Volleyball Falls to No. 10 Kentucky
Asst. Communications Director
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The LSU volleyball team fell to No. 10 ranked Kentucky in straight sets Sunday afternoon in Memorial Coliseum. The Tigers are now 10-3 on the year and 1-1 in SEC action. Kentucky improves to 11-2 on the season and 2-0 in league play.
The Tigers fell to the Wildcats by scores of 25-22, 25-16 and 25-13. Taylor Bannister led the way with nine kills, while Olivia Beyer finished with eight. Anna Zwiebel registered 26 assists to go along with four kills. Gina Tillis tallied a team-high seven digs.
Fran's Final Thoughts
“Our offense was good and I thought Anna [Zwiebel] set a very good match. The question and the problem was our defense. We got aced nine times and I don’t think I have had a team do that before. We have to credit Kentucky’s serving, but that is something we can control. I was proud of our effort in the first set and half and then I was disappointed in our defense. Our blocking and back row defense wasn’t there today.”
LSU fought through a tight first set as there were six ties and both teams hit .452. Khourtni Fears tied the game up 2-2 with a solo block and the set pushed to 7-7 after a kill from Olivia Beyer and an attack error from Kentucky. The Wildcats went on a 3-0 run to force an LSU timeout. But the Tigers worked their way back, tying the set up 12-12 on an Anna Zwiebel ace and a Fears kill. The set was even again at 16-16 after a 3-1 LSU run. A solo block from Toni Rodriguez evened things up once more at 20-20, but a 5-2 run for the Wildcats gave them set one, 25-22.
LSU struggled to get things going in the second set as the Tigers trailed Kentucky early 4-1. The Wildcats pushed to an 8-2 lead but the Tigers fought back, going on a 4-1 run to cut the Wildcats’ lead to 9-6. Kentucky extended its lead to 12-6, forcing LSU to a timeout. The Tigers took their second timeout of the set after the Wildcats went up 17-8. Following the timeout, the Tigers went on a 7-3 run to finish out the set, but it wasn’t enough as Kentucky took set two, 25-16.
The Tigers started off strong in the third set, taking their first lead in a set on a kill from Fears and an ace from Cianciulli. But a 6-1 run for the Wildcats gave Kentucky a 10-5 lead and the Tigers took a timeout. The Wildcats extended their lead to 17-8 forcing LSU to its final timeout of the set. The Tigers would score just five more points in the set, falling to the Wildcats, 25-13.
LSU continues SEC action on the road, traveling to South Carolina on Friday, September 29 at 6 p.m. CT and No. 3 ranked Florida on Sunday, October 1 at 2 p.m. CT. Both matches will be available live on SEC Network.
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