Volleyball def. South Florida to Sweep Invitational

by Alissa Cavaretta
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Volleyball def. South Florida to Sweep Invitational

TAMPA, Fla. – The LSU volleyball team took a 25-17, 25-15, 25-21 win against South Florida (1-20) to sweep the USF Invitational and begin the season 3-0 Saturday night in The Corral.

Flory’s Thoughts on the Match

“I knew this team had prepared well and we got exactly what I expected this weekend. Outstanding play from our upper classmen along with two impacting freshmen stepping on the court for the first time.  We are excited about the start, but we also know there are still things we need to clean up next week at practice as we prepare for next weekend. ”

Opening Set

The Tigers outhit the Bulls in the first set .189- -.026 to snag the opening set, 25-17. Freshman Taylor Bannister and sophomore Jacqui Armer led the way for the Tigers with four kills apiece while Armer tacked on an additional 1.5 blocks to limit South Florida. With the score at 22-16, a service error and consecutive attacking errors by USF secured the set for the Tigers.

Set Two

LSU jumped out to the 7-4 lead to begin the second set. The Tigers hit .464 in the second set and limited South Florida to a .121 hitting percentage. Sophomore setter Anna Zwiebel had 10 assists and libero Raigen Cianciulli had seven digs to help pave the way for the Tiger offense, which was led by Gina Tillis, who had six kills on 12 attempts for a .500 hitting percentage. LSU went into intermission with a kill by Zwiebel to end the second set at 25-15 and give the Tigers the 2-0 match lead.

Set Three

Entering the third set with momentum, the Tigers grabbed the 3-0 lead. LSU never trailed USF in the set but were outhit by the Bulls .189-.167. Beyer hit a .833 clip as she had five kills on six attempts in the third set. The Tigers wrapped up the set with a service ace by Zwiebel followed by an attacking error by South Florida to secure the set, 25-21, and the match.

Notes on the Tigers

>> Anna Zwiebel was named the MVP of the USF Invitational. Freshmen Taylor Bannister and Raigen Cianciulli were also named to the USF Invitational All-Tournament team. 

>> Tillis notched the team’s first double-double of the season and the 17th of her career as she had 11 kills and 10 digs. Tillis was one of three Tigers with double-digit digs as Ciancuilli led the team with 16 and Zwiebel had 11. 

>> Armer led the team with hitting percentage as she hit a .462 clip with seven kills on 13 attempts with one error. She also led the team in blocks as she had three solo blocks and one block assist. 

>> Zwiebel recorded a field-best 32 assists in the match and also had four kills on four attempts.

What’s Next

The Tigers return to action Friday, September 1 in the Dog Pound Challenge at 9 a.m. CT in Storrs, Connecticut at the Guyer Gym. Following the match against Hartford, LSU will play Connecticut at 6 p.m. CT. To end the weekend, the Tigers will face Iona at 9 a.m. on Sunday, September 2. Fans can get live updates from the LSU volleyball Twitter and Facebook page. Live stats will be available for the Friday evening contest against UConn. 

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