LSU Volleyball Report - Nov. 12

LSU's Cati Leak
LSU's Cati Leak
Chris Parent (@chrisparent)
Matt Dunaway
Matt Dunaway

Overall Record: 12-14
SEC Record: 8-9

Last Week
Nov. 9 - at Georgia [W, 3-1 - 28-30, 25-17, 28-26, 25-21]
Nov. 11 - at Missouri [L, 3-0 - 25-18, 25-18, 25-14]

This Week
Nov. 16 - at No. 16 Florida [6 p.m. CT - Free Audio:]
Nov. 18 - at Tennessee [12 p.m. CT - Free Audio:]

Nominees for SEC Freshman of the Week

Cati Leak, RS, 6-2, Fr., Guntersville, Ala.
Leak turned in a solid all-around effort and averaged 2.71 kills on a .304 hitting percentage to go along with 2.00 digs, 0.71 blocks and 0.43 assists per set. She boasted over a kill more and close to a 200-point improvement on her hitting ratio during the weekend on her season totals. Leak cranked a career-high 16 kills on a career-best .484 hitting percentage to spark LSU's 3-1 victory at Georgia. She also secured 12 digs en route to her first double-double since the opening weekend of the season. Leak's five blocks during the Georgia match equaled her second-highest output of the season.  

Weekly Totals
SP     Kills     Err       Att     PCT     Assists     Aces     Digs     BS     BA     TB     Team * Hitting %
7     19     5     46     .304     3     1     14     1     4     5     .197

Notes on the Tigers
LSU opened up the home stretch of its regular season schedule and split a pair of road decisions to open a four-match road swing. The Tigers collected a 3-1 victory over Georgia before having its season's best three-match winning come to a close during their inaugural SEC trip to Missouri. LSU racked up a season-high 19 blocks and had four players secure double figure kills for the first time this season during its triumph over Georgia. Cati Leak ripped a career-high 16 kills on a career-best .484 hitting percentage, while Marissa Maas checked in with nine blocks to secure a new career mark. Madie Jones recorded a team-leading 26 kills for the week on a 3.71 per set average. She has provided 10 or more spikes during all 12 of LSU's victories on the season and surpassed Meagan Davis (1998-2001) for 17th place on the program's all-time kills list. Helen Boyle chipped in a balanced 2.71 kills and 2.43 digs per set. She compiled her 10th double-double of SEC play, 14 kills and 13 digs, during the Georgia match. Over her last six appearances, Desiree Elliott has cranked 70 kills and attacked at over a .300 hitting clip in four of those outings. She enters next week's action 35 spikes away from becoming the 20th player in program history to reach 1,000 career kills. Malorie Pardo added her 11th double dip during SEC action with a 57-assist and 17-dig effort at Georgia. She has picked up double-doubles in five of her last eight matches and is tied for second place among the SEC leaders in that category. The LSU back row was led by Meghan Mannari's 5.14 digs per set. She stretched out for 28 digs during Friday's win over Georgia and her 4.87 scoops per set are second-highest in the SEC. The Frisco, Texas, native heads into the week 16 scoops away from surpassing Detra Brown [1983-86] for the No. 9 position on LSU's all-time digs list. Her back line running mate, Sam Delahoussaye, has tabulated 3.46 digs per set in SEC play to rank 15th in that category. LSU was held to 27 kills and 27 digs, both season-lows, during a 3-0 setback at Missouri. It marked the first time all season that LSU failed to have a player reach either double digit kills or double figure digs during a match. The Tigers finish off the second leg of their four-match road trip with matches against SEC frontrunner and No. 16 Florida [Friday - 6 p.m. CT] along with defending SEC champion Tennessee [Sunday - 12 p.m. CT].





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