Volleyball Falls at No. 8 Texas A&M in Five Sets

by Lacey Dodson | Communications Student Assistant
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Volleyball Falls at No. 8 Texas A&M in Five Sets

BRYAN COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The LSU volleyball team fell in a hard fought match at No. 8 Texas A&M in Reed Arena Sunday afternoon in five sets by scores of 25-23, 22-25, 27-25, 15-25 and 10-15. The Tigers fell to 0-2 on the season while Texas A&M advanced to 2-0. 

LSU is set to return home for two matches this week against Mississippi State. The matches will take place on Wednesday, October 21 and Thursday, October 22 both will begin at 6 p.m. CT. Wednesday’s match will air on ESPNU and Thursday’s will be streamed on the SEC Network +.

Senior right side hitter Taylor Bannister recorded a double-double for the second match in a row with 27 kills and 11 digs. She also had two services aces. Sophomore outside hitter Samarah Hill also recorded a double-double, the fifth of her career, with 14 digs and 12 kills. 

Freshman outside hitter Paige Flickinger earned her first career start on Sunday and finished 19 digs, six kills and three service aces. Sophomore setter Karli Rose led the Tigers with 45 assists.

Morgan Christon finished with a double-double for the Aggies, totaling 14 kills and 12 digs. Mallory Talbert also had a double-double with 12 kills and 10 blocks. Camille Connor had 49 assists.

HOW IT HAPPENED 

SET ONE

  • In the first set LSU evened the score 5-5 on a 4-0 scoring run. The Tigers took the lead, 8-7, for the first time in the set behind an ace from Freshman Paige Flickinger
  • Allee Morris kept the momentum going for the Tigers and kept the one-point lead 10-9 over the Aggies. 
  • Taylor Bannister recorded a kill adding onto the LSU lead 12-9 as LSU went on a 4-0 scoring run to force an Aggie timeout. 
  • LSU kept the lead 15-13 over the Aggies behind a huge kill from Bannister. TAMU took the lead, 18-17, late in the set and forced the Tigers to take their first timeout. 
  • Returning from the timeout LSU evened the score at 18 with a block from Bannister to keep the Aggies off the board. Samarah Hill recorded two crucial kills to spark the LSU lead 22-20 late in the set. 
  • LSU solidified their third 4-0 scoring run of the set taking the four-point lead over the Aggies 24-20. TAMU worked their way back and trailed LSU 24-23. The LSU defense stopped an Aggie comeback and secured the set for the Tigers 25-23. The final point was reviewed, but ultimately the call was upheld as LSU took an early lead.

SET TWO

  • In the second set, Bannister came out swinging and recorded three kills to put the Tigers on top, 3-1, over the Aggies. TAMU took an 8-4 lead over LSU and forced the first timeout of the set. 
  • Bannister recorded a kill from the back row to put the Tigers within two points of the TAMU lead, 12-10. The Aggies kept pressing and took the 18-13 lead over the Tigers and LSU took their final timeout. 
  • Returning from the timeout Allee Morris tallied a kill, cutting into the lead 18-14 to try and gain some momentum. LSU bounced back on a 5-0 scoring run and forced the Aggies to take their first timeout of the set. The Tigers couldn’t close it out offensively though and dropped the second set, 25-22.

SET THREE 

  • Morris started out the third set for the Tigers with a kill that evened the score at 2 early on. 
  • Hill added a kill to put the Tigers in the lead 11-10 for the first time in the set. After a 3-0 TAMU run, Bannister recorded a kill to even the score at 13.
  • The Tigers fell behind late in the set but closed within one point, 20-19 with a kill from Hill. The Aggies took the 21-19 lead at the end of the set and forced LSU’s last timeout.
  •  Bannister added a big kill to keep the Aggies from closing out the set and Flickinger followed that up with an ace to give LSU a 25-24 lead. 
  • The Tigers closed out the set behind crucial defense, 27-25.

SET FOUR  

  • Hill kicked things off for the Tigers in the fourth set with a kill at the end of a long rally to put the first point on the board. 
  • Anita Anwusi added two big blocks on the court to increase the Tigers’ lead 8-6. TAMU gained momentum on a scoring run and took the lead, 12-9 over the Tigers, forcing LSU to call a timeout. 
  • TAMU went on a 7-0 scoring run and increased their lead to 16-9, forcing an LSU timeout. Flickinger added a kill to try to cut into the 22-12 Aggie lead, but LSU couldn’t stop the TAMU momentum and lost the fourth set, 25-15, as the Aggies forced a deciding set.

SET FIVE

  • In the fifth set Hill recorded two kills to even the score at 2.
  • LSU went on a 4-0 scoring run to take the three-point lead 7-4 over TAMU. 
  • The Aggies tied it in the middle of the set 9-9 and forced an LSU timeout. 
  • LSU couldn’t finish out the set and lost 15-10 to the TAMU, 3-2.

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