LSU’s offense exploded for a .403 team hitting percentage - its best effort since opening weekend - and the Tiger volleyball team had a quartet of players post double-figure kills during a 3-1 triumph over Georgia (25-18, 19-25, 25-16, 25-13) on Friday in the program’s annual Pink Match to promote breast cancer awareness at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
LSU (12-6, 5-3 Southeastern Conference) picked up its sixth straight win over the Bulldogs (8-11, 4-5) as Malorie Pardo produced a match-high 49 assists to go along with nine digs. She was just shy of her team-leading seventh double-double of the season.
“We had to bounce back, our pride was hurt a little bit after the Florida match,” LSU coach Fran Flory said in a university release. “I credit our players because they worked really hard this week in practice. We know that taking care of our home court conference matches are the keys to success in championship type seasons. Our team takes pride in playing on our home court. Certainly, they did of protecting tonight.”
Desiree Elliott, Madie Jones, Michele Williams and Nicole Willis each had double figures in kills to combine for 48 of LSU’s 59 spikes on the match. All four players connected for over a .300 hitting percentage.
Jones led the way with a match-high 16 kills with four digs and three blocks.
Meghan Mannari fueled the back row with a match-best 17 digs, her 15th time in 17 appearances she has corralled 10 or more digs on the season. Sam Delahoussaye and Helen Boyle reeled in 10 digs each as LSU’s back row held a commanding 63-39 digs advantage.
LSU continues its four-match homestand on Sunday against Auburn in a key SEC Western Division contest.
First serve is slated for 1 p.m. at the PMAC.
The match will be televised live by CST.