Heavily bandaged Anna DeBeer goes to the floor for a dig against Pittsburgh (Mike DeZarn photo).
Louisville not a nice place for Pittsburgians to visit (Mike DeZarn photo).

Tons  of fond memories from their college careers but few of them will compare with their final game at the L&N Arena. Namely a 3-0 whitewash of Pittsburgh by the University of Louisville volleyball team on Friday and a sure shot at a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference season championship.

Senior Night, goodbye time, for Claire Chaussee, Amaya Tillman, Alexa Hendricks, Nina Mbonu, and Raquel Lazaro. A convincing victory and sweet revenge for the Cardinals who had dropped a 2-3 decision to Pitt on the road two weeks ago.

Following the 25-15, 25-21, 25-18 sweep, the Cardinals move to 16-1 in ACC play and 25-2 on the season. Louisville was ranked fourth nationally, Pittsburgh seventh going into the contest.

Chaussee was never better, tightly focused, leading UofL with 12 kills hitting .259 and had three aces, three digs, and one block.

Aiko Jones hit .583 with eight kills, three aces, three digs, and four blocks. Lazaro recorded 32 assists, one kill, and two blocks, while Elena Scott had 13 digs and an ace.

Coach Dani Busboom-Kelly’s team closes out the regular season against Notre Dame in a 6:30 p.m. game next Wednesday.

Elena Scott doing what she does best, those amazing digs for Louisville volleyball (Mike DeZarn photo).
All’s well that ends well on another memorable senior night for Louisville volleyball (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.