LAFAYETTE — The University of Louisiana-Lafayette volleyball was awarded a 3-0 (25-14, 25-5, 25-0) victory over Southern on Tuesday evening after the Jaguars defaulted the match by refusing to resume play after a jersey number discrepancy was discovered by game officials.
After a Michelle Williams kill brought Southern (0-9) within 8-5 in the second set, play was halted when game officials were alerted that Simone Beasley, who wore No. 10 as an outside hitter in the opening set, had switched to No. 2 when she moved to libero for the second set.
By rule, a player cannot switch jersey numbers at any point in the match once the lineup sheet has been submitted for the first set.
When the violation is discovered, the player must sit out for the rest of the set before being allowed to resume play in the next set.
Southern was instructed by game officials that Beasley would be ineligible for the remainder of the second set and that the Jaguars would have to finish the set without a libero (since the player involved in jersey infraction was the libero).
After a conference with game officials and ULL coach Heather Mazeitis-Fontenot, the Jaguars called a timeout. When the clock expired on the timeout, head coach Nathaniel Denu refused to send his squad back on the court.
Southern was issued a red card by the head official, then after a 30-second delay the match was defaulted to ULL.
At the time of default, Lavinia Tataran led the Cajuns (5-6) with six kills on 10 attempts with no errors (.600 hitting percentage).
Amber Shelby led the Jaguars with three kills.