UofL volleyball fans are ecstatic as their team defeats Kentucky for a second straight season (Mike DeZarn photo).

Make that two straight for Louisville volleyball over UK

Claire Chaussee doing what she does best, making kills against Kentucky. She had 16 of them at Memorial Coliseum (Mike DeZarn photo).

Exactly what one would have expected in a volleyball game between the Universities of Louisville and Kentucky. Constant swings in momentum, emotional ups and down, teams taking turns earning sets, the outcome in doubt until the end. Someone had to win, someone had to lose.

Anna DeBeer interviewed by ESPN following another stellar performance (Mike DeZarn photo).

Typical of any match up between Louisville and Kentucky, so much at stake.  No love lost between the schools or the fans. Big deal any game any spot, no matter the won-lost records.

Fans on the edge of their seats at Memorial Coliseum and on couches across the state. The match televised on ESPN, just the fourth regular season women’s college volleyball match to be aired since 1997.

The final verdict this night would go to the third-ranked UofL Cardinals, defeating the 13th-ranked Wildcats 3-2 for the second straight season. Louisville winning the fifth set by a score of 15-11.UK getting off to a scary start with 25-20 win, UofL bouncing back in the second 25-15, UofL the third 26-24, and Kentucky in the fourth 26-24.

Claire Chaussee again coming through against Kentucky for Louisville. She had 19 last season against the Wildcats, following it up with 16 kills and two blocks this time around. Anna DeBeer would be credited with 15 kills, four blocks and an ace. Amaya Tillman with 11 kills and three blocks. Aiko Jones with eight kills and two blocks.

Freshman Cara Cresse had eight kills and seven blocks. Setter Raquel Lazaro had 46 assists, 14 digs, three aces and three blocks. Libero Elena Jones had 14 digs and two aces.

More evidence that records don’t matter much in games with arch rivals, Louisville improving its record to 8-1 and UK slipping to 5-3. UofL travels to the West Coast Saturday for a match against Stanford at 10 p.m.

No better feeling than beating Kentucky for Louisville athletes (Mike DeZarn photo).
Coach Dani Busboom-Kelly is accompanied by Anna DeBeer and  Claire Chaussee at the post-game press conference (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 “Make that two straight for Louisville volleyball over UK

  • September 15, 2022 at 11:06 am
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    The UK folks were quite nice to us last night, fed us a nice pre game meal from Panera and treated Jared and I very kindly. Even the fans were coming up and congratulating us after the UoL win. Memorial had around 3000 in their, but it sounded like 30,000 at times. Wake up, UofL! Build a facility for Volleyball that holds more than 12 fans.

    paulie

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    • September 15, 2022 at 2:06 pm
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      Jim Ramsey and Tom Jurich would already have the artist renderings but these are different times with many new challenges.

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