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Women's Tennis: Louisiana Kicks Off SBC Play With The Georgia Schools At Home

 David Collins, Athletics Communications Assistant

LAFAYETTE – Louisiana Women's Tennis (5-6) returns home after a long West Coast swing with a pair of home games over the coming weekend, facing Sun Belt Conference foes, Georgia Southern (6-5), on Friday, March 15 at 10 a.m., and Georgia State (3-7), on Saturday, March, 16 at 10 a.m., in what will be the start of the first true conference play in Sun Belt history.

FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING: For the first time in Sun Belt Conference history, women's tennis will play a true conference schedule.  Louisiana starts with the Georgia schools this upcoming weekend, and then the Ragin' Cajuns hit the road for the Texas swing starting with Texas State (Mar. 23), wrapping up with UT Arlington (Mar. 24).

The Ragin' Cajuns return to Cajun Courts for the final home weekend of the season, with Appalachian State (Mar. 30) and Coastal Carolina (Mar. 31).  Louisiana then heads to Troy (Apr. 6) and South Alabama (Apr. 7), before wrapping up the season at ULM (Apr. 10) and Arkansas State (Apr. 14).

IMPRESSIVE FRESHMAN: Louisiana Freshman Ai Noa Fabre has been one of the more consistent members of the Louisiana squad, going 6-2 in singles and 4-4 in doubles for an overall record of 10-6.  Fabre has gone 4-0 at No. 6 singles, where she has played primarily, and 2-0 at No. 2 doubles and the freshman has won her last two matches and is 6-2 over her last 10 matches.

PICAUT LEADS THE WAY: Sophomore Floriane Picaut, who leads the team in singles wins, has again been a productive member of the team.  Picaut currently sits at 7-4, and she has primarily played at No. 1 singles, going 5-3 in that role.

Picaut's 5-3 record at No. 1 singles places her third in the conference in singles wins at No. 1.  And overall, Picaut's seven wins in singles is the third-best in the conference. 

WHAT THE EAGLES BRING: Friday's match against Georgia Southern will be the first ever meeting at Cajun Courts between the two sides, with the only meeting between Louisiana and Georgia Southern coming at the Sun Belt Conference tournament in Peachtree City, Georgia on April 19, 2018.  The Eagles won the match 4-2 to eliminate the Ragin' Cajuns from the tournament.

Georgia Southern enters the weekend at 6-5, but will have a match against ULM in Monroe, La., on Thursday, March 14, before coming down to face Louisiana.  Georgia Southern lost its previous match, 5-2, vs. Stetson, but has won two out of the last three matches, which included a rain out against Murray State on Saturday, February 23.

WHAT THE PANTHERS BRING: Georgia State comes into the matchup with Louisiana sitting at 3-7, but the Panthers did win their previous match, 5-2, over UT Martin on Sunday, March 3.  That win snapped a two-match losing streak for Georgia State, that included losses to UCF (7-0) and Denver (5-2), with both of those matches being played in Orlando, Fla.

Historically, much like with the Eagles, Louisiana and Georgia State will be meeting on Cajun Courts for the first time.  The previous meeting between the two sides came on April 18, 2014 in New Orleans, La., in a match that Georgia State won 4-0.

FOLLOWING THE RAGIN' CAJUNS: Follow the Ragin' Cajuns on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (@RaginCajunsWT) to stay up-to-date with Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Women's Tennis.


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