Tigers Make Comeback to Down Tennessee in Five Sets
BATON ROUGE – After trailing 2-0 on the match, the LSU volleyball team made a comeback to defeat Tennessee in five sets on Friday evening in Thompson-Boling Arena by scores of 24-26, 24-26, 25-22, 25-20, 15-11. The Tigers are now 9-6 on the year and 3-2 in the SEC, while Tennessee drops to 8-7 overall and 2-3 in the SEC.
Junior Taylor Bannister led the Tigers with a season-high 24 kills and 10 digs, her second double-double in her career. Freshman Karli Rose finished with a double-double, her fifth on the year, with a career-high 55 assists and 11 digs. Junior Raigen Cianciulli led the Tigers in digs with 17 while Allee Morris picked up a career-high nine blocks.
The Tigers continue their road trip, taking on Georgia in Athens on Sunday at 1 p.m. CT. The match will stream live on SEC Network+ and will be available via live stats.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Tigers and the Vols started off the set going back and forth, but the Vols went on a 3-0 run to take a 8-4 lead. LSU worked its way back to come within two, 11-9, after a kill by Whitney Foreman.
- Tennessee took a 15-12 lead into the media timeout. The Tigers came out of the timeout and scored three-straight points off a kill by Foreman, an ace from Taylor Bannister and a block by Foreman and Karli Rose, tying the set at 15-15.
- The Vols took a timeout as the Tigers came within one, 19-18, but the Tigers tied the set up at 20-20 off a kill by Rose. Two straight points by the Vols gave them a 22-20 lead and forced LSU to a timeout. A kill by Bannister and an error by the Vols tied the set up 22-22, forcing Tennessee to a timeout.
- An ace from Samarah Hill put the Tigers head 23-22, but Tennessee answered back. The Tigers had set point, but Tennessee put together a three-point run to take the first set, 26-24. LSU hit .344 to Tennessee’s .419. Bannister and Foreman each had four kills.
- In the second set, LSU went on a 6-2 run to take a 9-8 lead, forcing the Vols to a timeout. After an Emmaline Walters ace, Tennessee went on a 5-0 run to take a 12-9 lead and force LSU to a timeout.
- LSU tied the set up at 15-15 after Bannister’s eighth kill on the match. The two teams went point-for-point until Tennessee took a timeout after a kill by Rose, giving the Tigers the 20-19 lead.
- The two teams went back and forth the rest of the set with Tennessee taking the set, 26-24, after two LSU attacking errors. The Tigers hit .189 in the second set with Bannister leading the way with seven kills.
- In the third set, the Tigers and the Vols continued to play even. The Vols went on a 3-0 run to take a 10-7 lead. The Vols had a 13-10 lead, but the Tigers tied the set up 13-13 on a Vols’ attacking error.
- The two teams went point-for-point, until LSU scored back-to-back points on a kill from Allee Morris and a net violation by the Vols, giving the Tigers a 20-18 lead. Tennessee took a timeout as LSU led 22-20. The Tigers finished the set on a 3-2 run, getting a kill from Samarah Hill to seal the third set for the Tigers, 25-22. LSU outhit the Vols, .382-.345. Bannister led the set with six kills.
- The Tigers took a 6-4 lead in the fourth set, forcing Tennessee to take its first timeout of the set. They took their second timeout as LSU went on a 6-3 run to go ahead, 15-11. The Tigers pushed to a 20-15 lead after Bannister’s 21st kill on the night.
- Tennessee tried to work its way back but the Tigers continued to push, claiming the fourth set, 25-20. The Tigers outhit the Vols in the fourth set .316-.222. Bannister led the Tigers again with five kills in the set.
- In the fifth set, the Tigers got out to a 6-4 lead and extended it to a 7-4 lead after an ace from Bannister, forcing the Vols to take a timeout. The Tigers switched sides as they led 8-5 and forced the Vols to their second timeout of the set after extending the Tigers’ lead to 9-5.
- LSU extended their lead to 13-9 after a kill by Samarah Hill and Bannister claimed the set with her 24th kill of the night, 15-11. The Tigers hit .300 in the final set.
- Freshman Allee Morris finished the match with a career-high nine blocks and career-high 12 kills. The last time a Tigers finished with seven or more blocks was Whitney Foreman against Arkansas in 2018.
- The last time the Tigers lost the first two sets and came back and won was against Tennessee in 2017.
- The last time an LSU player had 20 or more kills was Taylor Bannister against Ole Miss in 2018.
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