LSU head coach Fran Flory
Photo by:Hilary Scheinuk, LSU Athletics Student Photographer
Volleyball Faces South Carolina on Sunday
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Published: October 06, 2012, 06:27 PM (CT)
by Matt Dunaway, Associate SID

BATON ROUGE - The LSU volleyball team continues its season's long four-game homestand with a Sunday matinée versus South Carolina. First serve is on-tap for 1 p.m. at the Maravich Center.

Fans will have the opportunity to "Geaux Free" to Sunday's match compliments of the Advocate. Gates will open to the public one hour prior to first serve, and the first 100 fans will get a chance to take a photo with the team following the match.

LSU (6-10, 2-5 SEC) has garnered a 19-14 series advantage over South Carolina (13-5, 2-5 SEC). Earlier this season, the Gamecocks overcame a 2-1 deficit to defeat the Tigers in five sets and end LSU's seven-match winning streak in the series.

Juliette Thévenin ripped a match-high 22 kills during the first meeting and has averaged 4.05 spikes per set to rank third in the SEC. Defensively, Paige Wheeler collected 18 digs and her 3.97 scoops per set average checks in at eighth place on the SEC leaderboard.

"Our players have truly needed to hit the restart button, and that's what we allowed them to do after the Georgia match," head coach Fran Flory said. "We were physically tired and mentally fatigued. The extra time off has allowed the players to refocus and recommit. By that doing that, I believe we'll play with a different level of intensity for tomorrow's match."

LSU's offense continues to be fueled by Helen Boyle, Desiree Elliott and Madie Jones during conference play. All three players are ranked among the SEC's Top 15 in kills per set and have accounted for 77.2 percent of the team's kills total in league action.

Malorie Pardo has tallied double-doubles in five of LSU's last six matches. Pardo dished out a career-high 64 assists and fueled Jones to a career-best 26 kills during Wednesday's 3-2 setback against Georgia.

The Tigers welcomed Meghan Mannari back into fold after a six-match absence due to injury. She registered nine digs. Sam Delahoussaye continued her strong play and racked up 21 scoops. She has collected her four highest career dig totals during the seven-match run at libero.

Live video and live stats for Sunday's match will be available inside the Geaux Zone at LSUsports.net/live. At every home match, LSU will be collecting pet supplies at the fan zone as part of its "PAWS in the PMAC" campaign to benefit the Capital Area Animal Welfare Society.

Dating back to the 2005 season, LSU has racked up a 165-65 record and is one of 25 programs nationally to secure bids to six of the last seven NCAA Tournaments.

The Tigers have collected seven consecutive SEC Western championships highlighted by the overall league championship in 2009. It's the second longest streak in SEC history, only behind Florida's 14-year run on top of the SEC's Eastern Division from 1995-2008.

For all of the latest news and information on Tiger volleyball, visit www.lsusports.net/volleyball. Fans can also follow the program on its social media outlets at www.Facebook.com/lsuvolleyball along with @lsuvolleyball and @lsucoachfran on Twitter.

 

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