Starters Fair Well in Volleyball Scrimmage
BATON ROUGE — The LSU volleyball team saw its first match-like situations on Friday night at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in the Purple-Gold Game.
The scrimmage was a chance for the Tigers to display how far they have come since last season, when LSU finished third in the Southeastern Conference Western Division.
“I think it went pretty well. As compared to where we were last year, I am excited about our defense,” said LSU head coach Fran Flory. “Our offensive consistency was better than it has been in the past and our ball control is better. We had a focus of scoring easy points and I thought we did that real well tonight.”
The three-game match was dominated by the White team 15-5, 15-4, 15-5 as Flory placed her current starting line up on that team to match up against the rest of the squad.
“It is a day in-day out thing,” said Flory. “The starting line up could change completely, but I am comfortable with what we have now. That doesn’t mean we can’t get better next week and change it.”
Sophomore Rachel Vogt led the way for the White team with a .385 attack percentage, including 12 kills vocompared to only two errors. Fellow sophomore Lauren Cuyler led all players with 13 kills on the night. Cuyler also had a team-high 16 digs to give her a double-double on the evening.
Returning all-SEC performer Meagan Davis had a solid performance for the White with eight kills and no errors, leading to a .333 attack percentage. Davis led all players with six blocks as well.
Jennifer Hampton, the 1999 Louisiana Freshman of the Year, recorded nine kills and 15 digs to just miss a double-double. She hit .368 in the match for the White team.
The Tigers open the season in the Colorado PowerBar Invitational in Boulder, Colo., on Sept. 1 against Santa Clara.