LSU's Lauren Waclawczyk
Photo by:Chris Parent, LSU Athletics Student Photographer
LSU Volleyball Report - November 1
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Published: November 01, 2010, 07:42 PM (CT)
by LSUsports.net (@LSUsports), LSU Sports Interactive

Overall Record: 21-2
SEC Record: 12-2
SEC Standings: 2nd overall [1st West]  
AVCA Ranking: No. 16
Last Week:  2-0

Oct. 29 - Mississippi State [W, 3-0 - 25-16, 25-13, 25-20]
Oct. 31 - Alabama [W, 3-0 - 25-18, 25-23, 25-21]

Nominee for Offensive Player of the Week

Brittney Johnson, S, Sr., Baton Rouge, La.
Johnson, the SEC's leader in assists per set, guided the LSU attack to a .320 team hitting percentage in home triumphs over Mississippi State and Alabama. The Baton Rouge native also cranked 1.80 kills per set sparked by a season-high nine spikes on 15 swings for a .600 clip against Alabama to fall just shy of her 10th double-double on the season. LSU's offense recorded 15 or more kills and Johnson handed out double digit helpers in four of her five frames of action. She also corralled 1.20 digs per set. 

Totals for the Week
SP Kills Err.  Att. Pct. Assists Aces Rec *  Err Rec * Att Digs BS BA TB  Team ** Hit Pct.
5 9 1 18 .444 54 0 0 0 6 0 1 1 .320

Nominee for Defensive Player of the Week

Lauren Waclawczyk, L, Jr., San Antonio, Texas
Waclawczyk posted a pair of double figure dig efforts to run her streak to 10 straight matches as LSU notched a pair of home victories over Mississippi State and Alabama to vault into sole possession of first place in the SEC Western Division race. The Tiger defense limited their opponents to a .162 hitting percentage. The San Antonio, Texas, native secured 3.83 digs per set highlighted by a 13-scoop effort against Mississippi State and tallied a .978 passer rating in 46 attempts.

Totals for the Week
SP Kills Err.  Att. Pct. Assists Aces Rec *  Err Rec * Att Digs BS BA TB  Team ** Hit Pct.
6 0 0 0 .000 8 0 1 46 23 0 0 0 .320

Nominee for Freshman of the Week

Desiree Elliott, MB, Fr., Cypress, Texas
Elliott racked up another stellar weekend as LSU surged into sole possession of first place in the SEC Western Division standings. She powered home kills on 56 percent of her swings en route to a 3.00 per set average, a full 0.74 spike above her season average. The Cypress, Texas, product also belted 12 kills on a career-best .688 clip against Mississippi State. She has hammered the third-highest hitting ratio over league matches. Elliott also came away with 1.17 digs and 0.67 blocks per frame.

Totals for the Week
SP Kills Err.  Att. Pct. Assists Aces Rec *  Err Rec * Att Digs BS BA TB  Team ** Hit Pct.
6 18 3 32 .469 1 2 0 0 7 1 3 4 .320

Notes on the Tigers
LSU stretched its winning streak to four straight matches with a pair of home triumphs over Mississippi State and Alabama. The Tigers moved to 21-2, 12-2 SEC and took over sole possession of first place in the SEC Western Division race. With the wins, LSU also remained at No. 16 in the latest edition of the AVCA Top 25 poll. Brittney Johnson fueled LSU's offense to a .320 hitting percentage as the Tigers racked up 16.00 kills per set over the weekend. She maintained her league-best 10.76 assists per set and connected for a season-best nine kills against Alabama. Desiree Elliott powered home 3.00 kills per set and posted a career-high .688 hitting percentage with 12 kills on 16 swings against Mississippi State. She has reached 10 or more kills in five of her last seven matches and her .387 hitting percentage is third-highest during SEC action. On the outside, Angela Bensend returned to form and hammered a team-best 4.33 kills per set. She has compiled 20 double digit kill performances on the season and the Tigers have won 33 of 35 games over Bensend's career when she reaches that feat. Madie Jones and Michele Williams terminated 2.83 kills per set apiece. Jones knocked home 11 kills on a .450 clip, while Williams added nine spikes on a .333 ratio against Alabama. Williams is ranked ninth in the SEC with 3.21 kills per set on a .336 hitting percentage. Tania Schatow continues to be strong on defense and has recorded 26 blocks during her last seven outings. LSU's back row of Lauren Waclawczyk, Sam Delahoussaye and Meghan Mannari have fueled the Tigers to a 66 percent sideout efficiency [630-952] along with a 96 percent serve-receive rating [797-826] in SEC matches. Waclawczyk has run together 10 consecutive double digit dig performances. Her 4.08 digs per set are sixth, while her 0.29 aces per set are seventh in the SEC rankings. LSU wraps up a three-match home swing against Ole Miss [1:30 p.m., Sunday] inside the Maravich Center.

 

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