Volleyball Sweeps Auburn for Second-Straight SEC Win
BATON ROUGE – The LSU volleyball team picked up its second-straight SEC victory with a sweep of Auburn by scores of 25-22, 25-21, 25-23. The Tigers are now 7-11 on the year and 2-5 in the SEC. Auburn drops to 8-10 on the season and 1-7 in the SEC.
Taylor Bannister and Milan Stokes led the Tigers in kills with 11 apiece. Sydney Mukes finished right behind with 10 kills. Anna Zwiebel dished out 36 assists and Raigen Cianciulli anchored the back row with 19 digs. Leigh Maher finished with 10 digs.
- The Tigers continue their home stand next week, facing nationally ranked Kentucky on Friday at 6 p.m. CT and Tennessee on Sunday at 1 p.m. CT inside the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- LSU got out to a 7-4 lead after an ace from Katie Kampen. Auburn worked its way back and tied up the set at 10-10. The two teams went point-for-point, but LSU went into the media timeout with a 15-13 lead.
- A Milan Stokes kill and an Auburn attacking error gave the Tigers a 17-13 lead, forcing Auburn to a timeout. Auburn called its second timeout of the set after Sydney Mukes slammed down her fifth kills of the set.
- Auburn works its way back and came within two, 22-20, forcing LSU to use its first timeout of the set. Auburn scored only twice more as the Tigers ended the set on a block by Jacqui Armer and Taylor Bannister, taking a 1-0 lead by a score of 25-22.
- Mukes led the Tigers with five kills. LSU hit .324 to Auburn’s .225.
- LSU got out to a hot start, leading Auburn 6-1 after back-to-back aces by freshman Leigh Maher. Auburn took a timeout, but the Tigers pushed to an 8-2 lead.
- The Tigers went on a 3-0 run to take an 11-2 lead and pushed to a 15-7 lead after a Katie Kampen kill. Back-to-back kills from Bannister and Anna Zwiebel gave the Tigers a 17-9 lead and force Auburn to a timeout.
- Auburn worked its way back and brought them within three, 22-19. Olivia Beyer put the Tigers up 23-19 and a service error gave the Tigers a 24-20 lead. A Auburn service error ended the second set, 25-20, giving the Tigers a 2-0 lead.
- After most of the set went point-for-point early, the Tigers offense took off and went on a 5-0 run, taking a 15-10 lead into the media timeout.
- LSU pushed to a 17-11 lead after back-to-back kills by Milan Stokes. Auburn chipped their way back and came within two, 24-23, holding off the Tigers on match point. But LSU closed it out with a kill from Stokes, claiming the third set, 25-23.
- Stokes led the Tigers in the third set with seven kills, hitting .333 with only one hitting error.
- Taylor Bannister and Milan Stokes led the Tigers with 11 kills. This is Bannister’s 17th straight match and Stokes’ fifth match in double digit kills this season.
- Sydney Mukes finished with 10 kills making it her second highest this season and second double digit match this season.
- Anna Zwiebel‘s 36 assists is her sixth 30-plus match of the season.
FRAN’S FINAL THOUGHTS
“We’re excited about the win. We haven’t experienced a 3-0 win in a long time. I thought we controlled the match well. I thought we got a little shaky trying to win the match rather than execute our game plan at times obviously with the big comeback in the third set with match point and set point which opened the door for them to get back into it. I’m proud of our team and proud of the consistency and the mentality that we’re playing with. That’s a huge difference, and I think we finally found ourselves and I appreciate the work that our kids have put in and that our staff has put in to find that.”
On the impact of the crowd…
“We have a lot of positive energy on this campus and in this department right now and it’s fun to feel that vibe come at you and the confidence that people walked into the building with. You can feel the crowd starting to believe in us just as we are starting to believe in ourselves. The crowd walked in expecting us to win for the first time and the pressure of the crowd didn’t get on us like it did earlier in the season. I appreciate the mentality of the crowd and the positivity of the crowd and certainly, I appreciate everybody coming out on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.