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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Maya McClendon hit .317 and finished with17 kills from off the bench to lead the offensive attack for the University of Louisville volleyball team as they fell to the University of Illinois 15-25, 25-22, 25-18, 27-25 in the second round of the NCAA tournament Saturday night at Cardinal Arena.
Senior setter Katie George contributed a double-double as she finished with 47 assists and 11 digs, including a .455 hitting percentage on five kills. Senior outside hitter Erin Fairs added 14 kills, and Janelle Jenkinsand Molly Sauer finished with 12 and 11 digs, respectively. The Cardinals finish the season 25-7 overall and the Illini improve to 21-12 as they were led by 26 kills from Jocelynn Birks, who finished with a .426 hitting percentage. Jordyn Poulter added 46 assists and Julia Conard led four Illini players in double digits with 16 digs. Illinois will advance to the Des Moines Regional next week.
Louisville roared out of the gate in the first set to build an early 10-4 advantage forcing an Illinois timeout after three straight Illini attack errors. Illinois closed the gap but a pair of aces from Maggie DeJong and kills from Erin Fairs and Tess Clark forced the final Illini timeout of the set with the Cards leading 16-8.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – No. 23 North Carolina volleyball saw its season come to a close on Saturday evening, falling in four sets to #16-seed Creighton in the Second Round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament. The Bluejays punched their ticket to San Diego to participate in the program’s first-ever NCAA Regional, improving to 27-8 on the year, while Carolina finishes the season at 21-10.
After winning the first set in a down-to-the-wire, 32-30, decision, Carolina lost its footing and dropped the next three sets, 25-18, 25-18, 25-14. Saturday’s contest was the 10th Second Round match in Carolina program history, and a win would have meant the Tar Heels’ third trip to NCAA Regionals and second straight.
Carolina controlled the pace of the first set, running out to a 16-11 lead, but Creighton erased a 22-18 deficit to knot the score at 22. A kill by Leigh Andrew kept UNC on top, but a pair of Bluejay kills allowed Creighton to get to set point first, 24-23. The set was far from over, as Creighton and Carolina both reached set point four times, but a huge solo block by Taylor Leath finally ended the first set in favor of the Tar Heels, 32-30.