Volleyball Earns 1,000th Program Victory Over Oregon State
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – The LSU Volleyball team (2-2) won its 1,000th match as a program Friday night, defeating Oregon State (1-2) in Rec Hall in at the Penn State Classic.
LSU will be back in action Saturday night when it takes on No. 17 Penn State to close out the tournament at 7 p.m. CT.
“We showed much better composure,” said head coach Fran Flory. “We found a good combination of people that fed off of each other and we didn’t get frantic. We just had a different level of confidence about us. That was a must win match.”
After dropping their match to Iowa State earlier Friday, the Tigers came out hungry against Oregon State. LSU took the first set, 26-24, but OSU responded in the second set, 25-22. LSU took the third set, 25-21, and the fourth set, 25-22, to clinch the match.
Kylie Deberg led LSU with a double-double, tallying 19 kills and 14 digs. Hannah Brister added 10 kills and fell just short of her own double-double with 9 digs. Ella Larkin earned her first career start and as the Tigers’ setter, she distributed the ball to playmakers around the court with 45 assists and 12 digs for her first career double-double. She also added five blocks.
“I thought Deberg did a good job and you have to credit Larkin for coming in a running the show for us,” said Flory. “She did a great job and showed great experience.”
Ellie Echter was also pivotal for the Tigers, especially in the fourth set when the teams were tied eight times. She finished the match with 6 kills. Anita Anwusi provided a spark off the bench for LSU with six kills and four blocks.
Maddie Goings led the Beavers with 19 kills and Lindsey Schell added 16. Izzi Szulczewski tallied a match-high 52 assists and Grace Massey had a match-high 24 digs.
The Tigers limited their service errors to 5 after recording 14 in the earlier match against Iowa St., which was also four sets.
- The Tigers got off to a quick 3-0 start, but Oregon St. responded with three straight points to even it up before the teams traded points to make it 4-4.
- With LSU down 7-5, Hannah Brister was able to kill a ball despite an Oregon St. serve that got the Tigers out of system. The Tigers knotted it up on the next point when Brister and Whitney Foreman got a combined block. LSU took the lead when Foreman and Ella Larkin got a double-block on the next point as LSU was on its way to a 4-0 run.
- With the score tied at 10 Foreman and Larking combined for another double-block before Larkin and Allee Morris got their own double-block the next point to go up 12-10.
- Oregon St. went on a 3-0 run though to take a 13-12 lead.
- The Tigers took a timeout later in the set, trailing 21-19. The timeout worked as LSU scored three in a row to take lead and force Oregon St. to call its own timeout.
- The Tigers ultimately closed out the set, 26-24.
- Once again the Tigers started 3-0 before Oregon St. scored its first point of the set. Hannah Brister recorder her sixth kill of the match to make it a 4-1 LSU lead.
- Oregon St. went on a 4-0 run to take its first lead of the set, but Brister recorded another kill to even it up at 6.
- The Beavers immediately went on a 4-1 run to stay ahead in the set to take a 10-7 lead.
- LSU called a timeout trailing, 13-10.
- With LSU down 14-11, Brister killed back-to-back balls and then Oregon St. was called for a net violation to even the score at 14. LSU was unable to take the lead though because Oregon State blocked two straight attacks from Brister.
- LSU took a 17-16 lead with kills from Deberg and Foreman, but Oregon St. retook the lead with two-straight points.
- LSU kept it close, but Oregon St. built a three-point, 22-19 lead late in the set and LSU took a timeout. Out of the timeout, LSU went on a 3-1 run and Oregon St. took a timeout with a 23-22 lead over LSU. Oregon St. closed the set though out of the timeout, 25-22.
- LSU began the third set the same way it began the first two, 3-0. Unlike the other two, LSU continued to score as Anita Anwusi notched her first kill of the season to make it 4-0. A few points later Anwusi got her first block of the season as a spark from the bench to make it 6-3 in favor of LSU.
- LSU made it 9-3 when Foreman and Sanaa Dotson went up for a double-block.
- LSU took a seven-point lead on a run that included another big kill from Anwusi to take a 15-8 lead and force an Oregon St. timeout.
- Foreman got a kill to end a 4-1 Oregon St. run out of the timeout to give LSU a 17-12 lead.
- Oregon State went on a 3-0 run from there though, tightening LSU’s lead to 17-15 forcing LSU to take a timeout. Oregon St. fired an ace out of the timeout, got a kill and, block and a kill, extending its run to 7-0 and taking a 19-17 lead over LSU.
- Foreman tallied back-to-back kills to tie the set and Deberg provided a kill after a long rally to re-give LSU a 20-19 lead.
- The following point, Foreman and Larkin recorded a double-block to give LSU a 4-0 run, a 21-19 lead and to force a timeout Oregon St. Out of the timeout, Foreman recorded a solo block to increase LSU’s lead to three.
- Anwusi ended the set with her fourth kill to give LSU a 25-21 win.
- Oregon St. started the fourth set with the momentum, jumping out to a 7-5 lead.
- LSU was hovering around, but Oregon St. was maintaining a 2-3-point lead throughout the first half of the set as neither team was able to go on any significant run.
- Anwusi went up for a powerful solo block to bring LSU within one and the next point Deberg provided a kill, tying the set at 17. Oregon State called timeout.
- Freshman Ellie Echter got a kill out of the timeout to give LSU its first lead of the set, 18-17. She got another kill with the score tied at 18 to give LSU the lead back. Once again, with the score tied at 19, it was Echter who gave LSU an edge.
- With the score tied at 20, Foreman provided the kill to keep LSU ahead. LSU closed it out, 25-22.