Volleyball Falls to Duke in Four Sets
Asst. Communications Director
BATON ROUGE – The LSU volleyball team fell to Duke on Friday evening in the Tigers’ second match of the Tiger Classic by scores of 15-25, 25-20, 22-25, 25-21 inside the Maravich Center. The Tigers are now 2-3 on the year and Duke improves to 2-2.
- The Tigers will continue the Tiger Classic on Saturday with an afternoon match against South Florida at 1 p.m. inside the Maravich Center. The game will stream live on SEC Network+ with Garrett Walvoord and Lyn Rollins on the call.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- LSU trailed early, 8-4 to Duke. The Blue Devils extended their lead to 12-5, forcing the Tigers to take their first timeout of the set.
- The Tigers struggled to get their offense in rhythm as Duke extended its lead to 18-10. The Tigers took a second timeout, but the Blue Devils pushed two more points, taking a 20-10 lead.
- LSU tried to hold off the Blue Devils late, scoring back-to-back points on a Toni Rodriguez kill and an ace, but the Blue Devils took the set, 25-15.
- LSU hit just .057 in the first set, while Rodriguez led the attack with four kills.
- The Tigers came out with fire in the second set, taking a 7-3 lead after a 4-0 run that included back-to-back kills from Taylor Bannister and a couple of miscues from Duke.
- LSU used some great defense, getting a couple big blocks from Whitney Foreman and Jacqui Armer, giving the Tigers a 21-13 lead and forcing the Blue Devils to take a timeout.
- Duke worked its way back to come within four, 23-19, forcing the Tigers to take a timeout. The Tigers used Bannister’s ninth kill on the match to seal the deal in the second set, 25-20 and tie the match up 1-1.
- LSU’s offense picked up in the second set as the Tigers hit .277 with a .362 kill percentage.
- Duke got out to a 12-6 lead over the Tigers in the third set, forcing the Tigers to a timeout.
- LSU got into a rhythm later, trading points with the Blue Devils, but still trailed 20-12 going into their second timeout of the set.
- Out of their second timeout, the Tigers went on a 6-2 run to come within four, 22-18. The run continued, pushing to a 7-2 run and forcing Duke to a timeout.
- Out of the timeout, the Tigers put together back-to-back points to bring the score to 22-21.
- Duke finished on a 3-1 run to take set three, 25-22, and a 2-1 lead on the match.
- The two teams traded points early in the fourth set, but Duke went ahead 15-12 at the media timeout after a 5-0 run.
- The Tigers got a big block from Rodriguez to bring the Tigers within three, 20-17, but Duke continued to push its offense, take a 23-19 lead.
- LSU didn’t back down, coming within two, 23-21, after Jacqui Armer kill.
- Duke took a timeout and came out to score the final two points of the match, claiming the fourth set 25-21.
- Bannister’s 17 kills was her fifth-straight match in double-digits.
- Cianciulli’s 16 digs was a season-high and her fifth-straight match in double-digit digs.
- The all-time series with Duke is now tied 4-4.
- Four players finished with double-digit digs (Cianciulli 16, Leigh Maher 12, Katie Kampen 10, Milan Stokes 10).
- Three players finished in double-digit kills (Bannister 17, Armer 12, Rodriguez 11).
- LSU is now 1-1 in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center this season.
FLORY’S FINAL THOUGHTS
“I’m disappointed in the outcome. I think we’re getting better as we go, but I don’t think we had the fight. I don’t think we had the drive tonight for whatever reason. I believe that we have the right people, but we didn’t have the right court demeanor. We got out volleyed. Duke is a very good ball control team. We couldn’t break their serve receive.”
On preparations for USF in the morning….
“We have a game plan already put together. We’ll watch more film tonight and have a nice little game plan talk tomorrow. They’re a very good team. They fight for every point. It will be a battle of who can sustain.”
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