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LSU Downs Arkansas in Four for Fourth-Straight Win

Chelsey Chamberlain
Chelsey Chamberlain
Asst. Communications Director

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The LSU volleyball team picked up their 300th SEC victory on Sunday afternoon, downing Arkansas in four sets by scores of 26-24, 25-18, 22-25, 25-18. The Tigers are now 11-14 on the year and 6-8 in the SEC. Arkansas is now 11-13 on the year and 5-9 in the league.

Taylor Bannister led the attack with 12 kills, while Toni Rodriguez finished with 10. Raigen Cianciulli anchored the back row again with 27 digs. Olivia Beyer finished with a .412 clip and four blocks. 

UP NEXT

  • The Tigers continue a two-game road swing on Friday, traveling to No. 14 Florida. The match is set for 6 p.m. CT and will air on SEC Network+. Live stats will be available at LSUStats.com.   

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Arkansas got out to a 3-1 lead to start them match, but the Tigers scored back-to-back points off a kill from Taylor Bannister and block by Whitney Foreman and Toni Rodriguez. The Tigers took an 8-7 lead after an ace from Rodriguez.
  • The two teams went point-for-point. Arkansas took a two-point lead, 13-11, but once again, the Tigers scored back-to-back points to tie it up at 13-13. Arkansas took a 15-13 lead into the media timeout.
  • LSU tied it up at 15-15 after an Arkansas attacking error. The two teams traded points. Arkansas took a timeout as the Tigers score back-to-back points. Out of the timeout, the teams continued to trade points until the Tigers came out on top, 26-24.
  • Whitney Foreman led the attack with five kills, while the Tigers hit .367.
  • The Tigers got out to an 8-6 lead on Arkansas, including rallying off four-straight points early. Back-to-back aces from Rodriguez, put the Tigers up 11-7 and forced the Razorbacks to a timeout.
  • LSU pushed to a 15-8 lead after a Bannister change-up and a big block from Foreman and Bannister put the Tigers up 18-11. The Tigers forced Arkansas to a timeout after rallying off three straight points for a 19-11 lead.
  • The Razorbacks scored four-straight points to come within five, 20-15, and forcing the Tigers to use their first timeout of the set.
  • LSU rallied off the final three points to claim the second set, 25-18, and take a 2-0 lead on the match. It wasn’t the best offensive set as the Tigers hit just .094 getting 11 kills on 32 attacks with eight errors.
  • In the third set, the Tigers got out to a 5-3 lead on the Razorbacks, but Arkansas answered with six straight points, taking a 9-5 lead. The Tigers took a timeout and worked their way back, coming within two, 15-13, and forced Arkansas to a timeout.
  • Arkansas took a 22-16 lead on the Tigers, but LSU worked its way back and came within two after two-straight aces from Anna Zwiebel. Arkansas took a timeout and came out to score the next point, but gave a point to the Tigers on a service error.
  • Arkansas claimed the set 25-22 after a service error by the Tigers. Arkansas hit .359 to the Tigers .267.
  • The Razorbacks’ momentum continued into the fourth set as they jumped out to a 4-1 lead and pushed to a 6-2 lead. The Tigers scored two straight on a kill from Milan Stokes and an attacking error by Arkansas.
  • LSU came within one, 11-10, after a Bannister kill. Stokes tied the set up at 12-12 after a slam.
  • The Tigers went on a 5-0 run to take a 17-13 lead on the Razorbacks, for them to take a timeout. Out of the timeout, Zwiebel recorded an ace to make it 18-13. The Tigers pushed to a 21-15 lead after a Rodriguez kill, forcing the Razorbacks to use their second timeout of the set.
  • The Tigers finished the set on a 4-3 run, claiming the match in four sets. LSU hit .231 for the set.

NOTABLES

  • Bannister led the Tigers with 12 kills. This is her 23rd match leading the team and 22nd match in double digit kills.
  • Rodriguez finished with 10 kills making it her 10th match in double-digit kill son the year. The Tiger also tied her career high of three aces. 
  • Cianciulli finished with 27 digs making it her ninth 20-plus match of the season and her 21st match in double-digits. She is now 49 digs away from 1,000 mark.
  • The Tigers out-blocked the Razorbacks 11.0-6.0

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