Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns volleyball team wraps up the 2009 season with one last home match on Friday night and their final match on Sunday.

University of Louisiana VolleyballIt will be Senior Night at Earl K. Long Gym on Friday as the Cajuns (8-23, 2-14 Sun Belt) battle New Orleans (17-11, 10-6 Sun Belt) at 7 p.m. Senior setter Kendra Hall will be honored in a pregame ceremony. Hall will take to the court at E.K. Long for her 43rd and final match. 

Earlier in the season, Hall became just the third player in program history to reach 3,000 career assists. She enters the weekend with 3,608 assists - the second-most recorded by a UL player.

After concluding the home portion of the schedule on Friday, Louisiana closes out the 2009 season on Sunday in Monroe. The match with UL Monroe will begin at 1 p.m.

Lindsay Brown enters the final weekend needing just 10 digs to have 500 for the season. A 500-dig season would give her the rally scoring era record and place her in the overall, single-season Top 5. She would be the first person to reach 500 digs in a season since Gina Calegari did so in 1997.

The Cajuns are led by Amie Goodwin and true freshman Ariel Krolikowski who have 264 and 231 kills, respectively. Hall leads the team in assists with 922 and also has 240 digs on the season.

Krolikowski has 298 digs and 35 blocks. Fellow freshman Bethany Fogler leads the team in blocks with 94, 20 of which are solo. Fogler is fifth in the Sun Belt in blocks.

With four more digs, Krolikowski will reach 300. That would give her a 200-kill, 300-dig season as a freshman.

UL is seeking to win its home finale for the second straight season under head coach Heather Mazeitis. The last time the Cajuns ended the home slate with a win in back-to-back seasons was 1999 and 2000.

UNO clinched a Sun Belt Tournament berth with a 3-1 win over North Texas last Saturday. While the SBC tournament berth is ensured, UNO will need to win their remaining two conference matches and get a loss out of Denver in order to claim a share of the league's West Division title.

The Privateers are led by Lindsey Loyd who has 343 kills on the season. That is good enough for ninth in the Sun Belt Conference. Maria Szivos is second in kills with 317.  Szivos also has 31 aces on 99 serves.

Defensively for UNO, Kaley Hubbard leads the way with 93 blocks on the season. NickyValenti is second in the Sun Belt in digs with 502.

Louisiana surprised the Privateers on Tuesday, Oct. 20 in New Orleans with a five-set victory. Louisiana was led by a career night from Fogler. The Ft. Wayne, Ind., native threw down a match-high 17 kills, recorded a .343 hitting percentage and posted seven blocks.

The Cajuns are looking for their first sweep of the season series with UNO since 2002.

Louisiana-Monroe is still looking for its first Sun Belt win of the season and first since 2006. Sun Belt play has not been kind to the Warhawks as they are 2-68 all-time in league play and enter this weekend having suffered 63 consecutive SBC losses

The Warhawks have won only two sets in Sun Belt play this season, being swept in 14 of their 16 conference matches. UL Monroe (3-28, 0-16 Sun Belt) will host UNO on Saturday before hosting the Cajuns on Sunday. 

The Warhawks are led by Mari O'Neal who has 279 kills on the season. She is usually assisted by Meghan McCoy who has 725.

Defensively, UL Monroe is led by Christy Tribble who has 341 digs, good for fifth in the Sun Belt Conference.

Louisiana claimed a 3-1 (25-19, 25-16, 25-27, 25-15) win over the Warhawks on Monday, Oct. 12 at E.K. Long Gym. Caroline Dufrene (15 kills) and Amie Goodwin (12 kills) combined for 27 kills on 58 attempts to fuel the Ragin' Cajuns who out-killed the visiting Warhawks 49-38.

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