This marked the end of the Lady Govs’ successful regular season. The post-season brings new foes awaiting the Lady Govs.
The first two sets were close from beginning to end, but the Cardinals were ultimately successful in dispatching the Lady Govs. Both teams used a pair of runs to keep it interesting, and the Cardinals used an 8-1 run to capture the first set victory.
APSU came out strong in the second set and utilized an 8-2 run at the beginning to jump ahead. They proceeded to score five service aces over a span of 10 points which helped them push their lead to nine and eventually hold the advantage to score the 25-18 set win.
They were able to maintain their lead until the end of the set when the Lady Govs used a 6-2 run to tie the set at 22-22, but the Cardinals scored three of the set’s final four points and were able to score the victory.
The fourth set was similar for the Lady Govs as they saw the Cardinals reel off eight straight points to increase their lead to 16-8. APSU fought back and was able to close to within two points at 23-21.
In the end, Louisville scored the match’s final two points and was the victory with a 25-21 set win.
According to APSU Sports Information, coach Haley Janicek believes the Lady Govs showed promise in a pressure packed environment.
“I believe the team showed a lot of tenacity today. They played in a tough environment against a good team. Our goals are still the same — to get better every day — and we did that.”
Junior Ilyanna Hernandez led the Lady Govs with 15 kills and a .297 attack percentage. Sophomore Nikki Doyle also had 10 kills and sophomore Alex Sain contributed 9.
Upon returning home, the Lady Govs learned they will be playing in Champaign, Ill. against No. 8 ranked Illinois Fighting Illini Friday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. in the NCAA Tournament. Illinois has a 14-6 conference record. TAS