Playing at home for the first time all season, the LSU volleyball team turned in a strong performance early, but could not contain the 14th-ranked Kentucky Wildcats late, falling four sets, 22-25, 25-23, 20-25, 17-25 Wednesday night at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
After splitting the first two sets 1-1, LSU (5-5, 0-1 Southeastern Conference) found it tough to keep pace with the Wildcats (11-2, 1-0) in the final two sets, hitting below .100 for the final two sets of the night and hitting .152 as a whole to Kentucky’s .219.
“It was a great environment ,and it’s fun to play on your home court for the first time, but we have to find a way to bottle that emotion while maintaining our discipline and consistency,” LSU coach Fran Flory said.
The Tigers had three players finish with double-figure kills led by Briana Holman who had 13 to go along with seven blocks. Katie Lindelow put together another double-double effort, earning 12 kills and 10 digs, while freshman Mimi Eugene had 11 with three digs and three blocks.
Malorie Pardo dished out 42 assists on the night, while Haley Smith had another 20-plus dig match, picking up 22 against the Wildcats.
Kentucky’s Lauren O’Conner led all players with 17 kills and hit .314, followed by Anni Thomasson who produced 13 with eight digs and four blocks. A total of five players had at least six kills or more on the night for the Wildcats, with Morgan Bergren leading the way with 44 of the team’s 53 assists.