LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Maya McClendon and Katie George had double-doubles to lead the University of Louisville past Southern Methodist University in four sets, 25-23, 22-25, 25-19, 25-15. McClendon had 15 kills and 20 digs and George added 55 assists and 13 dig to keep the Cardinals undefeated in the AAC at 13-0.
“When you are sitting where we are in the league, week after week you are going to face well-prepared, motivated teams,” said head coach Anne Kordes. “They are doing everything they can to beat us. This weekend we had two tough matches in Houston and SMU. That is what you are looking for late in the season. You want matches where you will be mentally and physically challenged.”
Louisville moves to 18-7 overall and hit .268 for the match to the Mustangs’ .160. Three other Cardinals earned double digit kills, led by Emily Juhl with 12, Brooke Mattingly with 11, and Randi Ewing with 10. Juhl reached 1,000 career kills in the fourth set, becoming the 16th player in school history to achieve that honor. She also added a season-high six service aces. Caitlin Welch contributed 21 digs in the win. SMU was led by 13 kills from Cailin Bula, and 37 assists and 12 digs from Avery Acker.
In the first set, SMU controlled the tempo early and led 11-8 before a Cardinals 7-3 run gave them their first lead of the set at 15-14 on a kill by Maya McClendon. After a pair of ties, the Cardinals used a late 7-1 run to gain a 23-18 advantage. The Mustangs battled back to make it 23-21 until a kill by Emily Juhl gave the Cardinals set point at 24-21. SMU hung around until Louisville eventually won the set 25-23 on a Mustangs attack error.
In the second, Louisville jumped out to a 7-3 advantage until a 5-0 run by the Mustangs gave SMU the lead at 8-7. After several ties and lead changes SMU eventually took a 22-17 advantage. The Cardinals battled back behind a 5-0 run to tie the score at 22-22 before SMU scored three straight to win the set, 25-22.
The Cards used a pair of aces from Emily Juhl and one ace from Katie George to gain an early 10-2 lead in the third set. SMU closed the gap to 12-8 before another 6-1 run by Louisville made it 18-9 on a kill by Katie George. The Mustangs used a 9-4 run to pull within 22-18 on a block by Maddie Lozano. Two kills by Emily Juhl and a tip over the net from Caitlin Welch closed the set for the Cards, 25-19.
SMU led 4-1 early in the fourth set before Louisville battled back to gain a 12-9 advantage. A 6-2, Cardinal run made it 18-11 Louisville, and another 6-3 Cards run gave Louisville match point at 24-14 on a kill by Maya McClendon. A Brooke Mattingly kill closed the match, as UofL won the fourth set 25-15.
Up next, Louisville heads to Florida to face Central Florida on November 15 and South Florida on November 17.