BATON ROUGE – After taking the opening set 25-22, the LSU volleyball team lost all momentum and committed 23 errors in the following three sets to drop its match to Texas A&M, 3-1, Friday evening at the Maravich Center.
With the 25-22, 14-25, 13-25, 6-25 loss, the Tigers dropped to 5-9 overall and 0-3 in conference. The Aggies improved to 8-6 and 2-1 in league play.
Texas A&M hit .344 overall in the match, including more than .350 in the final three sets. The winning squad also limited its errors to 14 for the entire match. LSU hit .074 for all four sets and committed 28 total errors.
“I think we played really well in the first set, and that is the type of team we can be. Texas A&M raised their level though and we weren’t able to match it. We started to do too much and couldn’t respond. They had us in a box and had all of the momentum.”
LSU returns to the court for its second conference match of the weekend at 1 p.m. CT Sunday against Missouri. The matchup between Tigers will be broadcast on SEC Network and streamed online at WatchESPN.com. Sunday is Mike’s Kids Club Day and the first 100 fans to enter the Maravich Center will have the opportunity to take a picture with the team after the match.
The Tigers got out to a strong start in the first set to take a 1-0 lead. LSU hit .265 with 18 kills and jut five errors thanks to set-leaders Khourtni Fears and Gina Tillis. LSU dominated early by getting out to as much as a six-point lead. The Aggies closed in throughout the set until eventually tying the frame at 21. After again tying the set at 22, LSU used a pair of kills by Fears and one by Tillis to take the set.
After opening the first set with a win, LSU carried that momentum in the second. The Tigers led throughout the beginning of the set until the Aggies evened the match at 13. The two teams went back and forth until Texas A&M took control and closed with match on a 10-0 run.
Third and Fourth Sets
LSU hit .029 in the third and -.267 in the fourth compared to Texas A&M’s .378 and 389. In the third, the Tigers showed fight out of the intermission by taking a 6-2 lead early on. The Aggies roared back to take command of the match. LSU totaled just three kills and committed 11 errors in the final set. The Tigers were out blocked 5-1 in the set and committed three service errors.
>> Fears, Tillis and senior Tiara Gibson finished the match with nine kills each to lead the Tigers. Tillis was one kill shy of a double-double after finishing with 13 digs.
>> Freshman Anna Zwiebel led the way for LSU with 23 assists. Zwiebel also finished with five digs on the night.
>> LSU dropped to 3-1 in matches in which it won the first set. The Tigers are still in sought of their first home and conference win this season.
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