Press release from ragincajuns.com:
The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Volleyball team moved to 11-0, taking sole possession of the second-best start in program history, following a 3-0 (25-20, 25-21, 25-19) win over ULM in the finale of a two-match Sun Belt Conference series at Fant-Ewing Coliseum.
The 2020 edition of the Ragin’ Cajuns now trail only the record 13 consecutive wins posted by the 1990 squad for the overall best start.
In a match where the defense on both sides pushed the opposing team’s offense, it was Louisiana (11-0, 5-0 Sun Belt) that had the advantage in kills (33-27) and committed fewer errors which made the difference. The Ragin’ Cajuns were able to overcome being held to a sub-.200 hitting percentage for the first time this season (.128).
Using a set-ending 15-6 run in the opening frame, the Ragin’ Cajuns were able to erase a 14-10 deficit and prevent the Warhawks (1-7, 0-5 Sun Belt) from gaining early momentum. The comeback was sparked by a Kelsey Bennett kill, Hannah Ramirez ace and combined block from Kara Barnes and Taylor Gates that was part of a four-point run that forged a 15-all tie.
Barnes brought the Ragin’ Cajuns back from an early deficit once again in the second set. Trailing 9-5 she generated three kills during a 7-2 run which put Louisiana ahead at 12-11. Back-and-forth play continued until a kill from Bennett and block from Barnes and Avery Breaux ignited a 4-0 run that extended the Louisiana lead to 22-17.
A heavy dose of Bennett and Barnes, who combined for five kills and a pair of blocks, carried the Ragin’ Cajuns out to a 12-3 lead in the third set. The closest the Warhawks drew within the rest of the way was five points, and it came just prior to Louisiana registering match point.