Volleyball Sweeps Mississippi State
Asst. Communications Director
BATON ROUGE – After falling to No. 1 Florida last week, the LSU volleyball team (12-4, 3-2 SEC) rebounded with a sweep of Mississippi State (9-11, 0-5 SEC) Friday evening in the Maravich Center by scores of 25-13, 25-21, and 25-22.
Fran's Final Thoughts
On how the team chemistry was tonight …
“I thought we were really good together. This team has grown and matured and you really have to credit the upperclassmen with welcoming an impressive group of freshman that are impactful. Some of them were on the court before them but we are not worried about that. We are worried about LSU and what the letters are on our chest and what a great team effort tonight.”
On the way LSU served the ball tonight …
“I thought we served the zones really well tonight. A couple of us had great pace and great tempo. In the Florida match right before that we knew we had to be a better serving team. So we decided we were going to risk, have Jacqui (Armer) serve, have Toni (Rodriguez) serve. The people that had been serving, had great location serves but not really pace. So I think the tempo of us attacking teams from behind the line made a huge difference tonight.”
On what else made a difference tonight …
“I think our defense won the match for us. You have 58 digs in a three-set match. We had some spectacular plays. Gina Tillis is ridiculous. If she wasn't so good offensively, she would be our libero. She can do it all, and to have 21 digs in a three-set match, that says a lot about her effort. Defense is effort and we asked them to fight like tigers as part of our game plan. I thought we did a great job of that."
The Tigers got out to a strong start with a 10-5 lead and pushed to a 12-5 lead after six straight points. Mississippi State came back within three, but the Tigers rallied and took a 10-point lead of 21-11 after a service ace from Toni Rodriguez. The Tigers finished off the set on a 4-1 run and back-to-back kills from Taylor Bannister and Jacqui Armer. For the set, the Tigers hit .321 and held the Bulldogs to a .091 hitting percentage.
The Tigers fell behind in the second set early but came back to tie the set up 13-13 after a block by Olivia Beyer and Taylor Bannister. The two teams traded points but LSU got out to ta 21-19 lead. Mississippi State tied it up 21-21, but LSU finished the set off on a 4-0 run.
The third set was a tight set to start as the teams were tied up nine times before the Tigers took a 13-9 lead after a 5-0 run. The Tigers maintained their lead, pushing to a 19-14 lead. Mississippi State tried to work its way back as they held the Tigers off for two straight match points but a Bannister kill secured the victory for LSU.
>> LSU is now 3-0 in the Maravich Center this season, which is the first time since the 2013 season that the Tigers have won the first three home matches.
>> The 58 team digs for the Tigers is the most they have tallied in a three-set match this season.
>> Jacqui Armer finished with eight kills on 14 attempts with two errors for a .429 hitting percentage.
LSU continues its two-match home stand on Sunday, playing host to Arkansas at 1 p.m. in the Maravich Center. The match will be available live on SEC Network+ and at WatchESPN.com.
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