Right side hitter Aiko Jones had 14 kills to lead the No. 24 Louisville Cardinals to a 25-18, 22-25, 25-22, 25-15 win over the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in their second match of the day in the Fleur De Lis Tournament at L&N Credit Union Arena.
The Cards hit .210 with 56 kills and four service aces. UofL’s Melanie McHenry and Claire Chaussee tallied 13 and 10 kills respectively with libero Alexis Hamilton leading the team with 16 digs. Shannon Shields and McHenry also tallied double digit assists with 13 and 10 respectively. The Hilltoppers hit .093 with Lauren Matthews leading in kills with 13, and Nadia Dieudonne leading the WKU in assists with 33.
Western Kentucky jumped out to an early 7-3 lead in the first set. The Hilltoppers maintained the lead for the first half of the set, before the Cardinals rallied ripping off a 15-2 run and taking the lead at 21-15. Louisville maintained control and secured the opening set 25-18. Aiko Jones and Melanie McHenry led the Cardinals with 5 kills each.
Louisville started the second set by taking an early 9-3 lead. They kept Western Kentucky at arm’s length before Hilltoppers used a 7-1 run to scramble back to tie the set at 18.The rest of the set seesawed back and forth, with neither team giving an inch. Eventually, Western Kentucky won the second set 25-22, and tying the match 1-1. The Cardinals were led by Amaya Tillman and Anna Stevenson with 3 kills a piece and Shannon Shields put up six assists,
The start of the third set was back and forth and saw the score being tied eight times. The Cardinals took the lead at 12-11 on an Aiko Jones kill and then never surrendered it, winning the set 25-22. Louisville tallied 7 kills and 2 service aces during that span.
The fourth set had the Cardinals taking an early 5-3 lead and maintaining the lead for the entire set. The Hilltoppers got within 3 points but the Louisville finished the game on a 6-1 run, winning the set and match.
The Cards will be back in action tomorrow September 7 at 3:30 pm, where they will take on Arizona State in L&N Credit Union Area. The Sun Devils defeated Tennessee Tech 25-22, 25-15, 25-15 in their last match of the tournament. Western Kentucky will play Tennessee Tech tomorrow at 1:30 before the feature match.
|Nancy Allison Worley|
Associate Director, Sports Information
University of Louisville Athletics