No. 24 LSU Volleyball Sweeps Nicholls State
LAKE CHARLES, La. — Though Hurricane Gustav forced the No. 24 LSU volleyball team to cancel its home tournament this weekend, the Tigers made the most of a late addition to the McNeese Invitational with a 3-0 victory over Nicholls State (25-12, 25-23, 25-18) on Friday in Memorial Gym in Lake Charles, La.
After waiting out the hurricane outside of Memphis for a week while unable to return home from the Bluejay Invitational in Omaha, Neb., last weekend, the Tigers finally arrived back in Baton Rouge by bus late Thursday afternoon only to leave again early Friday morning. But the Tigers turned right around to post the 3-0 victory over the Cardinals.
LSU improves to 3-1 with the victory, while Nicholls State drops to 0-4.
“It was good to get back on the court and have a chance to play,” LSU head coach Fran Flory said. “I don’t thing we executed at a very high level today, but considering the circumstances I’m proud of how hard we played. We have to continue to work on our side, but I think we made some good steps forward today.”
The Tigers had 34 kills on a .235 hitting percentage while holding the Cardinals to 25 kills and a .045 clip. Kyna Washington led the team with 10 kills, followed closely by Tania Schatow with eight. Individually, Schatow hit .467 for the match. Brittney Johnson dished out 14 assists while libero Elena Martinez matched that number in digs.
The Tigers took control early, winning the first set, 25-12. Brittnee Cooper led all players with four kills in the opening frame, hitting an impressive .667. Tania Schatow also had three kills on four attempts for a .750 clip in the first set.
The second set was a much closer contest with Nicholls even taking a 9-7 lead at one point in the early going. In the end, the Tigers pulled out a very close 25-23 decision won on a Nicholls State missed serve.
The third set was close early as well, tied midway at 12-all. But spurred by five service aces by freshman Michele Williams, LSU closed out the match with a 25-18 win in final set.
The Tigers conclude play in the McNeese Invitational on Saturday against McNeese State at 7 p.m.