COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The LSU volleyball team (7-13, 2-7 SEC) finished with 27 kills and 27 errors for a .000 hitting percentage in the Tigers' 25-15, 25-19, 25-19 loss at the hands of Missouri (17-3, 8-0 SEC) Wednesday night at the Hearnes Center.
Senior Tiara Gibson led the way for LSU in kills with 13. Gibson hit .524 on the match and was just one shy of a career best mark in kills. As a team, the Tigers tallied seven blocks, which was their third-best mark in conference play this season.
LSU has a week and a half off from competition before returning to the road. The Tigers take on South Carolina at 6 p.m. CT Friday, Oct. 28. LSU then travels down to Gainesville to face Florida at 11 a.m. CT Sunday, Oct. 30. The match against the Gators will be broadcast live on the SEC Network.
LSU fell into an early hole after hitting .071 with just 11 kills. The home team only had 12 kills but Mizzou’s seven blocks allowed them to take the opening set 25-15. Missouri opened the match on an 11-2 run forcing Flory to take two of her timeouts early on. Gibson led the way for both teams in the first set with six kills.
LSU continued its poor hitting percentage with just nine kills and seven errors for a mark of .062. On the defensive end, LSU improved with three blocks and 15 digs. The two squads went back and forth early on with Mizzou leading 7-5. From there, the home team went on a 13-4 run to take control of the set and head into the locker room with a 2-0 advantage.
LSU hit just seven kills and committed 11 attacking errors, six unforced into blocks to finish with a hitting percentage of -.125. In addition, the Tigers committed four service errors and a reception error to allow Missouri to take the set and match. Despite the errors, LSU was in the set. The Tigers were down just 11-10, but Missouri went on a 14-9 run to close out the match and earn the win.
>> Gibson finished as the team leader in kills for the fifth time this season. The South Dakota native committed just two errors on the night.
>> Junior Lindsay Flory was inserted into the LSU lineup in the second set. Flory finished as the squad’s leader in assists with 14. It marked Flory’s second-best performance in a conference match this season.
>> Freshman setter Anna Zwiebel also reached double digits in assists (10) for the 20th time this season. Zwiebel has reached the mark in all of LSU’s matches this season.
>> Senior Khourtni Fears finished with two solo blocks two assisted blocks on the night.
>> Libero Cheyenne Wood secured 13 digs for the Tigers in the three-set match.
>> As a team, LSU hit .000 with 27 kills and 27 errors. The Tigers also allowed Missouri to finish with 15 blocks.
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