Outside hitter Melanie McHenry had 14 kills, an ace and three blocks to lead the University of Louisville to a 25-13, 25-21, 25-19 sweep of Georgia Tech in ACC volleyball action Sunday afternoon in Cardinal Arena.
Louisville improves to 13-5 overall and 7-1 in the ACC. The Cardinals hit .283 with eight service aces, 10 blocks and hit .283. Amanda Green added 10 kills and a block and Jasmine Bennett had nine kills and five blocks. Wilma Rivera had a match-high 32 assists and had four aces and two blocks. Georgia Tech (8-11, 3-5) hit .151 with two aces and three blocks. The Jackets were led by Kodie Comby’s nine kills and two aces.
“I thought we came out with a ton of energy, but the most impressive thing is we made adjustments throughout the match and didn’t let the same thing beat us more than once,” said Dani Busboom Kelly, UofL coach, whose team is 5-0 at home in ACC matches. “That’s a step for our team and they bought in and it shows.”
The Cards bolted out to an 8-0 lead in the first set, powered by Gabbie Wiley’s strong serving. Georgia Tech could not recover as the Cards used .455 hitting on top of the aggressive serving from the back line. McHenry had six of her 14 kills in that set.
In the second set, GT came out strong and took a 5-1 lead early on the Cardinals. UofL fell behind 11-6 before Busboom Kelly called timeout. The break did not swing the momentum back to the Cards and Busboom Kelly used her final timeout down 16-10. The Cards were down 21-15 before exploding for 10 straight points, nine of which came under setter Wilma Rivera’s rocket jump serve, two of which were aces as the Cards took the set 25-21 from a stunned GT squad.
“For her to have the run I think is huge for her confidence, and we see her do that all the time, it was great to see her do it in a match and change the course of that match,” said Busboom Kelly. “When you tie up with a team, you never know what’s going to happen after the break, so that was big. The players want to take the next step as a team, so it’s good to see them take care of that and not let Georgia Tech get that one off us.”
As fate would have it in the third set, Wilma Rivera was the first server in the third set and she ripped off two more aces before missing out of bounds. Georgia Tech steadied and then stayed close in the third set that saw 11 ties and six lead changes. Tied at 15, UofL went on a 10-4 run for the 25-19 win.
The Cards hit the road to play Miami on Friday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. and then head up to Tallahassee to take on Florida State for a 1 p.m. tilt.
“For us the key for our play is pretty much been the same thing, just being low error,” said Busboom Kelly. “You’ll see we’ll make some silly errors that in big games and that will cost you. Eliminating those and that starts in practice. “But a lot of the rest of our game is improving every match, so we just have to be low error.”
Nancy Allison Worley
Associate Director, Sports Information
University of Louisville Athletics

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