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UL Volleyball Plays Home-and-Home Against ULM This Weekend

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The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Volleyball team concludes a week-long stretch of matches with Louisiana schools by facing ULM in a Sun Belt Conference home-and-home weekend.

 

The Ragin’ Cajuns (11-7, 4-0 Sun Belt) and Warhawks (4-17, 0-4 Sun Belt) square off in Monroe at Fant-Ewing Coliseum on Friday in a 6:30 p.m. match, then wrap up the weekend twinbill on Sunday at 2 p.m. inside Earl K. Long Gym.

 

Louisiana carries a six-match winning streak, overall, into the weekend. The Ragin’ Cajuns have come away victorious each time out since defeating Eastern Michigan in the Chicago State Invitational finale back on Sept. 15.

 

The 4-0 start to conference play is the program’s best-ever start as a member of the Sun Belt Conference (1991-present). It also ties the overall program record set by the 1986 team in the Southland Conference.

 

Recent matchups between the Ragin’ Cajuns and Warhawks have been battles in every sense of the word. The two programs played to five sets each of the previous five matchups (dates back to Nov. 2014).

 

Stacey Reilly (2.90 kills/set) and Hali Wisnoskie (2.86 kills/set) have paced Louisiana’s offense throughout the season. Reilly enters the weekend six kills shy of reaching 200 in a season for the third time in her career, while Wisnsoskie is 20 shy of becoming the first freshman to reach 200 since Reilly in 2014.

 

Since Sun Belt play began, it’s been the Ragin’ Cajuns middle blocking tandem of Nia Antoine and Dree’Ana Abram that has driven the offense. Antoine is hitting .392 and Abram .383 through the first four league matches thus far.

 

Setter Jessica Bartczyszyn has averaged 10-plus assists per set each of the first two weekends of SBC play while directing the Ragin’ Cajuns to a .231 team hitting percentage. As a team, Louisiana has hit above .200 each SBC outing.

 

Reigning Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Week Sydney Davis is averaging 4.78 digs per set and is coming off a monstrous night on Tuesday vs. Southeastern Louisiana in which she scooped 8.67 digs per set. This season, Davis is aided by the freshman duo of Lexi Hebert (2.68 digs/set) and Avery Breaux (2.31 digs/set) in tightening the Cajuns back-row defense.

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