Sept. 21, 2011
The Louisville Cardinal volleyball team (8-4) returns home when it opens up BIG EAST play against St. John's (9-8) on Friday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. The Cards move into their new home at the KFC Yum! Center, for their first of six matches downtown. The Cardinals remain home at the KFC Yum! Center on Sunday, Sept. 25 when they play host to Connecticut (8-5) at 2 p.m. There will be a free postgame youth clinic following Sunday's match.
Louisville opens up conference play as the favorite. The Cardinals were picked by the league's coaches to capture the regular-season title. Preseason Player of the Year Lola Arslanbekova has been unstoppable as of late. The junior has been named to three straight all-tournament teams, most recently the BIG EAST/Big Ten Challenge. Arslanbekova recorded a career-high 30 kills on Saturday against Illinois en route to her fourth double-double of the season. Louisville is coming off of a heartbreaking 0-2 week where they lost to both #14 Purdue and #3 Illinois in five sets. Fans can watch the action on CardsTV and follow the action through Gametracker on www.UofLSports.com.
Louisville leads the all-time series against St. John's 3-2. The Cardinals have swept the last two matches. Tanya Lukyanenko led Louisville with 10 kills against the Red Storm last season. Gwen Rucker and Taylor Brauneis
combined for 10 blocks while Brauneis led the defense with eight digs. Louisville held St. John's to a .157 hitting percentage. This year St. John's has a 9-8 record on the season and returns 14 players. The Red Storm is coming off a 3-1 loss to Columbia last weekend.
The Cardinals have never lost to the Huskies, taking all seven matches while only dropping four sets. Last season, Tanya Lukyanenko led Louisville with a career-high 12 kills. The junior recorded a .435 hitting percentage against the Huskies. Taylor Brauneis notched a double-double with 24 assists and 12 digs. Anastasia Artemeva led Louisville at the net with six blocks, including three solo. Connecticut was held to a .021 hitting percentage. UConn is 8-5 overall on the season. The Huskies will play U of L travel partner Cincinnati (7-6) before coming to face the Cardinals.
For fans making their first trip to the KFC Yum! Center, the ticket office opens one hour prior to first serve and player-guest list and guest services will be located in the lobby of KFC Yum! Center. Single match tickets and Will Call Windows are located outside on the plaza. Fans can purchase group tickets for $2 each for groups of 10 or more. Groups sales must contact the ticket office at 852-5863 at least 24 hours prior to the match.
There are many parking options within five blocks of the KFC Yum! Center. Parking garages and surface lots will be available for a fee. Limited on-street parking is also available.