Middle Tennessee State vs. No. 24 Louisville

November 30th, 2007
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Middle Tennessee State holds off Louisville in Game 1 to win 30-28. Both teams hitting well, UL .364, MTS .349. The Cards have four blocks. Oddest statistic: it was a 2-point game but MTSU had 23 kills to UL’s 14.

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  • Cindy Luis November 30, 2007 at 3:03 pm

    Louisville has tied it up at 1, winning Game 2 30-18. Cardinals balanced attack led by Lecia Brown 9-0-9, Justine Landi 9-2-16. Both teams playing great defense, UL with 22 digs, MT with 24. UL, much taller, has an 8-0 edge in blocks.

  • Cindy Luis November 30, 2007 at 3:38 pm

    Momentum again changed sides of the court. MTSU wins Game 3 30-23, picking up 3.5 blocks, the Tigers’ first blocks of the match. Impressed by the scrappy defense from both teams. MTSU’s libero Ashley Lemau’u is really good. She’s from Long Beach Poly.
    Since we’re going to Game 4, I’m guessing this is considered overtime so I can do one more blog (at least) for this one.

  • Cindy Luis November 30, 2007 at 4:07 pm

    Going to 5. Louisville wins Game 4 30-27.

  • Cindy Luis November 30, 2007 at 4:25 pm

    For the second year in a row, Middle Tennesse State has upset Louisville.

  • Mike November 30, 2007 at 4:31 pm

    So seems like Middle Tennesse might match up better with the Bows. Both teams being smaller with scappy defenses that don’t rely too much on blocking?

    • Cindy Luis November 30, 2007 at 5:40 pm

      Will be an interesting game. If Hawaii can run their middle, they have a good shot at winning this one. It’s all about the matchups … and the ball control.

    • makamaimitten November 30, 2007 at 7:50 pm

      wahine’s no match for mts

  • 808 November 30, 2007 at 4:33 pm

    I assume you’re there watching the action live. Are you at all surprised the MTS beat Louisville, Cindy? Did Louisville just make more hitting/serving errors? I’m assuming they ended up outblocking MTS overall.

  • Cindy Luis November 30, 2007 at 5:38 pm

    Not surprised at all. Hawaii could be in trouble. MTS runs a very unorthodox offense, very quick with angled sets much like timing passing patters in football. Think MTS’ defense won the match. Louisville big but too slow for the quickness of MTS.

    • 808 November 30, 2007 at 5:46 pm

      Similar at all to GaTech’s offense back in 2003?

  • Cindy Luis November 30, 2007 at 6:23 pm

    Not exactly Kele had those bizarre touch sets. Clark does a really nice job on timed sets where the ball is out there with the hitter running up on it.

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