LOUISVILLE, Ky. (News Release) -- Brooke Mattingly had 11 kills and hit .381 to lead the University of Louisville to a 3-1 win over Morehead State in the Cardinals’ second match of the Active Ankle Challenge at the KFC Yum! Center.
U of L hit .180 led by Lola Arslanbekova’s 17 kills. Caitlin Welch had a match –high 22 digs in the 25-21, 20-25, 25-17, 25-16 win. Morehead falls to 0-2 but had a strong offensive performance by native Louisvillian Ellie Roberson, who had 23 kills and five digs.
“Once again I was pleased with the control of Caitlin Welch in her passing,” said U of L head coach Anne Kordes. “She had a unbelievable passing stats and that allows us to get into system. It wasn’t our best blocking outing but we were in the right position so it is just a matter of executing.
In the first set, U of L hit a chilly .095 and was outblocked 2-1 but used a 5-0 run to come from a two point deficit early and pull to a 9-7 lead. Morehead State never led again and the Cards rolled to a 25-21 win. Lola led the set with five kills.
“I liked the spark that Katie George came and gave us off the bench. It is great to see the team respond to both setters and still be efficient,” said Kordes.
Morehead State used a 7-2 run to take a 15-11 lead and force a timeout midway through the second set. The Cards made a little run to come within four at 22-18 but MSU took advantage of seven U of L hitting errors to escape with a 25-20 win.
U of L hitting improved to .222 in the third set. The teams were tied at 12 but U of L ran off six unanswered points to take an 18-12 lead and never looked back. Kaitlynn James bounced three for kills down the stretch for the 25-18 win.
The Cardinals zoomed to a 15-9 lead early in the fourth set and the Eagles fell victim to .310 hitting. Up 20-14, the Cards ran off the last five points for the 25-16 set win and the 3-1 match win.
The Card face #3 Penn State Saturday evening at 7:30 in the KFC Yum! Center in the final matchup of the Challenge.