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Volleyball: Tulane Bounces Back for Split of Opening Day Twinbill

Match 2- Match 1 below

LAFAYETTE – Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Volleyball finished with a split on the opening day of the 2017 season after Tulane grabbed a 3-0 (25-21, 25-23, 25-15) win in the second of two matches contested on Friday at Earl K. Long Gym.
The Green Wave (1-1) posted a .216 hitting percentage and limited the Ragin' Cajuns (1-1) to a .085 clip in posting the sweep.
Nia Antoine paced Louisiana's offensive effort landing 10 kills on 17 swings and a .412 hitting percentage. Stacey Reilly chipped in seven kills to increase her total for the doubleheader to 19.
Sydney Davis led the Cajuns with 14 digs, giving her double figures in both outings. Lafayette-based freshmen Avery Breaux and Lexi Hebert contributed 10 and eight digs, respectively.
Earlier in the day, Louisiana officially kicked off the 2017 season with a 3-1 (25-22, 23-25, 25-22, 26-24) win behind 12 kills apiece from Reilly and Chloe Cordell and six blocks from Dree'Ana Abram.
The Ragin' Cajuns opened their season at home inside Earl K. Long Gym for the first time in the now 10-year span of the Heather Mazeitis-Fontenot era.
- Tulane took advantage of 10 Louisiana attack errors in the opening set to grab an early lead in the match. Both teams posted 12 kills, but the Cajuns miscues gave the Green Wave the advantage.
A string of five consecutive points, initiated by a kill from Dayna Kern that snapped an 8-all tie, gave Tulane breathing room at 13-8. The Ragin' Cajuns drew within a point at 19-18 following a kill and block solo from Antoine, however the Green Wave had an answer to remain ahead.
- Louisiana stormed back in the second set with a .220 hitting percentage. The Green Wave was able to overcome with a 16-11 edge in kills.
The Ragin' Cajuns were leading 18-14 following an ace from Hebert only to have Tulane reel off a 7-1 spurt and reclaim the lead. Louisiana forged a 23-all tie, but a kill by Hannah Shaw and block from Alexis Silver captured set point.
- The teams traded scoring runs to start the third set with the Ragin' Cajuns jumping out to a 5-1 lead and the Green Wave rallying to pull ahead 7-6.
Tulane captured the momentum after back-to-back kills from Erika Hansel and Kristen Thompson followed by a Cajuns attack error opened a 10-8 lead. The Green Wave led the rest of the way and closed the set with a 15-7 run to lock up the match victory.
- Friday's matches with Tulane were played at Earl K. Long Gym after Hurricane Harvey's impending effects on the San Antonio area forced the cancellation of the I-10 Cardinals Classic on the Incarnate Word campus. Both the Ragin' Cajuns and Green Wave were scheduled to compete in the event.
- Senior Stacey Reilly pushed her career digs total over the 900-mark with 22 during Friday's action. She currently owns 913 career digs.
- Senior setter Jessica Bartczyszyn dished out 72 assists on Friday, increasing her career total to 1,857 which passes Beth Henson for fourth place on the program's rally scoring era career charts.
- Freshman Julia Angelo, Avery Breaux, Lexi Hebert and Hali Wisnoskie all made their collegiate debut. Wisnoskie and Hebert each posted their first career kills as a collegian.
- Louisiana and Tulane met at Earl K. Long Gym for the first time since Sept. 2004.
Louisiana travels to Hattiesburg, Miss., on Tuesday for a midweek non-conference match at Southern Miss. First serve at Reed Green Coliseum is set for 6 p.m.
Following the match at USM, the Ragin' Cajuns return to Earl K. Long Gym for the annual Sawyer Camillo Memorial Volleyball Classic set for Sept. 1-2. The tournament field includes Houston Baptist, Jacksonville State, Mississippi Valley and Nicholls.


Cajuns Top Tulane in Close Battle in Season Opener
LAFAYETTE – Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Volleyball opened the 2017 season with a 3-1 (25-22, 23-25, 25-22, 26-24) win over Tulane in the first of two matches scheduled between the two squads on Friday at Earl K. Long Gym.
It was a tightly contested match between the Ragin' Cajuns (1-0) and Green Wave (0-1) with only six points separating the two teams. After Louisiana led the distance in the opening set, there were 21 tie scores and 12 lead changes over the final three frames.
Stacy Reilly and Chloe Cordell produced a team-leading 12 kills apiece in leading a quintet of Cajuns which totaled 50 kills. Dree'Ana Abram tallied 10 kills, while Nia Antoine and Hanna Rovira both contributed eight.
Setter Jessica Bartczyszyn handed out 44 assists. Libero Sydney Davis scooped 18 digs and Abram led in the front row with a match-high six blocks (4 BS, 2 BA).
- The Ragin' Cajuns scored the match's first three points starting with a kill from Cordell followed by block and kill from Abram. Louisiana led by as many as eight points before Tulane tightened the set to a one-point difference, 23-22, on a Jenna Ibieta ace.
Rovira threw down a kill to keep the Cajuns in the lead, then the Cajuns defense forced Lexie Douglas into an attack error for set point.
- It was back-and-forth in the second set with the lead changing hands five times. An attack error by Tulane's Markezie Benoit gave Louisiana a 22-21 lead. A kill by Douglas and ace from Ibeita put the Green Wave ahead 23-22, then after a brief tie it was a kill from Douglas and block thrown up by Benoit and Kristen Thompson that gave the visitors a 25-23 win which evened the match.
- The Green Wave opened a 4-1 lead to start the third set and held the advantage until a kill from Abram brought Louisiana into a 19-all tie and back-to-back blocks put the Ragin' Cajuns ahead 21-19.
- Louisiana staged a late comeback to prevent Tulane from forcing a decisive fifth set. Trailing 21-16, the Ragin' Cajuns scored four unanswered, getting a pair of aces from Reilly along the way, to cut the deficit to 21-20.
Two kills from Antoine were key to a three-point spurt that pulled Louisiana ahead 24-23. The Green Wave drew even on a kill from Alexis Silver, but Cordell posted a kill to keep the Cajuns from falling behind and a ball handing error charged to Justine Bowers provided match point to Louisiana.
Louisiana and Tulane return to the court at Earl K. Long Gym at 7 p.m. to complete the season-opening doubleheader. It will be the final match of the weekend for both teams who were originally slated to begin their season at the I-10 Cardinals Classic in San Antonio until Hurricane Harvey forced the cancellation of the event.