The Louisville women’s volleyball team has been steamrolling their competition this year to say the least. The Lady Cards sit atop the AP Top 25 at the number 2 overall spot with a record of 15-1 1. Their only loss came against the now eighth ranked Ohio State Buckeyes.
Louisville is currently on a ten game win streak and is not even giving other teams a chance to win. 11 of their 16 games were sweeps and a lot of their success is due to fifth year senior Claire Chaussee recording 201 kills on the season.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Cards are led by 6’4″ senior Amaya Tillman who has recorded a team high of 71 blocks. The next closest teammate of hers is redshirt senior Aiko Jones with 52 blocks. The height and experience of this Louisville squad is certainly a key reason why the Cardinals are ranked second in the nation.
Last week’s match-up with Syracuse was one of their 11 sweeps. Louisville recorded 48 kills to Syracuse’s 31 and 40 digs to the Orange’s 26. Syracuse is unranked in the AP poll so Louisville was the odds on favorite to win and they took care of business. There are a lot of scenarios when the odds on favorite gets beaten by the underdog, but Louisville did not let that happen this time.
Heading into their game against the Hokies, the Cardinals look to repeat the outcome last year. In 2021, the Cardinals swept the Hokies giving them a career 25 wins over the Hokies to a mere 4 losses. The ladies of Blacksburg, Virginia are barely over .500 sitting at 9-8 with a low percentage of winning the game so the outcome is looking good for the Cardinals.
Especially with the veteran leadership of this squad. This team enters the game with two graduate students, two seniors, and one redshirt senior along with four juniors and a redshirt junior. You cannot coach experience and Head Coach Dani Busboom Kelly is sitting on a gold mine of talent that has developed over the years. The Louisville volleyball program looks like a powerhouse this year and the Road to Omaha may run through Louisville.