Senior outside hitter Emily Juhl had 11 kills, hitting .455 to lead the University of Louisville to a 25-16, 25-20, 25-11 sweep of rival Memphis in The American Athletic Conference volleyball action Sunday afternoon in Memphis.
“I thought we did a good job of converting on transition opportunities,” said assistant coach Lee Maes, who was acting as head coach as Louisville head coach Anne Kordes is at her due date and did not travel. “I thought our ball control was good except for the start of set two where we were out of system too much. We regained our focus and settled down and have ball control at the level that allowed us to win the match.
U of L stays unbeaten in the AAC with an 11-0 record and move to 16-7 for the season. The Cards hit 319 as a team. Brooke Mattingly had six kills on 10 swings and no errors to hit .600. Maya McClendon hit a season high .348 with nine kills and oniy one error on a team-high 23 attacks. Libero Caitlin Welch had a match-high 19 digs. Memphis (12-13, 4-7) was led by Lauren Hawkins’ nine kills. The Tigers were held to .064 hitting, committed six service errors and were outblocked 12-5. Randi Ewing, Janelle Jenkins and Mattingly each had five blocks.
Louisville used .226 hitting, five blocks and aggressive serving, including two aces by Katie George in the first set to keep Memphis from getting their offense out of the starting gate.
The Cards trailed most of the second set, not taking the lead until 18-17 on a kill by Maya McClendon. U of L then put together a 7-3 run to put the Tigers down 25-20 to take a 2-0 set lead into the lockerroom at the break.
In the third set, used an 8-0 run with Maya McClendon behind the line to go up 20-7 and as acting coach Lee Maes emptied the bench, Carlys Sahagian, who has battled knee problems this year, put down the match winner with emphasis.
“We had contributions from everybody and it was nice to see our continuing mature approach toward the last few matches and show consistency in our play,” said Maes.