EMERSON, Ga. – No. 4 seed LSU split its matches today, falling to No. 1 seed Florida State and defeating No. 8 seed UAB in a sweep on the first day of the CCSA Conference Championship tournament. LSU will play SEC opponent and No. 5 seed South Carolina tomorrow with the winner advancing to the quarterfinals.
In the opening match against the Seminoles, LSU tallied the first point of the match as No. 5 pair Megan Davenport and Cheyenne Wood won in straight sets 21-18, 21-15. Mandi Orellana and Riley Young helped give the Tigers a 2-0 lead, winning their match in a two-setter 21-15, 21-16. On court two, Helen Boyle and Lilly Kessler were defeated in straight sets 17-21, 13-21. Florida State tied the match at two apiece as No. 1 tandem Katie Lindelow and Ashley Allmer lost in two sets 16-21, 18-21. The Seminoles capped off the match as Callan Molle and Cati Leak were unable to get a win at the three, falling in three sets 22-20, 16-21, 14-16, giving Florida State the 3-2 victory.
Anytime we take the sand, we’re going for the win,” said associate head coach Russell Brock. “To come back in this second match (against Florida State), we really feel like we had a good game plan and had been playing really well. We had a great opportunity to show what we’re capable of. To be that close, when you lose to team that’s only lost one match this year, that says a lot about how much we’ve improved since we played them a month ago. We talked about it afterward, and our goal is still to finish the season strong and to build our program. That performance opened our team's eyes to the fact that we can beat anybody. To be so close and to know we have the ability to continue to improve was the upside of losing a match like that.”
The Tigers remained resilient, coming back to knock off UAB in a 5-0 sweep. Wood and Davenport put LSU on the board first with a 21-7, 21-12 win at the five. On court four, Young and Orellana claimed a straight set victory 21-13, 21-12 to give LSU a 2-0 lead. Boyle and Kessler added the third point of the match for LSU on court two, coming back to take their match in three sets 19-21, 21-15, 15-13. At the three, Leak and Molle gave the Tigers a 4-0 advantage, garnering a win in a two-setter 21-10, 21-7. Lindelow and Allmer completed the sweep, finishing off the Blazers with a straight set victory 21-11, 21-18.
“Our conversation going into that match (against UAB) was that we know what we can do, and our job is to play with the same intensity, execution and passion with which we just played,” said Brock. “That’s a requirement every time we step in the sand. Really, the great teams can do that against whatever opponent they play. That was a big step for us to play a dangerous opponent, to stay focused and to play that same type of volleyball and win a 5-0 match. That was big.”
LSU will return to action tomorrow against South Carolina at 9:30 a.m.
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CCSA Conference Tournament
vs. Florida State
1. Brown/Pardon def. Lindelow/Allmer (21-16, 21-18)
2. Pellitteri/Paranagua def. Boyle/Kessler (21-17, 21-13)
3. Sanchez/Freire def. Leak/Molle (20-22, 21-16, 16-14)
4. Young/Orellana def. Jerger/Montgomery (21-15, 21-16)
5. Davenport/Wood def. Esposito/Luke (21-18, 21-15)
1. Lindelow/Allmer def. Rishell/Carter (21-11, 21-18)
2. Boyle/Kessler def. Reesor/Hoven (19-21, 21-15, 15-13)
3. Leak/Molle def. Treace/Evans (21-10, 21-7)
4. Young/Orellana def. Buckland/Logoleo (21-13, 21-12)
5. Davenport/Wood def. Moreno/Martinez (21-7, 21-12)