LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Maya McClendon had 15 kills and 11 digs with two blocks to lead the University of Louisville volleyball team to a 21-25, 25-18, 25-16, 25-16 win over The American foe Temple Sunday afternoon at the KFC Yum! Center.
“I have to give credit to Temple as they came out very aggressively and it took us a bit to settle down,” said U of L head coach Anne Kordes. “I was proud of the way we played and controlled the match. Caitlin Welch used her passing to control the match and I thought Hannah Kvitle played a phenomenal role in the back row and from the service line.
U of L hit .229 for the match, outblocked the Owls 15.5-8 and aced them six times. Emily Juhl joined McClendon in double figure kills with 12 adding two blocks with fellow senior Randi Ewing notching a season-high, career-high 10 blocks. Freshman Janelle Jenkins had nine kills and 10 blocks and libero Caitlin Welch had a match-high 20 digs.
U of L had 14 unforced errors in the first set that Temple turned into a 25-21 win despite the Owls hitting just .103. The Cardinal blocking helped keep them alive as they were within one at 20-19 but would score just once more. McClendon led with three kills as the Cards hit a frosty .100.
The Cardinals blew out to a 7-2 lead in the second set and Temple had used both its timeouts by 11-4. The Owls chipped away at the Cardinal lead and Kordes called timeout at 18-13 after a run. U of L regrouped and pulled away to a 25-18 win. U of L hit .278 in the set, paced by Maya McClendon’s four kills.
The third set stayed within one point until the Cardinals went on a 6-2 run to go up 15-11. Temple utilized both timeouts but was unable to turn the tide as U of L ran off with the set 25-16. McClendon added another five kills to her total and Jenkins raised her block total to seven.
U of L used an 8-3 run early in the fourth set to go up 18-11 and run Temple out of timeouts. The Owls did manage to string three straight to cut the deficit to 21-15 but would score just once more as the Cards rolled 25-16.
The Cards make their first road trip in the AAC when they travel to Dallas to face SMU on Friday and then on to Houston on Sunday.
“Those Texas schools are really good and we will have to play well and adjust quickly because we have a target on our backs since we were picked to win the league. We have to cut back on our unforced errors,” said Kordes.