Volleyball Impresses as They Breeze Through Conference Play
By Jared Anderson October 8, 2017
Photo by Jared Anderson
Four game win streak for cards
A year removed from a disappointing season the Louisville Volleyball team has turned things around and are on the verge of being ranked since the preseason of 2016. This year's team currently sits at 11-5 on the season and 6-1 in the ACC.
Louisville's lone conference loss came to North Carolina 3-2 in a back-and-forth battle that came down to the wire. The only conference victory that came down to five sets was against Notre Dame.
Three of the losses this season have come against teams ranked in the Top 10. Another loss came against a team in the receiving votes category. Although no teams UofL has defeated are currently ranked, both Florida State and Western Kentucky were in the Top 25 when the Cards took them down.
During their four game win streak Louisville has defeated opponents 12-2 in sets. They swept then-ranked Florida State and swept previously undefeated Miami during a weekend home stand.
Louisville is only halfway through the season and has 14 games to go, but should find their losses in the single digits when the regular season ends. They are also headed in the right direction to receive a bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Sophomore standout Melanie McHenry leads the team in kills with just shy off 200. Senior Tess Clark sits 50 back and Amanda Green and Jasmine Bennett have broken 100. Five Cards have an attack percentage north of .215.
On the defensive end libero Molly Sauer has recorded over 200 digs and has had a ton of help from transfer Wilma Rivera and senior Gabbie WIley. Wiley and Rivera also are in the teens for service aces on the year.
Louisville's primary rotation has consisted of nine players, but has had assistance by seven other Cards in a few matches. Thankfully, only three of the primary nine are in their senior season so there will be plenty of experience for 2018.
It is obvious the effect Coach Dani Busboom Kelly has had on the team this year. Expect more great things to come this season such as a Top 25 ranking and a post-season appearance.
The Cards return home this weekend to host Clemson Friday night and Georgia Tech Sunday afternoon.