LSU Volleyball Defeats NAU, 3-1

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LSU Volleyball Defeats NAU, 3-1

BATON ROUGE – The LSU Volleyball team (1-1) got its first win of the season against Northern Arizona (0-2) Saturday afternoon in the PMAC during the final match of the shortened Tiger Classic.

LSU won the first two sets, 25-19, 25-22, but NAU took a tightly contested third set, 27-25 to keep the match rolling. LSU closed the match with a 25-18 win in the fourth set.

Kylie Deberg led LSU with 16 kills and Taylor Bannister added 14 of her own. Bannister added 10 digs for a double-double. Karli Rose ran the offense efficiently with 44 assists. Raigen Cianciulli led LSU with 16 digs.

For NAU, Taylor Jacobsen led the way with 16 kills and 12 digs.

The Tigers played efficiently and out-hit the Lumberjacks, .280-.146. LSU had 57 kills to NAU’s 41.

Set One

  • Early in the first set, LSU and NAU were back and forth in a close one. Kylie Deberg gave LSU a two-point lead with a kill, 8-6.
  • After trading a few more points, NAU tied the set up at 10, but a service error from the Lumberjacks gave LSU the lead once again.
  • The teams continued to trade points and LSU held a 15-14 lead at the media timeout. 
  • With the set tied at 17, LSU went on a 3-0 run before NAU responded to make it, 20-18.
  • With LSU leading, 22-19, the Tigers went on a 3-1 run, including an ace from Karli Rose, to close out the set. Deberg provided the kill to end the set, finishing the set with five kills. Taylor Bannister added four kills of her own and hit .800 in the first set

Set Two

  • LSU began the second set with the same momentum it finished the first set, going up 3-0 early.
  • NAU lessened its deficit to, 6-5, but LSU continued to hold a lead with another couple points. The Lumberjacks ultimately took the lead, 9-8, with a 4-0 scoring run. A NAU service ace evened the score at 9.
  • With the match tied at 11, LSU went on a 4-0 run, including a big Whitney Foreman and Kylie Deberg double-block in the middle, to make it 15-11.
  • NAU kept within striking distance though and eventually decreased its deficit to one, 18-17, forcing LSU to take its first timeout of the set.
  • Out of the timeout, Deberg got a kill and Emmaline Walters provided her first ace, preventing NAU from evening the set to make it 20-17. Foreman went up for a solo block a few points later to give LSU the 22-18 lead late in the set.
  • Some service errors from LSU in the second set, six of them, allowed NAU to stay around and the Tigers called timeout leading, 23-21. 
  • After an LSU point, Karli Rose scored on the second touch to give the Tigers a 25-22 second set win.

Set Three

  • Needing a win in the third set to keep the match alive, NAU got off to a strong 5-2 start to begin set No. 3.
  • LSU tied the set at 6 after a rally where Taylor Bannister provided multiple athletic defensive saves before Karli Rose put the kill away.
  • LSU went up 11-9, but a Deberg attack error and Ella Larkin reception error evened the score at 11.
  • NAU took a lead and eventually made it 17-14, trying to avoid being swept. The Tigers took a timeout, trailing 20-16.
  • The timeout provided LSU some focus as the Tiger scored three straight to make it 20-19, forcing NAU to take its own timeout. Taylor Bannister and Allee Morris got a double-block out of the timeout to tie it up, giving LSU a 4-0 run.
  • Tied at 21, the two teams traded four points, bringing the set to 23 a piece.
  • Deberg earned her 10th kill of the match to give LSU its first match-point, but NAU sided out to even it at 24. Bannister got her ninth kill, but once again NAU scored with its back against the wall.
  • After an NAU ace, the Lumberjacks had a set-point as LSU called timeout.
  • NAU scored another ace out of the timeout to win the set, 27-25.
  • The third set featured 12 ties and six lead changes.

Set Four

  • Taylor Bannister earned her 10th kill of the match early in the fourth set to even the score at 4.
  • Bannister’s 11th kill, flying in from the back row, gave LSU an 8-7 lead, giving LSU the juice to go on a 4-1 run and force a NAU timeout with LSU leading, 12-8.
  • Out of the timeout, Kylie Deberg kept the momentum rolling for LSU with her 11th and 12th kills of the match, giving LSU a five-point lead.
  • NAU went on a 3-0 scoring, two points resulting from LSU errors as the Tigers took timeout.
  • LSU took a 19-15 lead as NAU took a timeout. LSU won the fourth set, 25-18, to clinch the match.