The first sellout in the expanded L&N Stadium is expected for UofL and Notre Dame (Mike DeZarn photo).
A record crowd filled the lower bowl as the UofL Volleyball team crushed Kentucky (top) at the KFC Yum! Center. UofL players prepare to rush the court after the final review (above)(Mike DeZarn photos).
The happy times continue for the UofL Volleyball players with still another win over Kentucky (Mike DeZarn photo).

Wednesday night, school night, middle of the week, early to bed, early to rise?

Not for University of Louisville volleyball fans, thank you. Not when their beloved favorites are taking on their arch rival, sometimes bitter, rivals. They turned out en masse, a total of 12, 760 of them at the KFC Yum! Center, the largest crowd ever for a volleyball match in The Ville. To see one of the best programs in UofL athletics continue to pursue success.

UofL sophomore Alexis Finnvold likes the way things are going with her team against Kentucky (Mike DeZarn photo).

They would not be disappointed, turning up the volume to eardrum-bursting levels, as the nation’s second ranked team, the Cardinals, would dominate their counterparts from Lexington in a three-set sweep. Louisville trumping the Kentucky Wildcats by scores of 25-19, 25-23, 25-18, the Cardinals defeating the 21st ranked team to improve the season’s won-lost record to 9-0.

Leading the charge for the Cardinals Charitie Luper, a junior transfer from UCLA, who had 13 kills. an ace and a block. A stranger to the UofL-UK rivalry, she had painted her finger nails blue a few days ago to the surprise of her teammates. “It was personal,” she told ESPN’s Katie George, a former UofL volleyball player. 

Outside hitter Anna DeBeer recorded nine kills and four digs, opposite hitter Aiko Jones tallied nine kills and three blocks, and middle blocker Cara Cresse had seven kills and a block. Setter Elle Glock had 32 assists and two kills in the match, while libero Elena Scott recorded 15 digs and five assists.

Coach Dani Busboom-Kelly enthralled with the record turnout for a Louisville volleyball game. “The game is getting the attention it deserves,” she said. “All the work that went into promoting these games has paid off and I’m thrilled that the players are being rewarded for their efforts.”

The three-game sweep over Kentucky ended a streak of four straight matches in recent seasons that had been decided in five sets. The Cardinals return to the KFC Yum! Center on Sunday for a 1 p.m. contest again fifth-ranked Stanford.

Elena Scott and Charitie Luper with high five, low five following another UofL kill (Mike DeZarn photo).
UofL coaches have the full attention of their p[ayers during a crucial timeout (Mike DeZarn photo).
UK volleyball coach Craig Skinner looks on helplessly with his team en route to a three-game sweep loss to Louisville (Mike DeZarn photo).
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By Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

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