Claire Chaussee is player of the week nationally and in the Atlantic Coast Conference (Mike DeZarn photo).

Louisville’s Claire Chaussee best in the nation

How high can Claire Chaussee jump? As high as she needs to to keep getting those amazing kills (Mike DeZarn photo).
Claire Chaussee just having fun helping to win volleyball games at Louisville (Mike DeZarn photo).

Claire Chaussee always emerges when the University of Louisville volleyball team needs someone to deliver a key hit. Shocking sometimes how hard she smashes the volleyball over, around and through opposing blockers.

That sense of elation, punctuated by an infectious smile and combined with her six years of experience, makes her one of the leaders on a UofL team. She’s been playing volleyball since she was 10 years old, mastering that killer instinct to perfection.

Wide-eyed opposing blockers often have a hard time concealing their shock at her amazing strength and technique.

UofL this week is ranked second in the nation by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). The Cardinals, 9-1, are ranked behind only undefeated Texas (9-0) among the country’s best.

Next is Nebraska with a 8-1 record, followed by San Diego (9-1), Wisconsin (6-2), Ohio State (4-4), Minnesota (5-3), Penn State (11-0) and Pittsburgh (9-2).

Chaussee, a 6-foot-1 graduate student from Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, and an outside hitter, received prestigious honors as the the National AVCA Player of the Week and the ACC Player of the Week after wins against ninth-ranked Stanford and 13th ranked Kentucky.

She had 16 kills hitting .371, six digs, and two blocks against the Wildcats in a five-set thriller. She followed that performance with 19 kills hitting .310 and four digs against Stanford.

Chaussee has 113 kills through 10 matches and is hitting an impressive .310 on the season. Not that she’s counting kills but Louisville is counting heavily on her to keep doing what she does best — pounding the ball into the collective face of opposing defenders.

Claire Chaussee blends in with the crowd until a volleyball comes in her direction (Mike DeZarn photo).


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Charlie Springer

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

2 thoughts on “Louisville’s Claire Chaussee best in the nation

  • September 21, 2022 at 3:17 pm

    Charlie: Excellent article about a stellar student-athlete. Makes me proud to be a Cardinal Fan. She represents Card-Nation well and we can never get enough of that.

    • September 21, 2022 at 5:47 pm

      Thanks Jerry, looking forward to connecting with you at a future UofL football game. Just look up four rows over your right shoulder.


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