Emily Juhl and Maya McClendon had 15 and 14 kills respectively to lead the University of Louisville Volleyball team to a 25-21, 20-25, 25-11, 25-16 win over AAC foe Connecticut to stay unbeaten in the league Friday night in Cardinal Arena.
The Cards now post a 17-0 mark in the AAC and are 22-7 overall. U of L hit .289 for the match with 11 blocks and five aces. Maya McClendon notched her 12th double-double, adding 13 digs to her 14 kills. Katie George also notched a double-double with 46 assists and 15 digs. Randi Ewing led blocking with seven. Serving errors plagued both teams as the two combined for 22 total. The Huskies were led by Karson Ratlings 12 kills and two blocks.
“Setter Katie George was a huge leader for us and set a great match, distributing the ball great and did a fantastic job on defense,” said U of L head coach Anne Kordes. “Emily Juhl was unstoppable and it was a great chance for us to get a glimpse of the future when some of our younger players got some playing time.”
The Cards were caught flatfooted in the first set and took their first lead at 17-16 and then surged to a 25-21 win. Six service errors did little to help the Cardinal cause but five blocks kept the Huskie hitters off balance as UConn hit just .024 to U of L’s .179. Randi Ewing had five blocks in the first set alone.
The Cards had a slight two point lead very early in the second set at 10-8 but then allowed the Huskies to surge to retake the lead and then go ahead 17-14 to spark a Louisville timeout. When UConn notched its third ace of the set, U of L called timeout again down 20-16. The break did little to cool the Huskies hitting hand as they powered to a 25-20 win to even the set score at the break.
In the third set, the Cards hit a blistering .692 and added three aces to the mix. UConn had already burned its second time out when the Cards took a 9-3 lead and then McClendon and Janelle Jenkins bounced four each to help U of L to a 25-11 win.
In the fourth set, U of L blew out to a 7-2 lead and forced a UConn timeout. U of L hit .345 and used a 6-0 run late to power to the 25-16 win.
U of L closes out the regular season on Friday at 3 p.m. against Rutgers also in Cardinal Arena. As the AAC’s automatic qualifier, the Cards will await their NCAA fate as the pairings will be announced at 9:30 on Sunday night on ESPNU.