Tigers Sweep Mississippi State on the Road
STARKVILLE, Miss. – The LSU volleyball team claimed a straight-set victory over Mississippi State on the road Sunday afternoon by scores of 25-20, 26-24, 25-23. The Tigers are now 8-4 on the year and 2-0 in the SEC, while Mississippi State drops to 11-3 and 0-2 in the SEC.
Junior Taylor Bannister led the Tigers with 14 kills. Freshman Samarah Hill added nine kills and 12 kills. Junior Raigen Cianciulli put together a match-high 15 digs. Freshman Karli Rose finished with 39 assists.
– The Tigers return home next week for two matches, playing host to Missouri on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the PMAC. That match will air live on ESPNU. Sunday, the Tigers will face Ole Miss at 1 p.m. in the PMAC. The match will stream live on SEC Network+.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- LSU got out to a quick 3-0 lead, taking advantage of a few Mississippi State miscues and pushed to a 7-3 lead after a Milan Stokes kill. The Bulldogs started to come back, coming in within two, 8-6, after a couple of LSU errors.
- Mississippi State tied the set up at 10-10 and again at 12-12, but a kill by Taylor Bannister and a couple of aces from Raigen Cianciulli put the Tigers up 15-12 to go into the media timeout.
- The Tigers continued their momentum, pushing to a 20-15 lead after a kill from Karli Rose, forcing Mississippi State to a timeout. Mississippi State came out of the timeout and gained some momentum, going on a 3-0 run to come within three, 22-19, and forcing the Tigers to a timeout.
- The Tigers finished off the set with a kill from Anita Anwusi, claiming the first set 25-20. Bannister and Anwusi led the Tigers with five and four kills, respectively. The Tigers hit .414 in the first set.
- The Bulldogs got out to a 3-1 one lead in the second set, but a kill by Stokes and attack error by the Bulldogs tied the set up at 3-3. Mississippi State went up 7-3, but the Tigers worked their way back, coming within two 11-9 after an ace from Rose.
- The Tigers tied the set up at 13-13 on a kill by Bannister and took the lead on a kill by Whitney Foreman. A Bulldog attacking error gave the Tigers a 15-13 lead into the media timeout.
- The Tigers went on to take a 21-18 lead after an attacking error by the Bulldogs, forcing them to a timeout. Mississippi State tied the set up at 23-23, but a Bulldog error gave the Tigers a 24-23 lead and forced Mississippi State to a timeout.
- The Bulldogs tied the set up at 24-24, but a kill from Stokes and Foreman finished off the set 26-24, taking a 2-0 lead on the match. The Tigers hit .293 in the second set.
- After an LSU attack error to start the third set, the Tigers took the next four points off of kills from Anwusi and Bannister, taking a 4-1 lead. Mississippi State worked its way back and tied the set up at 6-6. The Tigers took the next three points off a couple of attacking errors by the Bulldogs.
- An ace from Jill Bohnet gave the Tigers a 12-9 lead and forced the Bulldogs to use a timeout. The Tigers took a 16-11 lead after a kill from Anwusi. Mississippi State worked its way back, coming within one, 21-20, forcing the Tigers to a timeout.
- Mississippi State tied the set up at 21-21. The two teams went point-for-point, but a net violation by the Bulldogs gave the Tigers a 24-23 lead.
- The Tigers finished the set on a kill by Foreman, claiming the match in three sets. LSU hit .189 in the third set.
- Anwusi finished with a career-high eight kills.
- Bannister is now 29 kills away from reaching 1,000 in her career.
- The last time the Tigers opened SEC action with two wins was in 2011.
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