Bannister Named Volleyball Preseason All-SEC

by Grant Kauvar | Communications Graduate Assistant
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Bannister Named Volleyball Preseason All-SEC

BATON ROUGE – LSU Volleyball’s senior right-side hitter Taylor Bannister earned a spot on the Preseason All-SEC Team and the Tigers were picked fifth in preseason conference coaches poll the league office announced Thursday.

This is the third consecutive year that Bannister has been named Preseason All-SEC. In each of her first three seasons at LSU, Bannister has earned postseason All-SEC honors as well. 

The Missouri City, Texas native’s 1255 career kills ranks 12th in LSU program history. She has tallied over 430 kills in both of the past two seasons and Bannister has averaged 4.04 (2018) and 4.29 (2019) kills per set, both of which rank in the top-seven in program history.

In 18 SEC matches a year ago, Bannister tallied 313 kills, had a hitting percentage of .270 and recorded 20+ kills in seven matches.

In the SEC Preseason Coaches’ Poll, LSU picked up 98 total points. Kentucky was tabbed as the preseason SEC favorite, earning 11 First-Place votes.

The Tigers are set to begin their slate of eight fall matches next Saturday, October 17 in Bryan-College Station against Texas A&M. LSU’s other three opponents for the Fall are Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Alabama. The Tigers’ first home match will be Wednesday, October 21 against Mississippi State.

SEC Preseason Coaches’ Poll (First-Place Votes in Parentheses)

No. Team Points

1 Kentucky (11) 143

2 Florida (2) 132

3 Missouri 120

4 Texas A&M 103

5 LSU 98

6 Georgia 91

7 South Carolina 77

7 Tennessee 77

9 Arkansas 52

10 Ole Miss 40

11 Alabama 34

12 Mississippi State 28

13 Auburn 19

Preseason All-SEC Team

Thayer Hall, Florida

Gabby Curry, Kentucky

Madison Lilley, Kentucky

Alli Stumler, Kentucky

Taylor Bannister, LSU

Kylie Deberg, Missouri

Tyanna Omazic, Missouri

Mikayla Robinson, South Carolina

Camille Conner, Texas A&M