Louisville sweeps Purdue with three set wins that were a little closer in number than their dominant performance over Samford. The final scores for each set were 25-19, 25-21, and 25-23. ACC Player of the Year Claire Chaussee led the Cardinals with 12 kills and four blocks.
One of the main statistical differences between the Cardinals and the Boilermakers was that Purdue recorded zero aces throughout the entire match. Louisville finished the game with four and two of them were attributed to setter Raquel Lazaro.
Lazaro also led the way with the most assists recording 39 assists. This was good enough to outnumber the entire Purdue team as they finished the game with 38 assists. Her setting ability has been dominant all year long and has always put Louisville in a great position to win.
Another statistical standout for the Cardinals is the 10-3 blocks differential. The Cardinals were dominant on the defensive side of the ball led by Phekran Kong and Claire Chaussee. Opposite Aiko Jones also added two blocks to the stat sheet for Louisville.
With this win, Louisville is slowly improving on the overall series record between the Cardinals and the Boilermakers. In the history of the matchup, Purdue holds the series record with a 13-4 lead. However, in their past three matchups dating back to last year, the Cardinals have swept the Boilermakers in each of their three matches.
ACC Coach of the Year Dani Busboom Kelly leads her team to the Sweet 16 for the second straight season in hopes of attaining a National Championship game bid. Last season, the Cardinals made it to the FInal Four and lost to the eventual National Champion Wisconsin Badgers in five sets.
Next up for the Cardinals is the Baylor Bears. This Sweet 16 matchup is set for Thursday December 8, 2022 at 1:30 PM EST in Louisville, KY.