Bannister Leads Tigers to Sweep of Texas A&M CC
BATON ROUGE – The LSU volleyball team put together a dominating performance in the first match of the Tiger Classic, sweeping Texas A&M Corpus Christi by scores of 25-10, 25-13, 25-19 inside the Maravich Center Friday afternoon.
Sophomore Taylor Bannister led the attack with 20 kills and a .469 hitting percentage. Senior Lindsay Flory finished the match with her first double-double of the season of 33 assists and 11 digs. Sophomore Raigen Cianciulli anchored the back row with 15 digs.
- The Tigers will continue the Tiger Classic Friday evening, matching up against Duke at 7:30 p.m. inside the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- LSU started off hot and jumped out to a 6-3 lead over the Islanders after a big first kill from Bannister.
- The Tigers extended their lead to 12-6, forcing Texas A&M Corpus Christi to it’s first timeout of the match.
- A 4-0 scoring run put the Tigers up 17-6 after a Bannister kill. The run extended to 19-8 and forced the Islanders to take their second timeout of the set.
- The Tigers finished the set 7-2 run to take the first set 25-10.
- Bannister led the attack with eight kills, hitting .615 for the set.
- It was point-for-point to start off the second set. Bannister reached double-digit kills on her first kill of the set, tallying 10 for the match thus far.
- LSU goes on a 4-0 run to extend its lead to 17-10 The Islanders took a timeout.
- A 6-3 run by the Tigers gave them a 23-13 lead over the Islanders and forced them to use another timeout.
- Olivia Beyer sealed the deal for the Tigers in the second set, 25-13, taking a 2-0 lead on the match.
- The Tigers jumped out to a 7-4 lead in the third set after a Whitney Foreman kill.
- LSU forced the Islanders to take a timeout as it took a 15-10 lead. Out of the timeout, the Tigers extended that lead to 17-10.
- The Islanders did work their way back to come within three, 22-19, but the Tigers closed out the set and the match with three straight points, including back-to-back kills by Bannister.
- Bannister finished the final set with nine kills, hitting .583 in that set with just two attacking errors in 12 attempts.
- Bannister’s 20 kills was her fourth-straight match with double-digit kills and her first match of the season with 20 or more kills.
- The last time an LSU player had 20 or more kills was Bannister against Ole Miss (Oct. 18, 2017).
- Three players hit .400 abover (Bannister (.469), Foreman (.462), Milan Stokes (.444). The last time an LSU player hit .400 or above was Jacqui Armer at Tennessee (Nov. 24, 2017).
- Raigen Cianciulli finished the match with 15 digs, her fourth-straight match in double-digits.
- Lindsay Flory put together the team’s first double-double of the year with 33 assists and 11 digs. The double-double marks her second in her career. Her first came against Ole Miss in the 2017 season (17 assists, 10 digs).
- The Tigers played in front of a great afternoon crowd, totaling 1,012 fans in the stands.
- The Tigers are now 3-0 against Texas A&M Corpus Christi in program history.
FLORY’S FINAL THOUGHTS
“I’m excited about the win. And I’m excited about how we won. We worked all week to get that fight and that drive and that edge, and I thought we had and we never let it go. I’m super proud of the effort and defensively we were solid, but offensively, we kind of found ourselves, so I’m excited to see where we can go and how far we can get from this.”
On Taylor Bannister‘s performance…
“Taylor Bannister is the real deal and she can carry this team but for us to go as far as we want to go we have to be a balanced offensive team so we’re going have to get our middles back involved.”
On how the crowd impacted the game…
“This was amazing. To have all the school kids here dancing, it was an amazing mid-day atmosphere. I cannot say enough about our promotions and marketing department to bring all of them here. Thank goodness East Baton Rouge Parish Schools would allow that. What a great field trip and the bottom-line is maybe we grew some volleyball fans out of that and maybe we have future Tigers that were watching as six or seven-year old’s today. What a great environment and it could not have been any better.”
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