Tiger Volleyball Heads to Baylor
Asst. Communications Director
BATON ROUGE – After a 2-1 weekend in North Carolina, the LSU volleyball team [8-1] is heading over to Texas for a mid-week match at Baylor [6-3] on Wednesday in the Ferrell Center at 7 p.m. The game will be available here (subscription required) or on Fox Sports Southwest Plus.
Fran’s Final Thoughts
“Baylor is coming off a huge win against BYU in comeback fashion. We know they are talented and athletic and we certainly know that they are a quality, well-coached team. They came here last year and had a great match so we are excited to get back out on the court and compete against a quality opponent.”
The Tigers started off the weekend with an intense match with High Point, coming out with a five-set win, their third 3-2 win on the year. They continued to roll on the winning side on Saturday as they put together a 3-0 victory over LIU Brooklyn. The Tigers suffered their first loss of the season on Sunday, falling to North Carolina 3-1.
A Look at the Baylor Bears
Baylor is currently receiving votes in the AVCA Top-25 poll. The Bears are 6-3 on the year and are coming off a 2-1 weekend at the Outrigger Resorts Volleyball Challenge in Honolulu, Hawai’i. The Bears defeated Nevada on Thursday 3-1 and fell to tournament host Hawai’i in five sets on Friday. They regrouped and claimed a 3-2 victory over No. 14 ranked BYU. Katie Staiger will be a threat as she leads the team in kills at 154 and kills per set at 4.16.
>> The LSU Tigers went 2-1 last weekend in North Carolina to start the season off with an 8-1 record. That record is the best start since the 2010 season.
>> LSU started off the weekend with its third five-set victory of the season. It was the third straight weekend that the Tigers took the match into the fifth set and came out with a victory.
>> Freshman Taylor Bannister led the squad against High Point with a career-high 26 kills. She finished the weekend with a team-high of 58 kills and committed just seven errors to earn her SEC Freshman of the Week, the first weekly league honor since 2015 and the first Freshman of the Week honor since 2014.
>> Bannister’s success wouldn’t have come without excellent performances from setter Anna Zwiebel and DS Raigen Cianciulli. Zwiebel put together a career-high of 65 assists in the five set win over High Point. Cianciulli finished that match with a career-high of 25 digs.
>> Sophomore Jacqui Armer led the team in blocks for the three matches. She put together a team-high seven block assists against UNC on Sunday. She is ranked fourth among the SEC in blocks per set at 1.3.
>> Gina Tillis and Toni Rodriguez were also huge assets to the Tigers success over the weekend. Tillis finished the weekend with 30 kills including 16 against High Point. Rodriguez finished with 41 kills with 19 against High Point.
>> With the five-set win over High Point on Friday, LSU is now 3-0 in five-set matches. Over the last eight seasons, the Tigers have won 39 of its 51 five-setters.
>> Zwiebel’s 65 assists against High Point is tied for the most assists in a match among the SEC this season.
>> In the league, Bannister has the ninth-best hitting percentage at .366, Zwiebel’s 9.47 assists ranks eighth and Cianciulli’s 3.79 digs per set ranks 10th.
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