LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Tess Clark and Jasmine Bennett combined for 20 kills but the University of Louisville fell to ACC rival Duke in three sets 25-18, 25-12, 25-21 on Sunday afternoon at the KFC Yum! Center.
"We are trying to solidify a lineup that is going to give us consistency on both offense and defense." UofL head coach Anne Kordes said after the loss to Duke. "Our unforced errors are putting us at a big disadvantage, but it is something we can control and we will keep working on it."
The University of Louisville women's volleyball team had 33 errors and shot just .069. Louisville's Jasmine Bennett hit .438 with 10 kills while Tess Clark finished with 10 kills for the Cards (5-9, 0-4). Duke (9-5, 3-1) saw three girls accumulate double digit kills led by Jamie Stivers and Jordan Tucker with 11 apiece while the Blue Devils hit .263 for the match.
After trailing 7-2 early in set one, the Cards cut the deficit to a 12-10 Blue Devil lead. The surge would be cut short as Duke would benefit from five attack errors by Louisville to go on an 8-0 run and take a commanding 20-10 run. Louisville tried to rally, taking eight of the last 13 points in the set, but Duke took the set 25-18.
In the second set, the Cards stayed close early. Up just 8-7, Duke put together a run of 12-2 run to take a lead of 20-9, and eventually a 25-12 second set victory and a 2-0 match lead heading into halftime. Louisville hit .000 in that set with Duke siding out at 91 percent.
Out of the break, Louisville opened up an early 5-2 lead, capped by a big kill by Janelle Jenkins. Duke would battle back to cut the Cardinals lead to 9-6 before going on a 3-0 run, courtesy of two attack errors on the Cards and a block to tie it at 9-9. Duke and Louisville would trade points to tie it at 15 all before the Blue Devils cobbled together a 7-1 run to take a 22-16 lead before Jasmine Bennett's tenth kill of the match stopped the run, but it wasn't enough as the Cardinals fell 25-21 in the third and final set.
Louisville hits the road this weekend when they travel to Boston College on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and Syracuse on Sunday at 1 p.m.