Outside hitter Anna DeBeer racked up 16 kills, hitting .231 with a team-high two aces to lead the No. 1 University of Louisville volleyball to a 3-1 win over Notre Dame on Senior Day. With the win, the Cardinals completed their undefeated regular season 28-0, marking the first such season in program history.
Louisville is now 28-0 overall, 18-0 in Atlantic Coast Conference heading into postseason play. As a team, the Cards recorded 59 kills and hit .313 with five aces, nine blocks, and 61 digs. Claire Chaussee was second on the team with 13 kills, hitting .400 on 25 swings. Anna Stevenson recorded 10 kills and hit .304 in the win. Tori Dilfer amassed 42 assists and had five kills, hitting .625 on eight swings with Elena Scott contributing a team-high 16 digs.
Notre Dame had 42 kills and hit .148 with one ace, five blocks, 79 digs and 11 service errors. Aubrey Hamilton and Caroline Meuth led the Irish offense with 12 kills each. With the loss, Notre Dame moves to 13-15 overall, 10-8 in the ACC.
The Cardinals found themselves down 6-4 early, but put together a four-point scoring run, led by back-to-back kills from Anna Stevenson, to give the Cards an 8-6 lead and force Notre Dame to call an early timeout. The Fighting Irish timeout paid off as they took the first point out of the break to halt the Louisville run and worked to eventually regain the lead at 15-13. Louisville called its first timeout of the set after Notre Dame extended its lead to three at 18-15. UofL rallied for a 3-0 run to get back within one at 19-18 before putting together a four-point run, highlighted by a big block and kill from Aiko Jones, to battle all the way back for a late 23-21 as Notre Dame was forced to call its final timeout of the set. The Irish took advantage of the break, going on a 3-0 run of their own to take 24-23 lead as the Cardinals called their final timeout of the set. Louisville was able to take the first point following the timeout, but Notre Dame would go on to close out the set 26-24.
UofL came out on the attack in the second set, jumping out to a quick 5-1 lead, forcing the Fighting Irish to use their first timeout of the set. Louisville continued to apply the pressure, scoring three of the first four points following the timeout to extend its lead to 8-2. The two teams traded points as Notre Dame got back within five at 10-5, but the Cardinals went on to score the next two points before the Irish called their final timeout of the set down 12-7. UofL again took three of the first four points out of the break to take their largest lead of the set at 15-6. The Irish scratched back with two points to get back within seven, but the Cards answered with a 3-0 run to go up 10 at 18-8. Louisville continued to push the pace, turning in a five-point scoring run to extend the lead to 22-9 before finally taking the second set 25-13.
Louisville kept its momentum into the third set, going on a 5-0 scoring run to take an early 6-2 advantage. Notre Dame answered with a four-point run of its own to even the score 6-6 before using a 3-1 run to take a 9-7 lead. The set went back-and-forth from there as the Irish held on to its narrow lead before turning in another 3-0 run to take a four-point lead at 15-11 heading into the media timeout. The Cardinals took advantage of the break, scoring three of the first four points to get back within two at 16-14. Notre Dame answered back with a 3-1 run to extend its lead back to 19-15 as Louisville took its first timeout of the set. Again, the Cards used the break to their advantage, taking two of the first three points to close the gap to 20-17 as the Fighting Irish called their first timeout of the set. UofL continued to fight, going on a 3-1 run to tie the set at 21-21 and force Notre Dame to use its final timeout. The Cardinals scored the first two points following the timeout to cap off a five-point run to take a late 23-21 lead before finally taking the set 25-23.
The Cardinals came out swinging once again, stringing together four straight points to jump out to an early 5-1 lead. Notre Dame scratched back two points before UofL took two more to extend their lead to 7-2 and force the Fighting Irish to take an early timeout. The Irish scored three of the first five points following the timeout to get back within four at 9-5, but UofL would answer by taking five of the next seven to extend its lead to seven at 14-7 as Notre Dame used its final timeout of the set. Louisville came out of the break on the attack, scoring three straight points to cap off a 4-0 run to push the lead to 11 at 18-7. The Cardinals continued to control the set as the teams traded points back-and-forth with Louisville eventually winning the set 25-13.
Up next, the Cardinals will find out their tournament fate when they gather as a team on Sunday night, Nov. 28th, for the reveal of the 64-team field during the NCAA selection show at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU.
|Nancy Allison WorleyAssociate Sports Information Director | Louisville Athletics|