Claire Chaussee goes up for another kill against Duke one of seven for the night (Mike DeZarn photo).

Louisville volleyball drums Duke in three sets

Anna Stevenson sizzles again with 10 kills, three blocks and three aces (Mike DeZarn photo).
Small wonder Dani Busboom Kelly doesn’t want this season to end (Mike DeZarn).

Lots of really great players on the University of Louisville volleyball team. They provided ample evidence of it again Friday night in a 3-0 sweep of Duke in improving their record to 16-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference and 26-0 against all competition. Scores of 25-12, 25-16 and 25-15.

There is Anna Stevenson, of course, the senior middle blocker, who had 10 kills, three blocks and three service aces. Anna DeBeer, sophomore outside hitter, with six kills and four service aces. Amaya Tillman, the junior middle blocker, who had five kills and four blocks. Tori Dilfer, a graduate setter. Aiko Jones, red shirt junior blocker.  Elena Scott, freshman libero and defensive specialist.

The stars and future stars list could go on and on. But the player opposing teams often overlook and have problems handling has to be Claire Chaussee who makes life miserable for them. While listed as a six footer, she seems smaller on the court. Blessed with an  angelic countenance of a player just happy to be in the game, she plays with an intensity to be envied. Her most surprising attribute, however, is the ability to swat the volleyball with power, often shocking the fans and the players on the other side of the net.

Same story Friday night, Chaussee making significant contributions with seven kills and two blocks. In her player bio, she says the place she want to visit is “Punta Cana to swim with the sharks and sting rays.” Not surprising for anyone who has seen play for this UofL volleyball team.

Up next, Louisville travels to Pittsburgh for a top five matchup against No. 3 Pittsburgh (24-2, 13-2 ACC) on Wednesday at 5 p.m.

Anna DeBeer floats through the air for another kill against Duke (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.