Cardinal Volleyball to play for title tonight

Following an impressive 13-0 run through the Conference USA volleyball schedule, the Louisville squad is poised to sweep through the C-USA Conference tournament on Monday night at Cardinal Arena.

The No. 1 seeded Cardinals have yet to drop a set during the tournament, sweeping both Houston and Memphis to set up the title game matchup with No. 3 seeded Marquette at 8:00 p.m. Monday night.

Louisville head coach Leonid Yelin, who was named both the Conference USA Coach of the Year and Coach of the Decade earlier this week, believes that the do or die format of the tournament provides more pressure to his team than protecting the perfect conference season.

"Not because of that, but there is always pressure for our players, or any team, when the conference tournament starts," said Yelin. "You have to take it one match at a time now, so you can hope to play tomorrow."

Playing in front of near capacity crowds nearly all season at home, Louisville hopes to continue its winning ways for the home fans.

"Sometimes it puts more pressure on our kids, then it does on the other ones," Yelin said of the home crowds. "None of the other teams in our conference have these large size crowds. I think it inspires them though, so it's great to have the fans come out."

Because of their continued success and the constant growth of volleyball interest in the River City, the University of Louisville will host one of the NCAA Regionals this season, giving the Cardinals, should they make it that far into the tournament, a realistic chance to reach the NCAA Final Four.

However, for Yelin and his Cardinal squad, the thought of possibly playing in front of a home crowd for a chance to go to the Final Four for the first time in school history has yet to cross his or his players minds.

"This year the regionals will be here, but we still have to make it through the first and second rounds," continued Yellin. "We haven't thought about it and don't even talk about it. We just have to take every game like it the last one."

And one at a time they have all season, compiling an impressive overall record of 26-2 on the season.

For tickets to tonights C-USA Championship, call (502) 852.5151 or visit the ticket window at Cardinal Arena.

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