The third-ranked Louisville volleyball team traveled to Lexington Wednesday night and took down No. 13 Kentucky in a 5-set thriller that was viewed by a national TV audience on ESPN.
The event marked just the fourth time in the last 25 years that ESPN has carried a regular season college volleyball match.
Some early jitters got the better of the Cards early, as they dropped the first set in front of a packed house inside Memorial Coliseum, 25-20. Louisville, 8-1, then stormed back to dominate the second set, 25-15, and eek out the third set, 26-24. U of L had a match point in the fourth set, but ultimately dropped it by the same count of 26-24. The road team left little doubt as to whose state this is in the 5th set, rolling to a 15-11 victory.
.#GoCards pic.twitter.com/mwJN5twXpf— Louisville Volleyball (@LouisvilleVB) September 15, 2022
After dropping seven straight to their in-state rivals, Louisville has now taken two in a row from Kentucky. Last year’s match against the reigning national champions was also a 5-set thriller.
Before turning its attention to the start of ACC play next week, U of L will first head out West for a showdown with perennial national power Stanford. The Cardinals vs. the Cardinal will get started at 10 p.m. ET on Saturday.
Recap & highlights from the Cards big win over Kentucky!— Louisville Volleyball (@LouisvilleVB) September 15, 2022
Recap: https://t.co/veQflkFHZj#GoCards pic.twitter.com/6N2rWE7vfq
What an awesome match and an awesome showcase for both the U of L program and the sport of women’s college volleyball at-large.
Suck it, nerds.