After playing its last four matches on the road, the LSU volleyball team returns home Friday to face No. 19 Florida. First serve is set for 7 p.m. at the Maravich Center.
Admission is free courtesy of The Advocate’s “Geaux Free” program. LSU will honor Lauren Waclawczyk and Michele Williams on Senior Night. The first 500 fans will receive LSU volleyball trading cards.
The Tigers (17-8, 10-5 SEC) have won three straight and lead one-match lead over Arkansas by one match in the SEC Western Division. In two of its last three wins, LSU has had to fight off match points.
“This is going to be a tough senior class to say goodbye to because of the impact that they have had on our program,” head coach Fran Flory said. “Not only have they won an SEC championship on the court, they have won the SEC West and been to the NCAA Tournament every year they have been here.”
LSU’s Helen Boyle is the reigning SEC Freshman of the Week. Other key Lady Tigers include Malorie Pardo, Desiree Elliott and Madie Jones.
Florida (18-5, 11-3 SEC) got back on the track with home sweeps over Alabama and Ole Miss after dropping road matches to then No. 20 Tennessee and No. 24 Kentucky. The Gators enter Friday’s contest not only with the SEC and nation’s top hitting percentage of at a .303.
LSU TRAVELS TO NCAA SOUTH CENTRAL REGIONAL: The LSU men’s and women’s cross country teams enter the NCAA South Central Regional on Saturday in Waco, Texas, after finishing in 10th and 12th place respectively at the Southeastern Conference Championships.
LSU senior Cullen Doody capped off his final conference championship race with a 19th place performance to lead the tigers. His time over 8,000 meters is the 20th best in the SEC this season.
Charlene Lipsey led the Lady Tigers at the SEC Championship, finishing in 60th place with a time of 22:31.40.
Leigh-Ann Naccari was next to finish for LSU with a 67th place time of 22:49.14.
The women’s race is slated for an 11:15 a.m. start and the men’s race is set for 10 a.m.