LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The LSU volleyball team won a pair of matches on Friday on the first day of the Hotel Encanto Classic at the Pan American Center on the New Mexico State campus.

LSU (5-1) defeated Arkansas-Little Rock, 25-17, 25-22, 24-26, 25-13 in its first match of the day and followed with a 25-7, 25-15, 25-13 victory over Grambling.

Against UALR, Desiree Elliott connected for a match-high 14 kills but was held to a season-low .147 hitting percentage. She added four blocks.

Helen Boyle had 11 kills, nine digs and four blocks.

LSU (4-1) had a .176 hitting percentage and notched a season-high 23 attack miscues.

But the Tiger defense registered a season-best 12 blocks and limited UALR (2-3) to a .050 hitting clip, aided by 30 Trojan attack errors.

Making her first career start at setter, Shelby Pursley handed out a career-high 36 assists and added 10 digs. It was Pursley’s first career double-double.

Against Grambling (0-5), LSU’s freshman trio of Marissa Maas, Madi Mahaffey and Avery Striebel posted career-highs to claim double digit kills.

Maas had 10 kills on 11 swings for a .909 hitting clip. It was second-best single match effort in program history for a player registering 10-14 attempts.

Mahaffey added 11 kills on a .667 hitting ratio and added two blocks, while Striebel belted 10 kills in addition to six digs. Madie Jones and Nicole Willis turned in nine and six kills, respectively.

Pursley directed the LSU’s offense to a .524 hitting percentage as the Tigers cranked out 51 kills on 82 swings with only eight hitting miscues for the match.

Pursley dished out 36 assists to go along with three digs and two kills.

LSU concludes the Hotel Encanto Classic on Saturday with a 3 p.m. match against New Mexico State.

Men’s golf

TIGERS IN PRESEASON TOP 20 IN GOLF WORLD RANKING: After earning a pair of top 25 finishes at the NCAA Championships in each of the past two seasons, the LSU men’s golf program open the 2011-12 season next weekend ranked among the top 20 teams in the country, coming in at No. 17 in the Golf World/Nike Golf Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 poll released this week.

LSU kicks off its season Sept. 9-11 at The Farm in Rocky Face, Ga., to compete at the 2011 Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic.

The Tigers are one of six teams from the Southeastern Conference ranked in the Top 20, joining No. 3 Alabama, No. 7 Florida, No. 9 Auburn, No. 10 Arkansas and No. 15 Georgia.

Golf World/Nike Golf Coaches’ Preseason Top 25

Team (Points) 2011 NCAA Finish

1. UCLA (461) Elite 8

2. Oklahoma State (449) Final 4

3. Alabama (433) 14

4. Georgia Tech (413) Elite 8

5. Texas (395) T12

6. Texas A&M (326) 9

7. Florida (320) 23

8. Duke (298) Final 4

9. Auburn (271) DNP

10. Arkansas (256) 15

11. Southern California (253) T12

12. Stanford (248) DNP

13. Illinois (244) Elite 8

14. San Diego State (196) T16

15. Georgia (188) 2

16. Clemson (187) DNP

17. LSU (176) 21

18. Washington (141) DNP

19. Iowa (129) T10

20. Ohio State (127) Elite 8

21. Virginia (99) DNP

22. Augusta State (94) 1

23. Texas Tech (74) DNP

24. California (72) T19

25. Oklahoma (65) 28

Women’s golf

LSU RANKED FOURTH IN FIRST GOLF COACHES POLL: The LSU women’s golf team, coming off its best finish - third in the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship in May - is ranked fourth in the first of the Golf World/National Golf Coaches Association Poll announced this week.

LSU received first-place votes from three of the 32 coaches who vote in the poll.

UCLA, the defending champion, received 22 first-place votes with rival USC second, getting six first-places votes.

The Southeastern Conference is well-represented with eight teams - Alabama (3), LSU (4), Arkansas (10), Tennessee (11), Vanderbilt (15), Florida (16), Georgia (17) and Auburn (18).

Tulane is ranked 24th in the poll.

The LSU women open their season on Sept. 11 at the 54-hole Cougar Classic, the first of four tournaments in the fall portion of the season, highlighted by the Mason Rudolph NCAA Fall Preview at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn.

LSU returns three players including defending NCAA Division I champion Austin Ernst, who also advanced to the semifinals of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship last month. Also back are seniors Jacqueline Hedwall of Sweden and Tessa Teachman of Baton Rouge.

Golf World/NGCA Coaches Poll

(with first place votes in parentheses and total points):

1. UCLA (22) 707

2. USC (6) 651

3. Alabama (1) 633

4. LSU (3) 554

5. Virginia 483

6. Purdue 482

7. Duke 479

8. Arizona State 458

9. North Carolina 406

10. Arkansas 405

11. Tennessee 401

12. Arizona 389

13. California 385

14. Wake Forest 335

15. Vanderbilt 320

16. Florida 315

17. Georgia 241

18. Auburn 216

19. Michigan State 188

20. Texas A&M 135

21. Stanford 133

22. Pepperdine 128

23. Texas 118

24. Tulane 102

25. Notre Dame 97