Louisville 3, Missouri 1



COLUMBIA, Mo. Extending a 22 game win streak, the Louisville Cardinals picked up their second NCAA victory besting Missouri 3-1. Playing a key role in the Cards win, Louisville overpowered the Tigers with 20 blocks in the match and a 35 percent attacking ratio.

Leaving no room for the Tigers in the first match, Louisville jumped in going on an eight point tear to build a commanding lead early on. Despite a valiant effort by Mizzou, the Tigers were unable to bridge the gap. Facing at least a four point deficit throughout the remainder of the match, the Tigers dropped the first set 30-26.

Evening out the playing field, Missouri came back to win the second match 30-22. Taking an early 5-0 lead, the Tigers surged forward leaving the Cardinals struggling to catch up. Mizzous Nicole Wilson led the charge recording seven kills to bring the series back to a 1-1 deadlock.

Retaking the lead, Louisville came back to win the third match 30-25. Opening with a streak of four consecutive points, the Cards set up a 7-3 lead. Although the Tigers closed the distance with a trio of their own, a second quad by Louisville kept the Cardinals gunning ahead 11-7. Struggling to overcome the shortfall, Missouri battled back bringing the score within one point at 19-20. Louisville reemerged however to set up at least a three point lead through the remainder of the game.

Continuing its rampage, Louisville sealed its victory taking a 30-25 win to end the game. Despite battling within one point early in the match, the Cards put themselves up scoring three consecutive points to bring the score to 16-13. Although the Tigers fought to counter the attack, Louisville extended its lead to six to keep Mizzou nipping at its heels throughout the remainder of play.

Leading Louisville, Lena Ustymenko and Bing Sun both rallied 18 kills. Bing also recorded four blocks to her credit, while Ustymenko knocked down three. Putting up high marks of their own, Missouris Lisa Boyd led the field recording 20 kills and four blocks. Joining Boyd in double digit scoring, Shen Danru had 18 kills, Na Yang recorded 17 and Wilson made 16.

-- Courtesy Missouri