The University of Louisville volleyball team fell to the Seminoles of Florida State in four sets, 3-1 (27-25, 25-16, 21-25, 25-23) on Sunday inside Cardinal Arena. The Cards, who were missing their kill leader Melanie McHenry for the second match in a row, move to 18-7 overall, and 11-3 in ACC conference play. Louisville hit .224 with 2 service aces and 10 total blocks. Amanda Green and Claire Chaussee led the Cards with 23 and 15 kills, respectively. Molly Sauer led the team with 16 digs, while Green chipped in 15 of her own. FSU (16-8, 12-2) hit .304 percent, with Payton Caffrey leading the team with 28 kills. FSU jumped out to an early advantage in the first set, quickly grabbing a 5-1 lead. UofL quickly got back into it, knotting things up at 7, as three straight kills from Chaussee kept the Cards in it. The set became a back-and-forth contest from there on, as neither team led by more than two. In the end, FSU used three straight kills by Caffrey to seal the deal and pull out the 27-25 win. Green and Chaussee both led the Cards in the first set with five kills, as the team hit it at a .235 clip for the set. The second set would prove to be a challenge for the Cards, as the ‘Noles jumped ahead 4-0 early, and never looked back. The Cards hung tough, but were never able to pull back to within three, as FSU kept Louisville at arms length throughout the set. FSU ultimately used a strong offensive attack to win the second set, 25-16. Green led the Cards both offensively and defensively in the second set, accumulating four kills and four digs. The Cards hit it at just a .172 clip for the set. After the break, UofL jumped out to a 5-2 advantage. FSU would make a game of it, eventually pulling back to within 11-10, but UofL never relinquished the lead in the set. Despite some trouble closing out due to a series of errors, Louisville ultimately won the third set 25-21. Green paced the Cards with eight kills, while Sauer led the defensive effort with seven digs. The fourth set was a tightly contested match throughout, as neither team was able to get separation for much of the set. With the game tied at 15, it was a 6-1 FSU run that gave them a 21-16 lead that was ultimately the Cards’ undoing. The Cards would fight back to get within two at 23-21, but FSU would close things out with a 25-23 victory. Green led the Cards in kills yet again with six, while Sauer continued to lead the defensive effort with five more digs. The Cards will be back in action on Friday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. when they travel to Chestnut Hill for a rematch with the Boston College Eagles.
Nancy Allison Worley
Associate Director, Sports Information
University of Louisville Athletics