BATON ROUGE – In its final match before conference play, the LSU volleyball team (5-6) fell 3-0 to No. 13 Florida State (7-2) 26-24, 25-10, 25-18 Sunday afternoon inside the Maravich Center.
The Seminoles fired off a .277 hitting percentage in the match. Although not one FSU player hit double-digit kills, the squad took advantage of LSU’s 26 errors and .144 hitting percentage.
“I think we did a great job of preparing how to stop and defend Florida State. I think we created every opportunity defensively to beat them. We held them to 31 kills and did a really good job in a lot of ways.
“Unfortunately, we didn’t perform on the offensive and ball control side. We have to focus in and balance throughout the match. It’s part of having such a young team. I thought we played hard and smart though but have to work on that part.”
LSU opens up Southeastern Conference play against Auburn at 7 p.m. CT Friday. The matchup between Tigers will be aired live on SECNetwork+ through watchespn.com and the Watch ESPN app.
Despite outhitting FSU .297-.233 the Tigers dropped the opening set 26-24. The Seminoles took advantage of seven LSU attacking errors and five service errors in the set. There were a total of 13 tie scores and six lead changes. LSU took a 24-23 lead after a kill by Toni Rodriguez but ultimately dropped the set after a FSU kill and pair of attacking errors.
The Tigers hit just .050 in the set with FSU hitting .125 on just six kills. The Seminoles once again took the set thanks to 11 attacking errors. After the squads tied the set at 15, FSU went on to close the match on a 10-5 run to take control of the match.
The Seminoles came out on fire with a .314 hitting percentage and committing just three errors. The Tigers hit .098 with eight errors in the frame. LSU got out to a fast start, leading 6-2 early but the Seminoles closed the gap and eventually tied it at 10. FSU never relinquished the lead after that point and led by as many as seven points.
>> OH Gina Tillis led the squad with 11 kills on the day. It marks the eighth match that Tillis has led LSU in kills.
>> MB Khourtni Fears continued her strong season with six kill and a hitting percentage of .400. She has now hit .400 or better in four matches this season.
>> Setter Anna Zwiebel led the way with 28 assists on the day and seven digs.
>> Junior Cheyenne Wood returned to the court as the team’s libero. Wood finished the afternoon with double-digit digs at 17.
>> Rodriguez had her best performance of the season with seven kills. The sophomore added 10 digs to her performance on the defensive end.
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