September 23, 2017
Asst. Communications Director
BATON ROUGE – After opening SEC play with a 3-0 sweep of Texas A&M on Friday, the LSU volleyball team (10-2, 1-0 SEC) will look to continue its momentum as the Tigers travel to No. 10 Kentucky (10-2, 1-0 SEC) on Sunday. First serve is at 12:30 p.m. CT/1:30 p.m. ET in Memorial Coliseum.
Sunday’s match will be aired on SEC Network+ through WatchESPN.com and the app with Dick Gabriel and Kathy DeBoer on the call.
Fran’s Final Thoughts
“We have a great deal of respect for Kentucky. They have a group of outstanding athletes and a great coaching staff. Every time we match up with the Wildcats, it is a great battle and we are excited for that challenge once again.”
Last Time Out
The Tigers will look to carry their momentum into the Kentucky match on Sunday. They are coming off a 3-0 SEC opening sweep of Texas A&M on Friday. It’s was the Tigers second straight victory and they did it in front of the fifth largest crowd in program history of 1,691 fans. The Tigers used a balanced attack to take down the Aggies. Taylor Bannister led the team with 13 kills, while Olivia Beyer and Gina Tillis finished with 10 and 11, respectively. Beyer finished with a career-high .529 hitting percentage, while Tillis registered her sixth double-double of the year with 11 kills and 12 digs. Toni Rodriguez put together eight kills, while Anna Zwiebel dished out 40 assists.
A Look at Kentucky
Kentucky is currently ranked 10th in the nation and is 10-2 on the year. The Wildcats’ two losses have come against ranked opponents in No. 7 Kansas and No. 7 Creighton. Leah Edmond and Avery Skinner lead the Wildcats with 4.41 and 3.38 kills per set, respectively. Those numbers rank third and ninth among the league. The Wildcats are hitting .315, which leads the SEC and is sixth in the nation. They also lead the SEC and are 10th in the nation with 14.6 kills per set.
>> The victory over Texas A&M was the first time the Tigers opened SEC action with a win since the 2011 season and it’s the first time the Tigers opened up SEC action at home with a win since the 2012 season.
>> The Tigers 10-2 record is the best record through the first 12 matches since the 2013 season and is one more win than last year’s win total of nine.
>> In non-conference action, freshman Taylor Bannister led the way for the offense. She led the team with a total of 123 kills at 3.00 kills per set. She hit a .321 clip, commiting just 46 errors in 240 total attacks. She was named SEC Freshman of the Week on Sept. 11 for her big weekend in North Carolina, tallying 58 kills. Bannister led the Tigers in Friday’s match with 13 kills.
>> Sophmore Jacqui Armer leads the team in blocks at 1.41 blocks per set which is ranked fourth in the conference. She finished with a season-high eight blocks against Baylor last week.
>> Freshman libero Raigen Cianciulli anchors down the back row as she leads the team with a total of 183 digs at 4.16digs per set. That number is ranked sixth in the SEC.
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