Volleyball Falls to Tennessee
Asst. Communications Director
BATON ROUGE – The LSU volleyball team (16-6, 7-4 SEC) dropped its match Sunday afternoon, falling in straight sets to Tennessee (11-9, 4-7) in the Maravich Center by scores of 23-25, 19-25 and 21-25.
Senior Gina Tillis led the Tigers with 16 kills to go along with eight digs. She hit .308 for the match with four attack errors. Junior Olivia Beyer finished the match with 10 kills and a .368 hitting percentage. Junior Lindsay Flory dished out a match-high and season-high 23 assists, while freshman Raigen Cianciulli anchored the back row with a team-high 14 digs.
Fran’s Final Thoughts
“We got out-disciplined. We had way too many errors on our side, we had 23 hitting errors when they had seven blocks. That’s just not efficient. That’s not taking care of the ball. I’m disappointed. It’s the first time that I’m really disappointed in our team’s effort, attitude and approach this year. Hopefully it’s a lesson that doesn’t cost us too much. We have got to rebound. We’ve got to get back in a rhythm and we have to trust what we’re doing a little bit more.”
The Tigers got out to an 8-3 lead after a 5-0 run that was triggered by a Gina Tillis kill. The Tigers went up by as much as seven in the first set, leading 16-9. But Tennessee fought back with a 7-0 run to tie up the set 16-16. The set was tied up six more times before Tennessee claimed two straight points to lead 24-22. An attack error by the Vols held them off for one set point but a kill on the next play gave Tennessee the first set, 25-23.
LSU struggled to get the offense going as they hit .083 for the set. Tennessee got out to an 8-3 lead and extended its lead to 18-6. LSU went on a 9-3 run to cut the Tennessee lead to 23-17, and the Tigers held the Vols off for two straight set points, but an attack error by the Tigers gave the set to Tennessee 25-19 and a 2-0 lead on the match.
The Tigers took a 6-4 lead to start the third set, but Tennessee went on a 5-0 run to take a 9-6 lead. Tennessee took its largest lead at 17-11 and then at 18-12. The Tigers worked their way back bringing them within four, 22-18. After falling back 24-19, the Tigers held off the Vols for three straight match points but Tennessee finished the set with a kill, 25-21.
>> Flory’s match-high 23 assists was the most she has tallied this season.
>> Tillis’ 16 kills is the third straight match with 15-plus kills.
>> This is just the second time this season that the Tigers have lost back-to-back matches.
>> Cianciulli’s 14 digs is the 19th time she has finished with 10-plus digs and the 16th match she has led the team in digs.
LSU will be on the road for most of November, starting with a trip to Arkansas and Missouri next weekend. Both matches will be available on SEC Network+. The next time the Tigers will be at home is on Nov. 15, taking on Auburn at 7 p.m.
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