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  1. UL Volleyball UL Lady Cajuns Volleyball WINS

    LOUISIANA La. – UL Lady Cajuns volleyball team rebounded from Wednesday’s heartbreaker against UNO by sweeping Troy here Friday evening at Earl K. Long Gym.

    The Lady Cajuns (5-12, 2-4 Sun Belt) halted a seven-match losing streak at Long Gym with the 3-0 (30-25, 34-32, 30-28) victory over the Trojans (8-15, 2-5 Sun Belt).

    UL collected its first victory on its current five-match homestand which concludes Saturday, Oct. 7 against South Alabama at 5 p.m.

    An improved hitting percentage was the key to the Cajuns victory.

    UL had struggled in its previous two outings against UNO and UALR hitting below .100. Friday night, UL upped that percentage to .205.

    The Cajuns got by in game one only hitting .111 and getting only 10 kills. Troy made 11 attack errors and the Cajuns added four blocks and three aces to cling on to a 30-25 win.

    UL turned it up a notch in games two and three getting a combined 39 kills. The Cajuns hitting percentage rose to .255 in game two and then .227 in game three.

    Jamie Sinegal and Elizabeth Inman paced the Ragin’ Cajuns with 12 kills apiece. Sinegal hit a season-high .321, committing only three attack errors in 28 attempts to go along with her 12 kills.

    Rachel Mauti joined Sinegal and Inman in double figures with 10 kills. Kim Rodgers finished off the balance with nine kills.

    Defensively UL got a match-high 12 digs from Erika Castro. She was supported by eight digs each by Kendra Hall, Inman and Mauti.

    Troy had a balanced trio between Kerry Heinz with 12 kills added to 11 kills by both Liz Leeds and Aubre Smith. The only problem was that the rest of the squad only provided 11 kills.

    A five-point swing in the middle of game one helped the Cajuns grab an early 1-0 lead in the match.

    Trailing 16-15, after Troy erased a 12-7 UL lead, the Ragin’ Cajuns evened the game with a kill by Inman. Rodgers then followed with a solo block on an attack attempt by Meghan Gilroy giving UL a 17-16 advantage.

    Inman served up two more points. She got an ace on the very next serve and then an attack error by Leeds pushed the Cajuns run to 5-0 and put the hosts on top 20-16.

    Leeds broke the UL run with a kill, but the Trojans would never threatened. After the Trojans cut the gap to 23-20, the Cajuns reeled off five consecutive points to increase the lead to 28-20.

    The Cajuns raced off to a quick 4-0 advantage in game two and never trailed. The lead was close throughout with the largest lead at five points.

    The Cajuns had to wait a few extra points to finish off the game. A 28-23 lead disappeared with Troy using a 6-1 run to tie the game at 29-29.

    After the two teams traded points over the next six serves the Cajuns broke a 32-32 tie with Sinegal’s eight kill of the game to make it 33-32. The game went to UL on the next serve when Gilroy went up for an attack and missed the ball allowing it to hit the court and give the Cajuns a 34-32 victory.

    It was the Cajuns’ turn to rally in game three. UL erased a 27-25 deficit with four unanswered points to go in front 29-27.

    A kill by Smith allowed the Trojans to trim the deficit to 29-28. Smith then stepped up to serve for a chance to tie the game. However, she timed her serve too long and when she let it go the ball went straight into the net for a service error which gave UL game and match point.

    The Ragin’ Cajuns collected their first Sun Belt victory over Troy. Friday’s match was the third time the two teams met as conference foes since Troy joined the SBC in 2005.


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    LAFAYETTE – Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns volleyball team felt fortunate to go up 2-0 in Saturday’s match with South Alabama considering the team tallied a -.040 hitting percentage in the second game.

    The Cajuns (6-12, 3-4 Sun Belt) came out firing in game three, hitting at a .353 clip, to leave no doubt in completing the sweep of the visiting Jaguars 3-0 (30-23, 32-30, 30-17).

    With the win, UL won its second straight match and completed its five-match homestand with a 2-3 mark.

    Louisiana-Lafayette defeated South Alabama for the 17th time in the last 18 meetings and bested the Jaguars in Long Gym for the 10th straight match.

    Kim Rodgers and Rachel Mauti stepped up and delivered double-digit kills for the Cajuns. Rodgers had a team-best 11 kills and Mauti followed up with 10.

    Jamie Sinegal had six kills to move over 200 for the season. It was an off night for Sinegal who struggled to a -.129 hitting percentage committing 10 attack errors.

    The Jaguars (5-14, 0-7 Sun Belt) got a match-high 12 kills from Lauren Robbins.

    The visitors struggled with attack errors. USA committed 24 miscues in the final two games.

    UL took game one 30-23 despite being out-killed by USA 16-14. The Cajuns scored the first two points and raced out to an 11-7 lead early on.

    The Jaguars swung their way back into the game cutting the Cajuns lead to 24-21 after a Sinegal attack error. The Cajuns quickly turned the game in their favor after a bad set by Jenna Swilley made it 25-21 and an ace by Elizabeth Inman upped the advantage to 26-21.

    Back-to-back Jaguars attacking errors saw the advantage move to 28-21 and the teams alternated points until the Cajuns reached 30 giving the hosts a 1-0 lead in the match.

    Game two saw both teams misfiring as a total of 27 attack errors were committed. UL hit -.040 and the Jaguars a -.067.

    USA took the early lead opening an 11-7 advantage. The Cajuns then rode the serve of Kendra Hall into the lead.

    A kill by Sinegal followed by a double hit on USA’s Stephanie Cutter closed the gap to 11-9. The Jaguars then committed back-to-back attack errors and all of a sudden the game was tied at 11-all.

    UL claimed the lead when Hall served up an ace. At that point the Cajuns run was 5-0 and would reach 9-0 when an attack error by USA’s Taylor Irvin gave the Cajuns a 16-11 lead.

    The Jaguars fought back to tie the game at 25-25. USA would eventually grab the lead 30-29 when Robbins put down a kill.

    The Cajuns answered with a kill from Sinegal to force a tie and keep the game alive. A ball-handling error on Jade Nuss put UL in front 31-30 and the game ended when Robbins hit the ball into the net on the next serve.

    UL assured itself of a sweep when the Cajuns bolted out to a 7-1 lead in game three. The Cajuns put down three quick kills to open a 4-1 lead and then three straight USA attack errors helped the hosts build a six-point lead.

    The Jaguars closed to 8-5 before UL staged an 11-3 run that put the game out of reach. During the run the Cajuns put down five kills and added a block and a service ace. The end result was a 19-8 lead that put the Cajuns in front comfortably.

    It was the second straight sweep for UL which swept Troy on Friday.

    The Ragin’ Cajuns will now hit the road for six consecutive matches. First up is a visit to ULM on Monday, Oct. 9 for a 7 p.m., match in Monroe.

    The next home match at Earl K. Long Gym is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 29 against ULM at 3 p.m.


  3. UL Volleyball Lady Cajun Volleyball travels to Monroe

    MONROE - Fresh off a two-game weekend winning streak at home, UL's volleyball team will look to take that success on the road tonight when it travels for a first-ever Sun Belt Conference match with UL Monroe.

    The Ragin' Cajuns (6-12, 3-4 Sun Belt) are coming off straight-set wins over Troy and South Alabama on Friday and Saturday, and take that hot streak into a 7 p.m. match at the ULM Activity Center against the Warhawks, who are in their first year as a full Sun Belt member.

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  4. UL Volleyball UL Volleyball: Cajuns Make Final Stop on Extensive Road Trip

    NEW ORLEANS – Louisiana’s Lady Cajuns volleyball team makes the final stop on a six-match road trip here Friday evening facing in-state rival UNO at the Human Performance Center.

    The match is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

    UL (6-17, 3-9 Sun Belt) is 0-5 on the road trip which began on Oct. 9. The Cajuns are seeking to halt a losing streak which began when the road trip started.

    The Ragin’ Cajuns and the Privateers (17-8, 6-5 Sun Belt) are meeting for the second time this season. UNO posted a 3-2 (23-30, 30-15, 30-20, 22-30, 16-14) on Oct. 4 at Earl K. Long Gym in Lafayette.

    From here on out each match is extremely important for UL if the squad is to realize its goal of reaching the Sun Belt Conference Tournament. The Cajuns sit two games behind UALR (5-7 Sun Belt) for the final spot in the tournament with only six matches remaining on the schedule.

    Junior libero Erika Castro enters Friday’s match nearing a personal milestone. Castro is only seven digs shy of 1,000 in her career.

    Last weekend, Castro recorded 15 digs in the WKU and MT matches combined to reach 392 for the season, a total which passed Hollie Girouard’s 2004 total of 381 for the most digs in a season during the rally scoring era.

    Following Friday’s match the Cajuns will return home for its first home match in over three weeks. Louisiana-Lafayette will host ULM on Sunday, Oct. 29 at 3 p.m., in Earl K. Long Gym.

    Sunday’s match with ULM has been designated Fan Appreciation Day with the first 75 fans receiving Ragin’ Cajuns volleyball t-shirts.


  5. UL Volleyball Crucial Home game today at 3pm for Lady Cajuns

      Lady Cajun volleyball squad returns home

    UL's volleyball squad, having come up short in an upset bid at New Orleans on Friday, returns home for the first time in more than three weeks today when the Cajuns host Sun Belt Conference rival UL Monroe in a 3 p.m. match at Long Gym.

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  6. UL Volleyball Re: 2006 Lady Cajun Volleyball

    LOUISIANA La. Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns volleyball team extended its homecourt winning streak to three matches with a 3-0 (30-25, 30-22, 30-16) victory over ULM here Sunday afternoon at Earl K. Long Gym.

    Overall, the Ragin' Cajuns (7-18, 4-10 Sun Belt) halted a six-match losing streak and moved within one full game of the final spot in the 2006 Sun Belt Conference Tournament.

    The Ragin' Cajuns will head into the final four matches of the season trailing Arkansas-Little Rock and Florida Atlantic, both 5-9 in the Sun Belt, for the eighth and final spot in the league's postseason event.

    Elizabeth Inman led all players in Sunday's match with 11 kills. Kim Rodgers and Rachel Mauti each added nine kills for UL. Erika Castro led the Cajuns with 15 digs

    UL ended the match with a .211 hitting percentage and out-killed the Warhawks (5-24, 2-11 Sun Belt) 38-31.

    Hitting percentages told the story in Sunday's match. UL hit .182, .162 and .321 while ULM never had a hitting percentage above .100. The Warhawks hit .095 in game one and had more attack errors (22) than kills (20) in the final two games combined.

    The sweep was the third straight for the Ragin' Cajuns at Long Gym. UL swept Troy and South Alabama in its previous two home matches prior to Sunday's ULM match.

    "I thought we started off strong and finished even stronger," said UL head coach Amy Kraljev. "Our girls played very disciplined today. They were disciplined with our defensive sets which helped make our offense successful."

    The Cajuns used a late rally in game one the only game where it wasn't sure what the outcome would be halfway through the game. In all, the opener saw 10 tied scores and four lead changes.

    ULM held a 21-19 lead after a block by Stephanie Hall and Megan Osborne. A kill by Kendra Hall followed by a Jessica Pattison service ace and Mauti kill propelled the Cajuns into a 22-21 lead.

    The Warhawks drew even after Pattison committed a service error following a timeout. The Cajuns responded with their most dominating stretch of the opener to put the game away and take a 1-0 lead in the match.

    A service error from Osborne put the Cajuns up 23-22. UL then put down three consecutive kills one from Rodgers and then back-to-back off the hand of Inman to open a 26-22 lead.

    In game two the Ragin' Cajuns broke away from an 8-8 tie by going on an 8-1 run that created a 16-9 cushion. A Mari O'Neal kill made it 16-10, but she followed up with a service error.

    ULM closed the deficit to 20-13 before the Cajuns put away the game with four straight points to open a 24-13 edge. The Cajuns won game two 30-22 and went into the locker room up 2-0 in the match.

    Game three saw the Cajuns storm out to an early lead and pull away late for a 14-point victory that sealed the sweep.

    ULM drew within seven points, 20-13, before UL went on to score 10 of the final 13 points.

    The Cajuns return to action and conclude their home schedule next weekend. UL will host North Texas at 7 p.m., on Friday, Nov. 3 before playing its final home match of the season on Saturday, Nov. 4 against Denver at 7 p.m.

    "We fought hard a couple of weeks ago at their place (NT and Denver)," Kraljev commented. "We are hoping playing at home in front of our fans will give us a boost in our final home weekend."


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    UL Volleyball UL faces Indians

      With only a slim hope of still qualifying for next week's Sun Belt Conference Tournament, UL's volleyball team opens a season-ending two-match road swing today when the Cajuns face Arkansas State.

    UL (7-20, 4-12) meets the Lady Indians (18-13, 9-6) at 7 p.m. at the Convocation Center and will travel from there to a 4:30 p.m. Saturday matchup against Arkansas-Little Rock to end the regular season.

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    Dan McDonald

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    UL Volleyball Re: 2006 Lady Cajun Volleyball season ends on a high note

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - UL's volleyball team ended a disappointing season on a high note here Saturday, and took a landmark win in the process.

    The Cajuns held on for a 30-25, 30-27, 23-30, 25-30, 15-12 match win over Arkansas-Little Rock, giving UL its first-ever win in Little Rock and giving head coach Amy Kraljev her first five-game match win in her two-year career.

    UL ended its season 8-21 overall and 5-13 in Sun Belt Conference play. The Cajuns came up one win short of finishing in the league's top eight and qualifying for next week's Sun Belt Tournament.

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    UL Volleyball Academic Achievment

    Congratulations to the 2006 UL Volleyball Team for having the highest GPA among UL teams for the 2006 Fall semester.

    As you continue to work together and become the team we all know you can be you continue to know that your academics are what your college years are all about.

    Keep up the good work and stay as focused on the volleyball court as you have in the classroom and you will attain the same success.

    We are proud of you.



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    That is great news!

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    Default Re: Academic Achievment

    Quote Originally Posted by cajunvbmom
    Congratulations to the 2006 UL Volleyball Team for having the highest GPA among UL teams for the 2006 Fall semester.

    As you continue to work together and become the team we all know you can be you continue to know that your academics are what your college years are all about.

    Keep up the good work and stay as focused on the volleyball court as you have in the classroom and you will attain the same success.

    We are proud of you.

    Very nice. Thanks for sharing the news!!!


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    UL Volleyball Lady Cajuns VolleyBall Spring Spike

    The Lady Cajuns Back on the Court!

    The Lady Cajun volleyball team is back! Both in the Classroom and on the court. The spring practices are underway and we’ll be focusing this off season on individual player development. The hard work the team is putting in this Spring will bring noticeable improvement to the squad next Fall.

    2007 will be the Lady Cajuns third year under the direction of Coach Kraljev. UL will have six letter winners. returning next season to join the recent additions.

    Missing some volleyball? The Ragin’ Cajun volleyball team will be back in action hosting an Alumni scrimmage Saturday, March 31st at E.K. Long Gym. Family, friends, and fans are invited to come cheer on their favorite past and present Ragin’ Cajuns volleyball players. At the conclusion of the match we will be hosting a tailgate meet and greet. The match will begin at 4pm. We hope to see you there!

    Upcoming Events/Matches Location Date Time
    McNeese Scrimmage EKL on UL Campus Mar.13th 6pm
    LSU Scrimmage Baton Rouge Mar. 24th  
    Alumni Scrimmage EKL on UL Campus Mar. 31st 4pm


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    Research The Lady Cajun's Excel in the Classroom

      The University of Louisiana volleyball team accomplished many first’s in the classroom this past fall.

    It was the first time in school history that volleyball has led all UL teams with the highest grade point average with a 3.63.

    The Lady Cajuns were also the only team in recent memory to have all (100%) of it’s team members earn a 3.0 gpa average or higher. Continuing to pursue excellence on and off the court!

    3.5-3.8 or higher

  14. Erika Castro
  15. Teryn Clause
  16. Kendra Hall

  17. Jessica Pattison
  18. Kim Rodgers
  19. Tara Cote


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    People The Future of Lady Cajun Volleyball

      Louisiana’s Lady Cajuns volleyball program recently (link) announced four new additions to its roster for the 2007 season. Lindsay Brown (Yorba Linda, Calif.), Casey Merrell (Gilbert Ariz.), Amie Goodwin (Tucson, Ariz.) and Monica Deschaine (Boerne, Texas) are high school seniors who have signed national letters of intent to join the Ragin’ Cajuns in 2007.

    "All of our recruits are great students, volleyball players, and most importantly great people,” said head coach Amy Kraljev. “They all want to be here, contribute, and help take this program to the next level".


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    Just a reminder for Volleyball fans, Mar.13th and 31st Earl K.Long gym

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    Once again, Congratulations ladies! Their academic achievments say alot about who these young women are. They all love their sport but they are ever mindful that first and foremost they must succeed in the classroom!

    The Texas connection will be at EKL on the 31st! We are all looking forward to fun and fellowship that weekend.

    Keep up the great work Lady Cajuns we anticipate a great season!

    cajun VB mom!


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    UL Volleyball Re: Lady Cajuns VolleyBall Spring Spike

    I intended to go Tuesday but forgot. Can anyone who went to the McNeese Scrimmage give an update? Thanks in advance.

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    We will be hosting the UL Alumni Volleyball Match this Saturday at 4pm. Here are the details if you would please post a reminder we would really appreciate it. So far the team is doing really well we have knocked off Nichols State, McNesse, Southern Miss, and La Tech this month in spring action.

    As of right now we have Head Coach Amy will be playing, Elina Salomaki, Pri Lima, Carmen West, and Julie Dawson. We are still looking for more alum to come and join.

    Volleyball: Alumni Match Announced

    Ragin’ Cajuns Volleyball Alumni Match

    What: UL-Lafayette Lady Cajuns Alumni MatchCome Cheer On Past and Present Lady Cajuns Volleyball Players Tailgating/Potluck Following the Match Bring Your Favorite Dish to Share

    When: Saturday March 31, 2007.

    Festivities Will Kick Off @ 3pm. With Match Starting at 4pm.

    Where: Historic E.K. Long Gym

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