Another big night for Aiko Jones and a big win for UofL Volleyball (Mike DeZarn photo).

Early scare no sweat, Louisville Volleyball to Sweet 16

Anna DeBeer returns a serve under the watchful eyes of Elena Scott (Mike DeZarn photo).

The magic continues for University of Louisville volleyball.

Anna Stevenson had seven kills, moving past the 1,000 career mark at UofL (Mike DeZarn photo).

The life and times were a bit tense for a while, especially in the first set Saturday with Ball State owning a 27-26 lead. The Cardinals, however, would score the next three points to win the set, going on to capture still another sweep in the NCAA volleyball tournament.

Coach Dani Busboom Kelly’s team would emerge the winner by scores of 29-27, 25-11 and 25-19 to improve this season’s record to 30-0. The next next game will be Thursday against Florida at Freedom Hall next weekend in the Sweet 16. The winner of that game will face the winner of Ohio State vs. Georgia Tech.

“I’m just really proud,” said Kelly on the win. “This is our third Sweet 16 in a row and it wasn’t that long ago when just that was a huge goal for us, so it’s pretty exciting that we’re back there for a third time.”

UofL’s Aiko Jones was a force on the net, recording 10 kills on 18 attempts. Anna Stevenson had seven kills, including her 1,000th career kill, while also making five blocks and three aces. Anna DeBeer added nine kills, two aces and two blocks. Claire Chausee coming through with six kills and a block.

Tori Dilfer had 35 assists in the win over Ball State (Mike DeZarn photo).
Coach Dani Busboom Kelly calls the meeting to order on the sidelines (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.