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Volleyball: Bartczyszyn, Reilly Receive Preseason Sun Belt Honor

Ragin' Cajuns Volleyball's senior duo are members of the 2017 Preseason All-Sun Belt Volleyball Team

2017 Preseason Volleyball Graphic

LAFAYETTE – Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Volleyball senior setter Jessica Bartczyszyn and senior outside hitter Stacey Reilly were both selected as members of the 2017 Preseason All-Sun Belt Conference Volleyball Team.
 
The 12-person team, announced by the league office on Monday, was voted on by the Sun Belt's head coaches.
 
One of the most-seasoned returning setters in the Sun Belt, Bartczyszyn is back with the Ragin' Cajuns after earning her undergraduate degree last spring. A fifth-year senior, Bartczyszyn delivered the first 1,000-assist campaign of her career a year ago with 1,144 which ranks fourth-most in rally scoring era in program history.
 
A year ago she directed the Ragin' Cajuns to 11.99 kills per set (up from 10.33 in 2015) and .187 hitting percentage (up from .136 in 2015). She ranked third in the Sun Belt and was one of only three setters in the league to average 9.00-plus per set (9.45) and also finished Top 75 NCAA in total assists.
 
One of the top point producers returning in the Sun Belt this season, Reilly is coming off a 300-300 season of 387 kills and 347 digs. She ranked Top 5 last season in the Sun Belt in kills per set (3.22) and was among the Top 150 in the NCAA ranks for total kills and total points.
 
Last season she became the first Ragin' Cajuns player to average above 3.00 kills per set since 2007, generating double digit kills in 23 of 31 matches, overall, and in 10 of 16 SBC matches. Reilly enters her senior campaign within reach of 1,000 career kills and digs (presently owns 729 career kills and 891 career digs).
 
The 2017 season will mark the Ragin' Cajuns' 10th season under the guidance of head coach Heather Mazeitis-Fontenot. Louisiana returns its kills leader (Reilly), starting setter (Bartczyszyn) and digs leader (Sydney Davis) from the 2016 season, plus welcomes a talented group of seven newcomers.
 
Preseason practice opens on Tuesday, Aug. 8 at Earl K. Long Gym. The Ragin' Cajuns officially kick off the season Aug. 25-26 at the I-10 Cardinals Classic hosted by Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas, then make their home debut the following weekend (Sept. 1-2) with the annual Sawyer Camillo Memorial Volleyball Classic.
 
For more information on Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns volleyball, as well as all of Ragin' Cajuns Athletics, visit RaginCajuns.com. Fans can also follow along with the team on Facebook (/ULVolleyball), Twitter (@RaginCajunsVB) and Instagram (@RaginCajunsVB).
 
2017 Sun Belt Preseason Volleyball All-Conference Team
Emma Longley (Appalachian State, So., OH)
Kenzie Fields (Arkansas State, So., OH)
Carlisa May (Arkansas State, Jr., OH)
Jessica Uke (Arkansas State, Sr., MB)
Leah Hardeman (Coastal Carolina, Sr., OH)
Stacey Reilly (Louisiana, Sr., OH)
Jessica Bartczyszyn (Louisiana, Sr., S)
Kacey Leblanc (ULM, Sr., LIB/DS)
Qiana Cañete (UTA, Sr., OH)
Zhanelle Geathers (UTA, Jr., MB)
Erin Hoppe (Texas State, Sr., S)
Jaliyah Bolden (Texas State, Sr., MB)
 
2017 Sun Belt Preseason Offensive Player of the Year
Leah Hardeman (Coastal Carolina, Sr., OH)
 
2017 Sun Belt Preseason Defensive Player of the Year
Kacey Leblanc (ULM, Sr., LIB/DS)
 
2017 Sun Belt Preseason Setter of the Year
Erin Hoppe (Texas State, Sr., S)
 
2017 Sun Belt Volleyball Preseason Poll (first-place votes in parentheses)
East Division
1. Coastal Carolina (12) - 72 pts
2. South Alabama - 51 pts
3. Georgia Southern - 43 pts
4. Georgia State - 37 pts
5. Appalachian State - 30 pts
6. Troy - 19 pts
 
West Division
1. Arkansas State (11) - 71 pts
2. Texas State (1) - 57 pts
3. UTA - 50 pts
4. Little Rock - 34 pts
5. Louisiana - 28 pts
6. ULM - 12 pts
 

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