Volleyball Takes Winning Streak to Missouri
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The LSU volleyball team will look to build on its season's best three-match winning streak and continues a four-match road swing Sunday when the Tigers make their inaugural trip to SEC newcomer Missouri.
First serve is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. from the Hearnes Center, and a free audio webcast for Sunday's match is available inside the Geaux Zone at LSUsports.net/live.
Earlier this season, LSU (12-13, 8-8 SEC) fell in a four-set battle to Missouri (17-9, 8-7 SEC) back on September 23 at the Maravich Center. Desiree Elliott ripped a match-high 19 kills on .343 hitting percentage, while Helen Boyle and Madie Jones powered home 15 kills apiece.
Mizzou is coming off a 3-0 setback to SEC frontrunner and No. 16 Florida. The Tigers are sparked by Lisa Henning and Whitney Little. Henning holds the top spot on the SEC leaderboard with 4.76 kills per set whereas Little has tallied 1.62 blocks per set to pace the conference in league play. Little buried 15 kills on 34 errorless swings en route to an impressive .441 hitting clip and garnered seven stuffs during the first meeting between the two teams.
"Our program has never played at Missouri, but I've heard from several coaches across the country that it's a difficult place to play," head coach Fran Flory said. "It's a wonderful atmosphere for collegiate volleyball so I'm excited for our team to experience it. Typically, we've seized new opportunities in the past. Last night's match with Georgia was a grind-it-out type of match. Hopefully, we'll be able to recover a little bit and be ready for Sunday's challenge."
Last time out, LSU posted a 3-1 victory over Georgia behind Cati Leak's career performance. The freshman right-side hitter cranked a career-high 16 kills on a career-best .484 hitting percentage. She also registered 12 digs to turn in her first double-double effort since the season's opening weekend.
Malorie Pardo distributed 57 assists and sparked a quartet of hitters to 10 or more kills for the first time during the 2012 season. She has notched a double-double in five of her last seven matches and her 11 total double dips compiled in SEC action are first in the conference.
Jones has put together double figure kills during 14 of her 15 outings in addition to all 12 of LSU's victories on the season. Her 4.00 kills per set in conference play ranks fourth on the SEC's list. The Plano, Texas, native continues to climb up LSU's all-time kills list and her 18-spike effort at Georgia moved her past Meagan Davis (1998-2001) into sole possession of 17th place.
Over her last five appearances, Elliott has ripped 66 kills and attacked at over a .300 hitting percentage in four of those outings. She enters the Missouri match 39 spikes away from becoming the 20th player to reach 1,000 career kills.
Boyle picked up her 10th double-double, 14 kills and 13 digs, during the Georgia match. She is one double dip behind her teammate Pardo not only for the team, but the SEC lead in conference matches.
Marissa Maas doubled her season block total and recorded a career-best nine stuffs versus Georgia. She also equaled a season-high with five kills.
LSU's back row has dialed up a 68 percent sideout percentage during its last three victories. Meghan Mannari stretched out for 28 digs in Friday's win over Georgia and her 4.97 scoops per set are second-highest in the SEC. Her running mate on the back line, Sam Delahoussaye, has tabulated 3.58 digs per set in SEC play to rank 14th in that category.
Fans also can follow Sunday's match via the program's social media outlets at www.Facebook.com/lsuvolleyball along with @LSUvolleyball and @LSUCoachFran on Twitter.
Dating back to the 2005 season, LSU has racked up a 171-68 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.
Admission to all 2012 home matches at the Maravich Center is free compliments of the Advocate's "Geaux Free" program. LSU's final home match is scheduled for Wednesday, November 21 versus Arkansas at 8 p.m. televised by ESPNU.
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.