Know the Foe: Louisville Volleyball Gears Up for Weekend in North Carolina

With a victory over Duke on Halloween, the University of Louisville Volleyball team claimed the best start in program history, winning their first 21 matches. The second-ranked Cardinals turn their attention to this weekend’s action as they stay on Tobacco Road to face NC State and North Carolina. Here’s a look at everything you need to know surrounding Louisville’s opponents.

Louisville Stats Leaders through 21 Matches:

  • Kills: Anna DeBeer (202)
  • Assists: Tori Dilfer (768)
  • Blocks: Amaya Tillman (97)
  • Digs: Elena Scott (260)
  • Sets played: Tori Dilfer, Aiko Jones (71)
  • Service aces: Aiko Jones (29)

NC State Preview:

Match Info: Friday, Nov. 5th; 7:00 pm @ NC State (Raleigh, NC)

Overview: NC State split last weekend’s slate 1-1 with a win over Clemson and a loss to Georgia Tech. Winners of six of the last eight matches, the 13-10 Wolfpack have started to get momentum going; however, the squad will need a stellar performance to pull of the upset this weekend.

Key Wins: Georgia, Virginia, Syracuse, Duke

Players to watch: OPP Melissa Evans (300 kills), OH Jade Parchment (283 kills & 177 digs), S Kristen McDaniel (613 assists & 187 digs), DS/L Kaylee Frazier (245 digs)

North Carolina Preview:

Match Info: Saturday, Nov. 7th; 1:00 pm @ North Carolina (Chapel Hill, NC)

Overview: Like the Wolfpack, North Carolina split last weekend’s slate with a loss to Georgia Tech and win over Clemson. The Tar Heels enter the weekend with an overall 18-5 record, and are 10-2 at home. The match against Louisville provides a key opportunity to boost the tournament resume.

Key Wins: Michigan, Syracuse, NC State, Duke

Players to watch: OH Nia Robinson (308 kills), OH Mabrey Shaffmaster (281 kills & 184 digs), S Meghan Neelon (686 assists & 207 digs), L/DS Karenna Wurl (232 digs)

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