Volleyball Sweeps Past Auburn, 3-0

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Volleyball Sweeps Past Auburn, 3-0

BATON ROUGE — Using a dominating performance in game two, LSU completed the series sweep of Auburn, 30-18, 30-10, 30-24, on Friday night in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center, moving the Tigers into second place in the Southeastern Conference Western Division.

LSU (14-7, 6-4 SEC) will now host Alabama in a critical SEC match on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. for Senior Day. Auburn remains winless in league play, falling to 1-22 overall and 0-11 in the SEC.

LSU dominated nearly every aspect of the match, outkilling Auburn, 47-21 and outdigging AU, 36-23. LSU also tied its season high with 13 service aces and outblocked Auburn 5-4.

“I was pleased with the outcome of the match,” said LSU head coach Fran Flory, “but I still don’t think we came out with that killer instinct that we need. We sat back at times and waited for them to make a mistake instead of attacking them directly.”

Rachel Vogt led the effort for LSU with 11 kills and nine digs, one shy of her second career double-double. Regan Hood and Jennifer Hampton each added nine kills.

Kyra Lancon recorded six service aces, the most by an LSU player since Meghan Bedford recorded six aces against Louisiana-Lafayette on Sept. 10, 1999. Cara Causey recorded a match-high four blocks for LSU, including two solo efforts.

“It’s nice to see the young players like Kyra and Cara really step up in a match like this,” said Flory. “We have really needed Cara to play well with Lauren Cuyler out and she has stepped up. Kyra is finally coming into her own and is getting better with every match.”

In the first game, LSU wasted no time jumping out the early lead. After a hitting error by Auburn, Lancon recorded a pair of aces as LSU took the 4-0 advantage. Auburn got no closer than four points, 15-11, before a 15-6 run gave LSU the 30-18 win.

With LSU leading 6-3 in the second game, Rachel Pittman served for eight-straight points for the Tigers. Katie Kubena also served for five-straight points for LSU as the Tigers dominated the second game on the way to a 30-10 win.

Leading 2-0, LSU used the advantage to get some experience for its younger players in the third game. Seniors Hampton and Kubena did not play as sophomore Beth Cowley came in as the setter and freshman Heinz saw action at outside hitter.

LSU once again jumped out the 5-1 lead before Auburn cut the lead to 8-6. A 12-4 run by LSU gave the Tigers the 20-10 advantage. AU rallied back with a 10-4 run of its own, cutting the LSU lead to 24-20.

LSU went on to build the lead to 28-21. Auburn then scored three straight before LSU put the match away on a solo block by Causey.

With the win over Auburn on Friday and Alabama’s loss to Arkansas, the Tigers moved a half game ahead of the Crimson Tide in second place in the SEC West. If LSU wins on Sunday and Ole Miss loses to Kentucky, the Tigers will clinch a spot in the eight-team SEC Tournament at the end of the month.