The LSU volleyball team will look to build on its five-set comeback win over Texas A&M and continue its stretch of three matches over a five-day span as Ole Miss visits the Maravich Center on Friday night.
Last time out, LSU (10-3, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) emerged with its third five-set comeback victory from down 2-0 on the season. The win over Texas A&M gave coach Fran Flory her 400th career victory.
Ole Miss (10-7, 0-4) has fallen to then-No. 3 Florida, then-No. 19 Kentucky and Arkansas among its four SEC losses.
The Rebels have five players that have 100-plus kills for the season. Ty Laporte has tallied 2.44 kills and 0.73 blocks per set, while Nakeyta Clair has added 2.24 kills and 1.15 blocks per set. Clair’s 1.15 stuffs per set are good enough for fourth on the SEC leaderboard. On the back row, Kristen Brashear has checked in with a team-leading 3.15 digs per set.
“We’ve got two tough matches ahead of us this weekend,” Flory said. “After a long road trip back, we’ll have to recover. Our matches with Ole Miss are always a grind.”
First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. Admission is free.
The first 500 fans will add LSU sunglasses to their collection as part of “Sand Volleyball Night.” Players of the new LSU sand volleyball program will be introduced in between sets two and three.
NO REST FOR LADY TIGERS: In Chapel Hill, N.C., the back half of a six-round in nine-day odyssey continues Friday at the UNC Finley Golf Course in the Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational.
Coach Karen Bahnsen is hoping that the final three rounds this weekend can bring home results as good as or better than the first half of the schedule through the Schooner Invite in Norman, Okla.
LSU finished in a tie for third in the event and junior Madelene Sagstrom posted a 66 in the final round to win by two strokes her first individual collegiate title.
LSU, MISSOURI TO MEET FOR FIRST TIME IN BATON ROUGE: SEC-leading LSU will put its six-game unbeaten streak on the line Friday when it welcomes Missouri at 7 p.m. at the LSU Soccer Stadium.
The Tigers (8-3-2, 4-0-1 SEC) are unbeaten in five matches to open SEC play for the first time in program history as they top the league table with 13 points. They are also unbeaten in their last eight SEC regular-season matches with a 7-0-1 mark dating to last season.
The team’s eight-game SEC unbeaten run in the regular season includes a 3-1 road win over No. 16 Missouri in the inaugural match between the two teams in Columbia last season.
Missouri (6-6-1, 2-2-1) has found its form in recent weeks, blanking No. 8 Florida 1-0 in Columbia on Sept. 29.
“Consistency is something that is difficult to maintain in our conference because of the quality of each opponent we face week in and week out,” LSU coach Brian Lee said. “That’s the challenge we face this week with a great Missouri team coming in tomorrow night.”
Admission is free.
TWO DOUBLES TEAMS ADANCE TO SECOND ROUND, FOUR ADVANCE TO THIRD ROUND OF SINGLES AT ITA SOUTHERN REGIONAL: In Tuscaloosa, Ala., the LSU men’s had a successful first day at the ITA Southern Regional hosted by Alabama.
The Tigers had two doubles teams advance to the second round and had four advance through the first two rounds of the singles main draw.
Justin Butsch and Harrison Kennedy started things with an 8-2 win against and Rui Silva and Blake Gregor of New Orleans.
LSU’s Andrew Korinek and Tam Trinh won a tight match against South Alabama’s Gerhard Gruindelingh and Manuel Belda 8-7(3).
In singles, Korinek had a 6-4, 6-0 victory over South Alabama’s Juan Troglia. Butsch also came away with a victory, beating UNO’s Michael Binder 6-2, 6-3. LSU’s Trinh advanced with a 6-3, 1-6, 6-1 victory over Samford’s Fares Kilani.
In second-round singles, Chris Simpson, the No. 2 seed, dominated Tulane’s Cedric Rutsaert 6-2, 6-0. Korinek came away with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Tulane’s Sebastian Rey. Boris Arias advanced to the third round after a 6-1, 4-6, 6-1 victory over UL-Lafayette’s William Huyton.
Trinh had a clutch victory over South Alabama’s Gruindelingh. After dropping a close first set 7-6(4), Trinh fired back with a clutch 7-6(6) second set victory. In the decisive third set, Trinh emerged with a 6-2 win to take the match.
Kennedy was defeated after he retired in the third set against Dan Cochrane of Auburn. Cochrane was ahead 6-2, 5-5 at the time. 2013 ITA Southern Regional
Doubles Second Round
Andrew Korinek/Tam Trinh (LSU) vs. Dennis Lengsfeld/Lukas Ollert (Auburn), 8:30 a.m.
Justin Butsch/Harrison Kennedy (LSU) vs. Hunter Johnson/Yates Johnson (Louisiana-Lafayette), 8:30 a.m.
Singles Third Round
No. 29 Chris Simpson (LSU) vs. Robin Haden (Mississippi State), 11:30 a.m.
Andrew Korinek (LSU) vs. Blake Gregor (New Orleans), 10 a.m.
Boris Arias (LSU) vs. Dennis Lengsfeld (Auburn), 10 a.m.
Tam Trinh (LSU) vs. No. 112 Dominik Koepfer (Tulane), 11:30 a.m.