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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.

Before beginning the 2019 season, the Ragin' Cajuns women’s volleyball team went home with a 3-2 pre-season win against Houston Baptist. Stats looked promising for this season as they out-hit their opponents .169-.097 and out-dug the Huskies 74-71.

In the start of regular season play at The DoubleTree Classic held in the Earl K. Long Gym in Lafayette, the Ragin' Cajuns, unfortunately, did not begin their season as they had hoped, losing to Incarnate Wood 0-3, UTEP 0-3, and Tulane 0-3.

Shortly after these three losses, Louisiana faced three new teams in the Sawyer Camillo Memorial Classic with a positive attitude. With a home-court advantage, the Ragin' Cajuns defeated McNeese 3-2, Eastern Michigan 3-0 and Florida A&M 3-1.

Taking this energy into the next game, the Ragin' Cajuns swept Southern Miss 3-0, expanding their winning streak to four. For four straight games, Louisiana also hit anywhere from .200 to the .245 mark.

With a total of six hard battles lost in both the Oklahoma Invitational and the Gators Invitational, Louisiana women’s volleyball had hit a rough patch. Though Louisiana ended the Gators Invitational with a loss against the nationally ranked team, the Florida Gators, Avery Breaux was chosen to represent Louisiana on the all-tournament team.

To begin the Sunbelt Conference, the Ragin’ Cajuns took another loss against Texas State 1-3. Though this loss wasn’t what the girls had hoped for to begin these conference games, they attacked right back with a strong 3-1 win against UT Arlington.

After a few losses following the UT Arlington game, the Ragin' Cajuns dominated in both offense and defense for another four-game win streak against Georgia Southern 3-1, Georgia State 3-0, Little Rock, and Arkansas State 3-0. These victories put the Cajuns in second place for the Sunbelt Conference.

After claiming these wins, UT Arlington came back to play their second game against Louisiana in the Sunbelt Conference play. This game resulted in a five-match fight between the Mavericks and the Ragin’ Cajuns with the Ragin’ Cajuns falling short 2-3.

In a pursuit to snap their losing streak, Louisiana fought hard to claim five straight games in a row against Texas State 3-2, ULM hosted in Monroe 3-1, ULM hosted in Lafayette 3-0, Arkansas State 3-1 and Little Rock 3-0.

The Ragin' Cajun’s last game before the Sunbelt Conference Tournament against Little Rock was a huge win for junior Hallie Wisnoskie and Heather Mazeitis-Fontenot, head coach of the Louisiana women’s volleyball team.

Although the team wasn’t surprised that Hallie Wisnoskie was anything shy of competing with a winners mindset, she shined in a momentous moment of reaching 1,000 collegiate career kills. Head Coach Heather Mazeitis-Fontenot also celebrated more than one victory as she claimed 400 career wins as a collegiate head coach.

After a road trip to San Marcos, Texas, for the Sunbelt Conference Tournament, the Ragin' Cajuns ended their season in a hard-fought loss against Arkansas State 2-3. Unfortunately, Louisiana didn’t earn a spot in the next round of the Sun Belt Tournament.

As the season ended for the Ragin' Cajuns, they finished their fight with an overall record of 14-16 and a conference record of 10-6, which resulted in a national placement of Top 20 for their entire season and No. 9 with an average of 17.88 digs per set.

Throughout the entire season, Ragin' Cajuns player Halli Wisnoskie received incredible accolades not only in the conference but by the state. She was presented the Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Week and her third consecutive First Team All-Louisiana Award.

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