LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The No. 1 seeded Louisville women’s volleyball team advanced to the Elite Eight in the 2022 NCAA regional tournament after sweeping No. 4 seeded Baylor 25-23, 25-16, 25-17, Thursday afternoon at the KFC Yum! Center. The win marks the Cardinals’ sixth consecutive sweep as they move to 29-2 overall on the season, while the Bears finish the year with a 25-7 overall record.
As a team, Louisville finished with 44 total kills, 10 blocks, six aces, and hitting .269 in the match, while the Bears tallied 29 kills, 28 assists, 29 digs, and a .098 hitting percentage. Box score and game state here
“I thought we played really well. It was just fun that we had so many different people contribute and that is always our goal to be a very balanced team,” Louisville coach Dani Busboom Kelly said. “I thought there were different points that different players took over that match.
“Baylor is a very good team. We knew we had to do well to slow down some of their players. I thought we did a good job.”
Anna DeBeer led the Cards with 11 kills, eight digs, and two blocks while hitting .364 in the victory. Her 11-kill performance marks the most she has had in a match since returning from injury on Nov. 4 against NC State. Read more: Volleyball – 2022 NCAA Regional semifinal results: No. 1 Texas beats No. 16 Marquette
Claire Chaussee added 11 kills, 12 digs, a block, and an ace, while PK Kong registered seven kills, hitting .467, and a match-high five blocks. Raquel Lazaro totaled a match-high 38 assists, adding two aces and four blocks. Elena Scott chipped in with 14 digs, her 23rd match registering double-digit digs this season, and three aces, both of which were good for match-highs.
Lauren Harrison led the Bears with seven kills, eight digs, and two blocks in the loss. Lauren Briseno finished with 12 digs, two assists, and an ace. Averi Carlson added 26 assists and seven digs, while Elise McGhee chipped in with a team-high eight kills.
Louisville will face Oregon (26-5) on Saturday in the Elite Eight at 4 p.m. at the KFC Yum! Center. The Ducks defeated Nebraska in the Sweet Sixteen (14-25, 26-24, 22-25, 32-30, 15-11) to advance to the Elite Eight.