After completing the team's first winning season since 2002, the University of Louisiana volleyball team held the annual end of the season banquet last week.

Lesley Mirarchi was named UL's Player of the Year after leading the Cajuns with 364 kills. The All-Sun Belt and All-Louisiana selection posted 16 matches of double-digit kills. In addition to her offensive firepower, Mirarchi led Louisiana with 106 total blocks.

Sophomore setter Mandi Gavin garnered Offensive Player of the Year after posting 1,164 assists in 122 sets for an average of 9.54 assists per set. Gavin earned 11 double-doubles this season, while scooping 269 digs and recording 86 blocks. The sophomore was second in the league with 44 service aces. Gavin earned honorable mention All-Louisiana honors.

Earning Defensive Player of the Year was the senior libero Lindsay Brown. The Yorba Linda, Calif., native led the Sun Belt with 605 digs, recording the most digs in a season in UL history. Brown finished her career with the most digs in the rally era (1,863). The senior garnered multiple honors including two Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Week accolades. She was named National Player of the Week for Sept. 20. Brown was also named to the All-Louisiana team.

Taylor Meade was named Newcomer of the Year after inking 259 kills (2.12 per set). The freshman from Coppell, Texas led the league with 49 service aces. She finished second on the team with 312 digs for 2.56 digs per set.

Kerrilyn Lazare and Caroline Dufrene both earned co-Most Improved Players of the Year. Lazare, a junior, reeled in 248 kills for 2.05 kills per set. She was third on the team with 75 blocks.

Dufrene, a senior from Lake Charles, was second on the team with a career-best 274 kills in season. She was forth on the team with 63 blocks.

Sophomore Dayna Wiesmann earned the team's 'Holding the Rope' award for being most supportive for the Cajuns throughout the season.

Louisiana completed a 17-16 overall mark, earning a berth the Sun Belt Conference Tournament for the first time since 2002. The Cajuns also won 10 games at home for the first time since 1988.

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