BATON ROUGE - The LSU volleyball team defeated Mississippi State Thursday night in four sets by scores of 25-21, 19-25, 25-18, and 25-11. The win evens the Tigers' record at 2-2 while Mississippi State falls to 0-4.
The Tigers have their bye week next week and will play their final home series of the Fall November 7-8 against Ole Miss back in the PMAC. First serve is slated for 1 p.m. CT both days.
Raigen Cianciulli continued to climb her way up LSU's all-time dig's list tonight, passing Daniela Reis into the No. 2 spot. Her four digs tonight makes it 1,530 career digs.
Freshman Paige Flickinger recorded her first career double-double with 11 kills and 12 digs.
Samarah Hill recorded her seventh career double-double and third in a row with 11 kills and 12 digs on the match. Taylor Bannister tallied a match-high 22 kills to go along with seven digs and three aces.
Jill Bohnet tallied a match-high of 22 digs while Karli Rose had 38 assists.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Tigers and the Bulldogs battled back and forth early in the set and were even at 3 through six total points. Taylor Bannister had LSU's first three kills
- The Bulldogs took the lead, 6-5, but Alia Williams came up with a big kill to even the score at 6. Meredyth Howard added her first kill of the season to put the Tigers in the lead, 8-7.
- MSU took the lead 10-8 over the Tigers but a service error and a kill from Paige Flickinger evened the score at 10.
- The two teams kept the score tight, but LSU added a 3-0 scoring run behind a kill from Samarah Hill to take the lead, 15-13. Hill added another kill to increase the lead over the Bulldogs, 17-15.
- Bannister added a kill and moved the score, 19-17, forcing Mississippi State to take their first timeout of the set. Back from the timeout LSU kept the momentum with an ace from Hill, 20-17, and Anita Anwusi came through with a kill to add to the score, 22-18. Flickinger tallied another kill to add a Tiger point to the board, 23-19, and forced MSU to use their last timeout of the set.
- Flickinger closed out the first set with a kill and the Tigers took the set, 25-21.
- MSU took the early 4-0 lead over the Tigers but Bannister put LSU on the board with a kill to move the score, 4-1.
- The Bulldogs pulled away in the set with a 9-3 lead and forced LSU to take their first timeout. Bannister came out of the timeout and recorded a kill to try and cut into the MSU lead, 9-4.
- MSU gained momentum and increased their lead 15-5 and forced LSU's final timeout.
- Anwusi added a kill to put a point on the board, 17-9, to try and gain momentum for the Tigers.
- Bannister added three big kills late in the set, and forced a MSU timeout .
- LSU capitalized on a 7-0 scoring run, with three aces from Bannister and a kill from Flickinger to put the Tigers back in the set, only trailing by three, 20-17. This run forced the Bulldogs to take their final timeout of the set.
- Despite the late run by the Tigers couldn't come out on top and fell, 25-19.
- The Tigers took the lead early in the third set with a 4-0 scoring run behind an ace from Flickinger and a big kill from Hill and got out to an early 7-1 lead, forcing a MSU timeout.
- Karli Rose recorded a kill to add to the lead and Bannister tallied a crucial block to keep the Tigers rolling, 9-4.
- The Tigers added a kill from Bannister to move the lead 13-9 over MSU. LSU worked with a 3-0 scoring run behind offense from Hill and Williams, 16-9. The Tigers kept the run going with a block from Williams and Hill to force an MSU timeout.
- LSU added kills from Hill and Anwusi to increase the lead, and Bannister added two big kills as the Tigers pulled away in the set, 22-16. A few points later the Tigers closed out the third set off of an MSU error, 25-18.
- LSU never trailed in the set.
- The Tigers pulled ahead early in the fourth set with kills from Bannister to put the Tigers in the lead 7-2 and force an MSU timeout.
- LSU recorded an 8-0 scoring run with kills from Flickinger, Bannister, and Hill who also added a service ace, 13-4. In the scoring run Jill Bohnet made a great defensive play to keep the Bulldogs off the board.
- LSU increased their lead, 19-9 over the Bulldogs with a kill from Hill and the Tigers capitalized on a few Mississippi State errors late in the set and moved their lead 23-11. LSU closed out the night on an MSU error giving them the set win 25-11.
LSU Coach Fran Flory Quotes
On being able to secure two straight wins...
"Well it's great, you know, Mississippi state is always a really difficult team for us to play. They play great defense; their coaches do a great job. Today I thought our team responded really well to doing what we asked them to do. We had so many errors last night, unforced errors. We cleaned up play. We still had our stretch of unforced errors, but it was shorter lived, and we were much more in control of the match. Proud of our effort, proud of our preparation, and excited as we get a little bit more time to train and see where we can go in a couple weeks."
On Freshman Paige Flickinger's contribution to the team through four matches...
"She's just such a great volleyball player. She just understands the game and she makes the game look easy. She's one of those kids who has great vison and can create and can hit any shot on the court at any pace. I thought she did a great job of picking them apart and crushing a couple balls. You know she's becoming our stabilizer of ball control and defensively. I'm not surprised about, but didn't know how fast that would happen. I'm happy its happening this fast."
On having a 2-and-a-half-week break before playing Ole Miss at home...
"The first step is recovery. Four matches, you know after being off for this long, in 6 days is really tough. So, physically we're done, we're done. We're going to take a little break. Our training has got to take another step. We now have credability as coaches. Now they can put it into match speed. And they can now say, hey 'I now understand how to do this.' I think we will take some huge steps in the next weeks. I'm excited to get in the gym and train."