Louisville sweeps Ball St. to advance
Arlsanbekova had a match-high 19 kills and eight digs
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Lola Arlsanbekova had a match-high 19 kills and eight digs to lead the Louisville to a 25-22, 25-15, 25-20 win against Ball State in the first round of the 2011 NCAA Volleyball Tournament Friday evening in Holloway Gymnasium on the campus of Purdue University.
"We were able to move the ball around and spread out their defense and try to attack their smaller blockers because their middles are big," said Kordes. "One big factor tonight was our passing. It was crisp and we were able to stay in system. We stayed in our game plan and that is key for us."
U of L (24-8) hit a toasty .304 and outblocked their fellow Cardinals 9-3. U of L's Emily Juhl added 10 kills and 11 digs for a double-double. Setter Taylor Brauneis had her ninth double-double for the night with 32 assists and 10 digs. Ball State finishes its season at 25-8 and led by middle blocker Kelsey Brandl's team-high 13 kills and two blocks.
"We are very excited to get a win in the NCAA tournament and I want to congratulate BSU on their fantastic season. I thought their middles and their right side did a great job tonight against us," said Kordes.
Arlsanbekova, the Big East Player of the Year, was difficult for Ball State to contain. She hit .385 and was scoring equally well from both the front and back row.
"Lola always has a great game," said U of L setter Taylor Brauneis. "I can set her up against a single block, a double block or no block and she puts it down."
In the first set, Louisville started at with a 4-0 run and pulled ahead 14-9 before BSU went on a 6-0 run to tie at 15. BSU never led and U of L outside hitter Kaitlynn James got a hot hand and scored four consecutive points and Brooke Mattingly added a kill from the middle to get to set point at 24-18. BSU ran off four consecutive points, prompting a U of L timeout. Coming out of the break, Lola Arslanbekova put down the final point for the 25-22 win. U of L hit .244 and had two blocks. Louisville was led by Arslanbekova's six kills. Ball State aced the Cards twice and were led by Brandl's seven kills.
U of L used a 6-0 run in the second set, to go up 23-14 on Ball State. Tanya Lukyanenko had a solo block and then Arslanbekova buried one in center court to give U of L the 25-15 win. U of L hit a torrid .414 in the set, and Arslanbekova added eight kills and hit a gaudy .636. Emily Juhl worked her way into the offense, adding five kills. BSU did not help their own cause with .175 hitting and four service errors.
"My teammates did a good job of loosening up the block for me so I could find the holes," said Arslanbekova.
In the third set, U of L fell behind at 8-7 early and then battled back to a five point lead at 18-13 on the strength of two Emily Juhl kills. U of L spread it to 22-17 to force a BSU timeout. U of L scored once but then had to call a timeout when BSU scored three points. Kaitlynn James and Brook Mattingly notched a block for the set and match.
"In the third set, our defense and serve receive really picked up when it was getting intense, which is when you need that lift. The passing was good, they were pushing the ball right up to the net for me," said Brauneis.