Volleyball Falls in Five in SEC Opener at Georgia
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ATHENS, Ga. – After trailing 2-0, the LSU volleyball team came back to win the third and fourth sets, but fell short in five, falling by scores of 21-25, 32-34, 25-18, 25-16, 11-15. The Tigers are now 5-7 on the year and 0-1 in SEC play. Georgia improves to 10-2 on the season and 1-0 in conference action.
Sophomore Taylor Bannister once again led the Tigers with 23 kills in the five sets. Olivia Beyer pitched in eight kills while Lindsay Flory dished out a team-leading 46 assists. Raigen Cianciulli continues to anchor the back row for the Tigers, finishing the match with a match-high 23 digs.
- The Tigers continue the first SEC weekend, traveling to South Carolina on Sunday. First serve will be at 12:30 p.m. CT and the match will stream live on SECN+. Live stats will also be available at LSUStats.com.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Georgia got out to an early 5-2 lead, but the Tigers worked their way back and tied the set up at 7-7 after an ace from Anna Zwiebel.
- The two teams went back and forth. Taylor Bannister and Jacqui Armer tied the set up at 10-10 with back-to-back kills.
- A block by Toni Rodriguez and Armer put the Tigers within one, 19-18, and forced Georgia to a timeout.
- A Bannister kill off the block tied the set up at 19-19, but Georgia put together back-to-back points to take a 21-19 lead, forcing LSU to use its second timeout of the set.
- The Tigers capitalized on a couple service errors, but Georgia came out on top in the first set, 25-21, after hitting .361 to LSU’s .184.
- Bannister led the Tigers in the first set with four kills. Rodriguez finished the set with three.
- Georgia got out to an 11-6 lead on LSU, forcing the Tigers to take their first timeout of the set.
- A block by Whitney Foreman and Beyer brought the Tigers within one, 15-14, and force Georgia to use a timeout.
- The Tigers pushed to a 7-0 run to take their first lead of the set, 16-15, on a Foreman kill. LSU forced Georgia to a timeout after scoring back-to-back points on a service error and a kill from Bannister.
- The two teams went point-for-point as the entire set was tied up 15 times and had eight lead changes. Bannister tied the set up at 32-32 but back-to-back points by Georgia gave the Bulldogs set two, 34-32.
- Bannister finished the second set with six kills.
- The third set went back and forth early as the set was tied up 6-6. But the Tigers got some momentum and took a 10-8 lead after Bannister’s 15th kill on the match.
- LSU pushed to a 12-9 lead, forcing the Bulldogs to take their first timeout of the set.
- The Tigers went on a 4-0 run to take a 18-14 lead after back-to-back blocks by Beyer, Rodriguez and Lindsay Flory.
- Momentum continued for the Tigers as they went up 20-15 after an ace from Katie Kampen. The Tigers finished the set on a 4-1 run, claiming the third 25-18 and forcing a fourth set.
- The Tigers picked up their offense as they hit .417 for the set, getting 12 kills on 24 attacks. The Tigers recorded six of those kills from Bannister.
- The Tigers got out to a 13-9 lead after a 5-0 run that included a kill from Foreman and Bannister. The run forced Georgia to take a timeout, its first of the set.
- LSU pushed to a 15-9 lead and took their largest lead of the set at 24-14 after a kill by Bannister. Georgia served the ball out, giving the Tigers the fourth set, 25-16.
- The Tigers once again out-hit Georgia in the fourth set, .303-.154. Bannister tallied five kills in the set.
- Georgia got out to a 6-3 lead, but the Tigers worked their way back and came within one, 7-6, on a block by Foreman and Beyer.
- LSU fell behind 11-8 and took a timeout. The Tigers came back within one against after a Taylor Bannister kill, forcing Georgia to a timeout at 11-10.
- Georgia finished off the set on a 4-1 run to claim the set, 15-11, and the match 3-2.
- The Tigers hit -.083 in the fifth, getting only three kills on 24 attacks. Georgia hit .192, getting 9 kills on 26 attacks.
- Bannister’s 23 kills led the Tigers for the 12th-straight match this season. It’s her 11th match in double-digits.
- Cianciulli finished with 23 digs, her 11th match leading the Tigers in the back row and her 10th match in double-digits.
- LSU is now 17-18 in SEC season openers and is 36-23 against the Bulldogs after the loss.
- The Tigers out-blocked the Bulldogs 14.0-10.0. Whitney Foreman and Olivia Beyer each had a team-leading six blocks.
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