No. 20 Volleyball Improves Streak to 20

The University of Louisville Cardinal volleyball team honored seniors Candace Cogan and Bing Sun in their final appearance in front of the U of L fans on senior night in Cardinal Arena Saturday. And in her last appearance, Sun led the Cards with 16 kills and 10 digs, as the Cards swept the Pittsburgh Panthers 30-22, 30-24, 30-25.

"It was a fitting performance for Bing to go out on," said Leonid Yelin. "She has fought through some injury problems and seems to be back to 100 percent."

With the win, U of L extends its streak to 20 straight matches and 57 straight games, sweeping its last 18 matches. The Cardinals improve to 28-2 with Pitt falling to 21-10.

In the first game, Pitt led 9-5 after going on an early 5-0 run, but U of L then went on a run of its own to tie the game at nine apiece.

After some even play and another short run by the Cards, the Panthers called a timeout. Pitt scored the game's next two points, but U of L shut down the Panthers the rest of the way, outscoring Pitt 11-6 to finish the game. U of L hit a blistering .447 to the Panthers .208 in game one to aid their cause.

In the second set, after Pittsburgh took an early 3-2 lead, the Cards reeled off three straight, in the midst of a 6-3 run with two coming on kills by Steph Marsh. But the Panthers battled back to take the lead 9-8. Pitt would continue to lead until U of L forced a timeout by Pitt after taking the lead on a kill by Lena Ustymenko and a service ace by Ana Yartseva. Pitt would get no closer than two the rest of the game as the Cards scored seven of the game's last 10 points.

In game three, U of L jumped out to an early 6-2 lead, and would lead 9-5 before Pitt called an early timeout. The Cards then quickly scored two more, and the Panthers again called a timeout.

Those timeouts did not swing momentum as U of L continued to hit .375 against Pitt. But after U of L took its largest lead at 24-16, the Panthers rallied to get back into the game by scoring four straight and five of the next six to make it 25-21, however they would get no closer.

U of L kept alive its season long streak of outblocking its opponents by outblocking the Panthers 6-2.

Sophomore Ana Yartseva had 7 kills with Ustymenko adding 13 and six digs. Junior setter Jennifer Craven had 37 assists. Marsh led the Cards with 12 digs.

U of L awaits its NCAA draw on the NCAA Volleyball Selection show Sunday, November 28 at 7 p.m. on ESPN News. U of L clinched C-USA's automatic bid by winning the Conference USA Tournament.

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