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Home Sweet Home: UL Volleyball Excited to Return Home Friday

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The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Volleyball team returns to Earl K. Long Gym for the first time in four weeks and hosts the Sun Belt’s Arkansas schools Friday-Saturday, Sept. 29-30.

 

The Ragin’ Cajuns face Arkansas State in the Sun Belt home opener on Friday, then battle Little Rock on Saturday. Both matches are set to begin at 6:30 p.m.

 

There will be a block party on the lawn of Earl K. Long Gym on Friday prior to the ASU match, headlined by a free concert performed by Geno Delafose and French Rocking Boogie from 4:30-6:00 p.m.

 

Color themes have been selected for this weekend’s homestand. Fans encouraged to wear red on Friday and wear black on Saturday.

 

Louisiana (8-7, 2-0 Sun Belt) is off to its first 2-0 start in Sun Belt play since the 2010 season. Last weekend, the Ragin’ Cajuns hit .256 and averaged a conference-best 14.71 kills per set in a road trip sweep of Georgia Southern and Georgia State.

 

The Ragin’ Cajuns are back inside EKL for the first time since hosting the Sawyer Camillo Memorial Classic. The squad is 4-2 on its home court this season, carrying a three-match win streak in the facility into the weekend.

 

Stacey Reilly (2.91 kills per set) and Hali Wisnoskie (2.90 kills per set) have been a consistent source of offensive production. Reilly is 11 kills shy of the 900-plateau in her career, while Wisnoskie’s 148 season kills have her on pace to become the first freshman to reach 200 since Reilly in 2014.

 

Last weekend in Georgia, the team’s middle blockers were at their season’s best and were a huge part of the success. Nia Antoine hit .422 for the weekend and turned in a career-high tying 18 kills at Georgia Southern. Dree’Ana Abram had one of her more efficient performances of the season, hitting .406.

 

Reigning Sun Belt Setter of the Week Jessica Bartczyszyn is one of only two Sun Belt setters (App State’s Ashlyn Brown) to hand out 50 or more assists in a match this season. She’s averaged 10-plus assists per set in four of the last five outings, guiding the Ragin’ Cajuns to a .244 hitting percentage during the timeframe.

 

Libero Sydney Davis heads up the back row averaging 4.51 digs per set. Freshmen Avery Breaux (2.24 digs/set) and Lexi Hebert (2.38 digs/set) have been invaluable off the bench, helping the Cajuns strengthen their back row efforts.

 

This weekend’s matches are the first of two contests against the two SBC West division foes. Louisiana heads to Arkansas the weekend of Oct. 13-15, visiting Little Rock on Friday (Oct. 13) and Jonesboro on Sunday (Oct. 15).

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