Oct 17, 2012 10:43 AM by UL Sports Information
The squad's eighth straight sets sweep of the season and Mandi Gavin surpassing 3,000 career assists were the highlights for the Ragin' Cajuns volleyball team in Tuesday's match against UNO at the Human Performance Center.
Louisiana (13-11) dominated UNO (7-13) 47-23 in kills, hit .295 and dug up 48 Privateers attacks in securing a third straight victory. The Cajuns posted set victories of 25-18, 25-14, 25-22.
Gavin dished out her 3,000th career assist in the second set, becoming only the fourth player in program history to reach the mark. The Arlington, Texas native joins an elite group that includes school record holder Annette Carney (3,911), Kendra Hall (3,658) and Lisa Bordes (3,171). Gavin currently has 3,014 career assists.
The win also secured a winning non-conference record for the Cajuns. UL is presently 9-7 in non-SBC action, with only one non-conference affair remaining and that comes on Nov. 7 at Earl K. Long Gym against UNO.
Kelly Wiesmann led an attack of five Cajuns with at least six kills by throwing down 14 on only 25 attempts. Blair Claypoole joined her in double digits with 10 kills on 20 attempts.
Five different Cajuns - Claypoole, Andrea Hole, Lavinia Tatran, Tonice White and Wiesmann - all hit above .200. UL's team percentage was above .400 until 11 attack errors in the final set lowered the percentage below .300.
Gavin finished the match with 39 assists over three sets, finished with a team-high nine digs and contributed to three blocks (1 solo, 2 assists).
Louisiana averaged 16 digs per set with Gavin and libero Caitlyn Auxilien leading a quintet of players with at least seven digs with nine apiece. Auxilien lowered her total needed for 400 this season down to 43.
"The team did what they needed to do on the road to be successful," head coach Heather Mazeitis-Fontenot said. "It wasn't pretty, but we'll take it."
The loss ended a two-match home win streak for UNO, which received a team-high six kills from Laila Hansen. Marti Richmiller and Brionne Smith added five kills apiece for the Privateers.
It marked the first meeting between the former conference rivals (1987-2009) since the Privateers farewell season in the Sun Belt in 2009. The Cajuns have now won the past two meetings at the HPC and trimmed the Privateers lead in the all-time series to 48-33.
Louisiana returns to Sun Belt Conference play this weekend for the final matches against Sun Belt East Division opponents. UL travels to meet Troy on Saturday (9:30 a.m.) and South Alabama on Sunday (1 p.m.)
UL ended a closer than expected opening set - which featured 11 ties and six lead changes - by breaking an 18-all tie and proceeding to score the set's final six points. Tataran's sixth kill in her sixth attempt of the set landed the Cajuns set point and a 1-0 lead.
A 20-kill effort and sparkling .562 hitting percentage (20 kills, 2 errors, 32 attempts) landed the Cajuns an easy 25-14 victory in the middle stanza.
The third set was back-and-forth until a hot streak by the Cajuns ended a 13-all stalemate.
A White kill ignited a stretch in which the Cajuns scored eight of the next nine points for a 21-14 lead. A Wiesmann kill sandwiched by two Richmiller attack errors gave UL a 17-13 lead and prompted a UNO timeout. A Smith kill cut UNO's deficit to 17-14, then Claypoole countered with a kill and Gavin served up three straight points.
The Privateers would put forth a run of their own to get within two points before the Cajuns closed out the set 25-22. UL sealed the set victory after kills on consecutive rallies, one apiece from Tataran and White, pushed the advantage to 24-20.
The win marked the Cajuns' 44th dating back to 2010. UL needs two more victories to equal the most recent best three-year stretch since 46 wins were recorded under the direction of Chris Campell from 2000-02.
Louisiana locked up a winning non-conference mark for the second time in the past three seasons. Louisiana posted a 10-6 non-conference record in 2010. Over the past three seasons, head coach Heather Mazeitis-Fontenot has guided UL to a 27-21 non-conference mark.
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Louisiana vs New Orleans (Oct 16, 2012 at New Orleans, La.)
Site: Human Performance Center
Attend: 311 Time: 1:10
Louisiana def. New Orleans 25-18, 25-14, 25-22
Louisiana (13-11) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Wiesmann, Kelly 14-0-0; Claypoole, Blair 10-1-3; Tataran, Lavinia 9-0-0; White, Tonice 6-0-2; Hole, Andrea 6-2-2; Gavin, Mandi 1-1-3; Meade, Taylor 1-0-0; Totals 47-4-6.0. (Assists) - Gavin, Mandi 39. (Dig leaders) - Gavin, Mandi 9; Auxilien, Caitlyn 9; Hole, Andrea 8; Meade, Taylor 8
New Orleans (7-13) (Kills-aces-blocks) - HANSEN, Laila 6-0-2; RICHMILLER, Marti 5-1-0; SMITH, Brionne 5-0-4; BERRY, Taylor 4-2-2; BROWN, Nandi 2-0-1; VILLAR, Elena 1-0-0; LABRZYCKI, Ariane 0-3-2; Totals 23-6-6.0. (Assists) - LABRZYCKI, Ariane 20. (Dig leaders) - LEVY, Lauren 8; HANSEN, Laila 5