LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville's 13-match win streak and season came to a close tonight in the first round of the NCAA tournamnet in Champaign, Illinois. The Cardinals lost to former Big East rival Marquette, a team they defeated three times last season.
Sacred Heart grad Emily Juhl finished her career by sharing team honors with fellow senior Brooke Mattingly with 11 kills each but the Cardinals fell in three straight to the Golden Eagles 25-23, 25-22, 25-19.
"We were so excited going into the matchup," said U of L head coach Anne Kordes. " We were familiar with Marquette's fast offense. A lot of credit goes to them because I tell you what, they sped it up. I think the biggest difference was errors on our end. We had seven or eight to their two hitting in the first set. Our service errors made it difficult to gain momentum and string points together. They were siding out really well, so hats off to them. I am proud of our players. I thought we battled and we had some areas of our game that we normally excel at that slipped through the cracks. Maybe it was pressure or momentum. My heart is breaking for my team right now because we thought we were destined to go a little bit further in the tournament. I couldn't be more proud or appreciative of them and the senior seasons they had. "
Marquette used a 9-1 run to take command in the set three after U of L tied it at nine. It was the Golden Eagles first sweep in the 33-match series with the Cardinals and just their sixth win overall.
Louisville says good-bye to six seniors, finishing the season at 23-8.
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