Volleyball Entertains Louisville at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday

Oct. 16, 2008

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BEARCATS RETURN TO BIG EAST ACTION: Cincinnati puts its six-match winning streak on the line when it welcomes Louisville to Fifth Third Arena for a 7:30 p.m. showdown on Saturday, Oct. 18. Fans are encouraged to wear black in order to BLACK OUT Fifth Third Arena for the match.

ROLLING ALONG: For the first time in nearly two weeks, Cincinnati played a match outside of Fifth Third Arena when it traveled to Bowling Green, Ky. on Tuesday, Oct. 14, to take on Western Kentucky. The Bearcats defeated the Lady Toppers in four sets as four Cincinnati players recorded 10-plus kills in the win. The win was Cincinnati's sixth straight victory.

HARPENAU NAMED BIG EAST FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: After helping propel the University of Cincinnati's volleyball team to a 3-0 record last week, freshman outside hitter Missy Harpenau was named the BIG EAST Freshman of the Week, the conference office announced on Monday, Oct. 13. Harpenau had a breakout week for Cincinnati last week, which began with a kill-dig double-double versus Dayton on Tuesday, Oct. 7. Against the Flyers, Harpenau matched a then career-high with 12 kills and notched 10 digs. During the team's next match against Seton Hall on Friday, Oct. 10, Harpenau registered a new career high with 18 kills en route to a .333 hitting percentage. In the final match of the week versus Villanova, Harpenau put together a solid all-around performance with seven kills, eight digs and three blocks. For the week, the Cincinnati native averaged 3.08 kps, 2.18 dps and 0.50 bps.

RISING UP TO THE CHALLENGE: The absence of freshman Kelsey Brandl from the starting lineup has give sophomore Lindsay Upton and opportunity and the Cincinnati native has taken advantage of her chance. Since beind inserted into the starting lineup, Upton has been a consistant all-around performer. Since Oct. 3, Upton is averaging 1.61 kps, 0.39 saps, 0.52 dps and 1.00 bps. Some of Upton's highlights over the past six contests were her seven block assists versus Seton Hall, two three service ace performances versus Dayton and Seton Hall, and a season-high 10-kill outing versus DePaul.

HOME COOKING: Cincinnati improved to 9-0 on the season at home with BIG EAST wins over Seton Hall and Villanova last weekend. The Bearcats are hitting .296 at home compared to .169 for their opponents and Cincinnati also averages 2.81 bps in home matches. Cincinnati has matches at home on Saturday, Oct. 18 versus Louisville and on Tuesday, Oct. 21 versus Morehead State, before hitting the road for conference matches at Syracuse and at Marquette.

SECOND TO NONE, ALMOST: Senior Jessie Nevitt is closing in on becoming one of the top blockers in CIncinnati history. Nevitt needs just six block assists and 10 total blocks to pass Stephanie Meinig (1997-2000) for first place on both career charts. Nevitt currently owns 513 career block assists and 584 total blocks.

ABOUT LOUISVILLE: The Cardinals enter their lone contest of the week with a 8-9 overall mark and a 4-2 BIG EAST record. Cincinnati and Louisville are currently tied for fourth place in the conference entering Saturday. The Cardinals are one of the nation's top blocking teams, averaging 2.93 blocks per set, which ranks fourth nationally behind Penn State, Colorado State and Utah. Lecia Brown is the team's top blocker and the eighth best in the nation, averaging 1.46 bps. On the offensive side of the court, Justine Landi leads the team with 3.30 kps.

THE SERIES WITH THE CARDINALS: Louisville owns a 29-15 advantage in the all-time series and the Cards have won four straight meetings over the Bearcats. Louisville also owns a 9-4 record when playing in Cincinnati.