Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns volleyball team won the statistical battle Tuesday against Centenary in Shreveport, but the Ladies found a way to claim the match in five sets.

Volleyball Amie Goodwin, University of LouisianaThe Ragin' Cajuns (5-7) fell to Centenary (2-9) by a 3-2 (21-25, 22-25, 25-19, 25-12, 11-15) count at the Gold Dome.

Louisiana had more kills (56-55), a better hitting percentage (.168-.128), more assists (53-48), more service aces (8-5) and more blocks (9.0-5.0). Still the Cajuns found themselves on the short end of a five-set match.

Amie Goodwin continued to fire away, posting 18 kills and a .231 hitting percentage to lead the UL offense. Caroline Dufrene joined her in double figures with 12 kills.

Three Cajuns posted double digit digs led by Lindsay Brown's 25. Brown tied her career-high for the second time this season (25 vs. Sam Houston). Goodwin added 14 digs to notch her second double-double of the season.

The Ladies benefited from the trio of Blair Claypoole, Jennifer Kunze and Brianna Kern which combined for 43 kills. Claypoole and Kunze led the way with 15 apiece.

The match was close throughout. There were 34 tied scores and 18 lead changes.

Louisiana appeared to have the first set under control, leading 21-17. Centenary would score on the next eight rallies to post a 25-21 win.

In the second set, the Ragin' Cajuns battled back from as large as a seven-point deficit. A kill by Kendra Hall put UL in front 21-20. An attack error by Lesley Mirarchi evened the score and the Ladies scored on the next two rallies getting a kill and ace from Claypoole.

The Cajuns and Ladies went back-and-forth for half of the third set before UL took control to avoid the sweep. Tied at 15-all, Kerrilyn Lazare threw down a kill and the Ladies hit into back-to-back attack errors. The Cajuns tacked on three more scores and were up 21-15 and went on to claim the set.

Louisiana hit .333 in the fourth set while the defense limited Centenary to a -.030 clip. That produced a 25-12 triumph that sent the match to a fifth-and-deciding set. UL broke open a 9-8 lead with a 7-0 run. Down the stretch, Brown recorded three service aces in the last four rallies.

The Cajuns got off to a good start in the final set. Kills by Goodwin on consecutive rallies put the Cajuns up 3-1. Goodwin added another kill three rallies later for a 4-3 UL advantage.

The changing point in the set came after the Ladies broke a 6-all tie with a kill by Kunze. An error by Goodwin followed by one on Mirarchi pushed Centenary to a 9-6 lead. Kunze added a kill on the next rally and the Cajuns were never able to make up the deficit.

It was the Cajuns' second straight defeat and forces the squad into needing a sweep of the Northwestern State Tournament to have a chance to finish with a winning record in non-conference play.

Louisiana takes Wednesday off and returns to the court on Thursday at Prather Coliseum in Natchitoches competing in the Northwestern State Tournament. The Cajuns will meet Alcorn State at 7 p.m., on Thursday then Central Arkansas and Northwestern State on Friday at 1 p.m., and 7 p.m., respectively.

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