Louisville Volleyball sent scrambling by Ohio State, ending a win streak of 36 regular season games (Mike DeZarn photo).
Middle blocker Anna Stevenson, now a professional, was in attendance Sunday (Mike DeZarn photo).

Anna Stevenson was there but she was only a spectator, having graduated and moved up to the professional ranks. She was sorely missed in the middle.

Such wonderful, unforgettable memories of the 2021-22 University of Louisville volleyball team, which finished the regular season with a 30-0 record. A team that some described as one of the best UofL teams ever in any sport. Making it all the way to the Final Four before getting edged by Wisconsin, the eventual national champion.

Can’t live in the past, however. That was then, this is now.

The UofL volleyball team’s 36-game winning streak of regular season games is over. The third-ranked Cardinals’ were defeated by eighth-ranked Ohio State 3-1 on Sunday at the L&N Arena. The Buckeyes too much for UofL, with scores of 25-17, 15-25, 23-25 and 25-17.

UofL hit .248 as a team with nine aces and four blocks. Claire Chaussee finished with 13 kills and one ace and Elena Scott had 20 digs. Raquel Lazaro led the team with 35 assists. Ohio State hit .372 with four aces and five blocks. Four Buckeyes had double-digit kills.

Not a great day for Aiko Jones, who had three serving errors and was nowhere close to peak form, spending much of the day on sidelines after the first two sets.

Anna DeBeer was at her best, however, with a total of 19 kills.

Two days earlier on Friday, Louisville defeated a strong San Diego University team, winning three sets to one.  Chaussee and Jones had 15 kills apiece in that match, DeBeer had eight. Jones also had four blocks and three aces.

Lots of time on the floor, literally, for UofL players in a losing effort against Ohio State (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.