BATON ROUGE – Junior Gina Tillis totaled 12 kills for her ninth double-digit kill performance in the last 12 matches in LSU volleyball’s 15-25, 20-25, 11-25 loss at the hands of No. 9 Florida Friday evening at the Maravich Center.
With the loss to the Gators, LSU fell to 7-11 and 2-5 in conference. UF improved to 15-2 and 5-1 in league play. Florida has now won 15 of its last 16 matches.
“I thought we did some really good things throughout the match” head coach Fran Flory said. “We controlled their offense a little bit more than other teams they’ve faced have been able to. Unfortunately, we did not have any offense tonight and were poor passing against a really good team.”
LSU continues its Southeastern Conference home weekend at 1 p.m. CT Sunday against South Carolina. The match will be televised live on ESPNU as well as streamed through WatchESPN.com and the app. Admission to all home matches is FREE, and fans are reminded to Geaux Clear. The first 500 fans in attendance will receive an LSU volleyball t-shirt.
The teams battled hard early in the opening set with the Tigers forcing the Gators to take a timeout with UF leading 13-11. After the timeout, the Gators took control of the match with LSU only able to take four of the next 15 points. Overall, LSU committed seven attacking errors and finished with nine kills. Florida hit .263 in the opening set with 13 kills and just three attacking errors.
In the second frame, LSU totaled 13 kills and just six attacking errors, four of those unforced, compared to the Gators’ 12 kills and four attacking errors. Junior Gina Tillis once again led the way for LSU with five kills. After the Gators forced the Tigers to take their final timeout with an 18-11 lead, LSU showed fight to win nine points with Florida eventually taking the second set 25-20.
The Gators controlled the set and got out to a hot start with as much as a 14-point lead. Florida played almost flawlessly in the final set with 15 kills and just one attacking error for a .483 hitting percentage. The Tigers hit -.028 with eight errors and just seven kills.
>> Tillis led the way for LSU in kills (12) for the 15th time this season. The junior added seven digs and two blocks for the Tigers.
>> Senior Tiara Gibson was second on the team in kills with six. Sophomore Oliva Beyer followed in third place with five kills.
>> Freshman Anna Zwiebel totaled 24 assists and 11 digs for her sixth double-double of the season.
>> Libero Cheyenne Wood totaled 16 digs to lead the way for LSU. She’s finished with double-digit digs in six of seven conference matches.
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