U of L men's soccer and volleyball ranked

Two more University of Louisville athletic teams have been ranked among the top 20 in their respective sports in preseason polls. Both the men's soccer and volleyball teams are ranked heading into the new season. Cardinal Authority has the latest.

Last year was coined the "Year of the Cardinal" because of all of the success the University of Louisville athletic programs had on the courts and fields.

Now, Louisville is ready to continue that success.

U of L athletic director Tom Jurich told a sold-out crowd at the U of L Football Kickoff Luncheon that his goal is to have "Years of the Cardinals."

It appears the Cardinals are off on the right foot again.

U of L is ranked No. 9 in the USA Today Coaches' Poll in football and now checks in among the top 20 in the first two other sports polls out for the fall season.

The U of L men's soccer team checks in as the No. 9 team in the National Soccer Coaches' Association of America preseason top 20.

The Cardinals have made it into the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinal round three years in a row and finished 14-6-1 last season. U of L reported to campus today in soccer and will start the season with an exhibition against Lindsey Wilson on Thursday night in Cardinal Park.

In volleyball, the Cardinals are coming off a 30-4 season and No. 4 RPI ranking heading into the new season. U of L is ranked No. 19 in the AVCA Coaches poll.

The Cardinals will play an Alumnae Game on Aug. 24 in Cardinal Arena before starting the season with seven straight games on the road. The home opener will be in the Active Ankle Challenge on Sept. 21.

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