LSU volleyball team tops UTSA in season opener

Cati Leak hammered home a career-best 19 kills on a crisp .304 hitting percentage and tacked on 14 digs en route to her third career double-double as the LSU volleyball team secured a 3-1 victory (25-22, 25-17, 28-30, 25-21) over Texas-San Antonio during the season opener for both teams Friday at the Maravich Center.

With the victory, LSU (1-0) has won 13 of its 16 openers under coach Fran Flory. The Tigers also have won all three meetings with UTSA (0-1).

Malorie Pardo handed out 47 assists to go along with 14 digs as the Tigers turned in a .247 hitting clip. Making her LSU debut, Emily Ehrle chipped in 10 kills on a .333 hitting ratio. Briana Holman came away with seven kills and five blocks in her first match with the Purple & Gold.

Desiree Elliott and Khourtni Fears added eight kills apiece. For Elliott, she became the 20th player in program history to eclipse 1,000 career kills. She also added a career-high 12 digs and three blocks.

On the back row, Katie Lindelow registered 16 digs in her first career start at the libero position. The Tigers also received 11 digs from Laura Whalen.

UTSA was fueled by McKenzie Adams, who ripped 29 kills on a .344 attack percentage and reeled in 20 digs. Brandy Husky garnered 50 assists, and Kasey Kiefer tallied a match-best 26 dig for the Roadrunners.


TEAM STAYS UNDEFEATED: The LSU soccer team extended its home unbeaten streak to five-straight games while continuing its unbeaten run to start the season after playing visiting TCU to a scoreless draw at the LSU Soccer Stadium.

With the draw, the Tigers (2-0-1) extended their home unbeaten streak to five straight games dating to the SEC season a year ago while running their record to 1-1-1 in their three matches all-time against TCU (1-1-1). The LSU defense also pitched its third straight shutout to open the season, marking the first time for the Tigers to post a run of three-straight shutouts.