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Friday, December 9, 2022

VolleyCARDS advance to Elite 8, Sweeps Baylor 3-0 -- FRIDAY CARDINAL COUPLE


(Winnah, winnah, chicken dinner!)

GooOOoOoOD Friday morning readers.   Can I just say WHEWwww what a week its been for Louisville fans since I last checked in?!   Besides the fact that it's been cloudy and rainy in the Ville for the last 8 days lets recap, shall we?

Sunday - Payton Verhulst enters transfer portal - Cards fall 49-67 at MTSU
Monday - Satterfield bounces for the Nasty `Nati (Beat the BearCats)
Tuesday - Coach Walz sat at our dinner table in the media room prior to the SIUE game 
Wednesday - Jeff Brohm announcement 
Thursday - BRITTNEY GRINER gets freed! Volleyball hosting NCAA tourney and Brohm officially gets to campus.  

Fun thing!!   With my new position with UofL, I had the chance to welcome Coach Brohm back to campus!  I get to play a part in the onboarding process of UofL staff and well, football coaches staff.   This will hopefully be one of those cool things I get to tell my grandkids about... if he wins.   As enjoyable as it was, my actual hope is that we won't have to onboard another head coach for a very long time.  

And now, its Friday!   Pay day Friday and two weeks till Christmas weekend. 


The NCAA Tournament is in town this weekend, the VolleyCARDS are still alive after taking down the Baylor Bears in a dominant 3-0 fashion in downtown Louisville at the KFC YUM! Center Thursday afternoon.   The Cards are the only #1 seed who have not dropped a set in the tournament. 


UofL was the second match of two scheduled for Thursday at the KFC Yum! Center.  The first match between Nebraska and Oregon was a barn burner, needing all five sets to determine a match winner.   

The #3 seed, Oregon Ducks, took down the #2 seeded Nebraska Cornhuskers in a match that took more than 2.5 hours to complete.  If you didn't catch this one live, that is unfortunate..  It felt like it was never going to end as the two squads battled for a chance to advance to the Elite 8.  

Oregon came out flat falling 25-14 in the first set before evening it up in a 26-24 win in the second set.  In the third set, Oregon gave Nebraska a better battle than the first set but fell in a close one 25-22.   The Ducks would go on to win the final two sets 32-30 and 15-11.  After going back and forth to start the fifth,  Oregon pulled away to a shocking 13-4 lead.   Nebraska was able to pull it to within 14-11 before falling in the match.  The Ducks hit .217% in the match against Nebraska's NCAA-leading defense while the Cornhuskers hit .199%

Pac-12 freshman of the year Mimi Colyer led Oregon offensively with 26 kills, tied for the fourth-most in Oregon tournament history.  Colyer had 9 of her kills in the second set.  Brooke Nuneviller added 16 kills plus 15 digs, surpassing both 1,500 kills and 2,000 digs in her college career. Hannah Pukis had 57 assists, fifth-most in Oregon tournament history, and Morgan Lewis provided critical offensive punch off the bench with a season-high 13 kills.

Cards vs Baylor
3-0 WIN !! Sweep

As a team, the Cardinals finished with 44 total kills, 10 blocks, six aces, and hitting .269 in the match, while the Bears totaled 29 kills, 28 assists, 29 digs, and hitting .098.

Anna DeBeer led the Cards with 11 kills, eight digs, and two blocks while hitting .364%.  Its the most kills she has had in a match since returning from injury on Nov. 4 against NC State.

Claire Chaussee added 11 kills, 12 digs, a block, and an ace, while PK Kong registered seven kills, hitting .467, and a match-high five blocks. Raquel Lazaro totaled a match-high 38 assists, adding two aces and four blocks. Elena Scott chipped in with 14 digs, her 23rd match registering double-digit digs this season, and three aces, both of which were good for match-highs.

Lauren Harrison led the Bears with seven kills, eight digs, and two blocks in the loss. Lauren Briseno finished with 12 digs, two assists, and an ace. Averi Carlson added 26 assists and seven digs, while Elise McGhee chipped in with a team-high eight kills.


Set 1 - Cards win 25-23

Louisville was able to get out to an early 8-3 lead early in the set, forcing Baylor to take a timeout. Midway through with a 12-9 lead, Claire Chaussee scored three consecutive Louisville points and helped maintain the three-point advantage at 15-12 over the Bears.  Baylor went on a 4-0 run to tie the set at 18 before Anna DeBeer scored for the kill.  The Cards were able to go on a 3-0 rally as a pair on consecutive blocks propelled them to a 23-20 advantage. Raquel Lazaro closed out the set with a kill to give UofL the 25-23 win.

Set 2 - Cards win 25-16

The Cards started the set with a 4-0 lead.  Elena Scott had two service aces in the first 4 points scored.  With the 8-7 advantage, Louisville was able to go on a 5-1 rally, sparked by consecutive PK Kong kills and capped with back-to-back kills by Aiko Jones, giving UofL the 13-8 edge.  After some back and forth and the score 14-12, DeBeer recorded three kills and a block over the course of an 8-2 run to give the Cards a 23-14 lead over the Bears. The set ended on an attack error by Baylor.  DeBeer finished the set totaling six kills and seven digs.  

Set 3 - Cards win 25-17

Chaussee got things started and finished for Louisville with a pair of kills before Baylor was able to take a 3-2 lead.  The Cards were able to punch back for six consecutive points which included back-to-back kills by Aiko Jones, giving the Cards an 8-3 lead before Baylor took a timeout. Every time the Bears got close, Chaussee came through with her strong swing.  She had three straight Louisville points to give the Cards the 17-14 advantage. Kong recorded a kill to conclude a 7-2 Cardinal scoring run and secure the 25-17 victory and the match. Chaussee totaled seven kills in the final set to help lead UofL to a second consecutive Elite 8.  



Louisville vs. Oregon 
Saturday 12/10
KFC Yum! Center 4 p.m.

Pack the Yum! and beat the Ducks!!! 

As Always, 
Go Cards! 

~ Daryl 


  1. Fantastic win by VB!! Looks like DeBeer is back to close of what she used to be and that spells trouble for the rest of the team left in the tournament.

    Curtis "Bee Kind" Franklin


  2. What an exciting game to see our cards just dominate from the close game in set 1 to sweep of 3. yum was loud, participated and so sweet to have something tos cheer about!! Loved it


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