LSU VB Sweeps LIU Brooklyn in Tar Heel Classic
Asst. Communications Director
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The LSU volleyball team took a 25-22, 25-16, 25-20 win against LIU Brooklyn (4-5) to remain unbeaten at 8-0 Saturday afternoon at the Tar Heel Classic in Carmichael Arena.
The sweep is the Tigers’ fifth on the year. The 8-0 start to the season is the first time for the Tigers’ since the 2010 season.
Flory's Final Thoughts
“It is a win and we are excited about it. We had plenty of kills. We reduced our hitting errors but still had a few too many. It is nice to have a win but there are concerns out of this match with our defense."
"Taylor Bannister is really coming into her own and is learning how to be super impactful. She played a great match again, but you have to credit our passers and Anna Zwiebel. I thought we passed well, but I don't think we defended really well. We weren't super disciplined which was a part of the game plan.”
"This team has a tenacity. The team described themselves this morning as resilient and I think that is accurate. They fight and they believe.”
LSU got off to a strong start in the opening set as Taylor Bannister had two kills in the first three LSU points. LIU went on a 3-0 run but LSU scored three straight points to tie it up at 8-8. The teams continued to go back and forth before LSU took an 18-16 lead after two LIU errors. But LIU came back and went up 22-20. LSU regrouped and took advantage of LIU’s mistakes, taking a 23-22 lead. A Bannister kill and block by Toni Rodriguez sealed the first set for LSU.
The Tigers came out even stronger in the second set, building off a 4-1 run to take an 8-4 lead over the Blackbirds. Bannister’s eighth kill of the match gave LSU a 16-10 lead and forced LIU to a timeout. LSU ended the second set on a 5-1 run to take a 2-0 lead into the locker room.
LSU struggled to get in rhythm early in the third set as the Tigers fell behind 6-2 to the Blackbirds. They slowly worked their way back and came within one, 16-15 after an Olivia Beyer kill. The Tigers called for timeout to regroup after falling back 19-16. But the Tigers came out of the timeout, fought and went on a 9-1 run to finish out the match and secure the victory.
Bannister led LSU for the second night in a row with a match-high 14 kills. She finished the match with a match-high .667 hitting percentage, committing no errors in three sets.
Jacqui Armer was the only other Tiger in double-figure kills. She finished the match with 10.
Toni Rodriguez, Gina Tillis and Beyer combined for 17 kills.
Raigen Cianciulli finished with a match-high 15 digs, her fourth straight match with 10-plus digs.
LSU will look to finish off the Tar Heel Classic strong on Sunday. The Tigers will face host North Carolina at noon CT. The game will broadcast on the ACC Network (ESPN3) and live stats will be available at lsusports.net.
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