ATHENS, Ga. – With a season-best .325 hitting percentage and season-low 11 attacking errors, the LSU volleyball team captured its second Southeastern Conference win of the season, a 25-13, 25-21, 25-21 victory over Georgia Sunday afternoon at Stegeman Coliseum.
The Tigers improved to 7-10 and 2-4 in conference with the sweep, just their second three-set win of the season. The Bulldogs fell to 13-6 and 1-5 in league play with the loss. LSU has now won four straight over UGA and 19 of the last 22 overall.
“We showed great composure and maturity today,” head coach Fran Flory said. “Our offense came around and performed at a nice level. Anna (Zwiebel) set the most complete match she has set all year. Hopefully this will allows us to continue to gain confidence and understand the type of team we are capable of being.”
LSU continues Southeastern Conference play with two matches next weekend. The Tigers take on No. 11 Florida at 7 p.m. Friday then South Carolina at 1 p.m. Sunday. Both matches will take place inside the Maravich Center. Admission to all home matches is FREE, and fans are reminded to Geaux Clear. Friday’s contest will be streamed live on SEC Network+, while the match against the Gamecocks will be televised on ESPNU.
LSU opened the match with a dominating first-set win, 25-13. The Tigers combined to hit .583 with just one attacking error compared to UGA’s .083 with just seven kills and five errors. Sophomore Olivia Beyer led the way in the set with five kills on seven attempts. The two sides went back and forth through the first 12 points before LSU took control. The Tigers led by as many as 12 points in the frame.
The Bulldogs came out in the second frame and were able to take advantage of six LSU service errors and five attacking errors to keep the set close. The Tigers hit .279 in the set with Gina Tillis claiming six of LSU’s 17 kills. At 20-all, LSU closed on a 5-1 run to take the set and the momentum into the intermission.
Defensively, LSU had another outstanding set with 24 digs and four blocks. Tillis once again led the way for LSU with five kills. Five other Tigers found the score sheet with two or more kills as the Tigers finished with 16 total. Georgia hit a match-best .149 and held the lead until LSU took the lead after the media timeout. After the Bulldogs came back to tie the match at 21, LSU ran off four-straight points to take the win.
>> With a .325 hitting percentage, LSU finished over .300 for the first time this season and the first time since November 2014.
>> Beyer finished with nine kills on 22 attempts for a .364 hitting percentage. Beyer’s nine kills marked a career best for the sophomore. The Michigan native only committed one error in the match and added three blocks.
>> Tillis led the way for the Tigers with 15 kills against the Bulldogs. The match marked the 13th of the season in which Tillis has led the team in the category. The junior finished with 13 digs to claim her seventh double-double of the season and 13th of her career.
>> Freshman Anna Zwiebel tallied three service aces to tie her career high and finished with 40 assists. The 40 assists were the most for the Louisville native in conference play.
>> Sophomore Katie Kampen finished second on the squad in digs with 12 for a season best and tied for a career high.
>> The 13 points in the opening set was the lowest mark allowed by the Tigers this season.
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