LSU volleyball team hosts Tiger Classic

The LSU volleyball team will begin its season by hosting the Tiger Classic Friday and Saturday at the Maravich Center.

The Tigers will take on Texas-San Antonio at 7 p.m. Friday, UC Davis 10 a.m. Saturday and San Diego State at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

“These three teams are three quality programs,” coach Fran Flory said. “UTSA is coached by one of my former college teammates at Texas (Laura Neugebauer-Groff) so I know their system. She is a great coach, and they’re going to be a tough foe. UC Davis is going to be a scrappy team, a great ball control team and a very solid team who is not going to give us much.

“San Diego State is a team that’s up and coming. They are a big physical team that’s coached by a former Olympian (Deitrre Collins-Parker).”

LSU returns five starters and adds five newcomers eager to make an early impact.

Helen Boyle, Desiree Elliott and Malorie Pardo have garnered All-Southeastern Conference accolades during their careers. Elliott earned a All-Southeastern Conference Preseason Team selection.

Among the newcomers are Emily Ehrle and Laura Whalen, who join the Tigers from Texas Tech and Texas State. Briana Holman was listed among Volleyball Magazine’s Fab 50. In addition to Ehrle, the sophomore class features returning starters in Khourtni Fears and Cati Leak coupled with Katie Lindelow and Haley Smith.

Soccer

HOSTS TCU ON FRIDAY NIGHT: The football team is not the only LSU team playing TCU this weekend.

The Tigers and Horned Frogs square off in soccer at 7 p.m. Friday at the LSU Soccer Stadium.

The Tigers (2-0) have scored shutouts in their first two matches, starting the with a 1-0 victory against Louisiana Tech on Aug. 23 and a 6-0 victory over Louisiana-Monroe on Tuesday night.

LSU is ranked No. 25 nationally in the TopDrawerSoccer.com Top 25.

The Horned Frogs (1-1) have split their two matches at a trip to the Montana Tournament in Missoula, Mont., last weekend. After dropping a 4-3 decision to Wyoming on Aug. 23, TCU defeated Air Force 2-1 on Sunday.

“This will be a big step up in competition for our team against TCU (Friday) night. It really starts a run of six nonconference games against teams we think have a legitimate chance to make the NCAA tournament this season,” LSU coach Brian Lee said.

The Tigers have featured a diverse attack with five-goal scorers netting their seven goals. Alex Arlitt and Fernanda Pina each scored two goals in the victory over ULM. Jodi Calloway, Lexi Gibbs and freshman Summer Clarke have each scored a goal apiece through two matches. Freshman Emma Fletcher leads the SEC with three assists.

Senior goalkeeper Megan Kinneman has 13 career shutouts.

Men’s golf

THOMPSON NAMED ‘PLAYER TO WATCH’ BY GOLF WORLD MAGAZINE: For the second straight season, All-SEC and All-American Curtis Thompson was named among Golf World’s top 50 collegiate players in the country with the release of the magazine’s “Players to Watch” on Thursday afternoon ahead of the start of the 2013-14 season next weekend.

Thompson is coming off a sophomore season in 2012-13 in which he was named a first-team All-SEC performer and a Golfweek honorable mention All-America selection for his efforts.

Thompson was the team’s top scorer a year ago when he posted a career-low average of 72.9 strokes per round. He earned two top-five and five top-10 finishes in his 13 tournament starts during his sophomore season.

Women’s golf

LADY TIGERS NO. 22 IN FIRST COACHES POLL; GOLF WORLD LISTS SAGSTROM IN ITS TOP 50 PLAYERS: The LSU women’s golf team is tied for No. 22 in the Golf World/Women’s Golf Coaches Association Division I college women’s preseason coaches poll.

The Lady Tigers begin their season at the Cougar Classic hosted by the College of Charleston, Sept. 8-10.

Also, LSU junior Madelene Sagstrom, who last year led the team in stroke average at 73.59 and was named first-team All-SEC, has been listed by Golf World magazine as one of the top 50 players to watch in 2014-15.

Sagstrom narrowly missed twice in the spring winning her first collegiate tourney, taking second at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate and the LSU Tiger Golf Classic.

Defending NCAA champion Southern Cal starts its title defense as the top-ranked team. The Trojans claimed 26 of the 29 first-place votes. Alabama is No. 2, while Duke claimed the No. 3 spot,.

LSU is tied with Northwestern for No. 22.

Softball

TEAM Accepting 2014 Season Ticket Deposits: Season ticket deposits for the 2014 LSU softball season are being accepted at www.LSUtix.net.

The $25 deposits are for new season-ticket holders only and will go toward the full price of a season ticket. The deadline for $25 deposits is Oct. 31. Information on season-ticket renewals and single-game tickets will be distributed at a later date by the LSU ticket office.