The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns volleyball team (3-1) opens its home schedule with Houston Baptist, Jackson State and Nicholls State in the 2010 Ragin' Cajuns Invitational at Earl K. Long Gym on Friday, Sept. 3 and Saturday, Sept. 4.

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The tournament starts Friday with a Noon first serve when Louisiana meets Houston Baptist. Later in the evening, the Cajuns face Jackson State at 7 p.m.

Saturday's action will conclude with the final match of the tournament when UL takes on in-state foe Nicholls State at 3 p.m.

Live Stats will be available for each match through RaginCajuns.com. Live Video of the tournament will also be available for Ragin' Station subscribers.

"This tournament has been a mainstay for the volleyball program for many years," said UL head coach Heather Mazeitis about the return of the tournament after a two-year hiatus. "It's nice to have an early home match so that our faculty, fans and students can come out and watch us play."

The Ragin' Cajuns are coming off a strong showing at the Comfort Suites SHSU Invitational during the season-opening weekend, posting a 3-1 record with wins over Marist (3-1), Prairie View A&M (3-0) and Sam Houston State (3-2).

With a three set sweep of Prairie View A&M last Saturday, Mazeitis collected her 250th career victory.

"We look to carry on the consistent play that we had the weekend before," noted Mazeitis. "We did a really good job on defense and our blocking came alive later in the tournament. Our offense will become stronger as we gain more experience."

Lesley Mirarchi and Mandi Gavin were named to the Comfort Suites SHSU Invitational All-Tournament team for their outstanding performances.

Mirarchi notched a team-best 38 kills in four matches, averaging 2.38 kills per match. Her defense played a major factor as well as she notched nine block assists, for a total of 42.5 points.

Gavin entered this season as the Cajuns new setter and left the weekend with solid experience after collecting 148 assists, 13 total blocks and a team-high eight service aces in four matches. A weekend-best 48 assists were notched in the win over SHSU.

UL senior Lindsay Brown continued her rise in the record books by moving into fourth place all-time with 85 digs last weekend. The Yorba Linda Calif., native passed Annette Carney (1988-91), who set the mark of 1,313 career digs.

Brown reached the 30-dig plateau against Sam Houston for the first time since recording 32 against North Texas on Oct. 3, 2009. With the start of her fourth season, Brown has collected 1,370 digs during her career.

Ragin Cajuns' Invitational Tournament Schedule

Friday, Sept. 3

Match 1 - Houston Baptist at Louisiana - 12:00 p.m.

Match 2 - Nicholls State vs. Houston Baptist - 4:00 p.m.

Match 3 - Jackson State at Louisiana - 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 4

Match 1 - Jackson State vs. Nicholls State - 10:00 a.m.

Match 2 - Houston Baptist vs. Jackson State - 1:00 p.m.

Match 3 - Nicholls State at Louisiana - 3:00 p.m.

HOUSTON BAPTIST: The Huskies (2-3) go on the road for the second time this season after participating in the FGCU Homewood Suites Volleyball Classic last weekend. HBU posted a 1-3 record in the tourney, with their lone win, a 3-1 victory, against Bethune Cookman. Houston Baptist shutout Prairie View A&M , 3-0, on Tuesday evening. Heather Leaverton leads the offense with 3.33 kills per set, while Jolie Graf has 22 total blocks on the season for an average of 1.22 per set.

JACKSON STATE: JSU (2-2) has faced two Sun Belt opponents already in their first four matches. The Tigers defeated former SBC member New Orleans in a 3-1 affair last Friday before handling La.-Monroe a 3-1 loss on Saturday. Setter LaToya Clark was named SWAC Player of the Week by racking up 140 assists, 10 kills and 52 digs.

NICHOLLS STATE: First year head coach TeAna Tramel had to wait until the third match to collect her first win, as the Colonels (1-2) shutout South Alabama, 3-0, at the Southern Miss Invitational. Nicholls was swept by their other two opponents, Kennesaw State and Southern Miss. Jennifer Brandt and Lauren Chapman have 29 kills each and are tied for a team-best 3.22 kills per match.


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