Volleyball Tops Alabama in Four Sets
Asst. Communications Director
BATON ROUGE – The LSU volleyball team took down Alabama in four sets Sunday afternoon in the Maravich Center for its fourth straight victory. The Tigers defeated Alabama by scores of 22-25, 25-22, 27-25 and 26-24.
The Tigers were led by freshman Taylor Bannister, who finished with 21 kills. Sophomore Milan Stokes put together a career-high 19 kills and a .417 hitting percentage. For the match, the Tigers had five with double-digit digs, including a career-high 28 digs from freshman Raigen Cianciulli.
Fran’s Final Thoughts
“One of the goals of the match was to play clean. Statistically, the match shouldn’t have been as close as it was, but we were giving away so many points on our errors. We were really poor despite our worst serving night of the year. Way too many service errors without aces. I’ll take a one-to-one ratio, but we had three aces and 10 errors and that’s just absolutely backwards. You give away 10 points from behind the line it can be disastrous for you. The nice part about that is we were able to come through and win the match. This team is, I continue to say it, they’re resilient. They believe.”
On making adjustments after losing the first set…
“Our ball control wasn’t very good. I think we missed fewer serves throughout the rest of the match. Our passing settled in. I think the star of the show is Milan (Stokes) coming in for Toni (Rodriguez). She got on fire early and she created some great opportunities for us and she scored. You come off the bench in a role like she has, you know, that’s a pretty special performance by Milan.”
The Tigers had an 11-10 lead but Alabama went on an 8-0 run to take a 18-10 lead. The Tigers fought back and brought themselves within three, 22-19 and forced Alabama to a timeout. LSU put together two straight points to come within two, 24-22, but Alabama claimed the first set, 25-22.
LSU opened the second set on a 4-1 run. The Tigers strung together four straight points to take an 11-9 lead. The set went point-for-point until the Tigers went on a 5-0 run to take a 22-19 lead. The Tigers pushed through to get the final three points which included Alabama serving out of bounds, giving the second set to the Tigers, 25-22. The Tigers outhit Alabama .316 to .231.
In a set that was tied 12 times and had seven lead changes, the Tigers came back from a 17-13 deficit to rally for a 9-3 run taking a 22-20 lead. The two teams battled it out the rest of the way, trading points. LSU put together three straight points to claim the third set, 27-25. For the set, the Tigers once again outhit Alabama .235 to .167.
The Tigers got out to a 6-2 lead but Alabama worked its way back to tie the set up 10-10. The two teams battled and traded points the rest of the way. The Tigers went up 24-23 but Alabama tied it up 24-24. Back-to-back kills by Stokes gave the Tigers the victory.
>> The Tigers remain undefeated on their home floor at 5-0 this season. The last time the Tigers were 5-0 on their home floor was in 2010.
>> Raigen Cianciulli finished with a career-high 28 digs while Lindsay Flory finished with a career-high 11 digs. Five players finished with 10-plus kills; Cianciulli (28), Tillis (15), Zwiebel (11), Flory (11) and Quin (10).
>> The last time the Tigers had five players with 10 or more digs was against Michigan on September 4, 2015.
>> This victory was the first over Alabama since the 2013 season and snaps a four-game losing streak against the Crimson Tide.
>> Tillis finished with eight kills on the match, bringing her career total to 991. She is just nine kills away from becoming the 22nd Tiger in program history to reach 1,000 kills.
The Tigers will look to continue their winning streak on Wednesday evening, taking on Ole Miss at 8 p.m. in the Maravich Center. The game will air on ESPNU.
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