BATON ROUGE – The LSU volleyball team begins its spring season with a trio of matches against Southeastern Louisiana, Tulane and defending national champion Texas Saturday at the FAST Complex Collegiate Invitational in Houston.
Each match for the Tigers will be the best two of three sets and will last no longer than an hour. LSU has been participating in individual workouts since January 15 and began its team training sessions on March 10.
“Our individual training sessions have yielded a great outcome, and we are excited to put it together as a team with a very challenging spring competition schedule,” head coach Fran Flory said. “These are three very tough and competitive tournaments. This young group will gain valuable experience as we plug them into our system and allow them to gain the experience every young player needs.”
The Tigers will bring back eight letterwinners in 2013 highlighted by Desiree Elliott, a two-time All-SEC selection. LSU's seven-year run atop the SEC Western Division came to a close last season. The streak was the second-longest in SEC history only behind Florida's 14-year atop the SEC Eastern Division from 1995-2008.
“We have become a much more physical team in the weight room and on the track,” Flory said. “We are all reaping the benefits of that training on the court. Ball control will be a huge emphasis of our spring season with the loss of Sam Delahoussaye and Meghan Mannari.”
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Below is LSU’s complete spring competition schedule.
March 23 FAST Complex Collegiate Invitational (Houston, Texas – FAST Complex)
LSU vs. Southeastern Louisiana 10 a.m.
LSU vs. Tulane Noon
LSU vs. Texas 2 p.m.
April 13 Rice Spring Invite (Houston, Texas – Autry Court)
Schedule – TBA
April 20 Lone Star Classic College Showcase (Dallas, Texas – Dallas Convention Center Arena)
LSU vs. Texas 2 p.m.
LSU vs. Kansas State 5 p.m.
LSU vs. Texas A&M 6 p.m.