Volleyball Drops Four-Set Match at Baylor
Asst. Communications Director
WACO, Texas – The LSU volleyball team dropped a four-set match to Baylor on Wednesday evening at the Ferrell Center by scores of 17-25, 25-23, 14-25 and 24-26. The Tigers are now 8-2 on the year, while Baylor improves to 7-3.
Flory's Final Thoughts
“I thought we had opportunities but unfortunately we just couldn’t come through when we needed it. We played to the scoreboard rather than just executing. Hopefully we learned a lesson tonight. We let a really good opportunity get away from us. There were some really good chances for some people to come through. We were really high error and our offense cost us. We did some good things; we played good defense and blocked well. It wasn’t a fact of not fighting, it was a fact of not executing. We are super close and we just have to trust the process.”
The match started off tight as the two teams traded points. Baylor pushed to a 12-7 lead, but the Tigers fought their way back to come within three, 15-12 at the media timeout. The Tigers came within one after a Baylor attacking error but Baylor took an 18-15. LSU took a timeout but Baylor came out of the timeout with two straight points for a 20-15 lead. LSU only scored two points the rest of the way, giving Baylor the first set. LSU hit .171 for the set to Baylor’s .326.
A Taylor Bannister kill and Jacqui Armer/Toni Rodriguez block started off the second set for a LSU 2-0 lead. That lead was pushed to 4-1 after an Armer kill and an attacking error by the Bears, forcing Baylor to a timeout. Baylor went on a 7-1 run, but the Tigers brought it back within one and went on a 4-0 run to take an 11-9 lead. The game was tied up three more times at 14-14, 17-17 and 19-19 before Sydney Mukes gave LSU a 21-19 lead. The Tigers ended the set on a 7-4 run to claim the second set win and tie the match up 1-1.
In the third set, the Tigers hit -.128. They only had six kills on 39 attacks with 11 errors. LSU had a 4-3 lead after an ace from Raigen Cianciulli but the next points were traded back and forth between the teams to tie it up at 9-9. Baylor went on a couple runs, including a 6-0 run to take a 19-12 lead and a 12-2 run to end the set and a take a 2-1 lead.
LSU opened up the fourth set on a 6-0 run to take a 8-4 lead and force Baylor to a timeout. The Tigers pushed their lead to 13-9 after a Toni Rodriguez kill. They took their largest lead of 15-10 but Baylor fought back and put together a string of five straight points to tie it up 17-17. The rest of the set went point-for-point. LSU took a 23-22 lead after a Bannister kill but Baylor went on a 4-1 run to take the match.
Taylor Bannister led the Tigers with 12 kills on the night, her fourth straight match with 10-plus kills.
Gina Tillis registered 10 kills and 12 digs for her fifth double-double on the year and her 21st in her career.
Lindsay Flory and Anna Zwiebel finished with 18 assists each, while Raigen Cianciulli put together 17 digs.
The Tigers out-blocked the Bears 14.0-5.0, the second most blocks for the Tigers this season.
LSU is finally returning to Baton Rouge after 10 games on the road for its home opener on Saturday. The Tigers will face Houston in the Maravich Center at 1 p.m.
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