailey Davis, Caroline Gosser, and Mia Ross were named to the 2016 All-ACC Academic cross country teams.
  • Rachel Pease was recognized as the Atlantic Coast Conference's Sportsmanship Award Winner for the 2016-17 academic year along with Clemson’s Evie Tate. Pease and Tate received international news coverage on Oct. 27 after aiding a fellow runner in duress during the 2016 ACC Cross Country Championships at Cary, N.C.


  • Louisville finished the season with a 15-6 overall record and made its third-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. The Cardinals were ranked No. 9 in the Penn Monto/National Field Hockey Coaches Poll after spending the entire regular season ranked in the top 10, reaching as high as No. 6.
  • Head coach Justine Sowry was named Front Rush NFHCA West Region Coach of the Year, marking the first time a UofL coach has earned the honor.
  • Sophomore goalkeeper Ayeisha McFerran was selected to the Longstreth/NFHCA All-America first team to earn her second straight All-America honor. Senior midfielder Erin McCrudden was named to the second team.
  • UofL placed a program-best five players on the 2016 all-ACC teams. Ayeisha McFerran was selected to the first team, while freshman Minout Mink, junior Nicole Woods and seniors Erin McCrudden and Lizzie Gittens earned second team honors.
  • Mink led the team with 15 goals and 33 points. She owns the school record for most goals and points scored by a freshman.
  • McCrudden led the ACC and was second in the nation with 18 assists in 20 games.
  • McFerran (14-6) led the ACC with six shutouts and stood second in the conference and ninth in the nation with a 1.27 goals against average.


  • The Cardinals finished ranked in the top 25 for the first time since 2014 and a program-best 13th in the College Football Playoff Rankings. Louisville reached as high as No. 3 in the AP poll during the year.
  • Quarterback Lamar Jackson won the school’s first Heisman Trophy Award as well as AP, Walter Camp, Maxwell, and ACC Player of the Year awards.
  • Louisville had two players - Colin Holba in the sixth round by Pittsburgh and Josh Harvey-Clemons in the seventh round by Washington - taken in the NFL Draft, marking at least one selection for the fourth-straight season.
  • The Cardinals finished No. 3 in the nation in total offense (532.7) and sixth in scoring offense (42.5) – both the highest since 2006.
  • Louisville scored 50 or more points in six games, including a season-high 70 versus Charlotte.
  • Louisville, ranked 10th at the time, earned a 63-20 upset win over second-ranked Florida State. It is the highest-ranked opponent Louisville has defeated in school history. The Cardinals' 63 points is the most scored against a ranked opponent in school history.
  • Cornerback Jaire Alexander led the squad with five interceptions, including two versus Clemson and Virginia.


  • Keegan de Lange, who led the team with a 73.06 average, advanced to the NCAA Regional as an individual.
  • Keegan de Lange and Simon Zach were named to the all-ACC Academic Team.
  • Louisville captured the Mobile Sports Authority Intercollegiate team title.
  • Keegan de Lange, who had a season-best third-place showing at the Mobile Sports Authority Intercollegiate, posted seven top-20 finishes.


  • Louisville was selected to the NCAA Columbus Regional, the program’s fourth-consecutive NCAA Regional Championship appearance.
  • The Cardinals secured four top-five tournament finishes, including a pair of third-place showings: Central District Invitational and Hurricane Invitational.
  • Lauren Hartlage was voted to the all-ACC team and the league’s freshman of the year. She became only the second golfer in program history to earn the award. Hartlage broke the freshman record with 14 rounds even or below par, and her 73.50 stroke average ranks sixth in program history. She had nine top-20 showings, tied for the second most in a season in school history.
  • Olivia Cason and Lauren Hartlage were named to the All-ACC Academic Women’s Golf Team. Cason earned the honor for the second time in her career.
  • The women’s golf team received an APR Public Recognition Award for ranking among top 10 percent in the sport’s latest APR.
  • The Cardinals had five student-athletes named WGCA All-American Scholars, the most in the Atlantic Coast Conference. It tied a program high that was matched three times previously (2004, 2012, and 2013).


  • The women’s lacrosse team earned its fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament bid after finishing the season with an 11-8 mark. The Cardinals have reached the double-digit win plateau in nine of their 10 years of existence.
  • Louisville placed four on IWLCA All-Region West/Midwest Region teams: Hannah Koloski, Brittany Read, and Meghan Siverson earned first-team honors, while Stephanie McNamara earned second-team accolades.
  • Louisville goalie Brittany Read was named the ACC Defender of the Year. Read, the first Louisville player to earn an ACC Player of the Year award, led the conference in saves (186), save percentage (.518), and saves per game (10.33). Her 9.58 goals against average ranked 21st nationally.
  • Louisville had three players selected to the all-ACC teams. Hannah Koloski and Brittany Read were named to the first team, while Meghan Siverson was voted to the second team.
  • Brittany Read (second team), Hannah Koloski (second team), and Meghan Siverson (third team) were selected to the IWLCA All-America teams.
  • The Cardinals earned their 100th program victory during the 2017 campaign, while head coach Kellie Young recorded her 150th career win.
  • Hannah Koloski and Stephanie McNamara represented Louisville on the All-ACC Academic Women’s Lacrosse Team. It was Koloski’s third-consecutive season earning the accolade.


  • Louisville rowed to a fifth-place finish at the ACC Championships as all five boats advanced to the grand finals.
  • The Cardinals closed the season among the teams receiving votes outside the final US Rowing/CRCA Division I top 20 poll.
  • Junior Kirsti Harrison was named as a CRCA Second Team All-America selection and was a first team All-Region honoree.
  • Junior Sarah Podwojski was an All-ACC First Team honoree and Harrison was an all-ACC second team member.
  • The Cardinals had 10 rowers named as 2017 CRCA Scholar Athletes, the most for any ACC program.


  • Louisville closed season ranked No. 6 in the nation after advancing to an NCAA Championship quarterfinal for the fourth time in seven seasons.
  • The Cardinals were 14-6-2 overall and second in the ACC Atlantic Division with a 5-2-1 conference record. The 14 wins for Louisville were the third most in school history.
  • Tim Kubel was a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy, was an NSCAA second team All-America selection and was an all-ACC first team honoree.
  • Mohamed Thiaw was an all-ACC first team honoree after leading the Cardinals with 12 goals, the most for a Louisville player since 2003.
  • Kubel ranked fifth in the nation and equaled a school record with 11 assists, while Thiaw was second nationally with seven game-winning goals.


  • Louisville finished the season at 7-7-4 overall. As a team, the Cardinals’ defense held opponents to just 1.11 goals scored per game and just 11.3 shots per game.
  • Defender Gabrielle Vincent earned a spot on the women's soccer All-ACC third team. She also helped the defense to five shutouts this season.
  • Goalkeeper Taylor Bucklin was named to the 2016 All-ACC Academic Women's Soccer Team for the second-straight year.
  • The Cardinals jumped into the rankings during the season, ranked 18th by Soccer America on Sept. 28. It was the first time back in the polls since they appeared at No. 24 on Oct. 29, 2013, in the Soccer America poll. The Cardinals stayed in the polls for two weeks.


  • UofL finished the season with a 31-19 overall record, going 14-8 in ACC play. The Cardinals placed second in the ACC regular season standings.
  • Louisville reached the 30-win mark for the 14th-straight season and the 16th time in the 18-year history of the program.
  • Five Cardinals earned all-ACC honors, with seniors Maryssa Becker, Jordan McNary, Morgan Meyer and junior Nicole Pufahl being named to the second team. Caitlin Ferguson was selected to the all-freshman team.
  • Junior Nicole Pufahl led the team with a .366 batting average, eight home runs, 43 RBIs and 37 runs. The centerfielder also paced the Cards in multi-hit games (16) and multi-RBI games (12).
  • Louisville had five players in the starting lineup batting over .300 on the season.
  • Becker (22-10) led the Cardinals in the circle with a 2.53 ERA and 163 strikeouts in 205.0 innings of work.
  • Senior Jordan McNary reached base in 33 of her last 35 games and was a career-best 14-for-15 in stolen bases.


  • At the NCAA women's championships, Mallory Comerford tied Katie Ledecky in the 200 free to share NCAA crown, helping the women’s team to a sixth-place finish.
  • At the NCAA men's championships, UofL had 19 All-Americans distinctions and the Cardinals finished 11th.
  • At USA Championships/World Trials, Kelsi Worrell won the 50M fly and Mallory Comerford won the 100M freestyle. Andrea Cottrell and Zach Harting qualified for World University Games in Taipei. Nick Albiero, who won the 18 & Under national title in the 100m fly, earned a slot in the Junior World Championships.
  • Arthur Albiero was named an assistant coach for the Team USA Swimming World Championship Team.
  • At the FINA Short Course World Championships in Windsor, Canada, Grigory Tarasevich won gold, Mallory Comerford won two golds and a silver, and Carlos Claverie set a Venezuelan national record.
  • At the USA College Challenge in Indianapolis, Mallory Comerford and Andrea Cottrell represented the U.S., while head coach Arthur Albiero served as the U.S. head coach.
  • Grigory Tarasevich, Carlos Claverie and Andrea Cottrell were named CollegeSwimming's National Swimmers of the Week.


  • The Cardinals produced a 22-10 overall record, with a 6-6 mark in the midst of an ACC slate that included five teams ranked in the top 25 and earned seven NCAA berths.
  • After a rebuilding season in 2016, Louisville returned to the NCAA Team Championships and advanced to the regional finals. The NCAA appearance marked the 12th in Louisville’s program history and the seventh in the last nine years.
  • The doubles team of senior Sean Donohue and freshman Parker Wynn earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Doubles Championship after spending the majority of the season in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s top 25 rankings.
  • Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff was named to the all-ACC second team, while Parker Wynn earned third team honors.
  • Parker Wynn led the team with a 42-10 overall singles record, setting a school mark for most singles wins by a freshman and tying Louisville's record for most wins in a season.
  • The Cardinals earned an APR Public Recognition Award for ranking among top 10 percent in the sport’s latest APR.


  • No. 14-seeded Louisville upset No. 11-seed Syracuse 4-2 at the 2017 ACC Tennis Championship.
  • Louisville knocked off 40th-ranked Virginia 4-3 in the last home match of the season.
  • The Cardinals finished the year 15-13 overall, 3-11 in conference play.
  • Mariana Humberg was named to the ACC All-Academic Squad.
  • Mariana Humberg was ranked No. 10 in the region in doubles. She made the quarterfinals of the ITA Regional and was undefeated in the Louisville Tennis Classic. She joined the 20-win club in singles with a 23-12 mark.
  • Abbie Pahz was a Louisville Tennis Classic winner and reached the quarterfinals in doubles with Humberg at the ITA Regional.
  • Freshman Tiffany Huber joined the 20-win club in singles with a 20-12 mark.


  • Edwin Kibichiy won the 2017 NCAA 3,000m steeplechase title, becoming the second Cardinal to win an NCAA outdoor title.
  • The Louisville women and men had top 25 finishes at the NCAA Championships. The Louisville women finished tied for 18th with 11 points for the best finish in school history at the NCAA Indoor Championships. The Cardinal men finished 22nd with 11.5 points for the third-best finish in school history at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
  • Emmonnie Henderson and Edwin Kibichiy earned major awards during the outdoor season. Kibichiy was named the ACC Men’s Track Performer of the Year after winning the 3,000m steeplechase at the NCAA Championships. Emmonnie Henderson was vote the USTFCCCA Southeast Region Women's Field Athlete of the Year.
  • The Louisville track and field team finished the season with 12 Cardinals earning All-America honors. The Cardinals earned five Indoor All-America honors, attaining seven outdoor All-America citations. Emmonnie Henderson, Dolly Nyemah, Damar Robinson, and Holly Hankenson earned indoor All-America honors. Henderson, Edwin Kibichiy, Jerin Allen, Martice Moore, Trevor Troutman and Hankenson earned outdoor All-America honors.
  • Louisville finished with seven ACC champions. Three Cardinals won event titles at the ACC Indoor Championships: Emmonnie Henderson (shot put), Dolly Nyemah (weight throw), and Damar Robinson (high jump). Four Cardinals won event titles at the ACC Outdoor Championships: Emmonnie Henderson (shot put), Edwin Kibichiy (3000m steeplechase), Jerin Allen (high jump), and Bre’Yana Wash (long jump).
  • Twenty-seven Cardinals earned all-ACC honors in 2017. Seven Cardinals earned first team honors at the ACC Outdoor Championships, while 11 athletes earned second team honors. Nine Cardinals earned first team honors at the ACC Indoor Championships while three athletes earned second team honors.


  • The volleyball team reached as high as No. 21 in the coaches’ poll.
  • Molly Sauer became the 11th player in program history to join the 1,000-dig club. She was the first to do it in her sophomore season.
  • Molly Sauer was named to the All-ACC/Big Ten Challenge Team, when she had 26 digs against No. 5 Minnesota and No. 2 Wisconsin at the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
  • Tess Clark and Molly Sauer earned All-Active Ankle Challenge honors. Clark had 40 kills over the three-match weekend and hit .372, with eight blocks. Sauer had 59 digs and five aces.
  • Kali Eaken had three 50-plus assists matches, led by her 58 at Syracuse.
  • Melanie McHenry was named MVP of the Hampton Inn Invite at Bowling Green State. Tess Clark was named to the all-tournament team.
  • In the summer of 2017, Jasmine Bennett and Amanda Green selected to compete on the U.S. Collegiate National Team.