Nov 7, 2012 11:55 PM by UL Sports Information
The Ragin' Cajuns volleyball team closed out the 2012 regular season in winning fashion sweeping New Orleans at Earl K. Long Gym Wednesday night, 3-0 (25-9, 25-17, 25-19).
Similar to the last time these two teams met, Louisiana (16-15, 6-8 Sun Belt) got out to a quick two set lead and held on in the third set to pick up its second straight sweep against UNO (7-15).
The Cajuns used a 43-19 advantage in kills and limited the Privateers to a .021 hitting percentage to bring an end to a three-match losing streak.
The Ragin' Cajuns had a balanced attack with three hitters posting eight or more kills led by Lavinia Tataran's team-best 11 kills and .259 hitting percentage. Tonice White used 18 swings to produce her nine kills and Blair Claypoole added eight kills on 19 attacks.
Seniors Claypoole and Mandi Gavin both had solid performances in their final home matches of their careers. Claypoole, the team's most efficient attacker this season had a .316 hitting percentage. Gavin, who became only the fourth player in program history to reach 3,000 career assists, posted a double-double with 37 assists and 15 digs. She also had two kills and two block assists in the match.
Gavin's 37 assists on the night increased her career total to 3,287, which is the third-highest total in program history. She has 1,103 assists this season, which puts her 61 shy of her personal single-season best 1,164 set in 2010.
Libero Caitlyn Auxilien scooped up 15 digs on the night, upping her season figure to 469.
With the win, the Cajuns recorded their 47th victory dating back to 2010 which surpasses the 46 wins over three seasons from 1999-2001 as the most recent best three-year victories tally.
With an off weekend in SBC action this coming weekend, the Cajuns will be keeping a close eye on other Sun Belt matches. UL needs one more FIU loss or two South Alabama losses to qualify for the SBC Tournament. FIU is at home hosting USA and Troy, while USA also visits Florida Atlantic in addition to FIU.