Louisville Upset By Madison in Sectional Final – Volleyball
#20 Madison 24-27-25-25, #18 Louisville 26-25-17-16
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The #18 seed Louisville Leopards Volleyball Team was upset by the #20 seed Madison Blue Streaks 26-24, 25-27, 17-25, 16-25 in their DI Jackson Sectional Final Tournament match Thursday Evening at Jackson High School. With the loss, Louisville finishes the season with a final record of 10-13.
The Lady Leopards won a hard fought opening match 26-24 and looked poised to pull ahead by two sets. Louisville held leads of 13-9, 19-14, and 21-16 throughout the second set. However, Madison answered back with an 8-2 rally to capture a 24-23 lead. The two teams battled back and forth before the Blue Streaks eventually won set two 27-25. Riding momentum, Madison remained in command throughout the third and fourth set to advance to districts.
Louisville Seniors Shine Bright in Final Match
Senior captain and libero Emma Davis finished with a team high 18 digs on defense and 3 aces serving in her final match as a Lady Leopard. Fellow senior, defensive specialist Bridget DeJacimo, ended her varsity career leading Louisville in serving with 8 points and 3 aces.
“Thank You to our fabulous group of seniors for their dedication and hard work put into this program and thank you to our parents and fans for all the support this season.
– Head Coach Alicia Mihelic
Sophomores Lead the Leopards Offense
Fellow sophomore middle hitter/opposite hitter Sloane Sypolt led the Leopards offense with 11 kills. Burick also tallied 25 assists to set up the Louisville attack.
Louisville Volleyball Recent Tournament History
The Lady Leopards have now lost three of of their last four tournament openers with the exception coming in 2020 when they finished as DI District Runner-Ups. LHS is now 21-18 in tournament play since rally scoring began in 2004.
Louisville is also an even 15-15 in the postseason since entering Division I in 2007. This young group of Leopards will look to turn that into a winning mark in the seasons to come.
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