Baton Rouge, La. – The LSU Volleyball team beat Ole Miss in dominant fashion, winning all three sets on Saturday afternoon in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
LSU took the first set 25-22. The Tigers used a comeback to win 27-25 in the second set. The third set was won easily by LSU, 25-13.
“I thought we played a mature match,” said head coach Fran Flory. “Our upperclassmen took over and really stabilized us, making sure we executed on a high enough level to succeed today.”
The Tigers will be back in the PMAC on Sunday taking on Ole Miss again. The match is set to begin at 1 p.m. CT. Sunday’s match will be available for viewing on SECN+.
LSU was dominant when it came to kills, finishing the match with a hitting percentage of .269 compared to Ole Miss’ .175.
“The fact that we had 19 kills in the second set alone speaks volume about what type of volleyball match it was,” said Flory. “You have to credit our backcourt and our ball control people.”
The Tigers were led on offense by Taylor Bannister who finished with 12 kills and Paige Flickinger who finished with a career-high 20 kills. Karli Rose had a nice night, finishing with 36 assists for the match.
“Paige is probably the best all-around volleyball player on our roster,” said Flory. “Karli did a great job of creating for her.”
How it Happened
- Taylor Bannister started off the set with back-to-back kills to give LSU an early 2-0 lead.
- LSU continued a dominating stretch of scoring and jumped out to a 6-1 lead, forcing Ole Miss to call a timeout.
- The teams traded points out of the timeout. A Paige Flickinger kill gave LSU an 11-6 lead, but Ole Miss immediately responded with a kill of its own.
- Ole Miss mounted a comeback, cutting LSU’s lead to one. The Tigers called a timeout, leading 13-12.
- LSU was able to weather the storm, holding off the Ole Miss comeback and winning the opening set 25-22.
- Both teams exchanged points to start the second set, with Ole Miss jumping out to an early 6-4 lead.
- LSU called a timeout after Ole Miss extended its lead to four, leading 8-4.
- A kill by Dylan Maberry started a 5-1 scoring run for the Tigers that cut the Ole Miss lead to three. Ole Miss called a timeout leading 13-10.
- A Flickinger kill tied the score at 15, but Ole Miss quickly took the lead back.
- The Tigers called a timeout, trailing Ole Miss 20-18. LSU faced set point with Ole Miss holding a 24-22 lead, but the Tigers claws to tie it up.
- Using a late comeback, LSU won the second set 27-25.
- A Hannah Brister kill got LSU on the scoreboard to start the third set. The Tigers quickly jumped out to a 3-1 lead.
- LSU extended its lead to five, forcing Ole Miss to call a timeout. The Tigers led 8-3.
- The teams went back-and-forth with scoring as the set went on.
- After an attacking error that benefitted the Tigers, Ole Miss trailed LSU 17-10 and were forced to call another timeout.
- From there, it was all LSU. The Tigers won the third set 25-13 and closed out the match.