Volleyball Defeats Arkansas in Five Sets
Asst. Communications Director
BATON ROUGE – The LSU volleyball team (13-4, 4-2 SEC) came back from a 2-1 deficit and claimed the final two sets to defeat Arkansas (12-6, 2-3 SEC) in five sets Sunday afternoon in the Maravich Center.
The Tigers, who remain undefeated at home this season at 4-0, took down the Razorbacks by scores of 25-23, 21-25, 19-25, 27-25 and 15-12. The Tigers used a balanced attack with Taylor Bannister leading with 22 kills. Jacqui Armer finished with a career-high in three categories on the afternoon, including kills (17), blocks (11) and hitting percentage (.571). Gina Tillis and Olivia Beyer registered 11 kills each.
Fran’s Final Thoughts
“Number one, I thought we started with great intensity and then we got this big lead, and we kind of backed out and thought it was going to be easy. That put is in a dogfight, which is really unusual. Arkansas played really well and continued to drive through the match. I thought they were super consistent. I took our team off the court when we went down there for the fourth set, because we were not intense. We were sitting and watching, so we had a little chat over there about whose court this was and we had to have heart, desire, and drive. It was gut-check time and this team has that. I’m proud of them; their backs were against the wall. We didn’t play clean volleyball, but we won the match and that’s all that matters.”
On what she (Coach Fran) is going to tell her team going in to SEC play…
“We have to clean up our side. We switched sides at 8-6 and Arkansas had zero kills, which is the defining part of the fifth set. If you kill balls and score offensively you’re going to win, and they had six points and we had given them all six of them. We have to get better. We’re going to use this film and we’ll improve to be cleaner and better next match.”
LSU got out to a strong start with seven straight points for a 7-0 lead over Arkansas. The Tigers extended their lead to 17-9. Arkansas worked its way back to make it tight set as the Razorbacks came within one, 21-20. The two teams traded points the rest of the way but LSU came out on top. Taylor Bannister finished the set with six kills as the Tigers hit .312 for the set.
The second set was tied up eight times and had two lead changes. The Tigers hit .083 with 12 kills on 36 attempts with nine errors. LSU took a 8-5 lead and had a 14-12 lead before Arkansas tied the set up 14-14. The two teams went point-for-point before Arkansas went on a 4-0 run to take a 22-18 lead. The Tigers came within two, 23-21, but Arkansas finished off the set with two straight points.
It was a tight set as the score was tied up nine times and the lead changed twice. The Tigers tallied 11 kills for the set with Taylor Bannister leading with five. The Tigers led 13-12 but four straight Razorback points put the Tigers behind 16-13. The Tigers came within one after a Jacqui Armer kill, 18-17 but the Razorbacks went on a 7-2 run to finish out the set, 25-19. The set gave the Razorbacks a 2-1 lead.
In a set that was tied up 18 times and had 10 lead changes, the Tigers trailed 24-22 in the fourth set and held off the Razorbacks for two straight match points. A 3-0 run gave the Tigers a 25-24 lead, but Arkansas tied it up 25-25. The Tigers used back-to-back kills from Jacqui Armer and Toni Rodriguez to secure the fourth-set victory 27-25 and tie the match up 2-2. The Tigers hit .275 on the set, led by Armer’s eight kills. She hit .667 and added three blocks.
The Tigers jumped out to a 6-3 lead after back-to-back kills from Tillis. A 6-2 run for LSU gave the Tigers a 14-8 lead. Arkansas held off the Tigers for four straight match points before Olivia Beyer slammed one down to secure the victory for the Tigers. LSU held the Razorbacks to four kills on the set for a -.050 hitting percentage. The Tigers finished the set with 10 kills, hitting .218.
>> The Tigers remain undefeated on their home floor at 4-0. The last time the Tigers were 4-0 in their first four home matches was in 2010.
>> Armer finished with a career-high in kills (17), blocks (11), and hitting percentage (.571).
>> The Tigers out-blocked the Razorbacks 19.0-12.5. Along with Armer’s 11 blocks, Beyer finished with six, while Zwiebel and Bannister finished with five each.
The Tigers will take their winning momentum into their next match on the road at Auburn Friday, October 13 at 7 p.m. before returning home for a four-game home stand, starting with Alabama on October 15 in the PMAC.
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