Volleyball Falls in Five-Set Thriller at Georgia
ATHENS, Ga. – The LSU volleyball team fell to Georgia in five sets on Sunday afternoon in Stegeman Coliseum by scores of 25-16, 18-25, 16-25, 25-21, 17-15. The Tigers are now 9-7 on the year and 3-3 in the SEC. Georgia improves to 13-4 overall and 5-1 in the league.
Taylor Bannister led the Tigers with a season-high 29 kills. Samarah Hill finished with 12 kills, while Raigen Cianciulli led the back row with 17 digs. Karli Rose picked up her sixth double-double of the year with 53 assists and 11 digs. Allee Morris added five blocks.
The Tigers return home for two matches next week, playing host to Alabama on Friday at 7 p.m. and No. 14 Florida on Sunday at 1 p.m. Both matches will stream live on SEC Network+ and will be available via live stats.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Tigers scored the first three points of the match and pushed to a 6-1 lead, forcing the Bulldogs to a timeout. Georgia used its second timeout of the set as the Tigers went ahead 9-3 after an ace from Emmaline Walters.
- LSU went on a 7-0 run to take a 17-6 lead. The Tigers continued to capitalize on Georgia’s mistake and continued to gain momentum. The Bulldogs tried to work their way back, scoring four straight and forcing the Tigers to use their first timeout.
- The Tigers continued its strong play, taking the final three points of the set off a kill by Taylor Bannister, a Georgia attacking error and a block by Allee Morris. The Tigers hit .409 in the first set with Bannister leading the way with five kills.
- The second set was even to start as Georgia and LSU went back and forth until the Bulldogs went on a 3-0 run to take a 7-4 lead. The Tigers went on a 4-0 run to take a 9-8. The two teams went back and forth until Georgia took a 15-12 lead into the media timeout.
- The Tigers tried to work their way back but Georgia took a 19-15 lead, forcing the Tigers to a timeout. The Bulldogs scored the next two and the Tigers used their second timeout of the set.
- LSU scored back-to-back points off a kill by Morris and an ace by Karli Rose, but Georgia took the final to points of the set, claiming the set 25-18 and evening the match at 1-1. LSU hit .111 to Georgia’s .353 mark.
- Georgia got out to a 10-4 lead after a 4-0 run, forcing the Tigers to use their first timeout of the set. LSU tried to work its way back, but Georgia continued to push, taking a 13-8 lead.
- The Tigers used their second timeout of the set as Georgia extended their lead to 17-10. Once again, the Tigers tried to work their way back, but Georgia took the set 25-16. The Tigers hit .500 in the set to Georgia’s .550.
- The two teams went back and forth in the fourth set. The Tigers took a 12-10 lead after a kill by Bannister and block by Bannister and Morris. LSU went ahead 15-14 into the media timeout and scored right after off a Rose kill.
- An ace from Anna Zwiebel gave the Tigers an 18-15 lead and force Georgia to a timeout. The Tigers took a 23-18 lead. Georgia tried to work its way back as it held off LSU for two straight set points, but a Sydney Mukes kill sealed the deal, claiming the set 25-21.
- In the fifth set, the Tigers got out to a 4-1 lead, forcing Georgia to a timeout. The Tigers pushed to an 8-5 lead as the team switched sides.
- Georgia scored two straight to come within one, 8-7, but the Tigers used a kill by Samarah Hill and an ace from Zwiebel to take a 10-7 lead and force Georgia to a timeout.
- Georgia worked its way back to come within one, 13-12. The Tigers went up 14-13, but two straight points from the Bulldogs put them in the lead, 15-14, and force the Tigers to a timeout.
- The Tigers tied the set up at 15-15 with a Bannister kill, but Georgia scored the next two points to take the set 17-15 and the match, 3-2.
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