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November 26, 2012
The LSU volleyball team wraps up the season and hosting Arkansas as part of ESPNU’s Wednesday Night Showcase at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
First serve is set for 8 p.m., and fans will have the opportunity to “Geaux Free” compliments of the Advocate.
Fans are encouraged to participate in “Geaux Give Thanks” and bring canned goods that be collected at each PMAC entrance to benefit the Baton Rouge Food Bank. Gates will open one hour before first serve.
LSU will honor Sam Delahoussaye, Victoria Jacobsen, Madie Jones and Meghan Mannari as part of Senior Night for their contributions to the program following the match.
LSU (12-16, 8-11 Southeastern Conference) is looking to snap a season-high three-match losing streak, its longest in SEC play since 2004. Arkansas (21-8, 12-6 SEC) has registered three consecutive victories and will likely qualify for the program’s first NCAA tournament since 2006.
Earlier this season, the Razorbacks claimed a four-set victory over LSU. Arkansas had a .310 team hitting percentage for the match behind Roslandy Acosta and Janeliss Torres-Lopez’s 15 kills apiece. Torres-Lopez committed only one error during her 20 swings en route to a blistering .700 ratio. For the season, Torres-Lopez is ranked among the SEC’s Top 10 with a .350 hitting clip and has tallied a team-leading 111 blocks for a 1.02 per set average.
LSU’s defense bottled up the SEC’s active kills leader, Jasmine Norton, to a negative hitting percentage when the two teams met in Fayetteville. She has 400 kills this season, and her 3.67 per set average is sixth in the SEC.
LSU’s Jones has 3.89 kills per set during conference place, fourth-best among the SEC leaders. She has 1,099 career kills and heads into Wednesday’s match 12 spikes away from moving past former All-American Brittnee Cooper (2006-09) for 15th place on the program’s all-time list.
LSU’s back row duo of Sam Delahoussaye and Meghan Mannari has been a big part of the Tigers averaging a SEC-leading 16.93 digs per set.
Delahoussaye will finish her career by playing in all 121 matches over her four years. She has 1,056 career digs, good for No. 12 on LSU’s all-time list.