Melanie McHenry had 20 kills and 15 digs to lead the University of Louisville to a 3-2 win over Notre Dame in ACC volleyball action Wednesday night in South Bend.
UofL won 25-22, 25-17, 18-25, 18-25, 15-10 to improve to 15-6 overall and 9-2 in the ACC. The Cards got 13 kills from Tess Clark, who added a pair of blocks. Maggie DeJong had eight kills and three blocks and Jasmine Bennett had 8 kills and three blocks. Setter Wilma Rivera had a season-high six aces and added 50 assists and 15 digs. The Irish move to 16-6 and 6-5 in the league. Notre Dame was led by Rebecca Nunge’s 16 kills and two blocks. Sam Fry had 13 kills, hit .423 and had three blocks.
The Cards let the Irish roll out to a 9-2 lead before Busboom Kelly called a timeout as a wakeup call for the Cardinals. UofL responded and had a 5-2 run to get within two at 11-9 and spark an Irish timeout. UofL tied at 13 on a kill by Tess Clark and took the lead for good at 15-14 on an ace by Gabbie Wiley. Up 23-18, the Cards sputtered a bit as the Irish pulled within two at 23-21 and Busboom Kelly spent her final timeout to try to chill ND. Melanie McHenry gave UofL set point at 24-21, a miss by the Cards. An attack error by Sydney Kuhn gave the 25-22 win to the Cards.
In the second set, the teams stayed close with the Cards maintaining a slight lead before UofL went on a 6-1 run to give Louisville a 19-13 lead. The Irish reeled off three straight but were outscored 5-1 down and fell 25-17 to give UofL a 2-0 set lead going into the break. Wilma Rivera had two aces in that set as the Irish gave up the most aces of the season.
In the third set, Notre Dame powered out to a 18-9 lead while hitting .351. UofL’s serving went cold and the Irish survived a late Cardinal push easily to roll 21-18. Tess Clark and Melanie McHenry each had four kills to pace the Cards. ND’s Rebecca Nunge came alive for four kills and two blocks.
In the fourth set, UofL let the Irish zoom out to a 10-3 lead and then tried to play catch up with .062 hitting while the Irish uncorked three aces and had the Cards on their heels. Down 18-10, Busboom Kelly called timeout but could not stem the flow as the Irish rolled 25-18 to even the set score.
Wilma Rivera aced the Irish for the first two points of the fifth set and then Jasmine Bennett blocked ND to take a 3-0 lead and spark an Irish timeout. The teams tied at four and Louisville called timeout. The teams traded points until, tied at nine, UofL scored four straight to go up 12-9 and then finished the set off when Jasmine Bennett scored on a kill and then got a block to give UofL match point. Melanie McHenry spanked one for the set and match winner.
The Cardinals face league-leading Pittsburgh on Friday nignt at 7 p.m. in Cardinal Arena.
Nancy Allison Worley
Associate Director, Sports Information
University of Louisville Athletics

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