Volleyball Falls at No. 13 Florida
Asst. Communications Director
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The LSU volleyball team played a tough match with No. 13 Florida, but fell in straight sets by scores of 24-26, 19-25, 22-25 on Friday evening in Exactech Arena. The Tigers are now 11-15 on the year and 6-9 in the SEC. Florida improves to 22-5 on the season and 13-2 in the league.
For the second time this season, Milan Stokes led the Tigers' attack, finishing with 10 kills. Taylor Bannister finished with nine kills, while Raigen Cianciulli anchored the back row with a match-high 18 digs. Lindsay Flory finished with 23 assists and nine digs.
- The Tigers return home for Senior Tribute on Sunday to celebrate the careers of four seniors in Lindsay Flory, Katie Kampen, Olivia Beyer and Toni Rodriguez. The match is set for 3 p.m. and will stream live on SEC Network+.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Florida started off the match with a 3-0 run and pushed to a 9-5 lead, but the Tigers answered with a 3-0 to come within one, 9-8, after a kill from Milan Stokes. The Tigers tied the set up at 12-12 and took the lead on the next play after back-to-back attacking errors by the Gators.
- The Tigers run continued into the media timeout, scoring six-straight points to take a15-12 lead. Out of the timeout, Florida scored three in a row to tie it up at 15-15. A service error and an attacking error put the Tigers back on top 18-16, forcing the Gators to a timeout.
- Florida tied the set up again off a service ace and LSU called for a timeout. Out of the timeout, Florida scored back-to-back points, taking a 21-19 lead. The Tigers used their second timeout.
- The two teams went back and forth after the Tigers it up at 21-21 by a block from Stokes. Taylor Bannister put one to the ground to take a 23-22 lead and forced the Gators to use their second timeout of the set. Both teams went back and forth, but the Tigers ended up falling, 26-24, to the Gators. Stokes and Bannister each tallied four kills.
- Florida got out to a 2-0 lead in the second set, but the Tigers rallied and tied the set up at 5-5. The Tigers pushed to a 10-8 lead after a Toni Rodriguez kill. LSU forced the Gators to take a timeout as they went up 13-10. Florida brought themselves back and took a 14-13 lead.
- A big block from Olivia Beyer and Stokes put the Tigers on top, 16-14. But the Gators once again matched the Tigers at 17-17 and took a 18-17 lead on the next play, forcing the Tigers to a timeout.
- The Tigers used their second timeout of the set as the Gators took a 21-18 lead. The Tigers only scored one more point in the set as the Gators claimed the set, 25-19, and took a 2-0 lead.
- The Tigers struggled to get in rhythm early as the Gators took a 5-1 lead to start the third set. The Tigers took a timeout as the Gators pushed to a 8-3 lead. The Tigers scored back-to-back points on a kill from Rodriguez and an attacking error by the Gators to come within three, 11-8.
- The Gators pushed to a 17-11 lead on the Tigers, forcing them to use their second timeout of the set. The Tigers went on a 4-0 run, including an ace from Katie Kampen, to bring the Tigers within two, 21-19, and forcing the Gators to a timeout. Lindsay Flory won a joust against Florida to score the Tigers’ fifth-straight point.
- The Tigers held off Florida for one match point after a Rodriguez kill, but Florida took the set, 25-22, and the match in straight sets.
- Stokes led the Tigers with 10 kills. This is her eighth match in double digit kills.
- Cianciulli finished with 18 digs making it her 22nd match in double-digits on the season. She is now 31 digs away from 1,000 mark.