HAMMOND, Louisiana – The University of Southeast Louisiana volleyball team returns to the road this week for a pair of Southland Conference games against rivals Nicholls and New Orleans.
SLU (4-12, 3-2 SLC) will face Nicholls (7-10, 0-5 SLC) at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Stopher Gym in Thibodaux, Louisiana and UNO (1-12, 1-4 SLC) at 1 p.m. Saturday at Human Performance Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Live stats are available for both games while Saturday’s lakeside game will air on ESPN +. Links to the media can be found on the volleyball program page at www.LionSports.net.
Southeastern faces both schools for the first of two times this season. After a non-conference contest Tuesday in Jackson State, the Lady Lions return home to welcome the two teams in a rematch.
freshman SLU Cicily Hidalgo, an outside hitter from Opelousas, Louisiana, leads the Southland in overall wins (273), wins per set (4.07), points (293.0), points per set (4.37) , total attacks (761) and attacks per set (11.36).
Other key members of the SLU’s offensive attack are Karlee Wilkerson (2.55k / set), a senior from Springfield, Louisiana, Crispin Adams (1.82k / set), an All-Conference preseason selection from Brookshire, Texas, and Addie Vidrine (1.77k / set), a junior from Lafayette, Louisiana.
Adams is 10th in attacking percentage (0.252) while Wilkerson is 11th in the conference for kills.
Gracie Duplechein (8.09 a / set), a freshman from St. Amant, Louisiana, took over as lead passer and is currently second in the conference in total assists (542).
Ansley Tullis, a sophomore libero from Slidell, La., leads the team with 4.10 digs per set, placing sixth in Southland.
The Lady Lions came off two straight sets at home last week, beating McNeese and falling to HBU. Nicholls has lost seven straight decisions since losing to Belmont to open the War Eagle Invitational on September 17 in Auburn, Alabama.
Emily Gauthreaux (2.74 k / set), Paige Guidry (2.15 k / set), Aaliyah Burras (2.07 k / set) and Lilly Bivens (7.06 a / set) provide most of the offensive of the Colonels. Gauthreaux ranks fifth for kills and Burras fifth for attack percentage (0.300). Bivens is seventh for assists.
Defensively, Kylie Lockhart is seventh in recovery (4.02 d / set).
UNO, who faces Northwestern State (7-13, 1-4 SLC) on Thursday, have lost four in a row since knocking out Nicholls in each team’s conference opener on September 25 at Thibodaux.
Alexis Parrish (2.55k / set), Trinity Jackson (2.54k / set) and Kai Williams (2.26k / set) are the Privateers’ main offensive threats. Maite Solabarrieta (7.59 a / set) and Lucie Pokorna (7.24 a / set) shared the tuning tasks, placing fifth and sixth respectively in Southland.
Sh’Diamond Holly (1.05 b / set), Maxine Walsh (0.96 b / set) and Atira Jells (0.94 b / set) are respectively the fifth, sixth and seventh blockers in the conference. Sheilah Purcell is third in recoveries (4.46 d / set).
Southeastern’s non-conference match at Jackson State, postponed in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, is now set for 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Lee E. Williams Athletic and Assembly Center in Jackson, Mississippi.
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