Although the season for the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns volleyball team has not officially started yet, there has been a lot of positive momentum for the team already.
Every year the Sun Belt Conference names members of the Preseason All-Conference Sun Belt team. This year the SBC selected Louisiana’s Hali Wisnoskie.
This is not a first-time feat for Wisnoskie, a junior outside hitter. She represented Louisiana on the list last season and was named the SBC Freshman of the Year in 2017. She is a force to be reckoned with, having led Louisiana in kills per set each of the past two seasons.
The announcement was made on Aug. 6 and soon after, Louisiana ended their first week of preseason camp, as well as competing in the Vermilion versus White scrimmage.
Held on Aug. 17 at Earl K. Long Gym, the scrimmage was split between two halves of the Ragin’ Cajuns volleyball team. The matchup between team Vermilion and team White was a three-set match, which saw Vermilion take the 3-0 win.
Once again Wisnoskie proved herself. She led with a match-high 21 kills and a .327 hitting percentage. She was aided by Avery Breaux, a junior setter, who handed out 25 assists for Vermilion.
After the match, fans were able to meet with players and Head Coach Heather Mazeitis- Fontenot, who is entering her 12th season in the position. If fans were unable to attend the first look at the team, there was another opportunity.
On Aug. 18, Louisiana participated in Fan Day activities at the Cajundome Convention Center.
Following the scrimmage and Fan Day, Louisiana traveled for an exhibition match. They played against Houston Baptist on Aug. 24, for their first non-domain competition.
The Cajuns bested Houston Baptist, winning the match 3-2. Once the Cajuns had their push in the third set, there was no stopping the win. Louisiana won the match from the last three sets after losing the first two.
The hard-fought win can be attributed to great play from players Dree’Ana Abram, Celeste Darling, Milayne Danna and Breaux.
Abram, a senior middle blocker, had 11 kills on 19 swings. Darling, a freshman outside and right-side hitter, added 12 kills and four blocks, one of which was the deciding factor in one of the sets.
Wearing the libero jersey, sophomore setter Danna had a match-high 21 digs. Breaux also had her fair share of digs adding up to 14, along with 39 assists. The teamwork of the Ragin’ Cajuns proved evident.
The official season starts on Friday, Aug. 30. Louisiana will compete in the DoubleTree Classic Tournament held at Earl K. Long Gym in Lafayette.
Louisiana’s first opponents will be Incarnate World at 1:30 p.m., followed by a match against UTEP later on at 6:30 p.m. and a match Saturday at 12:30 p.m. versus Tulane.
Admission for the tournament and the entire season will be free. Be on the lookout for players like Wisnoskie, Breaux, Abram and more this season.