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Freshman Celeste Darling (5) spikes the ball as the Ragin' Cajuns take on the UTEP Miners on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019.

The Ragin’ Cajuns Volleyball team is off to a roaring start this season, as they are currently 11-0.

The players dominated the start of the season by posting a straight three set sweep (25-12, 25-15, 25-19) against Houston Baptist in the 2020 season opener at Earl K. Long Gym.

During another game against Houston Baptist, Louisiana took a 3-1 (20-25, 25-13, 25-19, 25-20) win by a solid effort from both offense and defense.

Throughout the opening weekend (Sept. 4-5), Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Volleyball senior libero, Hannah Ramirez, rounded up 40 digs at an average of 5.71 digs per set, leading the defense efforts of the Ragin’ Cajuns past two wins. Because of her efforts, she claimed the first Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Week award of the 2020 season.

Again on the Ragin’ Cajuns home court, Louisiana posted another straight sets sweep (25-17, 25-20, 25-22) against fellow Sun Belt member, South Alabama, in a non-conference match.

On Sept. 12, the Ragin' Cajuns moved to 4-0 on the 2020 season with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-22, 25-17) victory against South Alabama, the program's best start since 2014. Hali Wisnoskie didn't go unnoticed, however, for her season-high 21 kills on 31 error-free swings (.581).

After leading the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Volleyball team through another two-match sweep of South Alabama, seniors Hali Wisnoskie and Avery Breaux, plus freshman Taylor Gates, were named Sun Belt Conference Players of the Week (Sept. 15) in a vote by the league's head coaches.

Wisnoskie was recognized as the Offensive Player of the Week because of her 18 kills in both matches and averaging 6.5 kills per set on a .449 hitting percentage.

Breaux, named the SBC Setter of the Week, averaged at least 11 assists per set for the second consecutive weekend.

Gates netted her first collegiate match of multiple kills and set a season-high total twice, awarding her with the Sun Belt's Freshman of the Week. Her 14 total kills during the USA series were the second-most recorded by a Ragin' Cajun.

The season-opening winning streak for the Louisiana volleyball team remained intact following a 3-0 (25-15, 27-25, 25-14) win over Lamar in the first contest of a Saturday doubleheader on Sept. 19.

Shortly after, the Ragin’ Cajuns used this energy to fuel a second (25-12, 25-14, 25-13) win against Lamar in the second match of Saturday's doubleheader.

For the second consecutive week (Sept. 22) Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Volleyball right side hitter, Taylor Gates, was named the Sun Belt Conference's Freshman of the Week. Gates’ performance was at an all-time peak when she turned in another week of two-plus kills per set with a .300-plus hitting percentage.

Surviving its first 3-2 (37-35, 25-21, 15-25, 23-25, 15-13) five-set rally of the season over Little Rock was a solid victory for the Cajuns. The next matchup against Little Rock, however, ended in a straight three set sweep (25-15, 25-19, 25-23). Louisiana was (8-0, 2-0 Sun Belt).

With the powerful offense that averaged 18 kills per set, Louisiana claimed a 3-0 (25-14, 26-24, 27-25) win over Little Rock on Sept. 26 at the Jack Stephens Center, completing a three-match sweep of the Trojans on Sun Belt-opening weekend.

Louisiana’s Taylor Gates remained the lone recipient of the Sun Belt Conference's Freshman of the Week award in the 2020 season, being honored for the third consecutive week.

They headed to Monroe over the past week and took home a 3-1 and 3-0 win against the Warhawks.

The Ragin' Cajuns are now 11-0 with a 5-0 Sun Belt record and plan to continue pushing with solid force through their next opponents.

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