LSU Volleyball Report - Sept. 20, 2010

by Matt Dunaway
LSU Volleyball Report - Sept. 20, 2010

Overall Record: 11-0
SEC Record: 2-0  
AVCA Ranking: No. 17
Last Week:  2-0

Sept. 17 – Auburn [W, 3-1 – 22-25, 25-20, 25-17, 25-20]
Sept. 19 – Georgia [W, 3-0 – 25-20, 25-17, 25-21]

Nominee for Offensive Player of the Week

Angela Bensend, OH, Sr., Plano, Texas
Bensend put together an impressive SEC opening act as LSU improved to 11-0 on the season to remain the SEC’s lone undefeated team. Bensend, the SEC kills per set leader, took her game to a new level. She hammered home 5.14 kills per set and reeled in 3.71 digs per frame. She equaled a career-high 22 kills highlighted by eight spikes in the fourth set to go along with 18 digs against Auburn. Bensend registered five or more kills in five of her seven sets over the weekend.  

Totals for the Week

SP   Kills   Err.    Att.   Pct.   Assists   Aces   Rec * Err   Rec * Att   Digs   BS   BA   TB    Team ** Hit Pct.
7   36   19   86   .198   6   0   1   24   26   0   3   3   .304
Nominee for Defensive Player of the Week

Lauren Waclawczyk, DS, Jr., San Antonio, Texas
Waclawczyk spearheaded LSU’s back row as LSU remained the SEC’s lone undefeated team. The Tigers moved to 11-0 for the first time since the 1991 season. Waclawczyk secured 4.29 digs per set, headlined by a 19-dig effort against Auburn. She also passed out 0.86 assists per set from the libero position. LSU’s back row also posted a 74 percent sideout efficiency in addition to a 98 percent serve-receive rating for the weekend. 

SP    Kills    Err.     Att.   Pct.   Assists   Aces   Digs    BS    BA   TB    Team * Hit Pct.
7   0   0   1   .000   6   0   30   0   0   0   .304

Nominee for Freshman of the Week

Desiree Elliott, MB, Fr., Cypress, Texas
Elliott continued her strong freshman campaign as the SEC’s lone undefeated team opened league play with wins over Auburn and Georgia. Playing only front row, Elliott posted her best weekend of the season in both facets of the game with 2.29 kills and 1.14 blocks per set. The Cypress, Texas, native connected for kills on nearly 50 percent of her swings and was a key part to LSU holding its opponents to a .189 hitting percentage for the weekend.

SP    Kills    Err.     Att.   Pct.   Assists   Aces   Digs    BS    BA   TB    Team * Hit Pct.
7   16   2   33   .424   0   0   1   1   7   8   .304

Notes on the Tigers
LSU continued its winning ways and posted its fourth consecutive undefeated weekend as the Tigers started SEC action with victories over Auburn and Georgia to improve to 11-0 on the season. It marks LSU’s best start since the 1991 season during the program’s second consecutive Final Four run. The Tigers also moved up two spots to No. 17 in the latest edition of the AVCA Top 25 poll and are one of only nine undefeated teams in the nation. Overall, LSU is among the SEC’s Top 2 in five of the seven major categories. The Tigers pace the SEC with 13.30 assists per set and limit their opponents to a .141 hitting percentage. Angela Bensend, the conference leader with 4.41 kills per set, put together an impressive SEC opening act. She powered home 22 kills to equal a career-high and added 18 digs to fuel LSU’s 3-1 win over Auburn. The Plano, Texas, native nearly missed another double-double with 14 kills and eight digs in a sweep against Georgia. Brittney Johnson has passed out a SEC-leading 10.79 assists per set and eclipsed the 50-assist plateau for the third time this season with 52 helpers against Auburn. She also has garnered a .353 hitting percentage to rank seventh in the SEC. Michele Williams checks in among the SEC’s Top 10 in three different categories, including hitting percentage [.361 – 5th], kills per set [3.25 – 7th] and blocks per set [1.02 – 10th]. She has slapped double digit kills in six matches highlighted by three of her last four outings. Madie Jones and Desiree Elliott turned in a pair of solid efforts to open conference play. The duo combined to crank 37 kills on a .423 ratio with only four attack errors on 78 swings. LSU’s back row sparked by Lauren Waclawczyk, Sam Delahoussaye and Meghan Mannari compiled a pair of impressive feats as the Tigers notched a 74 percent sideout efficiency [107-144] in addition to a 98 percent serve-receive rating [119-121] for the weekend. Waclawczyk has corralled double figure digs in nine of 11 matches and her 4.29 digs per set are fifth in the SEC. LSU leaves the Capitol City for a four-match road swing opening at Alabama [7 p.m., Friday] and Mississippi State [1:30 p.m., Sunday].