Volleyball Faces Tough Road Test at Cyclone Invitational

by Chelsey Chamberlain
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Volleyball Faces Tough Road Test at Cyclone Invitational

BATON ROUGE – The LSU volleyball team (2-1) is on the road for the second weekend in a row, traveling to Iowa State for the Cyclone Invitational Saturday and Sunday. The Tigers take on No. 6 Penn State, Saturday at 2 p.m. CT, and will face host Iowa State on Sunday at Noon CT.

Both matches will be available on Cyclones.TV, produced and broadcast by Iowa State. Click here to watch.

LSU vs. Penn State, Saturday, September 7, 2 p.m. 
LSU at Iowa State, Sunday, September 8, Noon

For all tournament information and how to follow along, click here.

Series History with the Field
– vs. Penn State: Penn State leads the all-time series 9-2. The Tigers haven’t faced the Nittany Lions since 2006. The Tigers fell in that match in five sets as Penn State was ranked second in the nation in the time.

– vs. Iowa State: The Tigers are even in the all-time series against the Cyclones at 1-1. The Tigers won back in 1987 in three sets, but fell in the second meeting in 2007 in four sets.

Team Notes
>> LSU volleyball goes into their second weekend of the season with a 2-1 record, falling to Arizona State in a tight five-setter last weekend.

>> The Tigers finished last season with a 12-17 overall record and finished tied seventh in the SEC with a 7-11 record.

>> Head coach Fran Flory, the winningest coach in LSU volleyball history, enters her 22nd. She owns an all-time record of 478-376.

>> The Tigers are picked to finish seventh in the league this year as voted on by the head coaches in the SEC.

>> Taylor Bannister, a 2017 AVCA All-American, has a total of 860 career kills and is 140 away from reaching 1,000 after tallying 43 kills in the three matches last weekend. She finished every match in double-digits last weekend with a season-high of 18 kills against Arizona State.

>> Raigen Cianciulli, returns as the libero for the Tigers. She recorded 542 digs and averaged 4.80 digs per set. She became the fastest player in program history to reach 1,000 digs last season. Last weekend in Houston, she led the squad with a total of 35 digs on the weekend, averaging 2.92 digs per set.

>> Freshmen Samarah Hill and Karli Rose each picked up their first career double-doubles against Arizona State. Hill finished with 11 kills and 16 digs, while Rose finished with 39 assists and 11 digs.

>> Six of the seven newcomers made their debut in a Tiger uniform last weekend in Houston. Anita Anwusi, Hill, Rose, Emmaline Walters, Jill Bohnet and Meredyth Howard.

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