BATON ROUGE – Senior middle blocker Tiara Gibson tied her career high with 14 kills on 35 attempts along with six digs in LSU volleyball’s 17-25, 14-25, 23-25 loss to Missouri Sunday afternoon at the Maravich Center.
With the loss, LSU dropped to 5-10 and 0-4 in conference play. The visitors improved to 13-3 and 4-0 in league play.
“I thought that we played better as the match went on. In the third set, we had five freshmen out there depending on the rotation and it was a statement for the future. They competed hard and played well, which we have not done. The freshmen stabilized us today.”
LSU has a quick turnaround and begins a road trip at 7 p.m. Wednesday against Ole Miss. The match will be aired live on the SEC Network and streamed on WatchESPN.com. The Tigers then travel to Athens to take on Georgia at 12:30 p.m. CT Sunday.
Missouri came out on fire with a .412 hitting percentage with 17 kills and just three errors. Freshman Anna Zwiebel finished with six assists and three digs in the opening frame. Mizzou led by as many as nine points until LSU fired off six of seven points to close in on the lead. LSU closed it to three points but Missouri finished the set on a 5-0 run to seal the set.
LSU fell in the second set with a -.027 hitting percentage. Missouri had seven blocks in the set and 12 kills with a .286 hitting percentage. Mizzou got out to a 7-3 lead to force LSU to take a timeout. The visitors continued their impressive run with a 21-10 lead and ultimately took the set 25-14.
Five LSU freshmen saw the rotation in the final set with four knocking in two kills each. Gibson fired off for seven kills and just one error at a .462 hitting percentage. There were 10 tie scores and three lead changes throughout the set with LSU attempting to push the match to a fourth set. After being down 17-22, LSU fired off three straight to close in on the set. With the score tied at 23, a kill and attacking error sealed the match for Mizzou.
>> Gibson matched her career high with 14 kills. The senior also finished with 35 attempts for a career-best. Her six total blocks were her second-best of the season and the best on the LSU squad.
>> Freshman Sydney Mukes finished second on the team in kills with seven. Mukes also added three blocks for LSU.
>> Anna Zwiebel led the way for LSU with 25 assists and finished second on the team in digs with eight. Zwiebel also added two service aces for the Tigers.
>> Cheyenne Wood tallied 14 digs for the Tigers. Milan Stokes and Katie Kampen also finished with seven and five digs respectively.
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