Volleyball Hosts No. 15 Kentucky Friday

by Chelsey Chamberlain
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Volleyball Hosts No. 15 Kentucky Friday

BATON ROUGE – After picking up its first two SEC victories last week, the LSU volleyball team will have a tough challenge ahead as the Tigers (7-11, 2-5 SEC) play host to No. 15 Kentucky (12-4, 6-0 SEC) Friday at 6 p.m. CT inside the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.   

The match will stream live on SEC Network with Melissa Lee and Nell Fortner 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.

Series History with the Field
The Tigers trail Kentucky in the all-time series, 24-40. The last time the Tigers defeated the Wildcats was in 2014, claiming the match in five sets in Lexington. The last time the Tigers down the Wildcats at home was in 2012, claiming the match in five. Last season, the Tigers came close to taking the match from the Wildcats. LSU was up 2-0 on the nationally ranked team, but fell in the next three sets.

Team Notes

>> The Tigers head into the weekend with a 7-11 overall record and a 2-5 record in the SEC. Last week, the Tigers put together their first two SEC victories of the year, claiming a four-set victory over Georgia on Wednesday and a straight-setter against Auburn on Sunday.

>> On Sunday, Taylor Bannister and Milan Stokes led the attack with 11 kills apiece. Sydney Mukes also added 10 kills.

>> Raigen Cianciulli anchored the back row with 19 kills in the three sets. Freshman Leigh Maher picked up 10 digs.

>> Bannister is ranked 18th in the country in kills per set (4.46) and points per set (4.96).

>> As a team, the Tigers rank second in the league at digs per set (15.19).

>> The Tigers enter the season with a total of 294 SEC victories, just needing four to close in on the 300 mark after Sunday’s win over Auburn.

>> 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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