TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Madie Jones had a career-high 21 kills on a .381 hitting percentage as the LSU volleyball team completed a strong Southeastern Conference opening weekend with a 3-1 victory — 26-24, 25-15, 13-25, 25-15 — over Alabama on Sunday at Foster Auditorium.

The Tigers (9-3, 2-0 SEC) have won 49 of their past 52 matches against SEC Western Division opponents lead the division after Ole Miss defeated Arkansas in five sets.

“It’s a huge weekend for us anytime we can go 2-0 on the road in the SEC,” LSU coach Fran Flory said. “Madie has been a stabilizing force for our offense but hasn’t been able to put together back-to-back matches like this before during her career.”

LSU had 61 kills compared with 36 by Alabama (6-6, 0-2).

LSU’s Malorie Pardo had 54 assists and five digs.

Nicole Willis had 12 kills and three blocks, Desiree Elliott had 13 kills, and Michele Williams had 11 kills and seven blocks. Meghan Mannari had 22 digs, and Helen Boyle added 20 digs, three aces and three blocks.


OKLAHOMA AT LSU: The LSU soccer team faces its final test before the start of Southeastern Conference play as it hosts the Oklahoma Sooners at 7 p.m. Monday. LSU is 4-3-1. Oklahoma is 5-4-0. Fans can “Geaux Free!” compliments of The Advocate.

It is LSU’s “Breast Cancer Awareness Match,” and the first 350 fans will receive a free pink LSU soccer T-shirt. Coaches from some of LSU’s other teams will give haircuts at halftime to benefit “Locks of Love.” Fans also are asked to bring canned goods and donations to benefit the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.