Oct. 17, 2009
Lola Arslanbekova had 19 kills and a block to lead the University of Louisville to a 25-21, 25-18, 22-25, 25-19 win over Seton Hall in BIG EAST volleyball action Saturday afternoon in South Orange, NJ.
U of L improves to 11-8 and is 4-2 in the league, while SHU drops to 11-4 and 2-4. The Cardinals hit .317 to SHU's .209 and outblocked the Pirates 7-3. Seton Hall recorded seven aces led by Meghan Matusiak's two. The Pirates were led by Sarah Osmun's 23 kills and 13 digs.
" We need to give 100 percent effort and heart to play to our potential because we are young and as preseason favorites we are a target," said Leonid Yelin, U of L head coach.
In the first set, U of L took a five point lead at 11-6 but Seton Hall kept chipping away at the Cardinal lead and came within one at 21-20. Lecia Brown had a kill from the middle to take the Cards to set point and Seton Hall was in the net to give the game to U of L 25-21. U of L hit .375 and outblocked SHU 3-1 in the set. Brown led the Cardinals with five kills on seven swings and no errors to hit .714.
In the second set, U of L powered out to a 21-11 lead before the Pirates went on a 5-2 run but it was too little too late as a block by Kasey Heckelman and Gwen Rucker pushed the Cards to set point. SHU managed to stave off set point twice before being called in the net to allow U of L to go into the break with a 2-0 lead. U of L hit .406 in the set to the Pirates' .194. Lola Arslanbekova rang up six kills in that set.
In the third set, SHU went up four at 16-12 on an ace by Meghan Matusiak. Louisville managed to tie at 18 on a kill by Justine Landi. The Pirates went on a 4-1 run to force a Cardinal timeout at 22-19. U of L got to within one at 23-22 on a kill by Lecia Brown but the Pirates scored two straight for the 25-22 win. Arslanbekova led with five kills in the set but the Cards' hitting cooled to .235 during that stretch.
U of L travels to Rutgers for another BIG EAST matchup at 2 p.m. Sunday in Piscataway, NJ.