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Sep 27, 2013 11:39 AM

Cajuns Roundup: Soccer, Volleyball Start SBC Play

RAGIN' CAJUNS TO OPEN SUN BELT PLAY AGAINST TEXAS STATE, UTA

LAFAYETTE - Off to its best start since the 1990 campaign, the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns volleyball team opens Sun Belt Conference play on Friday when it travels to San Marcos, Texas to face league newcomer Texas State at Strahan Coliseum.

First serve is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Live statistics, live audio and a live video stream (subscription required) will be available on the volleyball schedule page at RaginCajuns.com.

After facing Texas State (10-5) on Friday, the Ragin' Cajuns will conclude the opening weekend of league play on Saturday when they face another league newcomer - UT Arlington (7-6) - in a 7 p.m. contest at College Park Center on the UTA campus.

Louisiana (10-4), which posted the best non-conference record among Sun Belt schools, returns to action after competing last week at the Ole Miss Rebel Classic in Oxford, Miss. The Ragin' Cajuns earned wins over Chattanooga and Southern Miss before dropping a four-set match against Ole Miss in the finale.

Lavinia Tataran leads the Ragin' Cajuns on offense, averaging 3.02 kills per set, which is sixth in the Sun Belt Conference. Sara Mossakowski (2.78) ranks ninth in the league in kills per set with Andrea Hole ranking third in the Sun Belt with 10.39 assists.

Mossakowski (0.40), Taylor Meade (0.39) and Hole (0.32) rank among the top six players in the league in service aces. Freshman Chanelle Gardner is third in the SBC in blocks (1.12) and junior Caitlyn Auxilien is sixth in the conference with 4.20 digs per set.

Cajuns Soccer Begins Sun Belt at GSU and WKU

LAFAYETTE, La. - The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Soccer team will open Sun Belt Conference play on Friday when they take on conference newcomer Georgia State in Atlanta, Ga, at 6 CST. Louisiana will continue league play on Sunday when it takes on Western Kentucky in Bowling Green, Ky, at noon.

The Cajuns will be playing their first game in over 12 days, and first game on the road since Aug. 23 when they traveled to Oxford, Miss. to take on Ole Miss. Louisiana was scheduled to play Nicholls State in Thibodaux on Sept. 8, but it was moved to Lafayette due to rain. The Cajuns were also slated to play at Houston on Sept. 20, but that was cancelled, also due to rain.

The last time the Cajuns played they swept a weekend series, picking up wins against Prairie View A&M (5-1) on Sept. 13 and Mississippi Valley State (3-0) on Sept. 15.

Freshman Annika Schmidt had the best weekend of her career, scoring four goals against Prairie View, and one against Mississippi Valley State. She was named the Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Week on the following Tuesday.

She leads the team with 9 goals on the season, adding one assist for 19 points in nine games, which is the third most in a season at Louisiana.

It will be the first meeting between Louisiana and Georgia State, and the first Sun Belt game of the season for each. WKU holds a 10-1-2 lead all-time over Louisiana, playing to a 1-1 tie in the last meeting. Before that, WKU owned a four game winning streak.

The Cajuns will stay on the road when they take on ULM on Oct. 6, before returning home for a three-game homestand, starting on Oct. 11 against UALR.

Live stats can be found at the following links:

Georgia State Live Stats - http://www.georgiastatesports.com/liveStats/liveStats.dbml?SPID=5657&DB_OEM_ID=12700&LIST_SPORT_KEY=W_SOCCER

WKU Live Stats - http://www.wkusports.com/gametracker/launch/gt_wsoccer.html?event=1263078&school=wky&sport=wsoccer&camefrom=&startschool=&

WKU Live Stream - http://www.wkusports.com/allaccess/?email=SID&error_code=2&message=A%20valid%20email%20is%20required&login_media_id=400290


Former Golf Standout Finishes Second At European Q School

GÖHREN-LEBBIN, Germany - Former Ragin' Cajuns golf standout Philipp Fendt finished in a tie for second at the First Qualifying Stage carding a four-round score of 14-under par (274) at the Golf & Country Club Fleesensee in Göhren-Lebbin, Germany.

With the performance, Fendt was one of 24 golfers to advance to the Second Qualifying Stage as he continues his quest to earn a spot on the European Tour.

"After I had been out for three months due to a back injury, it was uncertain whether I could participate in any tournaments this fall," Fendt said. "Thanks to my doctors I was able to start practicing again, and in the third week of August and signed up for Q School last minute.

"Going into Q School my game and body both felt better than ever even though I had only been practicing for three weeks. I took perfect advantage of the first tee time on the first day and shot a 67 right out the gates."

After rounds of 69 and 72, the Vienna, Austria native went on to shoot a 66 (-6) in the final round to seal the progression to the next round. Fendt was a fixture in the Ragin' Cajuns lineup from 2008-12 posting a strong 73.08 scoring average in four years.

Fendt is coming off of a tournament title at Austrian Professional Golfers Championship where he shot rounds of 67, 70 and 63 to win by five strokes.

"It has been two really great weeks, which have given me loads of confidence for second stage of Q School," Fendt added.

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