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‘Silent Killer’ Hali Wisnoskie spikes up Louisiana scores

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Only a junior, Hali Wisnoskie is one of the most impactful Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns volleyball players. At 20 years old, she often leads Louisiana in feats such as kills and blocks, while also being able to play defense aiding in digs and assists.

Off the court, Wisnoskie is a kinesiology major with a concentration in sports management. She is from Columbus, Texas and has played volleyball for her high school and two club volleyball teams. She competed in the Texas Girls Coaches Association All-Star game multiple times.

In high school, Wisnkoskie played as an outside hitter. She totaled 2,401 kills, 357 blocks, 1,003 digs, 110 aces and 395 assists during her high school career.

In 2016 she was the Texas Association of Volleyball Coaches Class 4A Hitter of the Year. In the same year, she had her high school career-best 753 kills.

According to Max Preps, this was the sixth-highest number nationally, which aided in her third consecutive all-state honor.

Now playing for Louisiana, the 6-foot-2 outside hitter has already accomplished so much in two years. She started playing as a freshman in 2017, and since then the coaches and team call her “The Silent Killer,” according to Head Coach Heather-Mazeitis Fontenot.

As a freshman, Wisnoskie competed in 32 matches, starting in 22 of them. Not many freshmen can do the same, as Wisnoskie tied with fellow teammate Avery Breaux for the most played freshmen of the season.

She led Louisiana with 332 kills on a .240 hitting percentage and became the second freshman in school history to reach 300 kills, all while also having the second most kills as a freshman in school history.

Apart from hitting, Wisnoskie also ranked third on the team in blocks.

During her freshman year, Wisnoskie received many accolades. She was the first Ragin’ Cajun to be a Sun Belt Freshman of the Week honoree, and she was given the honor three times. She also received the honors of first-team All-Sun Belt.

Wisnoskie was even named the SBC Freshman of the Year, a feat no Ragin’ Cajun had accomplished since the ’90s.

Wisnoskie had an incredible freshman year and continued to build on her power in her sophomore year.

She began her sophomore season earning double-digit kills in 10 consecutive matches and once again surpassed the 300 kills mark. This was also her second season hitting above a .200 percentage.

She earned All-Sun Belt honors again and this season she also received all-tournament accolades in three tournaments.

Outside of her main position as an outside hitter, Wisnoskie surpassed the 100-dig mark with 114 and led the Ragin’ Cajuns in total points with 358 for her second season in a row.

In 2018, Wisnoskie was also a first-team pick on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association All-Louisiana Volleyball Team for the second year in a row.

On top of that, she made the SBC Academic Honor Roll, an impressive feat for any college athlete.

Wisnoskie’s junior year is just getting started and she is already showing promise. She already reached double-digit kills and digs in the regular season on Aug. 30 in a game against Incarnate World.

During preseason play, Wisnoskie reached 21 kills in a team scrimmage. She was also named as a member of the Preseason All-Conference Sun Belt team.

Wisnoskie proves time after time that she is a well-versed player for Louisiana. She has the gameplay and achievements to back it up. Only three games into her junior season, Wisnoskie is in position to have another great season.

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