No. 9 Louisville defeated Belmont 3-1 in the first round of the NCAA Championship by the scores of 21-25, 25-19, 25-18 and 25-21. BIG EAST Player of the Year, senior Lola Arslanbekova, led the team with a match-high 19 kills and 10 digs to complete the double-double. Senior Gwen Rucker, the Most Outstanding Player of the BIG EAST Championship, registered 13 kills with a .370 hitting percentage and freshman Katie George dished out a team-high 27 assists to round out the top offensive performers for the Cardinals.
Louisville hosted Michigan the following day in the second round and was defeated by the Wolverines in four sets by the scores of 15-25, 25-22, 22-25 and 25-27. Arlsanbekova added another double-double with 18 kills and 17 digs. George and junior Hannah Kvitle led the offense with 23 and 22 assists respectively and junior Caitlin Welch tallied a match-high 32 digs.
Marquette was swept by No. 21 Creighton in the first round by scores of 22-25, 23-25 and 26-28. Three Golden Eagles’ registered double-digit kills. Seniors Holly Mertens and Danielle Carlson each posted 13 kills and freshman Erin Lehman added 10. Junior Elizabeth Koberstein dished out 41 assists and junior Julie Jeziorowski recorded a match-high 19 digs.
Notre Dame faced No. 14 Ohio State in the first round and lost, 3-0. The Buckeyes took the match by scores of 16-25, 21-25 and 17-25. Sophomore Jeni Houser led the team with 16 kills on 34 attempts and just three errors for a .382 hitting percentage and junior Maggie Brindock dished out 32 assists.