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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Saturday Cardinal Couple -- Volleyball remains undefeated in AAC


-Volleyball sweeps Bearcats on Senior Night in YUM!

The VolleyCards may only be a participant in the American Athletic Conference, AAC, The American or whatever you want to call it for a year...but they well may be setting a record that no future volleyball teams in the league will ever match.

They've played 16 conference games. They've won all 16. It's the type of dominance that Louisville football hoped they would achieve in the conference this season. It's a goal for both basketball teams on campus to try and mirror. Sandy Pearsall will hope for similar results this spring...but, for now...Anne Kordes' wide net killer are "all and 0" in the league.

The Year of the Cardinal is alive and strong in the YUM! practice facility, Cardinal Arena and the KFC YUM! Center when it comes to serve, dig, set and kill.

Cincinnati was the latest victim of the Cardinal blitzkrieg Friday night in the KFC YUM! Center. It was senior night and senior outside hitter Emily Juhl gave the fans a show to observe with 13 kills in the 25-12, 25-15, 25-22 sweep by UofL.

We've read our columnist Jeff McAdams lofty praise and kudos for the Louisville native and she earned all the accolades and more Friday night...along with senior teammates Brooke Mattingly, Caitlin Welch, Hannah Kvitle and Carly Sahagian.

The first game was tightly contested until Louisville used a 11-1 run to break open a 7-6 score and command a 18-7 lead. The Cards got back-to-back service aces from Welch and Mattingly's improbable flip shot over the net while on her knees was the final nail in the 13-point win.

UofL took a 5-1 advantage early in the second game but UC rallied to get within two at 12-10. Louisville responded with 12 of the next 16 points to put it out of reach and Mattingly
produced the game winner again to give Anne Kordes a ten point triumph.

The Bearcats roared out to a 5-1 lead in the final game but Juhl and crew responded by winning 12 of the next 15 points to build a 13-8 advantage. Cincy stayed close the rest of the way...down by two when Emily Juhl slammed home the game, set and match winner.

Louisville plays their final two in cozy Cardinal Arena before awaiting their NCAA verdict. UConn comes in for the beatdown Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

The AAC didn't get around to scheduling a conference tournament this season. Can you really blame them for not subjecting the Cardinal opponents to more abuse and slaughter? The other nine schools participating in the leagues' volleyball schedule must be getting awfully tired of the Cardinal set and kill dominance.

What started out as a learning curve with a few bumps and bruises has turned into a season that's become a very speedy expressway with  the ladies who hang out on Floyd Street behind the wheel.

Although the Cards are ranked 30th. in the latest NCAA poll, consider this...the squad has only lost one match in two months. Twenty opponents have faced them and UofL has hung a "L" on nineteen of them. Kentucky (who defeated the Cards very early in the season on two horrible SEC officiating calls during the final stages of the fifth game in Lexington) is 6th. in the nation.

Bring on the rematch...NCAA. Time for a little payback.




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