Volleyball Downs Alabama in Five on the Road
Asst. Communications Director
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - After using a balanced attack, the LSU volleyball team downed Alabama in five sets on Sunday afternoon in Tuscaloosa by scores of 25-19, 22-25, 25-18, 22-25, 16-14. The Tigers are now 9-14 on the year and 4-8 in the SEC. Alabama drops to 18-9 on the season and 5-8 in the SEC.
Taylor Bannister led the Tigers with 18 kills, while Whitney Foreman and Milan Stokes each tallied 13. Toni Rodriguez finished with her first career double-double of 11 kills and 11 digs. Raigen Cianciulli anchored the back row with 17 digs. Lindsay Flory finished with her fifth double-double of the season of 53 assists and 15 digs.
Freshman @whitterbug47 is the Player of the Match after a career-high 13 kills and a .526 hitting percentage to help the Tigers to a five-set victory over Alabama!! #LSUPride pic.twitter.com/vReq4vtfVG— LSU Volleyball (@lsuvolleyball) November 4, 2018
- The Tigers return home for a midweek match on Wednesday against Ole Miss at 6 p.m. inside the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. The match will air on SEC Network and will be available on the WatchESPN app. Live stats will be available at LSUStats.com.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The two teams started off the match going point-for-point. LSU scored back-to-back points on a kill from Sydney Mukes and a block by Mukes and Olivia Beyer, taking a 5-4 lead. Alabama and LSU continued to battle, but the Tigers went on a 5-1 run to take a 10-7 lead.
- LSU pushed to a 13-9 lead and forced the Crimson Tide to take its first timeout of the set. Out of the timeout, the Tigers scored four more points to take a 17-11 lead on the Crimson Tide.
- The Crimson Tide used their second timeout of the set after a kill by Toni Rodriguez, her fourth on the day. Alabama came out of the timeout and pushed back on the Tigers. But the Tigers finished the set off with back-to-back kills from Bannister and Beyer and a service error by the Crimson Tide.
- LSU hit .367 for the set, getting a team-leading five kills from Rodriguez, who connected on five of eight attempts with only one error.
- The second set started off tight again, going back and forth with Alabama. A Rodriguez kill tied the set up at 5-5. The two teams went point-for-point up until 8-7 when the Tigers scored back-to-back points off a kill by Beyer and block by Bannister, taking a 9-8 lead.
- Alabama went on a 3-0 run, taking a 13-10 lead on the Tigers. The Crimson Tide pushed to a 15-13 lead into the media timeout.
- The Tigers tied the set up at 16-16 on an attack error by the Crimson Tide. The two teams went back and forth until Alabama took a 20-19 lead and the Tigers called for their first timeout of the set.
- LSU used its second timeout of the set as the Crimson Tide scored back-to-back points and took a 22-20 lead on the Tigers. Out of the timeout, the Tigers scored on a kill from Rodriguez, but Alabama went on a 3-1 run to finish the set with a 25-22 score, tying the match at 1-1. LSU out-hit Alabama in the second set, .348-.324.
- For the third-straight set, the Tigers and the Crimson Tide went point-for-point early. Raigen Cianciulli found the open floor on the serve to take a 7-6 lead, but the Crimson Tide answered with a score.
- Back-to-back points put the Tigers up 9-7. Alabama answered, but the Tigers went on a 3-0 run to take a 12-8 lead. The Tigers went into the media timeout with a 15-11 lead after a Taylor Bannister kill.
- An attack error by the Crimson Tide gave the Tigers a 20-15 lead and forced the Crimson Tide to take a timeout. Back-to-back slams from Bannister put the Tigers up 22-16 and the Crimson Tide took their second timeout.
- Out of the timeout, Alabama scored two more points as the Tigers took the final set, 25-18 after a block by Rodriguez. LSU hit .540 on the set.
- Another tight start to the set as the two teams went back and forth early. Alabama took a 15-13 lead into the media timeout. Out of the timeout, the Crimson Tide went up 17-13, but the Tigers worked their way back to come within one, 17-16.
- LSU took a timeout as Alabama went up 19-16. The Tigers worked their way back and came within one, 22-21. The Tigers used their second timeout and came out with a kill from Whitney Foreman.
- Alabama rallied off the final three points of the set to push the match to five with a fourth set score of 25-22.
- The two teams went point-for-point to start the fifth, but the Tigers used back-to-back points to take an 8-6 lead. The team switched sides and Alabama tied the set up at 8-8. The set was tied at 10-10, but Alabama put up a block to go ahead 11-10, forcing the Tigers to a timeout.
- LSU finished the fifth set on a 4-0 run to claim the set 16-14 and defeating Alabama in five.
- The Tigers hit .308 in the fifth set with Bannister and Stokes leading the way with three kills each.
- Bannister led the Tigers with 18 kills. This is Bannister’s 21st match leading the team and 20th match in double-digit kills.
- Cianciulli put together 17 digs, her 19th match in double-digits.
- Rodriguez finished with 11 kills making it her eighth match in double digit kills on the year.
- Lindsay Flory finished with a double-double her fifth on the season and sixth in her career.
- The Tigers out-blocked Alabama, 10-8 and out-hit the Crimson Tide, .344-.226.
- The win marks the first win in Tuscaloosa since September 18, 2011. The Tigers are now 36-28 against the Crimson Tide.