Struggling Tigers Teams Meet in Auburn

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Struggling Tigers Teams Meet in Auburn

AUBURN, Ala. — The LSU volleyball team will try to end the two-game road trip through Alabama on a high note as it takes on the Auburn Tigers on Sunday afternoon at the Auburn Student Activities Center at 2 p.m.

For the first time all season, LSU (9-6, 1-3 SEC) failed to win game one of a match as the purple and gold lost a three-game Southeastern Conference match to Alabama on Friday night. LSU was held to a season-low 36 kills, compared to 59 for the Crimson Tide.

Auburn (1-16, 0-5 SEC) is winless in the SEC and has not won a game in conference play, losing in straight games in all five matches. The only AU win of the year came in a four-game match against Marist. This season, Auburn has won only six games in 17 matches, and has not won a game since Sept. 14 against North Carolina-Greensboro.

“Even though we are still early in the SEC schedule, we have put ourselves into a must-win type situation against Auburn on the road,” said LSU head coach Fran Flory. “We have been backed into a corner and the true character and heart of this team will have to come out if we are going to compete.

“While Auburn hasn’t won a game in conference, they played well against Arkansas on Friday and we will need to come out with a much better effort than we had against Alabama if we are going to win.”

In its last match against Alabama, LSU was led by Kyra Lancon with 12 kills and Regan Hood with 11. Hood also led the match with five blocks.

Lauren Cuyler added four blocks for LSU, while Katie Kubena and Cara Causey added three blocks each as LSU outblocked the Crimson Tide 10-8.5.

The difference in the match was in the number of kills and aces for each team. While found the floor a season-low 36 times, Alabama, finished with 13 more kills than LSU. The Crimson Tide also recorded nine service aces, compared to three for LSU.

The schedule does not get any easier for LSU. The Tigers remain on the road, traveling to face No. 3 Florida next Friday at 8 p.m. ET before facing Georgia in Athens, Ga., on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET.