A campus-wide power outage sent students and faculty home around lunchtime yesterday. All events on campus were cancelled because, well, there was no electricity. The Student Activities Center, where Cardinal Arena is housed, joined the rest of the campus in a blackout.
Sacred Heart Academy was generous enough to open up their gymnasium to host the Louisville vs Notre Dame volleyball match. Granted, a high school gym is not equipped to host several hundred fans, but UofL athletics and the ticket office managed to make things work.
The first set stayed back-and-forth until the Cards pulled ahead 15-11. The Irish had called a timeout a point previous to that and it seemed to calm their nerves as they went on a run to tie the score at 23 apiece and then go ahead by one. The Cards had two set point opportunities but failed to capitalize, falling 29-27.
Halftime adjustments seemed to worked well because the Cards came out with fire in their eyes. Louisville went on a 5-0 run to start the second half. Emily Scott played a major role in the next run where the Cards found themselves up 14-4. Louisville hit cruise control the rest of the set, winning 25-17.
The first part of the fourth set remained close with the Irish holding a slight advantage. Louisville tied the score at 13-13 before pulling ahead and holding off a late surge by Notre Dame. The 25-20 victory sent the match into a fifth set (what a surprise for these two teams).
Louisville kicked off the fifth set 7-4 and then 9-6 before Notre Dame called a timeout. The Irish roared back to trail by one 12-11 before the Cards took a timeout to gather themselves and focus on pulling off the victory. They did just that, scoring three of the final points to claim the set and the match 15-12.
Wilma Rivera had one of her busier nights with 63 assists, as expected when you play more sets. Her and Molly Sauer were critical in helping keep the Cards settled and focused. Sauer also led the team with 28 digs. She had help from McHenry's 19 and Amanda Green's 13.
Piper Roe had a big night after hitting .500 and ending with no errors. Scott and Sloan also limited their errors to four each.
The 11 service errors were a little too much (Louisville had 20 in a five-set match at Georgia Tech recently), but that number was matched by Notre Dame.
The match showed a few things for Louisville. This team can adjust to change such as the last minute change in location. This team can push through a challenge and keep fighting to find ways to win. They have the will to win. The coaching talents of Dani Busboom Kelly, Dan Meske, and so on have put Louisville on another level and played a critical part of the win last night.
Coach was complimentary of Notre Dame in how they force opponents to work for their points. She was proud of how her team handled the things and being able to grind through for the victory.
Louisville improves to 14-4 on the season and a 7-0 mark in conference play. With power restored to campus they will return to Cardinal Arena this Friday against Virginia Tech.
In typical Paulie fashion, his phone and tablet ran out of juice before the end of the match, but he, along with Matt Bradshaw (from The Cardinal student newspaper) did get post-game remarks from Coach "Dani B".
I'll look for his comments on more description of last night.
HEAR DANI'S POST GAME REMARKS
Thank you to Paulie for switching days with me as I will be boarding a plane at Standiford Field by the time this article is published (thank goodness for the scheduled publishing feature). Assuming my flights from here to Tallahassee with a layover in Atlanta go well I shall be checking up on Katy down in Florida State by midday and ready to celebrate her birthday tomorrow. I will also get a first-person perspective on how powerful and damaging hurricanes can be. Please keep everyone affected by this disaster in your thoughts and prayers.
On another note I highly recommend you make your way to Floyd Street on Friday to catch men's soccer, field hockey (free admission on this one), or volleyball. If you stick around long enough you can even catch softball (free admission) take on Kentucky and Western Kentucky as soon as the Cardinal Couple Radio Hour concludes.
Happy Thursday and Go Cards!
- Jared -