Volleyball Rolls On to Sweet 16
|I keep tweeting at teams to quit swinging left|
side against Aiko and Amaya,
but do they listen?
|Claire with a tip shot.|
|Anna says, "Nope."|
My amateur scout on Ball State was that they didn't have much of a block, but their digging and passing was amazing and the overall stats are in line with that. Only four blocks for BSU, while UofL had 12. UofL also only hit at a .240 clip, though much of that can be contributed to the .128 in the first set.
Aiko Jones led the team in kills with 10 (.389). The Anna's, Debeer and Stevenson, had nine and seven respectively. Claire Chaussee had six and Amaya Tillman put down five. The Louisville blocking, though! "Steve" solo blocks alone accounted for three, with DeBeer solo roofing a pair. Jones and Chaussee each struck out on their own once as well. Three shares for Tillman and Dilfer, with Stevenson and Jones contributing to a pair each.
The Cards move on and will meet up with Florida at Freedom Hall on Thursday the 9th. Times have apparently not yet been set for each session. They should be announced later this morning.
Florida advanced over Miami (FL) in a sweep, and Florida A&M before that. The teams advancing to the Louisville regional are completely chalk, with Florida being the 16 seed, along with eight seed Georgia Tech and nine seed Ohio State coming from the other half of the region.
As we look around the whole tournament bracket, our whole half of the bracket is chalk in the Sweet 16 with four seed Wisconsin hosting 13 seed UCLA (who squeaked past UCF in a five setter), along with five seed Baylor playing 12 seed Minnesota.
Two upsets made it into the Sweet 16 in the other half of the bracket, however. Kansas eliminated 14 seed Creighton on Friday and will be traveling to Pittsburgh to take on the three seed Panthers who survived a bit of a scare against Penn State. Also travelling to Pitt will be six seed Purdue and 11 seed BYU.
Finally, two seed Texas will host a dangerous 15 seed Washington team that made quite a bit of noise in the tournament last year. And, saving the best for last.... Also in Gregory Gym, 10 seed Nebraska will do battle with Illinois who upset seven seed Kentucky to advance.
PHOTOS BY JARED ANDERSON
Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast
A return to the days of when we aired from the now defunct WCHQ FM, with a trio on the CCRHP again, this time, Case, Paulie, and myself were on the call. We had great fun talking about the ongoing volleyball roll through the tournament, as well as basketball.