Volleyball Looks For Weekend Sweep Against Ole Miss

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Volleyball Looks For Weekend Sweep Against Ole Miss

OXFORD, Miss. — After a five-game victory over Mississippi State on Friday night, the LSU volleyball team faces Ole Miss on the road on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. in the Gillom Sports Complex.

The Tigers (16-8, 8-5 SEC) have won six of the last seven matches and remain in second place in the Southeastern Conference Western Division, two games ahead of Alabama with three matches remaining.

Ole Miss (9-16, 2-11 SEC) has lost six-straight matches and eight of its last nine. The Lady Rebels, however, gave Western Division leader Arkansas a close match on Friday night, losing in four close games.

“We were fortunate to get a win against Mississippi State on Friday,” said LSU head coach Fran Flory, “And Ole Miss played gave Arkansas a tough match. At this point in the season, every match is important, and this match is no exception. We need to leave with a win.

“Against Kentucky and Mississippi State we did not attack the match like we should have. We have got to do a better job of controlling the match and determining our own outcome.”

Two weeks ago, LSU swept past Ole Miss, 30-28, 30-22, 30-24, in Baton Rouge.

Regan Hood led the match with 19 kills, two shy of her career-high, while hitting at a .484 clip. She also added two block assists and a service ace. Cara Causey recorded her sixth double-digit kill mark of her career with 10, while leading the match with four block assists. The freshman also hit at a career-high .643 clip.

Jennifer Hampton was the only other Tiger in double figures with 11 kills. Jenny Greco was the only player to record a double-digit dig total, finishing the match with 11.

LSU jumped out to the early 5-1 lead in the first game before Ole Miss tied the game at nine, aided by a 6-0 run. The game was tied six more times before the Tigers took the lead for good, 26-25. A kill by Kyra Lancon sealed the game for LSU, 30-28.

The Tigers jumped out to an early lead again in the second game, 4-0. They extended that lead to 10-3 before going up 20-9. Ole Miss went on a 10-6 run to cut the LSU lead to 26-20 before the Tigers went on to close out the game, 30-22.

As in the previous two games, LSU went up 5-1 early in the third game. The Tigers extended that lead to 10-4. Ole Miss got no closer than four points, 15-11, the rest of the way as LSU put the match away, 30-24.

The Tigers will next travel to face Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark., on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Lady’Back defeated LSU, 3-1, in Baton Rouge earlier in the season.