Balanced Attack Propels LSU to Five-Set Win
Asst. Communications Director
BATON ROUGE - The LSU volleyball defeated the Ole Miss Rebels in five sets on Wednesday night by scores of 23-25, 25-22, 19-25, 25-23, 16-14. The Tigers are now 10-14 on the year and 5-8 in the SEC. Ole Miss is now 13-15 on the season and 3-11 in the league.
Five Tigers finished in double figures with Taylor Bannister leading the way with 22 kills. Raigen Cianciulli anchored the back row with 26 digs, while Lindsay Flory dished out 50 assists and 11 digs for her sixth double-double of the season. Toni Rodriguez finished with 16 kills and 12 digs for her second-straight career double-double.
- The Tigers are back on the road over the weekend, traveling to Arkansas for a match on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. CT. The match will stream live on SEC Network+ and will be available via live stats at LSUStats.com.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Ole Miss got out to a 6-1 start and pushed to an 8-3 lead on the Tigers. At the media timeout, the Tigers trailed the Rebels 15-9.
- The Tigers went on a 5-0 run to come within one, 16-15, and forced the Rebels to use their first timeout of the set. Ole Miss went ahead 20-16 and made the Tigers take their first timeout of the set.
- LSU tried to work its way back and came within two again, 20-18, but Ole Miss continued to push, taking a 23-20 lead and forcing the Tigers to use their second timeout of the set.
- The Tigers battle back and came within one, 24-23 after back-to-back points on an Ole Miss service error and attacking error. Ole Miss used a kill to claim the first set, 25-23.
- Taylor Bannister led the Tigers in the first set with four kills, while the Tigers hit .256 to Ole Miss’ .361 clip.
- After a tight start to the second set, Ole Miss took an 8-5 lead, but the Tigers rallied off six straight points to take an 11-8 lead. Ole Miss answered with a 5-0 run and forced the Tigers to a timeout.
- The Tigers went on a big 8-0 run to take a 20-17 lead after back-to-back kills from Whitney Foreman. Ole Miss took a timeout and scored on the next play, but the Tigers continued to push taking a 23-20 lead.
- Toni Rodriguez sealed the deal for the Tigers with a kill, claiming the set 25-22 and evening up the match at 1-1.
- The Tigers out hit Ole Miss .386 to .163 clip, getting six kills from Bannister.
- In the third set, the Tigers trail Ole Miss early, 5-1, but worked their way back to come within two, 6-4, on a Ole Miss attacking error. Ole Miss rallied off four straight points to take a 13-6 lead.
- The Tigers put together back-to-back kills from Foreman and Rodriuez, forcing the Rebels to a timeout. But the Tigers still trailed Ole Miss 18-12. Two-straight points off of an ace from Rodriguez and a kill from Olivia Beyer brought the Tigers within five, 20-15.
- LSU received back-to-back kills from Bannister to come within four, 22-18, but Ole Miss went on a 3-1 run to claim the third set, 25-19, and a 2-1 lead on the match.
- Bannister led the Tigers with four kills, while the team hit .104 for the set.
- The Tigers got out to a 3-1 lead, but Ole Miss worked its way back to tie the set up at 5-5. LSU rallied off four straight points to go up 9-6, but once again Ole Miss answered and tied the set up at 9-9.
- For every two Ole Miss points, the Tigers would score one, trailing the Rebels 15-13 into the media timeout. The Rebels pushed to a 17-14 lead. LSU answered and brought themselves within one, 18-17 after a kill from Olivia Beyer.
- The Tigers used a 3-0 run to take a 23-20 lead after an ace from Rodriguez. Ole Miss answered with a 3-0 run of its own to tie the set at 23-23, forcing the Tigers to a timeout. Out of the timeout, the Tigers got back-to-back kills from Foreman and Bannister to claim the fourth set, 25-23, and even the match at 2-2.
- The Tigers hit .260 for the fourth set with Bannister leading the set with five kills. Rodriguez added four kills.
- In the fifth, the Tigers got out to a 2-0 lead, but Ole Miss answered with two of its own. Back-to-back kills from Milan Stokes and Bannister put the Tigers up 4-2, but Ole Miss answered again with three points, taking a 5-4 lead.
- The Tigers tied it up on a Beyer kill, but Ole Miss used back-to-back points to take a 7-5 lead and force the Tigers to a timeout. Foreman tied the set up at 8-8 with a slam off an Ole Miss defender and the Tigers took a 9-8 lead after a kill from Rodriguez. Another Rodriguez kill put the Tigers up 10-8.
- Ole Miss tied the set up at 11-11 and the two teams went back and forth until the Rebels took a 13-12 lead, forcing the Tigers to a timeout. Stokes put one down out of the timeout to even the set at 13-13. An attacking error by the Rebels gave the Tigers the 14-13 advantage, but Ole Miss answered to tie it up.
- Back-to-back kills from Bannister and Beyer secured the victory for the Tigers, claiming the final set, 16-14. The Tigers out-hit the Rebels .258 to .241. Bannister and Rodriguez each led with three kills.
- Bannister led the Tigers with 22 kills. This is her 22nd match leading the team and 21st match in double digit kills.
- Rodriguez finished with 16 kills making it her ninth match in double digit kills on the year. Her double-double of 16 kills and 12 digs is her second straight double-double of the season.
- Cianciulli finished with 26 digs making it her eighth 20-plus match of the season and her 20th match in double-digits. She is now 76 digs away from 1,000 mark.
- Flory finished with 50 assists making it her third 50-plus match of the season. This is her sixth double-double of the season and seventh in her career.
- Five players finished with double digit digs. (Cianciulli 26, Kampen 17, Maher 13, Rodriguez 12, Flory 11)
- The Tigers also had five players finish with double digit kills. (Bannister 22, Rodriguez 16, Foreman 12, Beyer 11, Stokes 11)
- The Tigers out blocked the Rebels 9.0-8.0.
- LSU’s all-time five-set record with Ole Miss is 10-9.
FRAN'S FINAL THOUGHTS
"This was a hard, typical LSU-Ole Miss match. This is the way every match we play against them goes and somebody ends up on the right side of it and the wrong side of it every time, but it’s always a gut check. It’s always a great match. It’s always a up and down rollercoaster match for both sides. I’m super proud of our team. We are exhausted. As you see, we don’t have many left on the bench. We’ve got a lot of injuries. For us to play those three matches back to back to back and to sustain this a five-set match at Alabama on Sunday and win here in five— a great tribute to the resiliency of our team. So, super proud and you know, we just keep getting better, which is fun to see."
This extends you to a three-win streak. What does that mean to this team?
"Well you know, we thought we could get these matches. We fought a little harder, and we made a couple of extra plays on our side and that helps us, but this team has not—even though our goals that we had at the beginning of the season are not attainable now—this team has not stopped trying. This team has not stopped training. This team has not stopped improving."
THOUGHTS FROM WHITNEY FOREMAN
On getting the victory in five sets…
“It was a really, really exciting match. We all fought really hard and we found the joy in what we were doing. We just came together, and it worked.”
On having 12 kills and eight blocks…
“None of us play for any of that. That is exciting and the numbers are cool, but my team is the reason why I was successful tonight. Kudos to them.”