Volleyball Downs Alabama in Four Sets
BATON ROUGE- The LSU volleyball team defeated Alabama in four sets Friday by scores of 25-19, 25-19, 19-25 and 25-21 inside the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. The Tigers are now 10-7 on the season and 4-3 in the SEC. The Crimson Tide moves to 11-6 on the season and 3-3 in the SEC.
Samarah Hill and Sydney Mukes both recorded 13 kills while Raigen Cainciulli led the Tigers with 28 digs on the night. Karli Rose finished the match with her seventh double-double on the year, her third-straight, with 40 assists and 10 digs.
The Tigers will take on No. 13 Florida Sunday at 1:00 p.m. This match will stream live on SEC Network+ and will be available via live stats.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Tigers took the early lead from Alabama on two aces from Samarah Hill and put the Tigers up 3-1 over the Tide. Sydney Mukes and Karli Rose recorded kills to keep the lead over the Tide 7-6.
- Hill tallied another ace to try and regain the momentum for the Tigers. Allee Morris recorded her first kill of the set trying to add points to the board, Alabama still kept the lead 15-12.
- After taking its first timeout of the set LSU came out with a 3-0 run lead by a Whitney Foreman kill to force an Alabama timeout. The Tigers worked to close the Alabama lead and evened the score at 17-17 with kills from Morris and Mukes. LSU took the lead from the Tide 20-18 and forced Alabama to take their final timeout of the set.
- An ace from Emmaline Walters added another point to the board for the Tigers 23-18. Morris came up huge for the Tigers with a block to take set one 25-19.
- In the first set the Tigers hit .086 with Mukes leading the way in kills followed by Karli Rose.
- In the second set Taylor Bannister and Mukes added kills early to put the Tigers in the lead 4-3 over the Tide. These two teams battled back and forth but Mukes tallied another kill to take the lead 10-7 over the Tide.
- Hill also recorded a kill to increase the LSU lead 12-8. Mukes put a ball away to make the lead 15-10 over the Tide. Alabama tried to gain momentum on the Tigers, but Hill responded with a huge block to keep the Tide off the board and forced an Alabama timeout.
- Hill increased the Tiger lead 23-16 over Alabama and closed out the second set scoring the final point. LSU took the second set 25-19 over the Tide.
- The third set started off strong with a block from Morris and Bannister, Hill then put another point up for the Tigers with an ace taking an early 2-0 lead over Alabama. The Tigers fell behind to the Tide, but Hill tallied a kill to put the Tigers within three points of taking the lead.
- Morris recorded a kill, but they remained in the lead 15-8 over LSU. The Tigers couldn’t take the momentum back from the Tide late in the set and was behind 18-8 and forced them to take their first timeout of the set. They came back from the timeout focused and answered with back-to-back Bannister kills to try and cut into the Alabama lead. This forced the Tide to take their first timeout of the set.
- Raigen Cianciulli came through for the Tigers with an ace that added a Tiger point to the board. The Tide remained in the lead 19-12 but the Tigers were fighting back as Foreman and Mukes tallied kills. The Tigers fought back but couldn’t close the door in set three falling 19-25 to the Tide.
- In the fourth set the Tigers came out hot with a kill from Foreman and a block by Hill to put the Tigers in the lead 3-1. Morris tallied a block to keep the Tide off the board and add to an LSU 4-2 lead. Bannister and Foreman recorded blocks to help maintain the 7-4 lead over the Tide. Mukes and Foreman added kills to the board for the Tigers keeping the 11-9 lead.
- The Tide came within one point of LSU, but Bannister answered with a huge kill to keep the Tigers going 16-14 over the Tide. Bannister again from the corner of the court tallied another kill to increase the Tiger lead 19-15.
- Alabama gained momentum on the Tigers but was answered with two back-back kills from Morris and kept the Tiger lead 23-20 over the Tide. Morris closed out the fourth set with the final kill, the Tigers took it 25-21 over the Tide.
- Samarah Hill and Sydeny Mukes both recorded 13 kills on the night. Mukes’ 13 kills was a season-high for her.
- Raigen Ciannciulli tallied a match high of 28 digs.
- It was Karli Rose’s third-straight double-double and her seventh on the year, tallying 40 assists and 10 digs.
FRAN’S FINAL THOUGHTS
On the match overall…
“This was a gut-check match for us. Alabama played super hard and if I were their coach, I would be really proud of their effort. I don’t know that we played as hard as we needed to in order to not allow it to turn into a really difficult match for us but credit to them for pushing us. I’m super proud of our outside, Samarah Hill and Sydney Mukes both had a great performance. Both of them were super efficient and had a ton of kills when our regulars weren’t killing balls for the first time all year. Credit Sydney (Mukes) and Samarah (Hill) for coming through and making sure that our record continues to go into the right direction.”
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