Louisville doesn't want to waste their status as the country's best
Louisville is the only unbeaten college volleyball team. Despite the spotless record, the Cardinals do not want to be complacent in future games. They have been the best team in the country and they want to keep it going for the rest of the 2021-22 season.
Ever since Claire Chaussee and the rest of the seniors joined the team, Louisville was always known as the underdog. They embraced that role but this season, they can’t be called the plucky underdogs anymore. They need to improve even more because they have a target on their backs every game.
Lipscomb University coach Brandon Rosenthal has described the Louisville attackers as a four or five-headed monster. They are not as highly touted as Georgia Tech’s Julia Bergmann but this lineup is filled to the brim with talent. It’s not a surprise that the Cards are the best team in the country with how they have performed over the past few months.
Since they have strong attackers, setter Tori Dilfer is relied upon to be their main playmaker. She knows her responsibility as the key piece for their offence. Dilfer said, ‘Our best is better than anything that anybody can bring at us. We’re in a good position (but) we can raise it. There are small things we can get better at. You’re going to see an even better team in late December, and I’m excited’.
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The last Division I team that had an unbeaten record was Penn State when they did it back-to-back in 2008 and 2009. Cards head coach Dani Busboom Kelly believes in her team as they look to secure a spotless record.
However, Kelly does not want this team to suffer a loss because she knows they can keep their record spotless. She said, ‘Normally I would, but not with this team. I feel like we have the maturity to handle it. I don’t think it’s the end of the world if we lose one, but I don’t want to lose one’.
It will be an interesting month as the Cards look to secure a spotless record.
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Words: Cholo Martin