Volleyball Returns Home to Take on Ole Miss

by Brandon Berrio
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Volleyball Returns Home to Take on Ole Miss

BATON ROUGE – The LSU volleyball team (7-15, 2-9 SEC) returns home to the Maravich Center for the first time in almost three weeks to take on Ole Miss (13-10, 2-8 SEC) at 7 p.m. Friday.

The match between the Tigers and Rebels will be streamed live on SEC Network+ through WatchESPN.com and the app. The last time the two squads faced off, the Tigers fought back from a 0-2 hole to defeat the Rebels in Oxford, 3-2.

Match Promotions
Fans will have a chance to win a pair of tickets to the LSU-Alabama game on Saturday night in a raffle. Friday night LSU fans will also “Rock the PMAC” with the LSU Drumline’s on-court performance. Fans will receive the 2016 LSU Volleyball Trading cards, and a special prize will be given to the fraternity or sorority with the highest attendance. Admission to the Maravich Center is free and fans are reminded to Geaux Clear.

Flory’s Thoughts
“We have to have some sense of urgency tomorrow night,” head coach Fran Flory said. “We really worked on a balance offense and defense this week. It’s going to be important to translate a great week of practice into the match and on to the court Friday.”

Last Time Out
The Tigers dropped both road conference matches last weekend to South Carolina and No. 9 Florida. After tying the match against the Gamecocks at one, LSU went on to lose the final two sets by a combined five points. In Gainesville, the Tigers tallied a .022 hitting percentage on 27 kills and 25 attacking errors in a sweep.

A Look at Ole Miss
The Rebels lost in three sets to No. 9 Florida their list time out. Ole Miss is led by one of the top setters in the country in Aubrey Edie. Eddie ranks 25th in the nation in total assists and is fifth in the country in active players with more than 4,000 career assists. Katie Gibson is the leader in kill for Ole Miss at 333 and 3.62 per set.

Team Notes
>> LSU will look to capture its first home win of the season. The team is 0-10 this season at the Maravich Center.

>> LSU has hit less than .249 in 16 matches this season. The squad is 5-1 when hitting greater than .250 as a team.

>> Junior Gina Tillis has led the way for the team through the season in kills with 255 and is second with 217 digs. In her career, Tillis has amassed 749 kills and 419 digs.

>> Gibson owns a start in every match this season and has played in 78 of 81 sets for the squad. Gibson has more than doubled her kills output from her opening season with 184. The South Dakota native also owns a team-best 61 blocks.

>> Freshman Anna Zwiebel has 618 assists and 160 digs for the Tigers. Sophomore Lindsay Flory was inserted in the lineup the last two matches and finished with a career-best 36 assists against USC and with 12 against Florida.

> Junior Kelly Quinn was selected as LSU’s libero for the match against Florida. This season, Quinn owns 186 assists. Quinn works defensively with Cheyenne Wood own leads the team in digs with 307 and Katie Kampen (101).

>> Toni Rodriguez completed the finest match of her season against South Carolina. Rodriguez totaled 16 kills for two shy of her career best. The St. Amant native also blew away her career-best mark in hitting percentage with a final average of .424.

>> LSU leads the all-time series with the Rebels, 53-16. The Tigers have won three of the last four matches over Ole Miss in Baton Rouge.

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