Volleyball Falls to Georgia in Home Finale
BATON ROUGE – In the final home game of the season, the LSU volleyball team (19-9, 10-7 SEC) fell in straight sets to Georgia (20-10, 10-7 SEC) on Wednesday evening in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center by scores of 21-25, 20-25, 21-25.
The Tigers were led by freshman Taylor Bannister and junior Toni Rodriguez, who each finished the match with eight kills. Senior Gina Tillis added in seven kills to go along with nine digs. Freshman Raigen Cianciulli registered a match-high 18 digs while sophomore Anna Zwiebel recorded 13 digs.
Fran’s Final Thoughts
“Georgia is a good team. They forced us into a tempo and style of play that we’re not comfortable in. You have to credit them a little bit. We’re going to have to sit down and fix it in a short amount of time. I still have confidence because what they could have done three weeks ago is still in sight of them. It’s my job as a coach to get it out of them.”
Georgia took a 5-4 lead but LSU went on a 4-0 run to take an 8-5 advantage. The Tigers pushed their lead up to 15-13 at the media timeout. Out of the timeout, the Tigers took an 18-15 edge and pushed to a 20-16 lead. Georgia started to work its way back, going on a 7-0 run to take a 23-20 edge. The Tigers held off Georgia for one set point, but the Bulldogs claimed the first set 25-21.
In a set where the Tigers hit .100, Georgia jumped out to a 7-3 advantage. The Tigers put together four-straight points to come within three, 14-11. Another 4-0 run, led by Taylor Bannister and Gina Tillis tied up the set at 17-17, but Georgia took a 21-19 lead and went on a 4-1 run to finish off the second set 25-20.
LSU started out strong in the third set, jumping out to a 6-2 lead. The Tigers pushed their lead to 10-6 before Georgia went on a 4-0 run of its own to tie the set up 10-10. Georgia took a 14-12 edge but LSU used three straight points to retake the lead 15-14. The Bulldogs tied up the set 15-15 and went on a 4-1 run to take a 19-16 lead and forced LSU to take a timeout. LSU fought back and held off Georgia for two straight match points but Georgia claimed the match with a kill on the last play.
It was the final match in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center for the 2017 Senior Class. Following the match, LSU volleyball recognized five seniors in manager Maria Murphy, Khourtni Fears, Gina Tillis, Kelly Quinn and Cheyenne Wood.
LSU will be on the road for the regular season finale on Friday, traveling to Tennessee to play the Vols at 6 p.m. CT in the Thompson-Boling Arena.
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