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Volleyball: Ragin' Cajuns Bested by Golden Eagles in Midweek Match

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Volleyball team fell in its first road contest of the 2017 season as Southern Miss landed a 3-0 (25-14, 25-10, 29-27) win on Wednesday at Reed Green Coliseum.
 
The Golden Eagles (4-1) finished with a 52-24 advantage in kills and hit .354 for the match. USM piled up 28 kills and limited the Ragin' Cajuns (1-2) to eight while opening a 2-0 lead. Louisiana hit its match-best in the third set with a .324 clip, but the hosts were able to collect 24 kills to keep pace and outlast the visitors.
 
The two programs met in Hattiesburg for the first time since Sept. 2004.
 
LEADING THE RAGIN' CAJUNS
Chloe Cordell finished with six kills, topping a quartet of Ragin' Cajuns who reached five kills. Freshman Hali Wisnoskie saw her first extended playing time of the young season and landed five kills on 17 swings.
 
Dree'Ana Abram added three blocks to her five kills and finished as Louisiana's top point producer with eight.
 
Freshman Lexi Hebert (Lafayette, La./Teurlings Catholic HS) scooped a team-high eight digs. Fellow freshman Avery Breaux (Scott, La./St. Thomas More HS), Sydney Davis and Stacey Reilly each chipped in four digs.
 
UP NEXT
The Ragin' Cajuns return to Earl K. Long Gym for the annual Sawyer Camillo Memorial Volleyball Classic set for Friday-Saturday, Sept. 1-2. The tournament field includes Houston Baptist, Jacksonville State, Mississippi Valley and Nicholls.
 
Louisiana begins play in the event on Friday with a 2 p.m. match vs. Houston Baptist and 6 p.m. match with Nicholls. A complete schedule of matches can be found at RaginCajuns.com/SawyerCamilloClassic.
 
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Louisiana drew within a point, 11-10, in the opening frame after a pair of USM miscues. The Golden Eagles scored four straight points, three coming off kills, to open a 15-10 lead.
 
A block solo by Nia Antoine allowed the Ragin' Cajuns to cut the deficit to 16-12, but a string of five unanswered points by USM was a setback for the visitors. The Golden Eagles held a 15-3 edge in kills in the first set.
 
- The Ragin' Cajuns were held to a sub-zero hitting percentage for a second straight set as USM grabbed a 2-0 lead. The Golden Eagles broke free from a 4-all tie with a 12-2 run that was started by a kill from Ashley Berry.
 
- Louisiana's offense, boosted by five kills apiece from Cordell and Reilly, piled up 16 kills in the third set and had the Golden Eagles cornered late in an attempt to extend the match to a fourth set.
 
An ace from Abram closed off a 3-0 run that put the Cajuns in front 16-15. Later, it was kills from Cordell, Reilly, Abram and Reilly again that opened a 22-19 lead. USM answered with three straight kills to forge a tie.
 
Louisiana reached set point at 24-22 when Abram and Cordell teamed up for a block. A pair of Kylie Grandy kills drew the Golden Eagles even at 24-all and sent the frame to extra points. Six rallies into extra points the score was tied at 27-all, then a Louisiana service error and attack error placed the set into the hosts' hands.
 
QUICK HITS
- Dree'Ana Abram has thrown up at least three blocks in all three matches this season. She tops the Ragin' Cajuns with 13 (5 BS, 8 BA) and averages 1.30 blocks per set.
 
- Chole Cordell recorded a .200 hitting percentage (6 K, 2 E, 20 TA). The senior outside hitter has hit least .200 in two of three outings.
 
- Lexi Hebert collected eight digs over three sets a second straight match. The freshman from Lafayette-based Teurlings Catholic HS is averaging 2.10 digs per set.
 
- Senior outside hitter Stacey Reilly's five kills pushed her over 750 for her career (now owns 753 career kills).
 
- Louisiana's all-time series lead over Southern Miss now stands at 23-11. The Golden Eagles snapped a two-match losing streak and picked up their first win in the series since Sept. 2010.
 

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