Claire Chaussee soars for one her five kills during NCAA Sweet 16 competition at Freedom Hall (Mike DeZarn photo).

Louisville rips Florida, back in the Elite 8

Anna Stevenson is mobbed by teammates after another kill in the 3-0 sweep of Florida (Mike DeZarn photo).

Old home week in the Ville and Freedom Hall was loud and welcoming again for another winning University of Louisville team. Welcome UofL Volleyball, the No. 1 team in the nation and the top seed in the NCAA Volleyball Tournament.

Grad Tori Dilfer with a whopping 32 assists to go with two service aces and two solo blocks (Mike DeZarn photo).

First visit to the local landmark for Anna Stevenson who was in her pre-teen years when Louisville competed here. But she felt right at home, collecting nine kills and four blocks as the Cardinals eliminated Florida in three sets by scores of 25-16, 25-22 and 25-12 on Friday.

Anna DeBeer was quite comfortable, thank you, making life difficult for the Gators. The Louisville sophomore with an amazing 13 kills to go with a dig and a block.

First time, in fact, for all members of the UofL Volleyball team, a time for creating lasting memories. Attendance was estimated at 3,089 for the opening round.

“It was an amazing atmosphere. I didn’t know what to expect with the one o’clock match, but the fans were awesome,” said Louisville head coach Dani Busboom Kelly on the fans at Freedom Hall. “You could feel the energy and I was so impressed with this team. I have been impressed all year, but I continue to be impressed with our poise, mindset and confidence. It never falters.”

Louisville moved to 31-0 on the season. Next up is Georgia Tech at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Loving every minute of every UofL volleyball game, from left Samantha Wood with daughter Violet Wood, and Amber and Maddie Dietz (Mike DeZarn photo).
No worries for these Louisville fans, especially watching UofL Volleyball (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.