LSU's Khourtni Fears
Photo by:Chris Parent, LSU Athletics Student Photographer
LSU Volleyball Report - Oct. 15
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Published: October 15, 2012, 04:59 PM (CT)
by Matt Dunaway, Associate SID

Overall Record: 8-11
SEC Record: 4-6

Last Week
Oct. 10 - Tennessee [L, 3-2 - 25-15, 24-26, 26-24, 21-25, 7-15]
Oct. 14 - Alabama [W, 3-1 - 25-20, 25-23, 14-25, 25-23]

This Week
Oct. 19 - Auburn [7 p.m. CT]
Oct. 21 - Kentucky [12:30 p.m. CT]

Nominees for SEC Defensive Player of the Week

Meghan Mannari, DS, 5-9, Sr., Frisco, Texas
Mannari secured her best week of the season and became the 12th player in program history to join LSU's 1,000 career digs club in her first full week back from injury at the libero position. She amassed an astounding 6.22 digs per set fueled by a season-high 29 scoops against Tennessee. She joined the 1,000 career dig club with her 27-scoop effort and equaled a career-best with six assists against Alabama. 

Weekly Totals
SP    Kills    Err      Att    PCT    Assists    Aces    Digs    BS    BA    TB    Team * Hitting %
9    0    0    1    .000    8    0    45    0    0    0    .227

Nominees for SEC Freshman Player of the Week

Khourtni Fears, MB, 6-1, Fr., Houston, Texas
Fears continued to be one of the elite blockers in the SEC and posted 1.78 blocks along with 1.44 kills per set as a three-rotation player. The blocking efforts allowed Fears to jump five spots into a tie for second place in the SEC rankings. She recorded a career-best 10 blocks versus Tennessee on ESPNU's Wednesday Night Volleyball. The 10 stuffs were tied for the third-highest output in the SEC this season. Former All-American Brittnee Cooper was the last LSU player to record double digit blocks in a game. Fears followed up with a six-block performance against Alabama.  

Weekly Totals
SP    Kills    Err      Att    PCT    Assists    Aces    Digs    BS    BA    TB    Team * Hitting %
9    13    8    31    .161    0    0    6    3    13    16    .227

Notes on the Tigers
LSU posted a 1-1 mark for the fourth consecutive week in SEC action as the Tigers lost a 3-2 decision to preseason league favorite Tennessee before securing a 3-1 victory over Alabama. The win over the Crimson Tide avenged a sweep from earlier in the season. LSU's offense posted a .311 hitting percentage, while Meghan Mannari became the 12th player in program history to surpass 1,000 career digs during the Alabama match. Mannari turned in 27 digs against Alabama after posting a season's best 29 scoops versus Tennessee. In her first full week back at the libero position, Mannari gathered 6.12 digs per set. She was joined by Sam Delahoussaye, who extended her streak to 11 straight matches with 10 or more digs. She enters this week's action 15 away from joining Mannari in the 1,000 digs club. On the front row, Khourtni Fears had an exceptional blocking week which included a career-high 10 blocks against Tennessee. The last time a LSU player recorded double digit blocks was former All-American Brittnee Cooper during the 2009 season. LSU's offense continues to be fueled by Helen Boyle, Desiree Elliott and Madie Jones. The trio has accounted for 78.1 percent of the squads kills in SEC play and has ripped 10 or more kills in each of their last nine outings. Jones powered home 25 kills, her second-highest career output, versus Alabama whereas Elliott cranked a season-high 20 spikes during the Tennessee match.  Boyle has provided seven double-doubles in her nine SEC appearances. She is tied with Malorie Pardo for the SEC double dips lead in conference play. Pardo has eclipsed the 50-assist plateau in six of her last nine outings and moved past Brittney Johnson (2007-10) for eighth place on the program's all-time list. LSU returns to the road and the traditional Friday-Sunday SEC format for the first time in three weeks. The Tigers take on Auburn [Friday - 7 p.m. CT] before a Sunday tilt against Kentucky [Sunday - 12:30 p.m. CT].

 

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