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Blue Raiders top Ragin' Cajuns 3-1

Set for UL-Monroe on Saturday night

October 24, 2008 · MT Athletic Communications
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Senior Ashley Asberry ended the night two block assists shy of a double-double as she helped lead Middle Tennessee to a 3-1 (25-14, 25-17, 28-30, 25-17) win over UL-Lafayette on Friday night.

Asberry ended the night with 19 kills for a .500 hitting percentage as she also blocked eight balls.

"As has been the case in the past when we win the first game or two pretty early then our whole focus and intensity drops. It was evident in game three and our team has to make adjustments so that not happen," head coach Matt Peck said. "Ashley Asberry came up big with 19 kills and kind of saved the day for us."

Adding assistance to the Blue Raider offense was junior Ashley Mead who had 18 kills while sophomore Izabela Kozon recorded 16 kills.

The Blue Raiders ended the night with 68 kills for a .302 hitting percentage while holding the Ragin' Cajuns to just 38 kills for a .109 attack percentage.

Middle Tennessee also had 64 digs on the night led by junior libero Ashley Waugh had 16 digs on the night with junior Leslie Clark adding 13 and Kozon with 11.

Middle Tennessee led two games to none going into the third set but a combination of bad plays by the Blue Raiders and fight by the Ragin' Cajuns forced extra points. The game tied a couple of times at the end of the set before ULL hung on for the win to force a fourth set.

Middle Tennessee took care of business in the fourth set taking a 13-5 lead early and never looking back. The Blue Raiders continued to pull ahead cruising to the win.

The Blue Raiders will be back in action on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. when it plays host to UL-Monroe. Admission to all home volleyball matches is free.

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