The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns split day one of the Comfort Suites SHSU Invitational by downing Marist 3-1 (25-20, 25-16, 21-25, 25-21), but falling to Eastern Michigan 3-1 (18-25, 14-25, 25-21, 20-25) at Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum in Huntsville, Texas.

Louisiana (1-1) finishes play at the Comfort Suites SHSU Invitational on Saturday, facing Prairie View A&M (0-2) at 2:00 p.m., before closing out the tournament by facing host Sam Houston State (1-0) at 7:00 p.m. Live stats and video of the matches will be available at RaginCajuns.com.

Freshman Taylor Meade recorded a double-double in her collegiate debut after combining for 14 kills and 11 digs against the Red Foxes. UL took a pair of sets from Marist before the Red Foxes rallied for a 25-21 victory. UL used a four-kill set by Lesley Mirarchi to secure the match win, 25-21.

Mirarchi recorded 15 kills, a point shy of tying her career-high 16 set last season against Prairie View A&M.

Louisiana out-manned the Red Foxes in several categories including kills, 53-to-44 and using nine team blocks compared to Marist's four.

Libero Lindsay Brown edged nearer to fourth all-time in career digs at Louisiana by recording 14 against Marist and collecting 28 in the loss to EMU. Brown, a native of Yorba Linda, Calif., is just 14 digs away from moving into fourth place in career digs, surpassing Annette Carney (1988-91) who set the mark of 1,313.

Eastern Michigan used a daunting defensive game as the Eagles managed 12 team blocks in securing the win. The Cajuns took a, 25-21, victory in set three before dropping the match point in set four.

Caroline Dufrene managed a team-high 11 kills in the match, while earning a career best three-block assist. She broke her previous career mark of two set against Rice on Aug. 28, 2008.

Newcomer Blair Claypoole tied with teammate Kerrilyn Lazare with a team-best four block assists in the match. Claypoole notched eight kills, while Lazare managed four kills in the contest.

Mirarchi notched an eight spot with six digs and three block assists.

MARIST

In set one, UL went on an 8-3 run which included a pair of kills by Mirarchi and four strong serves by Brown.

Marist went on a five-to-one run midway through the first set narrowing the score to 19-16. Louisiana recovered with a three point tear of their own and completed the first set win, 25-20, with a Taylor Meade kill.

UL broke up the early back-and-forth rallies in set two with a 7-2 run extending their lead to 18-11. Mandi Gavin tossed three strong serves and was helped by with two consecutive blocks by Dufrene and Lazare.

The Cajuns closed out a set two victory by winning four out of the last five points played. Meade continued her standout match with a service ace while Claypoole won the set-point (25-16) by notching a kill.

Louisiana was upended in the set three as Marist took a strong 18-13 advantage. The Ragin' Cajuns battled within one, 21-20, but the Red Foxes went on a four-to-one run to secure their first point of the match, 25-21.

A four-point run to start the fourth set helped the Cajuns maintain the early pace and never relinquish the lead. Mirarchi secured four kills and Brown recorded a team-high five digs in the set as UL won the set and match, 25-21.

EASTERN MICHIGAN

Eastern Michigan snagged set one, but not before UL tied the contest, 11-11. The Eagles went on a 14-to-7 run to win the first point, 25-18.

The Cajuns took a brief two-point advantage (8-6) over EMU in set two, but couldn't stop the strong Eagle attack as UL fell 25-14.

Meade's serve was crucial to Louisiana's 6-1 as UL picked up their first point of the match. Dufrene finished with four kills and two block assists, while Mirarchi managed four kills in the set. EMU rallied within three (20-23), but a pair of kills by Claypoole secured the Cajuns' win.

UL trailed by as many as six in the fourth set, but a late three-point rally helped Louisiana reach within four before the Eagles secured the, 25-20, match point victory.


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