The Cardinals volleyball team returns home with a pair of matches against nationally ranked Duke and North Carolina this weekend inside Cardinal Arena.
The Cardinals (15-12, 7-8 ACC) are coming off a road split with a 3-0 win at Clemson and a 3-0 loss to Wake Forest.
Louisville will face No. 21 Duke on Friday night at 6 p.m. The Blue Devils are coming off a weekend sweep as they knocked off previously unbeaten No. 3 Florida State, 3-1, and defeated Notre Dame, 3-1. Senior outside hitter Jeme Obeime had a game-high 18 kills while junior outside hitter Emily Sklar added 17 kills. Duke held Florida State to a .177 attack percentage to hand them their first loss of the season. Sklar used 21 kills to lead Duke over Notre Dame.
Sklar leads the Blue Devils offensively with 368 kills and is third in the ACC with 4.18 kills per set. Obeime adds 311 kills while sophomores Alyse Whitaker and Jordan Tucker add 241 and 231 kills, respectively. Senior setter Kelsey Williams paces the ACC with 11.58 assists per set while sophomore libero Sasha Karelov has 496 digs and leads the ACC with 5.22 digs per set.
The Cardinals will host No. 7 North Carolina on Sunday at 12 p.m. Louisville will honor its two seniors, Courtney Robison and Tara Gowan. North Carolina comes into the match on a 13 game win streak after knocking off NC State and Florida State last week. The Tar Heels had 16.5 blocks and held NC State to a .050 attack percentage in the 3-0 win. North Carolina became the second team to defeat Florida State this season when they defeated them 3-1 last week. Senior Chaniel Nelson led the Tar Heels with 15 kills and the Tar Heels used 17.5 blocks to take down the Seminoles.
North Carolina is a defensive minded team as they are second in the NCAAs with 3.23 blocks per set. Junior middle blockers Victoria McPherson and Paige Neuenfeldt lead the ACC with 1.52 and 1.51 blocks per set. Senior libero Ece Taner is fourth in the ACC with 4.30 digs per set. Nelson and senior outside hitter Lauren McAdoo lead the Tar Heels offensively with 183 and 176 kills, respectively.Against Clemson, the Cards used 55 kills and 8 aces to upend the Tigers, 3-0. Freshman middle blocker Tess Clark led the charge with 15 kills. Maya McClendon added 14 kills with Janelle Jenkins contributing 11.
Junior setter, and Assumption product, Katie George tallied 41 assists and had five service aces in the win.