Nov. 20, 2012
The No. 9 University of Louisville women's volleyball team is set to host the Belmont Bruins (18-15, 11-5 Ohio Valley) on Nov. 23 at 5:00 p.m., ET in Cardinal Arena. The Cardinals face the Bruins as part of the Louisville-Ohio Valley Conference Challenge.
The No. 9 Cards (28-3, 15-1 BIG EAST) are currently in the midst of a 12-game winning streak that extends back to Oct. 12. This past weekend, Louisville defeated St. John's (3-0), Cincinnati (3-0), and Marquette (3-0) to win the BIG EAST Championship. This marked the first time that Louisville has won the BIG EAST Championship and regular season titles in the same season.
Belmont defeated top-seeded Morehead State (3-1) in the OVC title match to earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament and a spot in the Louisville-OVC Challenge. The Bruins have won five games in a row and have an extended streak of winning 10 of their last 11 matches.
The Cardinals lead the all-time series vs. Belmont 1-0 (14-25, 25-18, 25-22, 25-18), having won the only meeting on Aug. 29 of 2009.
Belmont has used a balanced offensive attack this season and they have tallied a .200 attack percentage as a team. Opposite hitter Jen Myer leads the team in kills with 308 (2.83 k/set), followed by middle blocker Alex Martin with 261 kills (2.44 k/set). Outside hitter/defensive specialist Scarlet Gable has added 252 kills (2.08 k/set), middle blocker/right-side hitter Jocelyn Youngdahl 248 kills (2.05 k/set), and middle blocker Allison McCoy has totaled 201 kills (2.75 k/set, 337 attack %) this season for the Bruins. Leading the Bruins in assists is setter Hannah Miranda who has notched 1,204 on the year for an average of 10.56 per set.
Belmont has held their opponents to a lower attack percentage of .197 this year. On defense, Belmont is led by libero/defensive specialist Jamie Lundstrum who has racked up the most digs this year by recording 615 for an average of 5.08 per set. Alex Martin has led the Bruins' defensive presence at the net with 86 blocks (.80 blk/set).