Volleyball Falls to Alabama in Four Sets

by Lacey Dodson | Communications Student
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Volleyball Falls to Alabama in Four Sets

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The LSU volleyball team fell to Alabama in four sets on Sunday by scores of 21-25, 25-21, 25-18, and 25-21 in Foster Auditorium. The Tigers fall to 2-3 on the season while Alabama moves to 2-5.

LSU is set to take on the Alabama again on Monday afternoon for the Tigers’ final road match of the Fall. First serve is slated for 1 p.m. CT and the match will stream on the SEC Network+. LSU will wrap up its Fall schedule at home against Ole Miss November 24-25.

After not having competed since October 22, LSU came out of the gates strong, hitting .600 in the first set with zero hitting errors as the Tigers took an early lead. The offensive productivity proved to be unsustainable though as LSU was ultimately outhit by Alabama .310-.272 throughout the entirety of the four sets. After claiming the first set, LSU dropped the next three sets as Alabama got their second win of the Fall on its senior day.

Freshman Paige Flickinger recorded a double-double for the second consecutive match with 10 kills and a team-high 16 digs. Senior Taylor Bannister had a team-high 15 kills and needs only three more join the Top-10 of LSU career kills list. Freshmen Alia Williams had eight kills, the most yet in her young career. The sophomore setter Karli Rose added three kills as well to go with her 40 assists. Sophomore Anita Anwusi played with force at the net tallying three solo blocks and another block assist. She also added 10 kills of her own.

Alabama’s Kennedy Muckelroy and Alyiah Wells each had 17 kills and four Alabama players had 10 or more digs. Alabama had 12 seven total service aces, led by Muckelroy who had four on her own.

HOW IT HAPPENED 

SET ONE

  • The Tigers and the Crimson Tide battled the lead off one another early but eventually tied the set at 4. Alabama took a one-point lead but a big kill from Whitney Foreman tied the score again at 5. 
  • Alabama took the 9-7 lead, but a kill from Taylor Bannister put the Tigers within one point, 9-8. A kill from Anita Anwusi a few points later evened the score at 12 The Tigers took their first lead, 13-12, on a service error from Alabama and continued their lead 15-13.
  • Alia Williams recorded her first kill of the day to make the score 18-15, forcing Alabama to call their first timeout of the set. LSU went on a 5-0 scoring run behind big kills from Williams and Bannister to increase their lead, 21-15, and forced Alabama to take their final timeout of the set.  
  • The Tide looked to gain momentum on a 3-0 scoring run to get within three points of the lead, forcin LSU to call its first timeout. Anwusi added a kill to the board, 23-19, in favor of the Tigers and she closed out the first set for the Tigers with a nother kill a few points later to give LSU the 25-21 first-set win.
  • LSU hit .600 in the first set and recorded no hitting errors. The last time LSU hit over .500 in a set was against Georgia in 2016.

SET TWO

  • With the score tied at one, Williams gave LSU its first lead of the set with a kill. Alabama took momentum though when it went on a 4-0 scoring run to take a 5-2 lead. Flickinger earned two of LSU’s next three points though as the match was evened at 5.
  • Bannister added a huge kill from the back row to even the score at 6 for the Tigers, and Anwusi added a block to keep the score even at 7 as the set went back and forth between the two teams. Bannister added a kill to give the Tigers a 9-8 lead. 
  • The Tide went on a 4-0 scoring run, but a kill from Flickinger broke up Alabama’s momentum to move the Tigers within two, 15-13.
  • The Tide increased their lead to 19-15 and forced the Tigers to take their first timeout of the set. Alabama went on a 3-0 scoring run to make it 22-16 over LSU and forced the Tigers’ final timeout of the set. 
  • Back from the timeout Bannister added a kill to try to cut into the Alabama lead, 22-17. Flickinger tallied two kills to move LSU within four points of the Tide, 23-19, forcing an Alabama timeout. 
  • Bannister added an ace to make it 23-20, but despite fighting back late in the set LSU couldn’t complete second set comeback and fell, 25-21.

SET THREE 

  • Flickinger got things started for the Tigers in the third set with a kill to take the lead 2-1 over the Tide. Rose added her first kill of the day to even the score at 4.
  • Alabama took the lead, but a kill from Foreman cut into the Tide lead to make it 10-8. A few points later Amwusi recorded a kill to even the match at 11. 
  • After Alabama retook the lead, Rose tallied another kill to put the Tigers within one point of the Tide, 14-13. Alabama went on to take a four-point lead, 18-14, over the Tigers and forced LSU’s first timeout of the set. The Crimson Tide went on a 5-0 scoring run, moving the score to 21-14 as LSU was forced to call another timeout 
  • Returning from the timeout Bannister added a kill to try and cut into the Alabama lead, 21-15. Anwusi tallied a kill to move LSU closer to the Tide, 24-17 and forced Alabama to take their first timeout of the set. Despite trying to bounce back late in the set, LSU couldn’t capitalize and fell, 25-18. 

SET FOUR 

  • Anwusi came up with a big block for the Tigers to take the lead 3-2, followed by a kill from Bannister to move the lead to 4-2. The Tide bounced back and evened the score at 5, but a kill from Foreman put the Tigers back in the lead, 7-6. 
  • After Alabama gained some momentum and the lead, LSU evened the score at 12. LSU and Alabama traded points as Anwusi was able to get a big block and another kill to give LSU a 15-14 lead.
  • Alabama retook the lead, but Williams added a kill to even the score at 18 as LSU looked to gain some momentum with hopes of forcing a fifth set. Alabama denied LSU from gaining that momentum though and scored two straight points, forcing LSU to take their first timeout of the set. 
  • Out of the timeout Alabama recorded two more points and LSU was on its last leg. Foreman and Bannister recorded back-to-back kills though as LSU would not go away quietly, but a few point later Alabama was able to come away victorious, 25-21.

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