FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The LSU volleyball team was held to an .077 hitting percentage, its second-lowest output of the season, as the Tigers were handed a 3-0 defeat by Arkansas (20-25, 19-25, 22-25) on Wednesday.
With the victory, Arkansas (15-8, 7-5 Southeastern Conference) jumped into a first-place tie with LSU (14-8, 7-5) atop the SEC Western Division standings.
It also marked the Razorbacks first win over the Tigers since 2005, a stretch of 11 matches. The last time LSU dropped consecutive SEC West matches was versus Ole Miss and Alabama during October 2004.
The Razorbacks were paced by Jasmine Norton, who powered home 12 kills and added seven digs. Arkansas also received solid all-around performances as Amanda Anderson compiled eight kills on a match-best .350 hitting percentage and tacked on a match-high six blocks, while Roslandy Acosta chipped in six kills and four blocks.
Reigning SEC Defensive Player of the Week, Christa Alvarez, secured 14 digs. Kelli Stipanovich also reeled in 14 digs and slapped five kills for the Hogs.
For LSU, Desiree Elliott cranked a match-high 14 kills to go along with five digs and three blocks. During the first two sets, she had eight spikes on a .571 hitting clip.
LSU’s Madie Jones was limited to eight kills, her lowest total since a 3-0 setback at No. 13 Florida on Oct. 9. Michele Williams and Nicole Willis garnered seven and four kills, respectively, but both posted negative hitting ratios.
LSU continues its four-match road trip Sunday at Mississippi State. First serve is on tap for 1 p.m. and the match will be carried on CST.
LSU NO. 2 IN SEC IN GRADUATION SUCCESS RATE: LSU posted the second highest graduation rate in the Southeastern Conference in the sport of football according to the NCAA’s Graduation Success Rate data that was released Tuesday.
LSU football’s Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 77 trails only Vanderbilt’s mark of 86. The only other SEC football program with a GSR above 70 is Florida at 76.
LSU RISES TO NO. 2 IN GOLF COACHES POLL: The LSU women’s golf team moved up one more spot Wednesday to second, when the latest Golf Digest/National Golf Coaches Associations women’s college golf poll was released.
LSU received two of the 24 first place votes and 541 points to move from third to second, while defending national champion UCLA remained in first, getting 22 first place votes and 597 points. Alabama moved from fourth to third (521 points) while North Carolina is now fourth from fifth (503).
Three teams in spots 5-7 made big moves as Auburn moved from 16th to fifth (483), Oklahoma State from 19th to sixth (407) and Vanderbilt from 15th to seventth (407). No. 2 USC dropped to eighth and Arizona State and Florida round out the top 10.
LSU has completed its fall season with two team wins and an individual victory for defending NCAA champion Austin Ernst. LSU won the College of Charleston Cougar Classic and the Tar Heel Invitational. LSU’s spring season begins in February.