After starting the season undefeated on the road, the Louisville volleyball team met its match at this year's Active Ankle Challenge. The Cards fell to Santa Clara and Auburn, while defeating Stony Brook in between.
No. 21 Louisville could not hold their own against Santa Clara in their home opener. The Cards fell 3-1 (25-23, 19-25, 25-20, 25-22) to the Broncos, who became 4-0 after their upset. Freshman Melanie McHenry led U of L with 16 kills and sophomore Jasmine Bennett contributed 11. However, Louisville's 28 errors, compared to Santa Clara's 17, was the biggest factor in the Cards' first loss of the season.
In their second match of the tournament, U of L turned things around, winning 3-1 (27-25, 25-8, 22-25, 25-19) against Stony Brook. Things seemed to be rolling on all cylinders in the second set, when the Cards won by an uncommon 17 points. Junior Tess Clark accumulated 18 kills while McHenry and sophomore Morgan Miller had 11 apiece.
Later that evening, Louisville hosted Auburn. After leading the Tigers 2-0 at halftime the Cards fell 3-2 (25-15, 25-17, 14-25, 22-25, 8-15). After two easy wins in their first sets, fans were scratching their heads at what went wrong. Inexperience among so many new faces and passing issues seemed to doom the Cards, who are now 4-2.
U of L heads down to Chapel Hill, N.C., to compete in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge against Minnesota and Wisconsin next weekend. After that, Louisville returns home to host rival Kentucky on September 15, at 7:00 p.m., at the KFC Yum! Center. Fans are encouraged to pack the house when the Cards take on the Wildcats. The following evening the Cards will host Lipscomb at Cardinal Arena.