Tigers Sweep Mississippi State; Move Above .500 in SEC
BATON ROUGE — Coming back from a 29-22 deficit in game two to take the 32-30 win helped the LSU volleyball team sweep past Mississippi State, 30-27, 32-30, 30-19, on Sunday afternoon in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
With their third straight win, the Tigers improve to 13-7 overall and 5-4 in the Southeastern Conference. Mississippi State drops to 10-14 overall and 1-9 in the SEC.
“At this point in the year every win is key,” said LSU head coach Fran Flory. “It was nice to win both matches this weekend and not lose a game, especially heading into next weekend when we host a pivotal match against Alabama.”
LSU was led by Jennifer Hampton with 13 kills, 10 digs and four service aces. Kyra Lancon also added 10 kills for the Tigers. Regan Hood led the match with five blocks and nine kills.
“I thought our outside hitters, Jennifer and Kyra, had an excellent game,” said Flory. “Regan Hood also had another strong game in the middle for us today with five blocks.”
The first game remained close until LSU went on a 7-1 run, breaking an 11-11 tie. The Tigers led by as many as nine, 28-19, before the Bulldogs put together a run of their own, close the lead to 29-27. LSU finally put the game away on a kill by Katie Kubena, 30-27.
In the second game, Mississippi State jumped out the early lead, 14-7. The Tigers slowly cut into that lead before tying the game at 21. An 8-1 run by the Bulldogs gave Mississippi State game point, 29-22.
LSU would not go away as Blaise DeRouen served for seven straight points as the Tigers roared back to tie the game at 29 each. The Bulldogs scored the next point to once again serve for the game, but a kill Lancon held off Mississippi State yet again.
Lancon’s next kill gave LSU its first game point and the Tigers converted as MSU’s Nicole Broome hit the ball out of bounds on an attack attempt to give LSU the game and the 2-0 lead.
The momentum of the second game carried over into the third game for the Tigers. After the game was tied at 16, LSU went on a four-point run to take the lead. After two points by the Bulldogs, Hampton served for eight straight points, including two service aces, to give the Tigers game points, 29-18. After a Bulldog kill, a service error by Mississippi State ended the game.
LSU remains at home next weekend to host Auburn on Friday at 7 p.m. before a key SEC Western Division match against Alabama on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. The Tigers defeated Auburn, 3-0, on the road earlier in the year. LSU will look to avenge a 3-0 loss to the Crimson Tide in early October.