Volleyball to Host No. 13 Louisville on ESPNU|
Oct. 26, 2012
CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati volleyball team will play host to No. 13 University of Louisville on Sun., Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. at Fifth Third Arena. The match will be broadcast live on ESPNU.
UC enters the weekend with a 9-14 record and a 7-3 mark in BIG EAST play. The Bearcats, winners of seven of their last 10 matches, currently sit at fourth in the league standings. The split its two matches on the road last week, falling to Marquette and sweeping Syracuse.
The Bearcats are led by defensive specialist Emily MacIntyre (Muncie, Ind./Yorktown) who ranks second in the BIG EAST with 6.07 digs/set in conference matches. The junior is third in program history with 1,454 career digs and second with a 4.19 digs/set ratio.
Offensively, senior Emily Hayden (Louisville, Ky./Assumption) paces the team with a .307 attacking percentage after hitting .647 with 12 kills in her last outing against Syracuse. She currently ranks sixth in the UC record book with a .307 career clip. Senior Jordanne Scott (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) has produced 4.40 kills/set this season. She ranks seventh in program history with 1,520 career kills and is only 14 away from moving into sixth place. Senior Rachel Rohlfs (Cincinnati, Ohio/Grand Valley State) leads UC with 10.70 assists/set.
The Bearcats will be celebrating its Think Pink match in honor of breast cancer awareness and is encouraging all fans to wear pink.
Cincinnati is 17-33 against its longtime rivals from the south. Since the two teams joined the BIG EAST in 2005, the Bearcats are 2-7 against the Cardinals, including a 3-1 loss in the title match of the 2009 BIG EAST Championship. UC has lost the last four matches and has not won since a sweep of UofL on Oct. 23, 2009 at Fifth Third Arena. In the last meeting between the two teams, a 3-0 Cardinal sweep in Louisville, Ky., Emily Hayden led the Bearcats with eight kills and a .316 hitting percentage.
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No. 13 Louisville is 20-3 on the season and currently sits atop the BIG EAST standings with a 9-1 record. All three of the Cardinals’ losses have come at the KFC Yum! Center, and the team is looking to close out its road schedule at Cincinnati with an unbeaten road record. The Cardinals lead the conference in assists (13.16/set) and kills (13.99/set) while ranking third in hitting percentage (.251), third in blocks (2.34/set) and second in digs (17.16/set). UofL is led by Lola Arslanbekova, the 2011 BIG EAST Player of the Year and the 2012 preseason BIG EAST Player of the Year. The senior, a four-time BIG EAST Player of the Week recipient, leads the conference and ranks third in the NCAA with 5.03 kills/set. Senior Gwen Rucker leads the team with a .337 hitting percentage and is first in the BIG EAST with 1.32 blocks/game.