The Louisville volleyball team throws up the L sign while sweeping their counterparts from Purdue (Mike DeZarn photo).

Louisville volleyball starts new winning streak

Claire Chaussee doing what she does best, slamming the ball through opposing defenders in the Purdue match (Mike DeZarn photo).

The fourth-ranked University of Louisville volleyball team was back to its winning ways over the weekend, with three-game sweeps over Purdue and Lipscomb in the UofL Invitational at the L&N Arena.

Ninth-ranked Purdue posed a serious challenge on Friday, with UofL coming off their first loss of the season against Ohio State the previous week. The Boilermakers, after all, were undefeated, 6-0, coming into the meeting. The Buckeyes, though eighth-ranked, were 0-3 and easily handled the Cardinals the week before.

Not to worry, Coach Dani Busboom-Kelly had her charges ready, jumping out to 25-18 and 25-20 wins in the first two sets. Purdue would seriously threaten in the third set, the outcome in doubt with the Cardinals falling behind 23-18 at one point.  UofL did not fold, scoring three straight to trail 24-21 before Purdue called time. The Cardinals then ran off five straight before a kill by Aiko Jones gave UofL  the 27-25 win and the sweep.

One of Amaya Tillman’s most impressive performances with 10 kills and four blocks. Anna DeBeer contributed 10 kills and three serving aces. Claire Chaussee adding eight blocks and two kills.

On Saturday, Chaussee had 13 kills, hit .722 with a dig in UofL’s 25-14, 25-17, 26-24 sweep of Lipscomb.

The Cardinals are 7-1 as they prepare to meet arch-rival Kentucky in Lexington on Wednesday.

Coach Dani Busboom-Kelly joins the celebration after a sweep of Purdue (Mike DeZarn photo).
Louisville volleyball of all ages packing the L&N Arena this season (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.

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