Senior day is typically bittersweet. The one for the Louisville volleyball team was no different. Janelle Jenkins, Lyndsay Palmer, and Eleni Georgiafandis were recognized before the match. This was also the final game for Coach Anne Kordes, who resigned after six seasons.
On Wednesday night Louisville defeated Syracuse 3-1 and defeated Boston College on Friday night 3-0.
The Cards dismantled the Syracuse Orange 3-1 (25-21, 25-13, 20-25, 25-10). The 2-0 lead played in favor of the Cards, who relaxed in the third set before cranking up the heat in the fourth. Senior Janelle Jenkins had a big game with 14 kills. Melanie McHenry and Morgan Miller have both been hot for U of L this season and had large games. McHenry had 13 kills, four aces, one block, and 12 digs. Miller posted 13 kills, three blocks, 20 assists, and nine digs- one dig short of a triple-double.
Megan Sloan came off the bench to provide a boost for the Cards when energy levels dropped. On the serving end of things Gabbie Wiley had a solid outing while McHenry had another multi-ace game. Molly Sauer broke 1,000 carrer digs during the match, becoming the fastest player in Louisville history to do so. Sauer is on pace to record over 2,000 digs if she remains at U of L all four years.
Celebrating senior day, Boston College visited. Louisville easily handled the Eagles 3-0 (25-18, 25-16, 25-22). Like Wednesday, the Cards had a 2-0 halftime lead and reduced stress and pressure for the second half. Tess Clark and Jasmine Bennett had eight kills apiece. They also contributed five and six blocks, respectively.
Also, for the Cards, McHenry and Miller filled up the stat sheets again. Eaken led all players with 16 assists on the night.
Louisville closes out the season winning three out of their last four matches. Their final record is 12-18 and 7-13 in the ACC. They placed 10th out of 15 in the conference after being one of the bottom two early in the season.
We thank Coach Anne Kordes for her time with the Louisville Cardinals and the four conference championships she has led them to.