Sep 1, 2013 4:06 PM by UL Sports Information

UL Volleyball Bounces Back For Win In Houston Tournament

HOUSTON - Sara Mossakowski and Lavinia Tataran combined to record 21 kills and the Louisiana volleyball team bounced back from an early morning setback to blank Nebraska-Omaha, 25-16, 25-13, 25-21 in the Marriott Houston Westchase Classic on Saturday at Sharp Gym.

In the opening match of the day, the Ragin' Cajuns hit a season-low .161 at the net while allowing host Houston Baptist to sizzle in the final two sets in a 27-25, 25-18, 25-19 setback. HBU (2-1) went on the claim the team title after defeating UT Pan American in a five-set marathon late Saturday.

Mossakowski and Tataran, who combined for 69 of Louisiana's 125 kills during the weekend, were each named to the All-Tournament team.

"We finally saw the team in full force tonight for the first time this season," head coach Heather Mazeitis-Fontenot said. "We kind of started and stopped (on Friday) against UTPA and generated no offense against HBU. We modified some things heading into the UNO match and the team that I've seen in practice showed up. It was fun to watch."

Louisiana (2-1) returns to action on Tuesday when it travels to Lorman, Miss., to face Alcorn State in a 7 p.m. contest. The match, the first of two in a five-day period between the schools, ends a four-match road trip for the Ragin' Cajuns, who will host the inaugural Sawyer Camillo Memorial Classic that begins Friday at Earl K. Long Gym.

The Ragin' Cajuns will host Alcorn State, Nicholls State and Houston in the two-day, four-team event.

After claiming the opening set that was fueled by a scorching .519 average (15-1-27) at the net and an 11-4 closing run, Louisiana opened the second set with a 5-0 lead and never looked back against the Mavericks. The Ragin' Cajuns hit a season-best .350 at the net (36-8-80) with Kelly Wiesmann hitting .583 (7-0-12) and Mossakowski posting a .455 clip (12-2-22).

Andrea Hole recorded 31 assists for the Ragin' Cajuns while Caitlyn Auxilien leading the team with 12 digs.

Tataran, who finished with nine kills, was perfect in five attempts at the net for the Ragin' Cajuns while Mossakowski also added five kills while hitting .400 for the set. Louisiana finished with a .308 average (11-3-26) at the net in the second set and took advantage of shaky UNO hitting as the Mavericks were .029 (8-7-35).

The Ragin' Cajuns pulled away from a 2-2 contest in the third set with Chanelle Gardner and Wiesmann opening a 5-0 run with a block at the net. A pair of hitting errors by the Mavericks, a service ace by Hole and a kill by Wiesmann gave Louisiana a 7-2 lead that it would not lose.

UNO chipped away at the lead, getting as close as 21-20. But after a timeout, Mossakowski responded with a kill, UNO committed a pair of hitting errors and Hole would eventually close out the contest with a solo block of Elise Brown

The Ragin' Cajuns posted seven aces in the match with Kristen Armstrong and Andrea Hole recording two each.

Megan McStravick recorded 13 kills as host HBU (1-1) hit .308 for the match, including .417 (19-4-36) in the final set. Madeline Gaffney and Bailey Keith had nine kills each for the Huskies with Kayla Armer posting a double-double with 41 assists and 11 digs.

Both teams battled through eight ties and four lead changes in the opening set with HBU rallying late after the Ragin' Cajuns took a 24-23 lead after a timeout. A kill by Jessica Wooten and a block by Armer and Gaffney at the net gave HBU the chance to close out the first set before Abby Filce responded for the Ragin' Cajuns with a kill to knot the score at 25-25.

Gaffney stopped a Louisiana serve attempt with a kill before Armer gave the Huskies the opening set with a kill.

HBU used a 4-0 run midway through the second set as it pulled away from a 13-13 deadlock and took a 2-0 lead. Back-to-back kills by McStravick gave HBU a 15-13 lead, forcing Louisiana to call time out. The Huskies extended their lead after the break as a hitting error by Mossakowski and a kill by McStravick upped HBU's lead to 17-13.

The Huskies closed out the match hitting .417 at the net while using a 9-3 run to pull away from an 11-9 advantage.

Tataran led Louisiana with 13 kills with Mossakowski adding eight. Hole dished out 32 assists for the Ragin' Cajuns while Auxilien posted 15 digs.

Houston Baptist def. Louisiana 27-25, 25-18, 25-19
Louisiana (1-1) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Lavinia Tataran 13-0-1; Sara Mossakowski 8-1-2; Kelly Wiesmann 4-0-0; Abby Filce 4-0-3; Tonice White 3-0-0; Chanelle Gardner 3-0-1; Andrea Hole 2-1-2; Totals 37-2-6.0. (Assists) - Andrea Hole 32. (Dig leaders) - Caitlyn Auxilien 15; Sara Mossakowski 10; Taylor Meade 9; Andrea Hole 9.

Houston Baptist (1-1) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Megan McStravick 13-0-1; Madeline Gaffney 9-0-3; Bailey Keith 9-0-1; Caiti Wenger 8-0-2; Jessica Wooten 8-0-1; Kayla Armer 2-2-3; Totals 49-2-6.0. (Assists) - Kayla Armer 41. (Dig leaders) - Hailey Mueller 16; Kayla Armer 11; Haley Hoffman 9; Megan McStravick 8.

Louisiana def. Nebraska-Omaha 25-16, 25-13, 25-21
Nebraska-Omaha (1-2) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Kelley Wollak 8-0-2; Amy Taylor 6-0-1; Kristy Wieser 6-1-0; Michaela Schimmer 5-0-1; Elise Brown 2-0-1; Megan Schmale 2-1-1; Jessy Schroedter 1-0-1; Diane Banderas 0-0-3; Kimberly Bailey 0-1-0; Totals 30-3-5.0. (Assists) - Michaela Schimmer 14; Bailey Baxter 12. (Dig leaders) - Kelley Wollak 7; Kimberly Bailey 7.

Louisiana (2-1) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Sara Mossakowski 12-1-0; Lavinia Tataran 9-1-1; Kelly Wiesmann 7-0-1; Chanelle Gardner 3-0-1; Tonice White 3-0-1; Andrea Hole 2-2-1; Kristen Armstrong 0-2-0; Taylor Meade 0-1-0; Totals 36-7-3.0. (Assists) - Andrea Hole 31. (Dig leaders) - Caitlyn Auxilien 12; Lavinia Tataran 11.


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