GAINESVILLE, Fla. – 11th-ranked Florida used an efficient attack and strong frontline presence to claim a 3-0 (25-15, 25-14, 25-18) win over Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Volleyball on the final day of the Gators Invitational.
The host-Gators (9-2) finished with a .302 hitting percentage, committing only eight attack errors, and used a 13-2 edge in blocks as a key factor in limiting Louisiana (4-9) to a .037 hitting percentage.
The Ragin’ Cajuns challenged the nationally ranked Gators early in all three sets, trailing 11-10 each time before the hosts expanded their lead.
Florida dialed up the pressure on defense in the latter stages of the opening set, sealing the win with a block for each of the final five points. The Gators used their offense to wrap up the match, benefitting from a .400 hitting percentage in the second set and a 16-10 edge in kills in the third set.
Avery Breaux was chosen to represent Louisiana on the all-tournament team. Her 13 assists and 12 digs gave her back-to-back double-doubles to conclude the weekend.
The contest closed out the non-conference portion of the Ragin’ Cajuns schedule.
LEADING THE RAGIN’ CAJUNS
Hali Wisnoskie landed a team-high eight kills, with the production pushing her season total past the century mark (now at 105).
Kelsey Bennett and Dree’Ana Abram added five kills apiece. Senior Darby O’Grady scored three kills in the second set to lead the offense in the frame.
Tia Jade Smith continued her proficient efforts by landing four kills off nine swings. Smith finished the weekend with 26 kills off 47 swings and a .511 hitting percentage.
With 15 digs in the match Hannah Ramirez pushed her season total past 200. The JUCO transfer libero hit double figures for the 11th time in 13 outings.
Wisnoskie served up a pair of aces. Freshman Kara Barnes led the way with two blocks.
Louisiana visits the Texas schools during the opening weekend of Sun Belt Conference play Friday-Saturday, Sept. 27-28. The weekend set rounds out the team's current three-week road trip.
The Ragin' Cajuns will meet Texas State on Friday in San Marcos, then travel to Arlington for a Saturday matchup at UT Arlington. Both matches begin at 6:30 p.m.