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Record crowd watches second-ranked Louisville volleyball sweep No. 21 Kentucky

The Cards have now won three straight over their arch-rivals.

Syndication: The Courier-Journal Matt Stone/Louisville Courier Journal / USA TODAY NETWORK

In front of a national TV audience on ESPN and a record crowd of 12,760 fans inside the KFC Yum Center, the second-ranked Louisville volleyball team swept No. 21 Kentucky, 25-19, 25-23, 25-18 to improve 9-0 on the season.

The win was U of L’s third straight over UK, but its first sweep of the Wildcats since all the way back in 2005. Even Jack Harlow had to tune in to check that out.

The Cardinal attack on Wednesday night was led by junior outside hitter Charitie Luper. The UCLA transfer had 13 kills while hitting .385, and ended the evening with a service ace. Fellow outside hitter Anna DeBeer recorded nine kills and four digs, while opposite hitter Aiko Jones added nine kills and three blocks.

Kentucky was led by the strong play of Reagan Rutherford, who also ensured that a Louisville team scored a big victory over a Rutherford for the second time in the 2023-24 athletics season.

With the U of L men’s soccer team knocking off No. 5 Kentucky last week, Louisville is now 2-0 in contests against UK in 2023-24.

Things don’t get any easier for the volleyball Cards, who will host No. 5 Stanford in another nationally televised match from inside the KFC Yum Center on Sunday at 1 p.m.

What a night. What a team. What a program.