Tigers Continue SEC Action at South Carolina

by Chelsey Chamberlain
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Tigers Continue SEC Action at South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. – After falling in a tough five-set match to Georgia on Friday, the LSU volleyball team will look to get back on the winning track Sunday as the Tigers continue SEC action at South Carolina.

First serve is set for 12:30 p.m. CT and will stream live on SEC Network+. The match will also be available via live stats at LSUStats.com.  

Series History with the Field
LSU owns a 25-16 edge on the Gamecocks in the all-time series. Last season, the Tigers defeated the Gamecocks in South Carolina in four sets. LSU has won six out of the last eight matches with South Carolina.  

Team Notes
>> Taylor Bannister opened up SEC play with a 23-kill performance, her 11th match in double-digit kills and 12th-straight match leading the Tiger

>> Raigen Cianciulli picked up match-high 23 digs against Georgia Friday, her 11th match  leading the Tigers and 10th match in double-digit kills. It was the her second match with 20 or more digs.

>> The Tigers out-blocked the Bulldogs 14.0-10.0, Whitney Foreman and Olivia Beyer led the charge with six each.  The Tigers rank fourth in the SEC, averaging 2.4 blocks per set.

>> Bannister is ranked first among the SEC in kills per set at 4.60 and points per set at 5.11. Both of those numbers are ranked in the top-15 of the country. Her kills per set is 11th in the nation, while her points per set sit at 12th.

>> Bannister finished the SMU weekend with 50 kills in two matches, including a 36-kill performance against the Mustangs, the second-most kills in a five-set match in program history. Her performance earned her third-straight tournament honors, picking up the MVP honor.

>> After the weekend, Bannister was named SEC Player of the Week, her first honor of the season and fourth career weekly honor.

>> Cianciulli continued to anchor the back row, tallying 51 digs at SMU Classic She finished the win over Abilene Christian with a career-high 35 digs, the second-most digs in a four-set match in program history. She also put together her first career double-double of a career-high of 10 assists and 16 digs.

>> Lindsay Flory picked up two double-doubles at the SMU Classic, her second and third of the season and third and fourth of her career. She put together a then-career-high of 42 assists and 11 digs against Abilene Christian and a career-high of 62 assists and career-high 20 digs against SMU.

>> LSU returns 10 letterwinners from last year’s squad and were picked to finish fourth in the SEC Coaches Poll back in June. LSU finished fourth in the league last year with a conference record of 11-7.

>> The Tigers enter the season with a total of 294 SEC victories, just needing six to close in on the 300 mark.

>> Head coach Fran Flory is in her 21st season at the helm of the LSU volleyball program. The winningest coach in school history, Flory has led the Tigers to NCAA Tournament appearances in nine of the last 13 seasons.

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