The LSU football team isn’t the only team on campus that will hit the road this weekend looking for early season success.
The LSU soccer team will face Rice in Houston as the Tigers play their fourth straight away match to continue a five-game road swing.
In Las Cruces, N.M., the LSU volleyball team takes the court against Arkansas-Little Rock, Grambling and host New Mexico State as Fran Flory’s team plays its second tournament of the season.
LSU meets UALR at 1:30 p.m. Friday before facing Grambling at 6 p.m. Its match against New Mexico State is set for 3 p.m. Saturday.
Kickoff for the soccer team is 7 p.m. Friday.
Brian Lee’s team will look to get back on track after suffering a 1-0 setback at N.C. State earlier this week, but it won’t be easy against a hot Rice defense. In three matches this season, the Owls have allowed only one goal and are giving up just 7.7 shots per game.
Rice and LSU are meeting for the first time.
Behind a pair of All-Conference USA performers in defender Amy Begar and midfielder Hope Ward, Rice (2-1) has shut out McNeese State and TCU since losing to Texas Tech in its opener.
LSU (1-2) scored a 3-0 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette in its second match after falling at Memphis to start the season.
The Tigers will return to Houston on Tuesday night for a matchup with the University of Houston. Their first home match at the newly renovated LSU Soccer Stadium is Sept. 9 against Oregon.
The volleyball team brings a 3-1 mark to the New Mexico State Tournament having swept by Alcorn State, Louisiana-Lafayette and Jacksonville State in the Tiger Classic last weekend, then dropping a 3-2 decision against Miami in the tournament finale.
Meghan Mannari and Malorie Pardo were among LSU’s stars on opening weekend.
Mannari led a back row that held opponents to a .068 hitting percentage. She also had 11 aces for the tournament, including seven against Jacksonville State. Monday, the Southeastern Conference named the LSU libero its Defensive Player of the Week. Pardo averaged 10.67 assists and 2.58 digs over the weekend.
The trip to New Mexico State begins an eight-match road swing for the Tigers.