SFA Heads South To Battle Ragin' Cajuns

The Ladyjacks are 9-0 against Louisiana-Lafayette under Debbie Humphreys.


Sophomore Whitney Schott had a career-best 52 assists Saturday versus SMU.

Sept. 9, 2008

NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Ladyjack volleyball team goes back on the road on Tuesday, making a quick trip to Louisiana-Lafayette to take on the Ragin' Cajuns in the team's final match before opening up the home slate on Friday.

Debbie Humphreys has her team coming off a title at the SMU Radisson Invitational last weekend with wins coming over SMU and another Sun Belt Conference opponent, New Orleans.

Lauren Railey and Laurel Kuepker were recently named the Southland Conference Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, and look to be primed for SFA's upcoming string of six matches in the next eight days.

Railey and fellow senior Shelly Swendig lead the offensive attack, however a trio of freshman have already made an impact in the first two weeks of the season and have subsequently seen a significant increase in court time.

One of those freshmen, middle blocker MC Bottles, had a breakthrough match on Saturday versus SMU with 16 kills as she earned all-tournament honors. Amber Williams-Roberts and Melissa Miksch have also played well, with Williams-Roberts having already reached double-figure kills twice.

The match will not be able to be followed live, however check back with www.sfajacks.com for a complete match recap.

A Look At The Opponent

Louisiana-Lafayette: The Cajuns will be playing their first match since the opening weekend of the season after having three matches cancelled last weekend due to the effects of Hurricane Gustav.

First-year head coach Heather Mazeitis' group dropped all three matches at the season-opening Rice Tournament and will be playing their first match on their home court this year.

They were swept in all three matches at the Rice Tournament, taking on Michigan, Rice and Texas-San Antonio.

Carly Payan leads the offensive attack for the Cajuns, who struggled to a 4-29 record last season, with 2.56 kills per set despite an .010 hitting percentage.

What To Watch For:

Laurel Kuepker leads the team averaging 4.68 digs per set and is coming off a 36-dig performance versus SMU - the third-highest single-match total ever at SFA.

• SFA is 9-0 all-time versus Louisiana-Lafayette under Debbie Humphreys.

Lauren Railey has 64 kills in her last four matches, an average of 4.00 kills per set.

• SFA has three double-digit kill matches from freshmen this season.

• The Ladyjacks are 33-6 since 2000 when playing inside the State of Louisiana. The last loss came at the hands of Tulane in 2007, snapping a 16-match win streak in the Pelican State.

-SFA-

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