Volleyball Looks for Season Sweep of MSU
BATON ROUGE - The LSU volleyball team will look to bounce back and wraps up the October portion of its schedule Sunday when the Tigers play host to SEC West foe Mississippi State Sunday at the Maravich Center.
First serve is on-tap for 1 p.m. and fans will have the opportunity to "Geaux Free" to Sunday's match compliments of the Advocate. Gates will open to the public one hour prior to first serve.
LSU (9-13, 5-8 SEC) will look for its seventh straight season sweep over the Bulldogs (4-17, 0-12 SEC). The Tigers came back from a 2-1 deficit to emerge with a five-set victory against Mississippi State earlier this season when the two teams met in Starkville.
MSU has been swept in eight straight matches. Taylor Scott has compiled 2.82 kills and 2.75 digs per set to spark the offense. On the back row, Roxanne McVey has produced a league-leading 5.32 dig per set. She racked up an astounding 50 scoops versus LSU earlier this season.
"We have to decide that we're going to be true to our system, true to who we are and not try to reinvent ourselves in the middle of the matches," head coach Fran Flory said. "I think we didn't do a very good job at that at Mississippi State in Starkville. They were able to turn it into their type of match for a big portion of that match there. We're going to have to do a better job of being more resilient and having better poise and composure."
Desiree Elliott is coming off a season's best 22 kills versus Texas A&M. For the season, she has ripped a team-leading 3.61 kills per set, good enough for eighth place in the SEC.
Helen Boyle and Madie Jones will look to rebound for season-low efforts. Jones heads into Sunday's match nine kills away from moving past former All-American Lauren DeGirolamo for 18th place on LSU's all-time list.
From the setter position, Malorie Pardo picked her ninth double-double of SEC action during the Texas A&M match. Her 10.36 helpers per set are fourth on the SEC leaderboard. The League City, Texas, native is 31 assists shy of eclipsing former All-American Sam Dabbs for the No. 8 spot in the LSU record book.
The Tiger back row unit has amassed a conference-best 18.59 digs per set. Sam Delahoussaye and Meghan Mannari continue their climb up LSU's career digs list. Delahoussaye has collected 77 percent of her digs during SEC play whereas Mannari's 4.93 scoops per set are second in the SEC.
Sunday's match will be carried by Cox Sports Television (Cox Cable Channel 1037 in Baton Rouge) and Charter Sports Southeast with Lyn Rollins and Missy Whitmore set to call the action. Live stats also will be available inside the Geaux Zone at LSUsports.net/live.
At every home match, LSU will be collecting pet supplies at the fan zone as part of its "PAWS in the PMAC" campaign to benefit the Capital Area Animal Welfare Society.
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