BATON ROUGE — Despite 18 kills and eight blocks by Regan Hood, the LSU volleyball team dropped a four-game Southeastern Conference match to Kentucky, 23-30, 30-25, 31-29, 30-24, on Tuesday night at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
The loss snapped the Tigers’ five-match winning streak and dropped LSU to 15-8 overall and 7-5 in the SEC. With the win, Kentucky improved to 12-12 overall and 6-7 in the SEC, extending its winning streak to four matches.
“I was disappointed with our performance tonight,” said LSU head coach Fran Flory. “I don’t think we executed as well as we could and should have. We did not make the adjustments that we needed and Kentucky just played like they wanted it more.”
Hood led the Tigers with 18 kills, while hitting at a team-high .424 clip. The sophomore also recorded a season-high eight blocks, including three solo blocks.
Jennifer Hampton and Rachel Vogt each recorded double-figures with 12 and 10 kills respectively. Jenny Greco recorded a season-high 20 digs, while Rachel Pittman added 11 digs. Vogt had 10 digs along with her 10 kills for her second career double-double.
The Tigers jumped out early in the first game 6-2, with strong attacking and big blocks. Kentucky fought back to tie the game at 14 using errors by LSU. Aided by three big blocks, the Tigers went on a 13-5 run that gave LSU an eight-point lead. The Tigers went on to close out the game on a block by Hood and Hampton, 30-23.
In the second game, Kentucky broke it open with a 4-1 run that ended a 9-9 tie. LSU got to within one point, 15-14, but could get no closer as the Wildcats capitalized on the Tigers’ errors. Kentucky went on to take the second game, 30-25.
With the third game tied at nine, the Wildcats once again made their move. Kentucky led by as many as four points, 24-20, before the Tigers fought back.
A 4-1 run by LSU tied the game at 25 on a kill by Hampton. The game was tied four more times before back-to-back kills by Kentucky’s Sarah Spinner and Amy Caplan gave the Wildcats the 31-29 win.
Kentucky took the lead early in the fourth game. The Wildcats led by as many as five points, 17-12, but LSU would not go away, slowly fighting back into the game. The Tigers tied the game at 24, but Kentucky went on a 6-0 run to close out the game and the match, 30-24.
LSU now travels to Mississippi State and Ole Miss this weekend. The Tigers will face Mississippi State on Friday at 7 p.m. in Starkville before playing Ole Miss on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. LSU swept both teams earlier this season in Baton Rouge.