Senior hitter Emily Juhl had 13 kills to lead the University of Louisville to a 25-12, 25-15, 25-22 sweep over the University of Cincinnati in AAC volleyball action on Senior Night at the KFC Yum! Center.
“I am extremely proud of the way all of the seniors got to shine tonight. We wanted to celebrate their careers here at this beautiful facility that we are so thankful to make our home court. It makes such a big difference,” said head coach Anne Kordes. “Cincinnati is a dangerous team and they are coming on strong. I like the way we approached this match. We are committed to close out with two more wins to help our RPI. We are proud of the AAC championship but now we need to get that good seed to advance deep in the NCAA Tournament.”
Louisville remains unbeaten in the AAC at 16-0 and improves to 21-7 overall. The Cardinals hit .343 for the match to the Bearcats’ .076. Janelle Jenkins hit .474 with 10 kills and Randi Ewing contributed seven kills and hit 1.000 for the match. Katie George had 41 assists and Maya McClendon and Caitlin Welch each added 16 digs. The Bearcats were led by seven kills from Amelia Wegman and 18 assists from Madi Lang.
The first set was tightly contested early until the Cardinals used an 11- 1 run, capped by back-to-back service aces from Caitlin Welch, to take a commanding 18-7 lead. Louisville eventually earned set point at 24-12 on a Cincinnati attack error. Brooke Mattingly’s tip over the net from her knees landed down the line to give the Cards the win, 25-12.
Louisville jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the second set. Cincinnati battled back to make it 12-10 Cardinals before a 12-4 UofL run gave the Cards set point at 24-14. A kill from Brooke Mattingly gave Louisville the set, 25-15.
Cincinnati came back strong in the third as they jumped out to a 5-1 lead. Louisville regained their focus and used a 12- 3 run to gain a 13-8 advantage on a kill by Emily Juhl. The Bearcats hung tough for the remainder of the set until a service error gave Louisville set point at 24-20. Another kill by Emily Juhl closed out the set, 25-22.
Louisville returns to action on Wednesday, November 27, as they take on UConn at Cardinal Arena at 7 p.m.