Volleyball Falls to Tulane in Four Sets

by Chelsey Chamberlain
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Volleyball Falls to Tulane in Four Sets

BATON ROUGE – The LSU volleyball team fell to Tulane in four sets on Saturday afternoon by scores of 25-18, 24-26, 11-25, 11-25. The Tigers are now 6-4 on the year and Tulane moves to 10-3 on the season. 

Junior Taylor Bannister and freshman Allee Morris led the Tigers with nine kills apiece. Freshman Karli Rose finished with 31 assists, while junior Raigen Cianciulli picked up a match-high 24 digs. 

UP NEXT

The Tigers will open up SEC play at home on Wednesday, at 7 p.m. taking on Arkansas. This match will stream on SECN and also on SEC Network+. Live stats will also be available. 

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • LSU fell behind early in the first set 7-4 to the Tulane Green Wave, but the Tigers bounced back with 3-0 scoring run to even the score at 7-7.  With Taylor Bannister leading the momentum for the Tigers scoring several crucial points to help LSU regain the lead 12-9.
  • The Tigers scored quickly and increase their lead to 15-13 on a kill from Whitney Foreman. The Tigers take the score to 17-13 and forced the Green Wave to take their second time out of the set. The Tigers got a kill from Taylor Bannister to make the score 21-17 Tigers, later followed by a block from Allee Morris to make the score 22-18, LSU.
  • Samarah Hill got two consecutive points for the Tigers taking the LSU lead to 24-18 and the final kill of the set came form Allee Morris to secure a Tiger victory of set one 25-18.
  • The Tigers hit .379 in the first set with Taylor Bannister leading the way with five kills. Morris added three kills for a .750 mark. Raigen Cianciulli picked up six digs.
  • The Tigers and Green Wave battled it out at the beginning of set two, but Whitney Foreman had a kill that made the score 4-4, which was later followed by a block from Taylor Bannister to keep the score even at 5-5. Allee Morris recorded a kill to make the score 8-5 Tigers, forcing the Green Wave to take their first time out of the second set.
  • Milan Stokes with a kill to add another Tiger point to the board, the Green Wave in the lead 21-14. The Tigers scored four points to make the score 22-18, then forcing Tulane to take one of their timeouts in the set. Karli Rose aced Tulane to make the score 24-21. The Tigers continued to push, tying the set up at 24-24 after three-straight points, but the Green Wave claimed the set on the next two points, 26-24.
  • In the third set, the Tigers and the Green Wave bounced the lead between each other at the beginning of set three to make the score 4-4. Stokes recorded and ace to take a 5-4 lead. Tulane took the early lead in the third set 10-7, resulting in the Tigers using their first time out of the set.
  • Tulane kept its momentum in the third set to keep the lead 19-8. LSU couldn’t make a comeback and dropped the third set to Tulane 25-11, allowing Tulane to take the lead 2-1.
  •  LSU fell behind early in set four to Tulane 11-3. The Tigers took a timeout to try and regroup, but Tulane continued to gain momentum, taking an 18-5 lead into the Tigers second timeout of the set.
  • LSU only scored six more points the rest of the set off, getting kills from  Allee Morris kill and a kill from Emmaline Walters. Tulane claimed the set 25-11, taking the match 3-1.

NOTABLES

  • Taylor Bannister is now 58 kills away from 1,000 in her career after tallying nine in the match
  • Raigen Cianciulli reach 20+ digs for the second-straight match, tallying 24. 

FRAN’S FINAL THOUGHTS

Thoughts on the game…

I don’t have a lot of answers.  We started well, had a pretty good game plan and I felt like we were attacking. We rallied in the second set and we couldn’t get anything going from then.  We tried almost every possible scenario we could possibly try, and we couldn’t get going.  This is one that will teach us a lot but will be really frustrating for a really long time.  They needed to respond, and we couldn’t get them to respond.  We are going to have to figure out a little bit of leadership and a little bit of heart and desire.  Credit Tulane, they played hard and made every play they had to make.  They were tougher than we were, and we have to get back to the drawing board to solve some of our problems.”

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