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No. 5 Cards Beat Boston College

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Elena Scott reaches 1,000th dig

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – September 25, 2023 – Article by Trey Curry – UL Athletics

Outside hitter Anna DeBeer tallied 18 kills while outside hitter Charitie Luper added 15 of her own to lead the No. 5-ranked University of Louisville volleyball team to a 25-23, 25-20, 23-25, 25-17 win over Boston College Sunday afternoon inside L&N Federal Credit Union Arena.

Libero Elena Scott recorded her 1,000th career dig in the first set, becoming just the 11th member of Louisville’s 1,000 digs club.

Louisville moves to 10-1 on the year and hit .259 in the match with 61 kills, six aces, and seven blocks. Middle blocker Cara Cresse had 12 kills and a block while opposite hitter Aiko Jones had 10 kills, two aces, and five blocks. Setter Elle Glock recorded 41 assists and three digs, and Scott tallied a season-high 23 digs, two aces, and four assists.

Boston College hit .187 with four aces and 11 blocks and were led by Katrina Jensen’s 15 kills.

Louisville begins a four-match road trip on Wednesday night when they travel to South Bend, Indiana to take on Notre Dame. First serve is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

Set-by-Set Recap
Set 1
The first set began with a flurry of back-and-forth action, with six ties and six lead changes resulting in a 6-6 tie early on. The Cards then reeled off three consecutive points, headlined by middle blocker Hannah Sherman and Jones teaming up for back-to-back blocks to take a 9-6 lead. Later, with Louisville leading 11-9, Boston College went on a 4-0 run to take a 13-11 lead, but Louisville quickly followed with a 4-0 lead of their own, featuring two aces by Jones and a kill from DeBeer, to take the lead back at 15-13. A kill from Jensen stopped the run, but Cresse tallied consecutive kills to stretch the Louisville lead to 17-14. A kill from Luper made it 19-16 in favor of the Cards, but Boston College fought within a point at 20-19 after an ace from Chandler Swanson. Louisville grabbed the momentum right back as Jones connected with Glock for a kill, followed by an ace by Scott to force a timeout by the Eagles with the Cards leading 22-19. Scott landed another ace coming out, but BC recorded two consecutive points to force a timeout by Coach Busboom Kelly at 23-21 and scored two more straight points coming out to tie the match at 23 and force another Louisville timeout. Jones connected with Glock for a kill to take a 24-23 lead coming out, which forced another BC timeout, and a Cresse kill would finish off the 25-23 set win for the Cardinals, with Louisville tallying four aces and three blocks in the set.

Set 2
Louisville began the second set on a 5-1 run, powered by kills from Cresse, DeBeer, and Jones and an ace by Luper. Boston College then went on a 6-2 run to tie the set at 7, capped off by two Eagles teaming up for a block. Luper connected with Glock for a kill later in the set to put the Cards in front at 10-9, and Sherman and Jones teamed up for another block to extend that lead to 12-9 and force a BC timeout. Another kill by Luper made it 13-9 to cap off the 4-0 run, and Louisville maintained a steady lead until BC reeled off three straight points to come within one at 16-15. A kill from DeBeer halted that momentum and made it 17-15, but BC again came within one at 18-17. The Cards then went on a 5-2 run, highlighted by Sherman connecting with setter Brigitta Petrenko for a kill, to force an Eagles’ timeout. An ace from Luper put the Cards at set point at 24-19, and another kill from DeBeer gave Louisville the 25-20 set win and a 2-0 match lead. The Cardinals hit .250 with two aces and two blocks.

Set 3
Much like the first set, the third set was full of back-and-forth action, with eight ties and eight lead changes resulting in an 8-8 tie early on, highlighted by defensive specialist Kamden Schrand assisting Glock for a kill. With Louisville leading 10-9, a burst of three consecutive points gave them a 13-9 lead, capped off by a Jones kill, and later, a Cresse kill put the Cards lead at 15-13 heading into the media timeout. Boston College again battled right back into the set, tying it at 17, but back-to-back kills from Luper and DeBeer put the Cards in control at 19-17, forcing a timeout by the Eagles. Boston College persisted, tying the match again at 20 following a kill by Samantha Hoppes and forcing a timeout by Coach Busboom Kelly. A kill by Jones gave the Cards a 21-20 lead and a kill by DeBeer gave them a 22-21 lead, but Boston College followed that with two consecutive points to take a 23-22 lead and force another Louisville timeout. Cresse and Glock teamed up for a block to tie it at 23, leading to a BC timeout, and the Eagles came out and scored the final two points to win 25-23 and cut the Cardinal match lead to 2-1.

Set 4
The Cards took an early 4-2 lead in the fourth set, headlined by two kills from Cresse, but the Eagles then went on a 4-0 run, including consecutive aces, to take a 6-4 lead early. Louisville followed that by reeling off five straight points, featuring two kills from Luper and a kill from DeBeer, putting the Cards in front at 9-6 and forcing a BC timeout. Louisville steadily stayed out in front before Boston College cut it to one at 14-13, but the Cards snatched the momentum with a 7-0 run, highlighted by four DeBeer kills, to take a commanding 21-14 lead. Middle blocker Phekran Kong and Jones teamed up for a block to set the Cardinals up at match point at 24-17, and an attack error by the Eagles finished the 25-17 win for the Cards. Louisville hit .375 in the final set with a block.

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