Hampton Honored by SEC; Tigers, Wildcats Set to Meet
BATON ROUGE — After leading LSU to a pair of wins last week, Jennifer Hampton was named the Southeastern Conference Volleyball Player of the Week as the Tigers host Kentucky on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in the final home match of the season.
Riding a five-match winning streak, LSU (15-7, 7-4 SEC) defeated Auburn and Alabama last weekend, vaulting the Tigers into second place in the SEC Western Division and fourth place overall. Kentucky (11-12, 5-7 SEC) defeated Ole Miss and Mississippi State last weekend and is currently on a three-match winning streak of its own.
“We have now won five in a row and five of our last six at home and we want to close out our home schedule with a win,” said LSU head coach Fran Flory. “We still have a shot at winning the west, but we need this win to stay two games behind Arkansas with four matches remaining.
“Kentucky has been playing very well. They have won three in a row and will be a test for our team. It should be an exciting match that we will have to play well to win.”
Hampton led LSU with 34 kills and 17 digs, including 25 kills, the third most of her career, in the crucial win over Alabama on Sunday. One of her two service aces against the Tide came on game point in key game three, the 100th of her career.
The senior from Houston recorded her best hitting percentage in a four-game match and second best overall this season versus Alabama and leads the Tigers in kills, kills per game, digs and digs per game for the season.
“This is a wonderful honor for Jennifer,” said Flory. “She has been outstanding on defense her entire career and this season she has really stepped up her offensive output. She came up big for us with 25 kills on ‘Senior Day’ in the win over Alabama.”
The Tigers will next travel to Mississippi State and Ole Miss for a weekend series. LSU will face MSU on Friday at 7 p.m. in Starkville, Miss., before playing Ole Miss on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. The Tigers swept both teams in meetings earlier this season.