Aug. 23, 2012
The Louisville women's volleyball team will open its 2012 regular season in the Active Ankle Challenge which will be held at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky. The Cards will play the first of three matches in the tournament on Friday at 7:30 p.m., ET against Western Kentucky. Saturday's matchups for Louisville include Morehead State at 11 a.m., ET, and Penn State at 7 p.m., ET.
Louisville enters the 2012 season ranked No. 31 in the AVCA preseason poll and will be defending the BIG EAST regular season champion title after posting an overall record of 24-9 (13-1) in 2011. U of L made its 13th straight NCAA appearance in 2011, earning a win over Ball State before falling to No. 5 seed Purdue. The Cardinals will be returning All-American and All-BIG EAST Player of the Year Lola Arslanbekova, as well as All-BIG EAST selection Emily Juhl. Coach Anne Kordes is also bringing in eight new faces to the team, including Hannah Kvitle, a transfer from Saint Louis, and local phenom and National High School Player of the Year Katie George from Assumption.
Western Kentucky finished 31-4 after losing to Marquette in the NCAA tournament. WKU ended last season ranked 23rd after being led by returning All-Americans Jordyn Skinner and Melanie Stutsman. Morehead State won both the Ohio Valley Conference regular season and tournament titles in 2011. The Eagles completed the season with a 26-9 record and lost to Purdue in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Ellie Roberson, Aryn Bohannon, Leslie Schellhaas, Caitlin Clark and Laura McDermott will look to lead MSU as they have been named to the Preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference Team.
The Penn State women's volleyball team is heading into the 2012 season ranked No. 3 in the AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll. Returning All-Americans Deja McClendon, Katie Slay, and Ariel Scott will look to lead the team after an impressive 2011 campaign in which PSU had an overall record of 26-8 and made it to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA tournament before losing to eventual national champion UCLA.
Following this weekend's Active Ankle Challenge, the Cardinals will host Kentucky on Aug. 29 at 7:30 p.m., ET at the KFC Yum! Center.