Volleyball Travels to Tennessee for Final SEC Match
BATON ROUGE – For the SEC conference finale, the LSU volleyball team (19-9, 10-7 SEC) will be on the road Friday, traveling to Tennessee (12-14, 5-12 SEC) for a match at 6 p.m. CT in the Thompson-Boling Arena.
The matchup will air live on SEC Network+. Fans can access the match online through WatchESPN.com and the app.
Last Time Out
On Wednesday, in its final home match of the season, the LSU Tigers fell to Georgia in three sets by scores of 21-25, 20-25 and 21-25. Freshman Taylor Bannister and junior Toni Rodriguez led the Tigers with eight kills each. Senior Gina Tillis recorded seven kills and nine digs while freshman Raigen Cianciulli registered a match-high 18 digs. Sophomore Anna Zwiebel also added 13 digs.
A Look at Tennessee
Tennesse comes into the match with an overall record of 12-14 and the Vols sit in 11th place of the SEC with a 5-12 conference record. The Vols have won two of their last seven, including a 3-0 sweep of LSU. They beat Ole Miss last week in four sets by scores of 20-25, 25-15, 25-10 and 25-19.
The Vols are hitting .215 on the year and holding their opponents to a .194 hitting mark. They average 12.3 kills per set with Erica Treiber leading the way with 223 total kills on the year, hitting a team-best .326 with an average of 2.25 kills per set. Brooke Schumacher anchors the back row, averaging 4.61 digs per set for total of 456 digs on the season. Callie Williams and Sedona Hansen split the setting duties, averaing 4.96 and 5.67 assists per set, respectively.
All-Time vs. Tennessee
LSU leads the all-time series over Tennessee 37-24. Tennessee has won the last three meetings. The last time the Tigers defeated Tennessee was on Oct. 7, 2015 in the PMAC in four sets. The Tigers have won four out of the last seven matches. The last time the Tigers won on the road at Tennessee was October 12, 2014, defeating the Vols in three sets.
>> After a loss to Georgia on Wednesday, the Tigers are now 19-9 on the year and 10-7 in the SEC. The Tigers sit in fourth place tied with Georgia and have an RPI of 38.
>> With a win on Friday, the Tigers would improve to 20-9 on the year which would be the first 20-win season since 2014. It would also be Fran Flory‘s seventh year with 20 or more wins.
>> In the SEC, the Tigers rank sixth in hitting percentage at .228 and ranks second in opponent hitting percentage at .187. LSU is fourth in the league in blocks, averaging 2.50 per set.
>> Anna Zwiebel is sixth among the SEC in assists at 9.74 per set. Jacqui Armer is fourth in the league in blocks per set at 1.24. Raigen Cianciulli is averaging 4.39 digs per set which is tied for seventh-best in the SEC.
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