avery breaux

Junior Avery Breaux (24) smiling after a score as the Ragin' Cajuns take on the UTEP Miners on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019.

Avery Breaux is a junior setter for the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns volleyball team. Hailing from St. Thomas More, she wears the jersey number 24 for Louisiana.

Breaux grew up playing volleyball at a young age.

“I’ve been playing volleyball since the fourth grade,” Breaux said. She also played club volleyball with Cajun Elite and Louisiana Volleyball Elite.

Breaux is very experienced, and she reflected on the difference between high school and college-level volleyball.

“The main difference is the speed and tempo. It is a lot faster in college than in high school,” Breaux said.

In high school, Breaux served as the setter. All four years she played, her team won four consecutive district and state championships.

Individually, Breaux was named MVP of the All-State and All Acadiana squads and won MVP honors in the state championship game her junior and senior year of high school.

She may have been the setter, but she was an all-arounder. She garnered 892 assists, along with 84 kills, 37 aces, 33 digs and 33 blocks her junior season before suffering an injury her senior season.

Breaux is a very versatile player to this day. For Louisiana, she plays both defense and offense. She spoke on the comparison between playing offense as a setter and playing defense:

“I love being able to do both. It is always fun to play defense, but it is also fun to set and have control of the offense,” Breaux said.

She added how much she likes being involved with the game, “I like being involved in the game as much as I can so playing defense and setting gives me an opportunity to touch the ball just about every point.”

As a freshman for Louisiana, Breaux only played the defensive specialist position. She competed in 31 matches with 16 starts and recorded 296 digs in the season, the most for a freshman and third most for the team.

Sophomore season saw Breaux debut as a setter. She played in every match and gained a team-high 597 assists and 272 digs. She had 12 games with double-doubles. She earned a season-high feat of 30 assists in a game against San Diego State.

So far in her junior season, Breaux has surpassed some of her previous records. She had 55 assists for a season-high in a match against Appalachian State, as well as 18 digs.

Breaux also has contributed with her serves this season.

“My favorite moment this season was when I went on a 15-point serving run in one of our home games,” Breaux said.

The last game of the season is Nov. 16 against Little Rock in Arkansas. When asked if she would change anything about the season, Breaux answered no.

“Our team is continuing to grow and get better as we continue to go on throughout our season,” Breaux said.

She even mentioned her teammates as cause for not wanting to change this season. “This is a fun group,” Breaux said.

Outside of volleyball, she aims to help children with mental and physical disabilities in the future. She also made the Sun Belt Conference Academic Honor Roll in 2017 and the Sun Belt Conference Commissioner’s List in 2018 for her good grades.

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