DALLAS - The LSU volleyball secured its first sweep of the season, defeating Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 25-13, 25-10, 25-21 Friday evening at the Moody Coliseum to open the SMU Invitational.
LSU (4-4) registered a season-high .321 hitting percentage, with four players hitting over .300 from the floor with at least eight attacks. The Tigers also held A&M-Corpus Christi (5-5) to a .036 hitting percentage, which marks a new opponent season-low and is the second time over a three-match span that the Tigers held their opponent under a .100 attacking percentage.
Right side Jade Demps and outside hitter Jurnee Robinson led the Tigers with eight kills each. Demps matched a season-high .400 hitting percentage on 20 errorless swings and finished with a team-high seven digs with one ace and one block. Robinson recorded a .353 hitting percentage and had two blocks, including one solo block. Middle blocker Angie Lee finished with a season-high seven kills on a .385 hitting percentage, and counterpart Anita Anwusi finished with five kills on eight swings for a .375 hitting percentage. Setter Maddie Waak handed out 26 assists and matched Demps' seven digs while leading the team with two aces and adding two kills.
The Tigers jumped in front 12-8 to force an Islander timeout. LSU kept the run going by assembling an overall 5-0 run to build its 15-8 lead. LSU boosted its lead to 20-11 and scored five of the following seven points to close the set, 25-13.
LSU separated itself early with an 11-0 run that blew through A&M-Corpus Christi's timeout and mounted a 14-2 advantage. The Islanders got back on the board, but the Tigers continued to press them as their lead ballooned to 20-6. TAMUCC fought for the set's final nine points, but LSU won the set 25-10.
Overall. the third set featured 12 ties and four lead changes. LSU took its first timeout of the match, trailing TAMUCC 11-10. The Tigers scored the first two points out of the break to take a 12-11 lead that they would not relinquish for the duration of the set. LSU created breathing room at 19-16 behind a 3-0 run, and the Tigers held off the Islanders with a 25-21 victory.
LSU will move forward in the SMU Invitational with a match against Texas Tech at 2 p.m. CT Saturday.