Volleyball Faces Ole Miss Wednesday
Asst. Communications Director
BATON ROUGE – The LSU volleyball team (15-4, 6-2 SEC) will look to continue its streak on Wednesday as the Tigers face Ole Miss (13-8, 4-4 SEC) in the Maravich Center at 8 p.m. CT.
The matchup will be aired live on the ESPNU. Fans can access the match online through WatchESPN.com and the app. Cara Capuano and Bailey Webster will be on the call.
Fran’s Final Thoughts
“This Ole Miss match is a huge one for us. We’ve been on this trend that we’re backing ourselves into a corner and we’re doing it to ourselves and not the opposing team backing us in. We have to do a much better job of practicing that and holding our kids accountable to that. We’ve got to make a big push here at the end. Super important in rankings. Super important in SEC. And certainly every match on our home floor is important.”
NATIONAL CHOCOLATE CUPCAKE DAY
In honor of National Chocolate Cupcake Day there will be cupcakes made available to all fans. In addition, there will be 750 LSU Volleyball team trading card packs given away!
Last Time Out
LSU is coming off a four-set victory over Alabama on Sunday, its fourth-straight win. The Tigers took down the Crimson Tide by scores of 22-25, 25-22, 27-25 and 26-24. Freshman Taylor Bannister led the offense with a match-high 21 kills. Milan Stokes added a career-high of 19 kills and a .417 hitting percentage. Five Tigers registered at least 10 or more digs for the first time since the 2015 season. Leading the back row was freshman Raigen Cianciulli with a career-high 28 digs.
A Look at Ole Miss
Ole Miss is 13-8 on the season and sits tied for fifth in the SEC with a 4-4 record. The Rebels are coming off a sweep of South Carolina on Sunday. The Rebels have lost three out of their last four games, falling 3-0 to both Mizzou and Florida and in five sets to Arkansas. As a team, the Rebels are hitting .205 on the season. Lexi Thompson leads the team with 254 kills at 3.14 kills per set. Lauren Bars and Jordan Fate both direct the offense as they have 465 and 419 assists, respectively. Bars averages 5.67 assists per set, while Fate average 5.17 per set. The Rebels have three players with over 200 digs this season. Caroline Adams leads the way with 332, average 4.05 per set. Thompson has 235 digs on the season and Kate Gibson has tallied 270 for averages of 2.90 and 3.29 per set, respectively.
All-Time vs. Ole Miss
LSU leads the all-time series 53-17. The Tigers have won four out of the last seven meetings. Last season, the Rebels and the Tigers split the series, each winning on the road. The Tigers took down the Rebels in five sets in the first meeting of the season. The Rebels defeated the Tigers in the second meeting in four sets.
>> The Tigers are 5-0 at home for the first time since 2010.
>> After the two wins last weekend, three Tigers earned SEC weekly honors, announced by the confercence office Monday. Raigen Cianciulli was named Defensive Player of the Week while Taylor Bannister picked up Freshman of the Week honors for the third time this season, and Anna Zwiebel earned Co-Setter of the Week, her first honor as a Tiger.
>> Gina Tillis is getting close to 1,000 career kills. With her eight kills against Alabama, she now sits at 991 with nine kills left to go to reach the feat. She will become the 22nd Tiger in program history to reach 1,000 kills.
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