LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Newly ranked Louisville lived up to the billing as the 25th-ranked Cardinals handed Duke a 3-0 (15-25, 16-25, 21-25) setback in ACC play Friday evening in Cardinal Arena.
Louisville (12-4, 5-0 ACC) remained undefeated in conference competition and extended its overall win streak to six consecutive matches. The Cards raced to an early lead and never allowed Duke (7-7, 1-4 ACC) to find its rhythm.
“Louisville is a very physical and aggressive team and they didn’t make a lot of mistakes tonight,” said head coach Jolene Nagel. “After set one, Louisville didn’t have any hitting errors. They were able to control the tempo of the match. We did some good things to counter their offense in the third set but we needed to be able to do that sooner in the match.”
Louisville outside hitter Melanie McHenry led all players with 15 kills and Megan Sloan had 11 to pace the home team. The Cards’ defense held the Blue Devils to a .152 clip while Louisville posted a .364 hitting percentage.
Freshman outside hitter Ade Owokoniran had a team-high eight kills for the Blue Devils, hitting .333 for the match. Fellow freshman Mackenzie Cole picked up a team-best 12 digs to anchor the back line.
Louisville dropped 16 kills without an attack error in the first set before hitting .346 in the second. Duke began the third with a four-point lead but was unable to hold off the Cards down the stretch.
Duke continues its second ACC road trip of the season with a stop in South Bend, Ind., to take on Notre Dame at 1 p.m., Sunday, October 7 on ACC Network Extra.