Volleyball Hosts No. 11 Florida for Gold Match

by Chelsey Chamberlain
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Volleyball Hosts No. 11 Florida for Gold Match

BATON ROUGE – The LSU volleyball team (5-8, 0-2 SEC) is looking to get back on the winning track this week as it hosts No. 11 Florida (11-3, 2-0 SEC) Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. inside the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

The match will air live on SEC Network with Courtney Lyle and Jenny Hazelwood on the call. Fans can access the match online through WatchESPN.com and the app. The match will also be available via live stats at LSUStats.com. The match will be the Tigers’ annual gold match, fans are encouraged to wear gold.    

Series History with the Field

The Tigers trail the Gators in the all-time series, 14-43. Last year, the Tigers played a close match with the then-No. 1 ranked Gators, falling by scores of 17-25, 24-26, 23-25. The last time the Tigers defeated the Gators was on Nov. 13, 2009 when the Gators were ranked No. 10 in the country.

Team Notes

>> After being on the road the last three weekends, the Tigers return home this week to face No. 11 Florida on Wednesday at 7 p.m. inside the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

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

>> 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 4.56 and points per set at 5.07. Both of those numbers are ranked in the top-15 of the country. Her kills per set is 13th in the nation, while her points per set sit at 14th.

>> Bannister led the Tigers for the 13th-straight match on Sunday in the loss to South Carolina, recording a match-high 12 kills.

>> The Tigers are 20-14 in SEC home openers. Last season, the Tigers opened SEC home play with a sweep of Texas A&M. LSU has won 10 out of the last 14 SEC home openers.

>> 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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