Ana Yartseva had 12 kills, ten digs and two blocks to lead the No .23 ranked University of Louisville to a 30-24, 30-28, 30-27 sweep of Cincinnati to finish the Conference USA season undefeated at 13-0 for the first time in school history.
U of L improves to 24-2 overall, while Cincinnati drops to 20-9 and 10-3 in league play.
"I am so proud that our team stayed focused for the two months of conference play and went undefeated at 13-0 which was our first team goal," said Leonid Yelin, U of L coach. "I also tip my hat to the U of L crowd which was going crazy the entire match and our players were feeding off the enthusiasm."
U of L had a standing room only crowd of 1,084
The Cardinals, ranked No. 3 in the nation in blocking, outblocked its 26th opponent with a 9-6 edge over UC at the net.
SOLD OUT Again!!
The University of Louisville football team is having an outstanding season on the field, and that's translated into success at the turnstiles. With the Cincinnati game sold out, the Cardinals have sold out four of their five home games in 2004.
Looking toward the last home game on November 27 against Cincinnati, the Cardinals are averaging 41,260 fans per game, which is the best mark in school history. Louisville averaged a school-best 38,547 in 2000. The Cardinals also rank among the best in the country in season tickets sales at approximately 34,500.
"The response from the fans has been outstanding," said head coach Bobby Petrino. "They've been big reason why we're undefeated at home this year and 9-1 in two years. They should be commended for their efforts."
Three New Birds
University of Louisville men's tennis coach Rex Ecarma has announced the addition of three newcomers: Thibout Barnoud, Ben Clos and Tony Teufel. They will be freshmen in the 2005-06 season.
"I am very excited about this year's recruiting class which brings an impressive combination of athletics, work ethic and character," said Ecarma. "These are coachable athletes who are good role models, have good reputations in their communites and each one is a good student as well."
Barnoud joins the Cardinals from Owensboro, Ky., where he is a senior at Owensboro Catholic High School. He won the Midwest U. S. Open Doubles Championship and came in fifth in the Midwest U.S Open Singles Tournament. Barnoud was also named to the Kentucky All-State Team in 2003.
"Thibout is ranked among the top 16 year-olds in the United States," said Ecarma. "He is an incredible student and has great leadership skills despite his age of 16. Thibout qualified for two of the biggest junior national tournaments and is a very coachable player. We rate him among the top three players in Kentucky and we think he has a bright future at U of L. Thibout will really benefit from competing and training with next year's team."
Clos, a Louisville, Ky. native from St. Xavier High School, was a finalist in the Kentucky State High School Championship in 2004 and helped lead his high school team to the state title.
"Ben is probably a favorite to win the 2005 Kentucky State Tournament," said Ecarma. "He has a well-known reputation for his strong work ethic. We rated Ben the top prospect in the state of Kentucky and he has the potential to help us early in his career. Ben is a quiet person, a great student and is someone who will represent U of L in a first class manner. "
Teufel, a Cincinnati, Ohio native from Princeton High School, is a three-time Ohio State Tournament Finalist and a member of the All-Midwestern U.S. team. He was named the Cincinnati Player of the Year, earned Ohio All-State team honors and won two national open doubles tournaments.
"Tony was among the most accomplished 16-year olds in the country last year," said Ecarma. "He has been ranked as high as the top five in the country in doubles and was rated one of the top four players in the Midwest. Tony has been coached by two people who have succeed at the highest level in college tennis and he is well-prepared for this level of competition."
Louisville will open the 2005 spring season on January 14 when the Cards play host to Wright State and Murray State in a doubleheader at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center. The matches are slated to start at noon and 6:00 p.m. respectively.
NCAA Birth On the Line
The University of Louisville men's cross country team will be looking to earn one of two available automatic bids into the NCAA Championships later this month as the Cardinals face a field of more than 30 teams at the NCAA Southeast Regional hosted by East Carolina University on Saturday in Greenville, N.C.
The men's 10,000-meter race is set to begin at 12:15 p.m. ET at the Lake Christi Cross Country Course. The women's 6,000-meter race will begin at 11 a.m., followed by the men's race and the awards presentation at 1:30 p.m. The race in Greenville is one of nine regional meets around the nation on Saturday, with the top two teams from each regional earning an automatic bid into the NCAA Championships on Nov. 22 in Terre Haute, Ind.
The Cards enter Saturday's regional following a third-place showing at the Conference USA Championships on Oct. 30 in Chicago.